Jin Yin Ji gets emotional over first Star Awards win in over 30 years

Life begins at 70 for the veteran actress, who was celebrated at Star Awards 2018 along with Evergreen Artiste Award winner Chen Shu Cheng and Special Achievement Award winner Marcus Chin

Jin Yin Ji gets emotional over first Star Awards win in over 30 years
Jin Yin Ji gets emotional over first Star Awards win in over 30 years
23 Apr 2018

Jin Yin Ji gets emotional over first Star Awards win in over 30 years

Veteran actress Jin Yin Ji attended today’s Star Awards with a mindset similar to previous years  – the 71-year-old was happy to attend, and celebrate her fellow actors’ wins together with them. Little did she expect that she would be receiving her first Star Awards nod in her 32-year-long career, much less receive a standing ovation as she made her way to the stage to give her speech.

There was hardly a dry eye in the house as the veteran, who is often fondly referred to as JinJie, admitted that she never expected to be one of this year’s Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes during her moving speech on stage.

“I never even dreamed of getting this award,” she declared on stage. “Life begins at 70! I didn’t prepare a speech because I didn’t expect it. I didn’t know so many audience members loved me. This stage was a really difficult one for me to finally be on – I’ve acted for 30 years and I’ve never expected to come on stage. Being able to participate in the awards made me really happy.”

She continued, “This time around, I think I’ve finally succeeded; I don’t know what to say except thank you to the station for giving me so many opportunities for the past three decades (…) I’ve never had the opportunity to thank the people such as the makeup artists, cameramen and soundmen over the years, and now I finally get to do it. I also want to thank my family – my children and my grandchildren. Grandma received an award!”

(Continued on next slide: How did Yin Ji feel as she saw her fellow artistes shed tears for her?)

How did Yin Ji feel as she saw her fellow artistes shed tears for her?
How did Yin Ji feel as she saw her fellow artistes shed tears for her?
23 Apr 2018

How did Yin Ji feel as she saw her fellow artistes shed tears for her?

After the awards show, Toggle caught up with Yin Ji, who shared, “I’m still very emotional right now. Not only did I manage to attend this year’s awards, I even got to go on stage and now, I have the chance to be interviewed. It’s really the first time that I’ve experienced this in my entire life.“

She added, “I trembled [on stage]. How is it possible [for me to win the Top 10 award]? This is a new dress that was tailored shorter, I wore a simple pair of shoes too… I just brought a tour group to Korea, more than 100 of them. They’re all elderly folks and they’re not very mobile but they support me just the same. I’m touched. Life begins at 70. I never harboured such hopes for the past 30 years, I always treated it as any other normal event. I’m just happy to see my ‘sons and daughters’ (her co-stars) on stage as this is something for the youngsters. I just try my best to bring my roles to life, be punctual for work, have a good relationship with my kids and actors.”

Sharing that she knows that her fellow artistes shed tears for her as she accepted her award, she said. “They know that mummy’s been working hard for the past 30 years. I need to take one award every year and I’ll complete the collection at 80. I’ll probably break records as the oldest All-Time Favourite Artiste!”

Jin Jie revealed that she will be keeping her trophy in her room, laughing as she explained that she plans to do that so that her precious new award “won’t get broken by accident”.

(Continued on next slide: Marcus Chin on why he feels that his Special Achievement Award is all the motivation he needs)

Marcus Chin on why he feels that his Special Achievement Award is all the motivation he needs
Marcus Chin on why he feels that his Special Achievement Award is all the motivation he needs
23 Apr 2018

Marcus Chin on why he feels that his Special Achievement Award is all the motivation he needs

When we spoke to Marcus Chin at the unveiling of the Top 40 artistes last month, the 64-year-old declared that he would rather go home with a Top 10 award than a Best Supporting Actor gong. Although he didn’t get his wish fulfilled, the veteran artiste received something even more precious – and unexpected – the Special Achievement Award.

“The biggest regret I have in my life is my height, but this award that I received tonight has become one of the greatest heights in my life,” he said as he accepted this award. “Thank you to everyone (…) I’ll continue to work hard.”

After the awards, he explained in an interview with Toggle, "I think that this award has a very special meaning for me, especially since I've been acting for 40 years or so. My motto in life is to perservere and to work hard, and to always try to do even better at what I do."

Admitting that he knew that he would be receiving this award beforehand, he continued that he "had to keep it a secret in order to give it an air of mystery".

