23 Oct 2018
Julie Tan strikes out on her own
Photos: Toh Zi Yi, Julie Tan/Instagram
Video: Philip Ang
Though Julie Tan is dressed to kill in an all-black outfit, with kohl-rimmed eyes to complete the look, the 26-year-old is undeniably chipper as she skips over to our corner of the courtyard at Haw Par Villa, where the press conference for upcoming Channel 8 drama, Till We Meet Again, had just concluded.
Chirping out her greetings, Julie introduces her character in Till We Meet Again, flower fairy Hua Cai Ye, who has to seek out Sun Wu Kong (played by Taiwanese actor Kingone Wang)’s reincarnation, to right her wrongs and apologise, after unwittingly causing trouble during Sun Wu Kong’s journey to the west.
Since leaving Mediacorp, the actress has been busy, taking on a number of projects in China, as well as establishing her very own management agency. Julie shared that a number of companies in both Singapore and China had approached her, but after a rejection from a company in China, she picked herself up and decided to be her own boss instead.
“I won’t be managing anyone else, just myself,” she shared.
“The industry is constantly changing, and social media is so big now. So, I’m starting to diversify, by getting on YouTube and doing daily vlogs. I want to share my daily life, since everyone is so interested anyway,” she continued, sliding in a slight jab at the huge brouhaha over her dating rumours with fellow actor Calvert Tay, which later evolved to drag in Calvert’s mother, actress Hong Hui Fang as well as actress Pan Ling Ling.
True to her words, as she was shuttled around from media interview to media interview, a member of her crew was beside her at all times, filming her with a video camera for her vlog.
The actress also evaded all questions about her relationship status, and would only implore for everyone to “watch my vlogs" which is published every Wednesday.
However, she did let us in on one thing: she doesn't care what the public thinks of her hanging out with Calvert, her rumoured love interest.
“There's nothing much to be afraid of,” Julie shrugged, not worried that tongues will wag even after posting videos of them hanging out together with their mutual friends on Instagram stories.
(Continued on next page: Julie talks business, and upcoming ventures)
23 Oct 2018
Julie talks business, and upcoming ventures
In the meantime, Julie is keeping herself occupied with her business portfolio, from running her own management agency, to helping out with her father’s business, starting up her own F&B business, and writing her own movie script. Sounds exhausting? It sure is, which is why the 26-year-old has declared that she “simply has no time for love”.
“I’m planning to open a new F&B shop next year, around March or April if everything goes well. (I know) everyone is doing F&B now, so I’m joining in the fray,” she laughed. Though Julie declined to reveal more details about her new venture just yet, she hinted that the shop, which will open in Singapore, "will not be serving square meals”.
“Celebrities can do so many things, other that just working in showbiz. I decided to start my own F&B business, instead of merely helping my dad out with his, because at the end of the day, I want something to call my own,” she said.
“If I do get married and have kids one day, I don’t want to just be a full-time housewife. Some people might choose to do that, but I have a strong love for business, so I want to do it all,” she added.
As for her movie script, Julie let on that she’s currently in talks with some movie companies, and that if all goes well, they will commence filming in April next year.
(Continued on next page: What made Ian Fang tremble with fear during filming?)
24 Oct 2018
What made Ian Fang tremble with fear during filming?
The biggest talking point from the press conference earlier was definitely Julie’s revelation — that Ian’s lips were trembling when he went in for their kiss scene for Till We Meet Again. This fear, we would later find out, was not exclusive to Julie. Even when filming scenes that were a little more personal with co-star Jeanette Aw, Ian would back away at the last minute, due to his nerves.
In his interview with Toggle after the press conference, Ian professed, “I've always been shy! Women are meant to be respected. I don’t have much experience with relationship scenes like these. I’ve always done roles where I was just someone’s younger brother and the like. Even though I don’t have any kissing scenes with Jeanette, there was a scene where she had to lean really close to me. I immediately moved away, and went, “cannot la, cannot la.” I was really nervous, and still a little shy.”
As for his lip-trembling kiss scene with Julie, the scene took three takes, to Ian’s embarrassment, and Julie’s mirth, with the actress teasing him for his nerves.
The actor also let on that he was really thankful to have landed this role, which is a marked departure from the usual, “family-centric dramas” that air on local television.
“It's really not easy to produce a local drama, everyone has put in a lot of effort and sacrificed a lot,” he added, before imploring for the local audiences to support local productions.
“I hope that our Singaporean audience can support and encourage (us) more online, and give us constructive criticism, instead of merely criticising us and expressing their displeasure,” Ian said, adding that the Korean and Japanese entertainment industry was able to flourish due to the support of their local citizens as well.
Being involved in Till We Meet Again also gave the 28-year-old inspiration for his latest single, a Chinese-style rap single that was singlehandedly composed, written, and performed by him.
With the MV for the single due to release in a few days, the actor teased that the footage was mostly filmed while he was on-set for the prequel of Till We Meet Again.
(Continued on next page: Ian Fang on his debut Channel 5 drama experience)
23 Oct 2018
Ian Fang on his debut Channel 5 drama experience
Ian was recently cast as Hero in upcoming Channel 5 comedy, Meet The MP 2, where he plays China-born citizen, Hero, his first English-speaking role.
“It made me step out of my comfort zone, I really enjoyed it and I want to do it again, but, a serious role this time, not just a comedic role,” he shared in English, showing off his language skills.
When asked if he had approached anyone for help with his English script, the actor pretended to be affronted at first, saying in exasperation, “My English is not that bad,” before sharing more about the English-speaking friends that had helped him along.
“I know who you’re asking about, I have many friends who are good in English too, like Romeo (Tan) and Elvin (Ng), he did English Literature too… and my good friend, Hui Ling (Rebecca Lim) jiejie, Ms Lim, Lim ah jie, she’s bilingual, effectively bilingual,” he laughs.
Ian then shared that the duo usually speaks English, or well, Singlish, when they converse with each other, and that he had approached her for help, regarding the transition from Channel 8 to Channel 5, as she had done the converse years ago.
24 Oct 2018
The cast of Till We Meet Again
24 Oct 2018
Ian Fang at Till We Meet Again's press conference
24 Oct 2018
Julie Tan and Ian Fang at Till We Meet Again's press conference