Xu Bin’s sweet suffering for his son

The actor tells us about life after becoming a father three months ago

Xu Bin’s sweet suffering for his son
Xu Bin’s sweet suffering for his son
17 Oct 2018

Xu Bin’s sweet suffering for his son

Photos: Tammi Tan, Instagram/Xu Bin, Evelyn Wang

It’s been three months since the birth of Xu Bin’s son, and it looks like the China-born, Singapore-based actor is adapting to fatherhood quite beautifully.

The 29-year-old, who married Evelyn Wang in November last year, glowed with paternal pride every time he mentioned his little boy during our chat at yesterday’s imaging session for his new Channel 8 drama, Hello Miss Driver. While he refrained from divulging the infant’s real name, he told us that his nicknames are “Xiao Mumu” (“Mu” is one of the characters in his Chinese name) and “Duo Le” (literally “much joy” in Mandarin, because he loves to laugh).

“He’s actually quite obedient!” he shared. “I always expected the worst scenario, like him crying nonstop and constantly making a fuss, but he’s not usually like that. He can sleep through the night from midnight until 6am or 7am in the morning.”

Of course, this dream come true for parents everywhere isn’t an everyday occurrence (what a perfect world that would be). Xu Bin recalled one night when Xiao Mumu refused to fall asleep in his cot, and would not stop wailing unless he was in his father’s arms.

“Every time I tried to put him down, he would start crying again, so I had to walk around while carrying him and letting him suck my thumb for over two hours,” he said. “It usually only takes about half an hour to calm him down, but I have no idea what was going on that day. I was exhausted!”

(Continued on next slide: Xu Bin feels more responsible towards himself)

Xu Bin feels more responsible towards himself
Xu Bin feels more responsible towards himself
17 Oct 2018

Xu Bin feels more responsible towards himself

But as every other loving mum and dad out there can probably relate to, all the “suffering” is worth it. “[Being a father] can be a painful yet also very happy experience,” Xu Bin mused. “No matter how tired I am getting up in the middle of the night to take care of my son, I can’t complain, but I would not enjoy waking up at 3am or 4am for work. (laughs) It’s quite strange!”

Newfound tolerance for late-night baby calls aside, Xu Bin also told us that since becoming a father, one of the biggest changes he’s noticed about himself is an increased sense of responsibility not just for his young brood, but also for himself.

“In the past I used to do whatever I wanted to do, but now, I make sure to take better care of my health and safety [because I don’t want anything happening to me],” he said. “And if I were to get sick, I would make sure not to go anywhere near my baby and other family members.”

However, that doesn’t seem to be stopping him from setting his sights on tackling risky stunt scenes for an action role, something most other actors have said they would not do after having children. “I think it would be fun!” he chuckled. “And besides, there is usually a limit to the danger in Singapore productions.”

(Continued on next slide: Xu Bin and his wife want a second child)

Xu Bin and his wife want a second child
Xu Bin and his wife want a second child
17 Oct 2018

Xu Bin and his wife want a second child

If you’re wondering how Evelyn is coping with taking care of Xiao Mumu back in China while Xu Bin is here filming for the next few months, well, she’s getting plenty of help from their parents. “She told me to go ahead and work in peace… but if time and circumstances permit, I plan to fly back and forth whenever I can,” he said.

Naturally, there are plans for Evelyn and Xiao Mumu to come to Singapore to live with Xu Bin permanently. According to Xu Bin, their home here is currently undergoing renovation and should be ready in about two to three months’ time, but they may only move in after Chinese New Year 2019 as he intends to return to China to celebrate the occasion.

Then, after settling down here, Xu Bin and Evelyn can start thinking about giving Xiao Mumu a younger sibling. “At first we thought it was a small ‘pity’ that we had a child so early into our marriage, but that quickly went away upon our baby’s arrival,” he smiled. “We do want to have a second one, but we might wait until our son is at least 1 or 2 years old, or it would be too much to handle!”

(Continued on next slide: Carrie Wong will play a bus driver in ‘Hello Miss Driver’)

Carrie Wong will play a bus driver in ‘Hello Miss Driver’
Carrie Wong will play a bus driver in ‘Hello Miss Driver’
17 Oct 2018

Carrie Wong will play a bus driver in ‘Hello Miss Driver’

We know there are many of you out there who are huge fans of Carrie and Xu Bin’s multiple romantic onscreen pairings, but it looks like we may not be getting any love stories in their latest collaboration - at least, from what Xu Bin has read from the script so far (and from what we’ve seen in the synopsis).

What sounds interesting, however, is Carrie’s role as a misfortune-stricken young lass who finds herself working as a bus driver. The 24-year-old actress herself doubts that she would actually get to steer one of the vehicles for real as she lacks the proper licence – and skill – to do so, but nevertheless, it will be a rather refreshing sight to behold.

Xu Bin and Carrie Wong
Xu Bin and Carrie Wong
17 Oct 2018

Xu Bin and Carrie Wong

Xiao Mumu looks to have inherited both his parents' large, bright eyes
Xiao Mumu looks to have inherited both his parents' large, bright eyes
17 Oct 2018

Xiao Mumu looks to have inherited both his parents' large, bright eyes

Xu Bin certainly seems to be enjoying his daddy duties
Xu Bin certainly seems to be enjoying his daddy duties
17 Oct 2018

Xu Bin certainly seems to be enjoying his daddy duties

Xu Bin and his wife Evelyn Wang
Xu Bin and his wife Evelyn Wang
17 Oct 2018

Xu Bin and his wife Evelyn Wang

Hello Miss Driver debuts on April 4, 2019, 9pm on Channel 8.

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Inside Xu Bin’s extravagant Wuhan wedding
Xu Bin marries Chinese girlfriend

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