How the Evergreen Artiste Award has given Chen Shu Cheng the courage to continue in showbiz
How the Evergreen Artiste Award has given Chen Shu Cheng the courage to continue in showbiz
23 Apr 2018

How the Evergreen Artiste Award has given Chen Shu Cheng the courage to continue in showbiz

Another veteran who was celebrated today was Chen Shu Cheng, who picked up the Evergreen Artiste Award for the second time. His first win in this category was in 2016 for his role in Super Senior. In comparison, today’s award was awarded after considering his overall performance in the past year, which the 68-year-old mused was an even bigger source of motivation for him.

“This award has given me even more motivation and courage to continue on this path (in showbiz) and to continue doing a good job with my acting,” he admitted at the interview following his win. “Every actor has to take on the challenge of bringing life to the different roles that he takes on, and this is something that we have to take on. Whether it’s a big or small role, I always give my all in everything I do.”

Counting his blessings that he participated in two series that he personally liked, Home Truly and Have a Little Faith, he chuckled that he hasn’t thought of how to celebrate his win as he has stayed up late for two nights in a row due to rehearsals, and will probably get a good night’s rest before he considers how to celebrate with his wife, former actress Huang Peiru, who is currently on vacation.

“This is the best news I have for her,” he added with a smile.

(Continued on next slide: What do fellow artistes have to say about the veterans’ wins?)

Belinda Lee
Belinda Lee
23 Apr 2018

Belinda Lee

It was a really big surprise to hear mine and Jin Jie’s name being called during the Top 10 announcement. All of us cried when she won. I remember yesterday during rehearsals, she hugged me when she saw me. Today, when I heard her name being called, it felt like a tremendous encouragement for me.

I don’t think it’s surprising for her to be in the Top 10 this year – she waited 30 years for it! She should have gotten it every year, because she’s the most professional female artiste I know, so this is an award that I believe belongs to her.

Kym Ng
Kym Ng
23 Apr 2018

Kym Ng

This year’s Top 10 was really competitive, and there were a lot of surprises tonight. It felt very different. The two wins that surprised me the most are Jin Yin Ji’s, along with my good friend, Pan Ling Ling’s. I’m really very happy for them. Guo Liang too – gosh, I’m so happy for him!

Desmond Tan
Desmond Tan
23 Apr 2018

Desmond Tan

When she went on stage, I really felt everyone’s love for her because everyone stood up and gave her a standing ovation. I cried when she received her award and I’m really happy for her.

Pan Ling Ling
Pan Ling Ling
23 Apr 2018

Pan Ling Ling

Jin Jie waited 30 years for her award – can you believe it? My last Top 10 trophy was 18 years ago, so my supporters waited quite some time for me to go on stage this time, too.

Aileen Tan
Aileen Tan
23 Apr 2018

Aileen Tan

Of course, I’m really happy for them! Especially for Jin Jie, she’s 71 this year. I originally hoped that she could’ve received the Evergreen Artiste award or the Special Achievement Award, but I’m really happy for her that she managed to clinch this award today.

I think it’s an important reminder for everyone that regardless of age, it’s possible for us to achieve our goals as long as we work hard towards them.

Rebecca Lim
Rebecca Lim
23 Apr 2018

Rebecca Lim

To see Jin Jie and Ling Ling Jie go on stage today, I felt this way: It’s about time. I’m so happy for them and I really think that it’s something that they waited very long for. There were a lot of surprises this year, which in this case is a great thing.

Celebration and tears of happiness
Celebration and tears of happiness
23 Apr 2018

Celebration and tears of happiness

Xiang Yun and Vivian Lai sprung up from their seats to hug Jin Jie

Jin Jie's fellow Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes cheer for her
Jin Jie's fellow Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes cheer for her
23 Apr 2018

Jin Jie's fellow Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes cheer for her

From left to right: Belinda Lee, Felicia Chin and Pan Ling Ling

Elvin Ng tears up during Jin Jie's speech
Elvin Ng tears up during Jin Jie's speech
23 Apr 2018

Elvin Ng tears up during Jin Jie's speech

Zoe Tay and Huang Biren were amongst those touched by Jin Jie's impassioned speech
Zoe Tay and Huang Biren were amongst those touched by Jin Jie's impassioned speech
23 Apr 2018

Zoe Tay and Huang Biren were amongst those touched by Jin Jie's impassioned speech

Brandon Wong and Mei Xin both teared up as well
Brandon Wong and Mei Xin both teared up as well
23 Apr 2018

Brandon Wong and Mei Xin both teared up as well

Nary a dry eye was seen during these few minutes; Shaun Chen and Desmond Tan were no exceptions
Nary a dry eye was seen during these few minutes; Shaun Chen and Desmond Tan were no exceptions
23 Apr 2018

Nary a dry eye was seen during these few minutes; Shaun Chen and Desmond Tan were no exceptions

Visit the Star Awards 2018 official website for more stories and videos.

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