Zhang Zhen Huan cannot commit to not-so-mystery girl

It’s been about a year since the actor entered an ‘ambiguous relationship’ with this lady ten years his junior, even though his parents have already met her

Zhang Zhen Huan cannot commit to not-so-mystery girl
Zhang Zhen Huan cannot commit to not-so-mystery girl
08 Jan 2018

Zhang Zhen Huan cannot commit to not-so-mystery girl

It’s no secret that Zhang Zhen Huan has been on the search for a potential girlfriend – the 33-year-old admitted to us back in 2016 that his dad has been rushing him to settle down, and that he too thinks that it’s “the right age” for him to do so.

Fast forward a year later and the Sichuan-born actor tells us that he’s made a teeny, tiny step in the right direction. The good news: She’s someone he “really likes”. The bad news: They’ve been in an ambiguous relationship for almost a year.

Zhen Huan shared with Toggle during an imaging session for upcoming Channel 8 drama Hope Is Here (working title), “I met her at an event about two-and-a-half years ago, when I was with Lee Teng. She’s friends with him, so she came over to chat with him and we had good impressions of one another, so we exchanged numbers and have kept in touch since.”

The 23-year-old (yes, there’s a decade between them) is also from China, but is learning the tricks of the makeup trade at the Cosmoprof Academy. While Zhen Huan revealed her name to be Sally Pan, he drew the line at sharing her Mandarin name.

“We’ve been in an ambiguous relationship for about a year – well, half a year, if you subtract the five months or so when I was back home – what I like about her is that she’s really understanding and adorable, but I think we still need some time to get to know each other better before we take the next step in our relationship,” he smiled.

(Continued on next slide: Has Zhang Zhen Huan spoken about marriage to his maybe, maybe-not girlfriend?)

Has Zhang Zhen Huan spoken about marriage to his maybe, maybe-not girlfriend?
Has Zhang Zhen Huan spoken about marriage to his maybe, maybe-not girlfriend?
08 Jan 2018

Has Zhang Zhen Huan spoken about marriage to his maybe, maybe-not girlfriend?

Their dates in Singapore are largely ones that are more suited for her, as Zhen Huan grinned, “She never went to a club before, so she wanted to know what it was like. If you asked me to go to one 10 years ago, I’d be game, but right now, the mere thought of it makes me tired. She likes going to amusement parks, so when we’re together we usually go out for meals or places that she wants to go to.”

At last year’s Star Awards, Zhen Huan’s parents flew down specially to see their son at the glitzy event, and coincidentally, Sally was there too. “I was really busy on that day, and my parents’ English isn’t that great, so she helped them get a cab and all that,” he explained. “They know who she is, and they agreed with me that she seems to be a nice girl.”

Giving no firm date on when he might bring their relationship to the next level, he went on to explain that they have never even broached the topic of marriage during the time they’ve known each other. “I might be the right age to tie the knot, but she’s only 23. If someone talked to me about marriage when I was at that age, I’d probably be scared away,” he chuckled. “We’ll see how it goes, but we’ve been communicating through text messages while I was away, and we’ll see what happens this year.”

This year, however, he’ll also be taking on one of the “most difficult” roles he’s had, as he will be playing a mute character for the very first time. “Everyone says that I’m really lucky not to have any lines to memorise, but I’ll be going for classes to learn sign language and I’ll need to communicate that much more with my eyes and body language, so I think this is something that I’ll really need to work hard on,” he admitted.

(Continued on next slide: What has Zhang Zhen Huan been up to back in China?)

What has Zhang Zhen Huan been up to back in China?
What has Zhang Zhen Huan been up to back in China?
08 Jan 2018

What has Zhang Zhen Huan been up to back in China?

“I know a lot of people thought that I got married when I was back home in China last year,” he chuckled. “But the thing is, I literally did nothing for that five months. I went to bed without setting the alarm every night, and I’d eat everything that my mum prepared for me.”

Zhen Huan explained that he requested for a five-month break from the company as his health was suffering as a result of his packed schedule. His gastric problems got so bad that he visited the doctor often, but all these issues went away once he went on holiday. “I didn’t even take any medication or see the doctor. Once the stress went away, my body healed itself and I’m totally fine now,” he declared.

All that feasting did take a toll on him, however. “I put on about five or six kilograms while I was back home,” he grinned sheepishly. “The director told me that I have to lose weight, so I’ll be doing my best to do so before filming starts later this month, and I’ll continue working hard to going back to my old physique even while filming.”

(Continued on next slide: Pan Ling Ling, the longform drama queen?)

Pan Ling Ling, the longform drama queen?
Pan Ling Ling, the longform drama queen?
08 Jan 2018

Pan Ling Ling, the longform drama queen?

After wrapping up two successful seasons of 118, Pan Ling Ling will be taking on yet another longform drama this year with Hope Is Here.

We asked if she feels that she will miss out on more opportunities because of her long-term commitment to dramas, which will film for at least five days a week, but the actress smiled, “I don’t mind. In fact, the reason why I like longform dramas is because of their length. When a drama is only 20 or 30 episodes long, you sometimes need to force yourself to step into your character.”

“However, there isn’t this issue with longform dramas, and you really become your character – and that’s the beauty of it.”

This time, however, she sighed in mock despair that she’ll need “much more time in hair and makeup” – she plays a vain, slightly over-the-top boss of a learning centre, and will need to be dolled up for most of her scenes. “They wanted a Pan Ling Ling who doesn’t look like Pan Ling Ling, so we took a while to come up with this,” she chuckled. “I don’t know if this is what my character will ultimately look like, so you’ll just have to stay tuned to find out!”

(Continued on next slide: Joey Swee’s ‘itch’ to return to acting finally cured)

Joey Swee’s ‘itch’ to return to acting finally cured
Joey Swee’s ‘itch’ to return to acting finally cured
08 Jan 2018

Joey Swee’s ‘itch’ to return to acting finally cured

Last year, Joey Swee confirmed her return to acting with Toggle Original A Lonely Fish, and the bubbly 40-year-old was happy to report that she’d be making a comeback to the small screen, too.

“You know when you don’t act for a while, you really start to feel the itch – it wasn’t so bad when I was busy looking after my kids, but in the past year or two, I really wanted to come back. My husband told me, ‘Just do it!’ but I told him that just because I wanted to didn’t mean that there would still be opportunities for me, so I consider myself to be very lucky,” she admitted.

This time around, she will be returning to the small screen barefaced – the first in her career. “I knew that my character was very lazy, and something very different than I’ve done before, but I didn’t know that I’d have to appear in front of the camera completely bare-faced!” she chuckled.

To prepare for this, Joey shared that she will be going for whitening and hydrating treatments, but will not consider procedures such as botox.

“I usually go out barefaced when I’m running errands or getting groceries, so I’ve never really been recognised on the streets, because everyone’s so used to seeing me with makeup,” Joey shared. “After this drama, however, I think things will change, and I people will probably realise that it’s been me all these years.”

Hope Is Here (working title) premieres on April 2, 7.30pm on Channel 8.

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