17 Nov 2016
Kit Chan: It’s good to be back to acting
Yes, it’s official: Kit Chan will return to dramaland after more than a decade in upcoming Toggle web series, Patisserie Fighting.
Her last drama was 2004’s Cash Is King which co-stars Taiwan actor Chin Han and Hong Kong actress Michelle Yim. Patisserie Fighting which is set to premiere next year, is an eight-episode web series also featuring Taiwan actor Chris Lee, who was last seen in Toggle Originals, Trapped Minds.
“Wow, I think it’s been 15 years since I last filmed a drama,” the 44-year-old chuckled after completing a baking training session at Brettschneider's Baking & Cooking School. “I’ve never rejected the idea of acting or being in a drama, but because I’m so used to a singer’s routine that I find an actor’s schedule too hard to handle (…) it’s not that being a singer is easier or harder, but the rush to complete filming means that we usually sleep late and wake up really early the next day, so that was really difficult for me to get used to,” she explained. “Since this is only an eight-episode drama, I think I can handle that.”
Calling this project a work of happenstance, Kit shared that she passed by the very same cooking school earlier this year with a friend and enquired about their classes, promising herself that she would go for certain classes but ended up not having time for it because of her busy schedule.
“I figured I could come for classes and be working at the same time by saying yes (to being in this drama),” she grinned.
An avid baker herself, she let on that her favourite baked goodies are “classics”, namely pound cakes and oatmeal raisin cookies. Kit mused, “I usually bake a lot when I’m resting – I like things such as cakes because it’s something you can keep for a long time (after baking it). Even when I’m stressed, I’m not the type who likes to eat fancy looking things. A simple cookie or slice of cake and a glass of milk does the trick.
Continued on next page: Kit on wanting to head to Paris for self-improvement
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Kit Chan, Chris Lee
Well-known for being fiercely protective of her personal life, Kit casually let slip that she is more of a foodie than her husband, who is simply known as ‘Han’. So does she have any plans to restrict her diet for her comeback performance on TV? “Being in front of the camera is really terrible because you end up looking bigger than you actually are. That being said, I’ve let go of a lot of things and I think it’s fine as long as I don’t look too big on screen,” she chuckled in reply.
Patisserie Fighting, being a drama that revolves around baking, naturally involves a lot of eating as well. Kit shared that prior to the start of filming, she requested to the production team for the food that she has to eat to be “delicious – so that the calories will be worth it”.
Kit shared that her close friend and fellow songbird, Tanya Chua, who went to Paris to hone her skills, has promised to teach her how to make a sweet bread when time allows. “When I saw the sweet treats that she made while she was there, I was like ‘Wow’ and felt that she was really talented (…) I really love Paris and I’ve actually thought of going there to learn French (instead of baking),” she let on. “I don’t have any definite plans for that now and this is just a dream that I don’t know when I’ll be able to fulfill.”
For the moment, the singer-actress will be spending the rest of the year filming for Patisserie Fighting and has shelved plans for other projects.
“I requested to take time off to guest at Tanya’s upcoming concert and they were able to fit it in to our filming schedule,” she shared. “I actually did reject quite a number of offers because of this drama, but that’s okay!”
Continued on next page: Do Kit and Chris have romance brewing in reel-life?
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The pair salvaging Chris' mille feuille, which slid off the plate during photo-taking
Before the start of filming, she and Chris went through the six-hour training session, which was helmed by international baker Dean Brettschneider. Giving herself an eight out of ten after the class, she chuckled that her creations “weren’t that much worse looking as compared to the Chef’s”.
On the other hand, Chris, who stepped off the plane and into the imaging studio a day before training, had a harder time with the baking session. “The hardest part of my role is probably the baking itself,” he laughed. “The class was rather tough, partially because it was conducted in English and also because I don’t really have a sweet tooth.”
Revealing that he didn’t know that he would be starring alongside Kit when he accepted the offer, he gushed, “I saw her on I Am A Singer 3 and I really respect her, so I felt nervous when I found out that she’d be my co-star just before I flew here,” he let on. “In Taiwan, I know all my seniors in the industry and I feel that I can’t express myself as I much to because I’m afraid that they’d judge me or my acting skills.”
“Kit has done a musical with Jacky Cheung (and I felt pressured because I know she is) but she made me feel really comfortable around her from day one. My impression of her is the best,” Chris continued. “I thought that she’d be really feminine because of the way that she sings – the mental image I had of her was that she talks softly, does things slowly and is very refined. Of course, she’s really refined but I don’t feel that there’s an unbridgeable gap between us.”
While there will not be romantic sparks flying between the pair for their first collaboration, Kit chuckled that working with a younger co-star brings no pressure from her. For the self-assured star, she “hasaccepted that my future co-stars are likely going to be younger than me, anyway.”
Patisserie Fighting is slated for a 2017 release on Toggle.
17 Nov 2016
"I'd better not slant the plate too much, lest the eclairs fall off like my mille feuille!"
17 Nov 2016
Kit Chan, Dean Brettschneider & Chris Lee with their favourite creations of the day
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The pair mused that they'd never thought sweet treats took this much time and effort to prepare