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The last time we caught up with power couple Fann Wong and Christopher Lee, the nominees for the 52nd Golden Bell Awards had just been announced, and Christopher was revealed to be up for Best Actor in a Miniseries or Television Film. His wife had so much faith in his chances of winning that she told us she even prepared room for a new trophy at home.
Alas, the gong went to Fu Meng-po instead, and Christopher went home empty-handed. However, the 46-year-old assured us that there are no hard feelings or disappointment, and that he still feels like a winner as his movie The Long Goodbye was the biggest victor of the night, bagging four accolades including Best Television Film.
When asked if Fann and their 3-year-old son Zed had any words of comfort for his defeat, Christopher shared that his ever-supportive missus perked him up with an encouraging “You’re still the best!” while Zed… well. Zed is still too young to really understand the situation.
“He doesn’t even know where I went, he just knew I was overseas,” said Christopher during our interview on the set of his upcoming drama Doppelganger. He then shared an adorable - and slightly sad - anecdote from Fann. “On the night of the awards show, Zed suddenly became very ‘emo’ because he discovered that a balloon he gave me had disappeared. His mum said that perhaps it flew away, and he said that he should get me another balloon and make sure the windows are shut this time.”
(Left) Christopher with his wife Fann and son Zed (Right) Christopher walks the red carpet at the Golden Bell Awards. (Photos: Christopher Lee/Instagram, TPG/CLICKPHOTOS)
According to Fann, Zed then lay down and quietly shed a tear. When a shocked Christopher asked Fann what was going on, she said as-a-matter-of-factly, ‘I think he misses you lah.’ “I couldn’t believe it because he usually ignores me! But I thought that was so cute of him,” he said with a smile.
We suppose that’s an example of Christopher and Zed’s “weird” father-son relationship. “Even when he’s happy to see me, he doesn’t show it, and sometimes when I hug him, he’ll openly say he wants his mother,” he said. “I think it’s because we’re both Leos, so we don’t readily express our affection for each other.”
Well, openly lovey-dovey or not, it’s no secret that Christopher is smitten with his son - enough for the in-demand thespian, who already has several work offers in Singapore and abroad, to consider taking a month-long break after Doppelganger wraps just to spend all his time with Zed.
“Family is my priority right now, especially during this important phase of Zed’s childhood, so I want to be there to raise him well,” he declared. Of course, Christopher remains realistic about having to face a hectic filming schedule again eventually. “There will always be work to be done so you might have to sacrifice some sleep; it’s challenging but it’s worth it!”
Continued on next page: What was it like lying in a casket for his new drama?
Speaking of the future and his growing son, we decided to swerve to a rather morbid topic: has he already thought about preparing his will? It’s a conversation that would have been quite odd if not for the fact that we witnessed Christopher getting all snug inside a casket (his character in Doppelganger does so in a bid to erase his bad luck, as the act is sometimes believed to symbolise rebirth), hence prompting thoughts of death.
As it turns out, he has considered it, although he’s not in a rush to do so. “You don’t necessarily have to wait until your final days to do it; in fact, I think that doing it early has its benefits and could save everyone a lot of trouble,” he said, adding that he hasn’t discussed this in detail with Fann yet as “everything we own will eventually go to Zed anyway.”
So, what was it like lying inside the burial box? Aside from the stuffiness (which was easily remedied with a small handheld fan), Christopher was pretty relaxed throughout and was free of any strange or grim thoughts. In fact, he started thinking about his… golf swing? (We admit: we thought we misheard him.)
“I didn’t have anything else to do because the crew was having a technical discussion I couldn’t contribute to, so I just kept my eyes closed and for some reason, my thoughts naturally went to golf!” he said, chuckling sheepishly at his confession. “I think it’s because it’s been a while since I last played and I miss it.”
We later learned from the director that the casket was specially created to fit Christopher’s frame, which begged our next query: what’s going to be done with it after filming is over? “Throw it away lor!”
Of course. We don’t know what else we were thinking.
Doppelganger Prequel debuts February 6, 2018 at 9.30pm on Toggle.
Doppelganger Prequel – The Telemovie debuts March 11, 2018 at 7pm on Channel 8.
Doppelganger debuts March 13, 2018 at 9pm on Channel 8.