12 Dec 2018
Zheng Ge Ping “extra strict” on Tay Ying for her drama debut
Photos: Lee Wei Lin, Tay Ying/Instagram
Last year, Zheng Ge Ping and Hong Hui Fang’s son, Calvert Tay, made his showbiz debut with his first Channel 8 drama, While We Are Young. Even from then, Ge Ping made it clear that he’s not one to mollycoddle his kids, especially when it comes to work.
This time around, he’s turning his words into actions with upcoming Channel 8 drama The Good Fight, which he is helming as the executive producer (EP). Tay Ying, who will be taking on her first drama with the character Elaine, a bright, headstrong person – who, coincidentally, is versatile in martial arts – shared that her dad has been incessantly nagging at her to do a good job.
“At the training sessions, he would tell Rebecca and Paige that they’re doing well, but when it came to me, he would be like, ‘Okay’ and move on!” the 22-year-old chuckled during an interview with Toggle in the midst of their imaging session two weeks ago. “Even at home, he’s been nagging quite a lot. Like, we might be having dinner with everyone else and he’ll suddenly ask, ‘Did you work out today?’ and I have to remind him that we’re with the family.”
The ever-concerned father explained in a separate interview, “I trust my daughter. I’ve never needed to remind her to do the things she has to do even when she was in school, because I know that she’s a very disciplined person. She has her foundations in martial arts (Tay Ying is a black belt in Taekwondo), so I’m not too worried about her in this aspect.”
For those of you who might be wondering how Tay Ying got her role, rest assured that we did the probing, to which Ge Ping confirmed that just like every other actress, she went through the audition process and was eventually chosen by not just him, but the rest of the production team as she best fit the role.
Meanwhile, Tay Ying shared that her character has a lot of lines in this drama, which means that she’s been practicing her lines back at home – not with her dad, who’s been busy with other matters – but with her mum.
“I’ve asked her for help practicing, and she’s pointed out that I have to work on my pronunciation. She’s also demonstrated how I should express different emotions, and not just use the same tone for all my scenes,” Tay Ying mused. “I have a number of emotional dialogues, so I’m working on those.”
The budding actress, who is set to graduate from SIM-RMIT university, where she’s doing a Bachelor of Business (Marketing), in mid-2019, shared that she’ll likely be heading to Shanghai after her graduation, as she has successfully auditioned for an acting school named Motown there. She, along with Edmund Chen and Xiang Yun’s kids, Chen Yixi and Chen Yixin, jetted off to Shanghai for the auditions last month, and while all three made the cut, Tay Ying explained that due to their different schedules, they will unlikely be able to attend classes together.
(Continued on next slide: Tay Ying tells us about the dating ban that was imposed on her)
12 Dec 2018
Tay Ying tells us about the dating ban that was imposed on her
To get accepted into this acting school, she had to undergo a series of tests, said Tay Ying. She was tested on her acting chops – with a period drama’s script, no less, and had to perform one of her talents, which—surprise, surprise—was martial arts and dance.
Beyond that, there are no definite plans for Tay Ying to shift her focus overseas, despite previous reports that she will be heading to China to kick start her career in the mainland.
We also took the opportunity to check in with the actress about how her social media habits might have been affected after the public falling out of Pan Ling Ling and her mum, seeing how Tay Ying’s social media posts in support of Julie Tan about the matter might have ruffled the feathers of some.
“There hasn’t been any change in how we’re allowed to use social media (… But) I’ve had to delete quite a lot of my Instagram posts that I made before (I made my showbiz debut),” she shared, saying that it came at the advice of Addy Lee. “I used to take photos of everything, like even when I eat something, so I’ve gotten rid of 500 or 600 of these posts.”
But what of the memories that came with these? “Actually, you don’t see it anymore, but I can… Basically I archived all of them lah,” she revealed sheepishly. Apart from the random posts on food and such, we asked if her past photos of herself with male friends were also axed.
“I don’t really take photos with guys, and even if I do it’s in a whole group of us, so that’s not a problem,” she said. “I used to have a dating ban before I turned 21, but now that I’m over 21, I haven’t really asked (Addy Lee) about this leh. Maybe I should!”
We then had to bring up the not-quite-happy topic of Calvert being caught up in relationship rumours with her close friend Julie Tan, something that Tay Ying thankfully took in her stride.
“When I first heard the news, I thought it was really funny. One is my brother, the other is my good friend, and age-wise, I’m in between the two of them,” she grinned. “But I told my brother, there’s no need to distance yourself from a friend just because of what others say, because at the end of the day, we’re all in a clique of friends and it doesn’t make sense to alienate yourself from your friends just because you’re worried about how others look at you.”
12 Dec 2018
Tay Ying can definitely kick butt, as she's shown in these photos
12 Dec 2018
Tay Ying, Sandara Park and Chantalle Ng at the Get It Beauty On The Road press conference