Joanne Peh to make directorial debut in 2019

The ‘Heart To Heart’ cast members share their most memorable moments of 2018 and plans for 2019

The cast of 'Heart to Heart' strike a pose for the cameras
The cast of 'Heart to Heart' strike a pose for the cameras
13 Dec 2018

The cast of 'Heart to Heart' strike a pose for the cameras

We’re fast approaching the final leg of 2018, which means it’s that time of the year to dust off our memories of the past few months and get ready to welcome a brand new year.

With just over two weeks left in the year (yes, this is a timely reminder for everyone), we took the opportunity to talk to the cast of upcoming Channel 8 drama Heart to Heart about their year in a nutshell – namely, the happiest and saddest memories that they’ve experienced in the past year, along with their plans and hopes for the new year.

Before we dive into that, here’s a little more about the drama, which will debut on Channel 8 on Christmas Eve. Yue Wen Guang (played by Elvin Ng) returned home to Singapore to see Yue Xiang Lou, a teahouse passed down from his late grandfather, a mere shadow of its former heyday. He joins hands with Liang Na La (played by Joanne Peh) to restore it to its former glory. The 25-episode drama not only explores the themes of family, but also love and friendship.

Without further ado, here’s the stars’ roundup of the good and not-so-great memories of 2018. Read on for more.

Joanne Peh stalks Instagram accounts to cast leads in short film project
Joanne Peh stalks Instagram accounts to cast leads in short film project
13 Dec 2018

Joanne Peh stalks Instagram accounts to cast leads in short film project

When we asked Joanne about her 2018, she admitted with a laugh that she hasn’t really had the time to sit down and think about her year because she’s been too busy – not just with filming, but also with her ‘third baby’, The Dimple Loft.

However, she will be jetting off to Japan with Qi Yuwu and her two kids, Baby Qi and Qi Didi, for a much-deserved holiday. “We’ll be heading to Tokyo. Originally, we were thinking of other locations, but we realised that we need to think about what the children will eat, the air quality, and whether we’re familiar with where we’re going… We thought about it for a really long time and ended up going to Japan again!” she said with a mock sigh.

Yuwu, who came back to Singapore shortly before his birthday, will likely be staying until Chinese New Year, and head back to China for filming before hopefully (fingers crossed) coming back to Singapore where he'll be doing a new Channel 8 project.

Joanne will also be dipping her toes into scriptwriting and directing next year, as she will be taking on the challenge to film a 30-minute short film. While she has already started on the pre-production process, the actual filming is slated to take place in March. “I think our everyday lives have a lot going on, so this time around I want to write a story which will make you feel happy and good. The leads are both new faces, and the male lead is someone who’s been working behind-the-scenes in showbiz. The female lead, she’s a model and I found her through Instagram 'stalking',” Joanne shared.

Yuwu, who was the first reader of her story, gave her invaluable input while she was in the creative process. “He read through what I wrote, and he told me what he thought of the message I meant to convey. As it turns out, what he perceived it as and what I meant wasn’t the same, so I had to work on how to express what I wanted to,” Joanne explained. “Just like the viewers and everyone else, not everyone will know what exactly goes on in my head, so he helped me a lot with that.”

Elvin Ng’s shattered dreams of becoming a bad guy
Elvin Ng’s shattered dreams of becoming a bad guy
13 Dec 2018

Elvin Ng’s shattered dreams of becoming a bad guy

Elvin has had a bumper year, not only filming his first Channel 5 drama, 20 Days, but also jetting to China to film his first period drama, Till We Meet Again, among other projects. Currently filming Hello Miss Driver, Elvin shared that he will be tied down with work for the next few months, but being busy is a good thing, at least for this workaholic.

The bad, however, had Elvin rather disappointed. “I was told that I would be playing the villain in All Is Well, so I was quite excited about that. I went to see the director (Wang Shaudi) and after that, I was told that I would be playing a good guy instead,” he said with a sigh and chuckle. “I asked why that was the case, and apparently, the director said that I gave her a feeling that I was very filial and real, which was why. I don’t know how that happened but it just did!”

