What you didn’t see in K.O.

With the series coming to an end, we bring you a roundup of our favourite behind-the-scenes moments

With the series coming to an end, we bring you a roundup of our favourite behind-the-scenes moments
With the series coming to an end, we bring you a roundup of our favourite behind-the-scenes moments
27 Dec 2016

With the series coming to an end, we bring you a roundup of our favourite behind-the-scenes moments

K.O. has come to the end of its eight-episode run after following the journey of Latte (Andie Chen) and Kit’s (Venus Wong) climb to the top of the MMA circuit. Rounding off the main cast was Kit’s father, Lee (Chen Tian Wen), along with her best friend turned love rival, Ally (Kimberly Wang).

Helmed by Boris Boo, whose film/drama credits include Lucky Boy and The Recruit Diaries, the director explained that his choice of casting Hong Kong actress for her role was because of her athleticism and personality which fit the character to a tee.

While the drama was filled with tension and action (punctuated by Ally’s adorable ditzy moments), the mood on-set was relaxed and filled with laughter as the cast and crew poked fun at themselves and each other at every turn.

To commemorate the end of the series, we present a roundup of our favourite behind-the-scenes moments in K.O..

Read on for more.

Kimberly: I’m the polar opposite of Ally!
Kimberly: I’m the polar opposite of Ally!
27 Dec 2016

Kimberly: I’m the polar opposite of Ally!

“I think my character was made just for comic relief!” Kimberly declared of her reel-life self, Ally.

Indeed, Kimberly’s character brought much joy onto the set, with the cast and crew bursting out into laughter at in-between takes (and sometimes even during a take) because of her over-the-top obsession with Latte (Andie).

On Ally’s go-getter attitude towards pursuing her prince, Kimberly chuckled, “I’m the polar opposite of her when it comes to relationships; I’m more shy and introverted and I won’t confess to the guy that I like. I’d probably be forever alone if guys don’t take the initiative!”

She also let on that boyfriend Shane Pow was the first to ‘fess up on his feelings towards her, adding that taking on the role of Ally was perhaps the only time in her life she would get to experience what it’s like being someone with her personality.

Food and Pokémon Go make their worlds go round
Food and Pokémon Go make their worlds go round
27 Dec 2016

Food and Pokémon Go make their worlds go round

While Andie, Venus and Kimberly were trapped in a love triangle in reel-life, the trio was nothing short of friendly during the course of filming, with the three actors discussing everything under the sun. Their focus, however, was on food and Pokémon Go, with the lines we most frequently heard being, “Did you catch anything good around the area today?” and “I really feel like eating (insert food name here) today.”

Sounds like they have their priorities right.

Andie & Venus: Don’t judge a book by its cover
Andie & Venus: Don’t judge a book by its cover
27 Dec 2016

Andie & Venus: Don’t judge a book by its cover

“I thought that she was the princess type when I first saw her, but I never expected her to be so athletic and sunny,” Andie mused. Likewise, Venus laughed that Andie seemed more like “a boy at heart” with his obsession over Pokémon Go instead of a father-of-two.

Tian Wen’s professionalism knows no bounds
Tian Wen’s professionalism knows no bounds
27 Dec 2016

Tian Wen’s professionalism knows no bounds

Chen Tian Wen might be 53, but he definitely shows no signs of slowing down. In taking on his first action-based role in a long time, he personally ensured that his scenes looked as convincing as possible despite the long filming hours and grueling scenes.

Andie: I don’t look my best for K.O.
Andie: I don’t look my best for K.O.
27 Dec 2016

Andie: I don’t look my best for K.O.

Andie, who was filming Channel 8 drama Hero at the same time, had to put on weight for his role and lamented that he couldn’t look his best for K.O.. “I don’t think there’s an MMA fighter who looks like me!” he chuckled.

In order to look good for a scene in which he was required to be topless, he let us in that sneaking in a last-minute workout, which included push-ups and crunches, was the secret to ensure that his muscles looked more toned for the cameras.

And the result…?
And the result…?
27 Dec 2016

And the result…?

Looking good, Andie!

