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Singapore actor Bryan Wong opens up about working on his first drama serial in seven years and how it has made him feel alive again.
SINGAPORE: He is better known today as a host than an actor, but Bryan Wong declared that his “greatest love” is still acting.
“As a television host, it’s always you.
"But when you act and play a role, you become the character, and step into his world,” said Wong, adding that he had been itching to act again for some time.
Indeed, the last time he had worked on a television drama serial was in 2006, for the show “Honour And Passion”.
The 42-year-old star finally got the chance to scratch that ‘seven year itch’, when he was picked to play the expert hairstylist Liu Ah Man in the upcoming drama “Gonna Make It”, a man who later finds out he has cancer.
Wong could hardly contain his excitement, when he spoke to channelnewsasia.com about his character during a media conference for the drama.
“Ah Man is eccentric, vulnerable, temperamental. He is not one dimensional. It’s like he is everything thrown in together,” gushed the actor.
He pointed out that the role gave him a lot of space to express himself.
“Any actor would see the opportunity to play him as a huge gift.”
“This role is also very special to me because I put a lot of effort into it!” said Wong, who even gave up his crowning glory to play the role.
78 shaves later
In “Gonna Make It”, Wong’s character shaves his own head to prevent people from knowing he is undergoing treatment for cancer.
This meant Wong had to shave his head as well.
“I was very confident at first, but when I actually started to shave, I got really nervous. Then something strange happened!” said Wong with a grin.
“I realised that I look good bald. Almost everyone said I should keep the look.”
Little did he realise, the hard part is keeping his head bald, and making sure there is no stubble.
“I had to shave my head 78 times while shooting the drama because the producer said he wanted my head to ‘look shiny’,” Wong explained.
“In the beginning, I went to a barber and when he was done, he asked me to pay S$10.
“I went there a few more times just to clear the little bit of stubble, and he still charged me S$10. I ran the numbers – S$10 per day, multiplied by three months – wow! So I decided to do it myself.”
Wong ended up taking over an hour to shave his head the following day.
“I even used my iPad to constantly check if I’ve done a good job. It was really ridiculous,” said Wong, bursting into laughter.
But practice makes perfect – the actor eventually mastered the art of shaving and could shave his head in mere minutes.
More drama please
After working on “Gonna Make It”, Wong said he yearns for more opportunities to act in dramas, pointing out that the experience had re-ignited his passion for acting.
“Working on ‘Gonna Make It’ was like this small light which rekindled a fire in me. It’s a highlight of my career. I see a lot of myself in Liu.
“I never thought I’d feel this passion again, feel alive again!” said Wong, beaming.
However, he concedes that it all really depends on whether the casting directors and the audience feel he is suitable for drama.
“In our line, it’s not so much about what you think you will be good at,” said Wong.
“It’s about what other people think you are good at.”
Is Wong better off staying as a television host or does he have the acting chops to appear in more dramas?
Viewers can judge for themselves when “Gonna Make It”, which also stars Julie Tan, Xu Bin and Edwin Goh, debuts on September 30, 9pm on Channel 8.