That being said, Elvin shared that he’s excited to be heading to Taiwan, alongside good friend Romeo Tan, for this co-production early next year. As for his dreams of becoming a baddie – in reel-life at least – he’ll say that he’ll just have to wait for the next time.

The silver lining for Zhang Yaodong’s surgery
The silver lining for Zhang Yaodong’s surgery
13 Dec 2018

The silver lining for Zhang Yaodong’s surgery

Zhang Yaodong tore his Achilles tendon on his left leg in August while playing badminton, which caused him to have to undergo surgery and be hospitalised for a month.

“The moment I lay down on the floor, I think that was the worst memory of 2018,” he confessed. “I was thinking about all the work that had to be delayed because of me, and that feeling was just terrible.”

Thankfully, the production crew managed to shuffle the filming schedule around and change some of the scenes so that Yaodong would be sitting down instead, and filming wrapped without a hitch. It wasn’t all doom and gloom as well, as the 40-year-old smiled that he’s realised that he’s made quite a number of showbiz friends in his almost two-decade career.

“Joanne would cook soup for me and visit me almost every day,” he shared. “Terence Cao was the one who was with me when I was wheeled in for my surgery, and there were quite a lot of the people from showbiz that visited me in hospital during that time. I think my people relations aren’t too bad!”

Chen Xiu Huan’s very fulfilling, very busy 2018
Chen Xiu Huan’s very fulfilling, very busy 2018
13 Dec 2018

Chen Xiu Huan’s very fulfilling, very busy 2018

Chen Xiu Huan made her showbiz comeback this year, and the actress has admittedly had a bumper year filming both dramas and movies.

“When I first came back, it was like, wow, do we say all these lines at one go now? It wasn’t like this in the past!” she chuckled. “I think this year, I spent some time getting used to filming again, and I was very happy because I was doing what I love.” Looking to the future, she shared that she hopes that she will be able to film more projects that have more emotional scenes instead.

For the short term, she will be jetting off for a holiday (as we speak, she’ll likely be on the plane) with her family, following which she will return to Singapore and go for another holiday with her daughter, Shalynn Tsai.

She shared that she will be taking the opportunity to spend some quality time with Shalynn, who has just completed her ‘A’-levels, and talk about their respective futures together.

Xiang Yun’s Little Nyonya dreams
Xiang Yun’s Little Nyonya dreams
13 Dec 2018

Xiang Yun’s Little Nyonya dreams

Currently filming The Little Nyonya in Malaysia, Xiang Yun came back to Singapore specially to attend the press conference. She shared that when she first found out that she would be part of the cast, she was extremely excited to be part of a cross-country collaboration.

However, her work will see her working all the way through Christmas and the New Year, which means that her family, Edmund Chen, Chen Yixi and Chen Yixin, will be flying over to see her over in Malaysia. “They won’t be staying for long because I’ll be working,” she said.

As for her children recently passing the Motown audition in China, the actress chuckled, “We actually only found out what a big deal it was through the reports. It’s been Addy (Lee) who has been arranging for all of this, so when we realised that there were thousands of people who participated in the audition process, we were like, wow! For our kids to be able to make it to the top 100, that means that they’re not too bad, either.”

Zhang Yaodong, Joanne Peh, Elvin Ng
Zhang Yaodong, Joanne Peh, Elvin Ng
13 Dec 2018

Zhang Yaodong, Joanne Peh, Elvin Ng

Zhang Yaodong, Joanne Peh, Elvin Ng
Zhang Yaodong, Joanne Peh, Elvin Ng
13 Dec 2018

Zhang Yaodong, Joanne Peh, Elvin Ng

The cast of 'Heart to Heart'
The cast of 'Heart to Heart'
13 Dec 2018

The cast of 'Heart to Heart'

Heart To Heart debuts December 24, 9pm on Channel 8

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A heart-to-heart with Joanne Peh, Elvin Ng

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