Posted: 08 Aug 2011 02:05 AM PDT
Beauty queen-turned-actress Chris Tong Bing Yu shares her passion for acting and her outlook on love.
FUN, friendly and fascinatingly enthusiastic about her chosen vocation, Chris Tong Bing Yu can go on about her passion for acting without skipping a beat. It is this attitude which keeps her positively glowing even when she says she has not had much sleep.
It is this vibrant and vivacious persona that her fans love and look forward to experience when they switch on the television to catch her programmes.
Tong, 27, is mindful of fans (her Facebook fanpage to date has chalked up 24,028 likes) as she is aware of people who wait all day to watch her.
"When I asked them about it, they said they don't know whether I act well or not, but they would still tune in to watch me. So, I appreciate them and am very thankful for their support.
"I've received a letter from a fan's mother pleading with me not to have any promotional activities on weekdays so that her daughter will not skip school to attend them."
Going from modelling to acting after winning Miss Malaysia Chinese Cosmos International 2006, the pretty lass who used to win poetry writing competitions in secondary school says she is even looking forward to doing some scriptwriting.
As one who gives her all in whatever she does, the beauty queen-turned-actress prefers to be spontaneous and follow her heart.
She confirmed talk about movie offers, but is not at liberty to reveal much as negotiations are still on-going.
"I don't necessarily have to play the lead. I would be happy as long as it's an interesting role that leaves a deep impression in people's minds and they remember me for it," said Tong who is an artiste with Juita Entertainment.
At a press conference held last week to promote 8TV's The Adjusters 2, Tong shared that it was a great challenge having to film two different series simultaneously.
"I still remember studying the script in detail the day before we started shooting. My parents were deeply concerned because I was suffering from a bout of food poisoning and suggested that I take the day off to recuperate.
"But because I fought so hard for this role, I was prepared to be 100% committed.
"Right now I'm also filming Mediacorp's Code Of Honour, which requires me to cry a lot. So between a very bubbly girl (in The Adjusters 2) and a very sad one (in Code Of Honour), I sometimes feel like I can't switch between them," she frankly admitted.
Apart from Tong, the 13-episode Mandarin suspense thriller also sees singers Rynn Lim and Aric Ho as well as 988 radio deejay Chan Fong, reprising their roles as adjusters. Lim plays Tong's love interest Andy Tan while Ho plays her faithful suitor Wilson Lim. Chan is back as their boss Uncle Ming.
"I'm such a lucky gal to get two handsome guys fighting over me," she said with a laugh, flanked by Lim and Ho who took her lead and pretended to bicker over her.
Although they had only filmed for three days on the set of The Adjuster 2, their easy camaraderie was apparent.
Tong was glad to relive her character for the second season and added that things have changed a lot for her character.
"In season one, I really felt Andy was my boyfriend. But in the new season, somehow the feelings have changed.
"As for Wilson, I feel it is really great for a man who never gives up and hasn't changed in two years," mused Tong, who personally has had a similar experience with suitor who has carried the torch for her for seven long years.
"When he left for America, I told him not to waste anymore time on me as I'm very firm in matters of the heart. I may feel touched by his actions but I won't mistake it for love.
"Previously, I would not have employed personal experience in developing a character. But now, after reading the script, I would look to my own or my friends' experiences to make my character more convincing."
Additionally, the second season also introduces newcomers Henley Hii (Project Superstar Malaysia Season Two winner) and Angie Seow (I Wanna Be A Model Season Two) who play an adjuster and an insurance agent, respectively.
"Henley joined us for this new season and I was really glad to work with him again. We last collaborated in A Time To Embrace, where we grew very close while working together on the set. We're just like brother and sister now, and can easily communicate with just a glance.
"In him, I see myself when I first started in the industry, full of passion and enthusiasm. It is such a wonderful feeling, just watching him work."
The Adjusters 2 will premiere on 8TV on Oct 2 at 8.30pm.Full Feed Generated by Get Full RSS, sponsored by Used Car Search.
Posted: 07 Aug 2011 06:13 PM PDT
LOS ANGELES (AP): Selena Gomez conjured five wins at the Teen Choice Awards. The star of "Wizards of Waverly Place" was selected as choice TV actress, female hottie and music group with her band The Scene.
The group also was awarded the choice single trophy for "Who Says" and love song for "Love You Like a Love Song," which the 19-year-old actress-singer performed at Sunday's ceremony at Universal Studios Hollywood's Gibson Amphitheatre.
"This is for all of you guys," Gomez told the screeching crowd. "This isn't mine."
Other early winners included Ellen DeGeneres as choice comedian, Kellan Lutz and Ashley Greene from "The Twilight Saga" as choice scene movie stealers and Ashton Kutcher as choice romantic comedy movie actor for "No Strings Attached."
Before leading the crowd in a sing-along of Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream," Kutcher provided the crowd with some topical advice.
"Don't ever charge anything on a credit card if you don't already have the money in the bank to pay for it," he said.
Black Eyed Peas frontman will.i.am kicked off the fan-favorite ceremony, which honors celebrities in TV, film, music and sports.
Others expected to sail away with surfboard-shaped trophies Sunday include multiple nominees like "The Vampire Diaries," "Pretty Little Liars" and Taylor Swift, who will be honoured with the Ultimate Choice Award.Full Feed Generated by Get Full RSS, sponsored by Used Car Search.
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