Tian Wen and Venus on their ‘father-daughter’ bond
Tian Wen and Venus on their ‘father-daughter’ bond
27 Dec 2016

Tian Wen and Venus on their ‘father-daughter’ bond

While this is the first time Tian Wen and Venus have worked together or even met, the pair let on that they did feel an inexplicable father-daughter bond after spending time together.

“We only got to know each other because of (K.O.) but we filmed a scene where I was imparting some life lessons to her. That’s where we got to really feel like a father-daughter pair and working together was really heartwarming,” Tian Wen shared.

Benjamin Heng: This is the “baddest” guy I’ve played!
Benjamin Heng: This is the “baddest” guy I’ve played!
27 Dec 2016

Benjamin Heng: This is the “baddest” guy I’ve played!

Benjamin Heng, who often plays reel-life baddies in local dramas, chuckled that his character in K.O. was the “baddest” guy he has ever played. “The things that he’s done… I don’t know where to start; in short, he’s just a terrible guy!” he chuckled.

Clearly, he’s far from a bad guy in real life and was seen bantering with Tian Wen and Andie during their rooftop scene.

Action scenes aren’t as easy as they seem
Action scenes aren’t as easy as they seem
27 Dec 2016

Action scenes aren’t as easy as they seem

We lost count of how many takes each scene required – but the cast and crew took it in their stride and even found time to laugh about the little things. Just look at the smiles on their faces!

Hot, hot, hot
Hot, hot, hot
27 Dec 2016

Hot, hot, hot

Filming on a rooftop for the entire work is, in one word, hot. There were brollys, hats and plenty of cold drinks at the ready for everyone between takes.

Tian Wen and his newly acquired fear of heights
Tian Wen and his newly acquired fear of heights
27 Dec 2016

Tian Wen and his newly acquired fear of heights

“I never used to be afraid of heights when I’m younger, but now that the years have gone by, I think I’m starting to be afraid of heights!” Tian Wen chuckled. After walking down from the filming site, the first words he declared were, “That was scary!”

Tian Wen showing off photos that he took on the rooftop
Tian Wen showing off photos that he took on the rooftop
27 Dec 2016

Tian Wen showing off photos that he took on the rooftop

“When’s the next time, if ever, that I’ll climb up to such a high place again, right?” he smiled.

Seeking shelter from the sun
Seeking shelter from the sun
27 Dec 2016

Seeking shelter from the sun

Shady areas were few and far between (actually, there was only one shady area on the entire rooftop), which explains why everyone huddled in the shade to discuss the script before the cameras rolled.

Nope, no shade here
Nope, no shade here
27 Dec 2016

Nope, no shade here

Remember what we said about there being only one shady area? Even the director’s seat, where Tian Wen and Benjamin sat in to review their footage, had none of that.

How many crew members does it take to film a drama?
How many crew members does it take to film a drama?
27 Dec 2016

How many crew members does it take to film a drama?

The answer: A lot. From rushing to set up locations for every single take to ensuring the cast’s safety for action scenes, the unsung heroes flitted about like magical beings to make everything run like clockwork.

Andie & Venus: Ballerinas in an alternate universe
Andie & Venus: Ballerinas in an alternate universe
27 Dec 2016

Andie & Venus: Ballerinas in an alternate universe

While discussing a scene, the pair started goofing around and struck these ballerina-isque poses. Could this be an alternative career path for them?

Kimberly: I love being Ally, but it’s really tiring too
Kimberly: I love being Ally, but it’s really tiring too
27 Dec 2016

Kimberly: I love being Ally, but it’s really tiring too

For someone who isn’t as naturally chirpy as Ally (is there anyone who’s this sunny, really?), Kimberly confessed that she loved playing her character, but the amount of energy required to become Ally would sometimes leave her drained at the end of the day.

And that’s a wrap!

WATCH: Has the cast of K.O. ever been in a fight?

Related:
FIGHT ON: Andie Chen, Chen Tian Wen’s road to becoming MMA stars
FIGHT ON: The real and reel-life fights of Andie Chen, Chen Tian Wen

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