- POSTED: 26 Dec 2013 15:49
This graph is an experimental feature that tracks number of views over time.
Singapore actress Chen Liping talks about why she decided to lose weight in recent months, and how it also helped make her character look more believable in her new drama "Yes We Can!".
SINGPAPORE: Singapore actor Chen Liping has gone from being pleasantly plump to simply slim after embarking on a weight loss program in recent months.
And television audiences will get to see a slimmer, post-weight loss Chen when her new drama “Yes We Can!” debuts on January 8 next year.
In “Yes We Can!”, Chen plays Liu Cai Ling, a food stall owner who is also the sister of Romeo Tan’s character Liu Jun Wei, and the love interest of Hong Qing Shan (Chen Hanwei), a man who has been madly in love with her for 20 years .
It was a role Chen is only too happy to play.
“I went from playing Romeo’s auntie in ‘Joy’s of Life’ to playing his sister. It’s an upgrade for me!” said Chen with a hearty laugh.
She went on to explain that it was really “good timing” that she had shed 12 kilogrammes before taking on the role, because it helped make her character “look more believable”, as Hong’s beloved in their “Qiong Yao-style” mushy yet funny romance.
Health over wealth
While some might speculate that she started losing weight to snag an endorsement deal with a weight-loss boutique, Chen revealed that she decided to lose weight not for the money, but for her health.
“If I did it to just to get endorsements, I would have done so long ago!” said Chen.
“I actually decided to lose weight for health reasons.”
Just what triggered this desire to get in shape?
“At the time, when I was shooting ‘The Dream Makers’ … I was feeling down because a lot of my old acting colleagues passed away, and I started to think about my own health,” said Chen.
She added that it didn’t help that she looked a little chunky while shooting her last drama “The Dream Makers”, and often felt bloated.
“When you are so fat that you feel uncomfortable all the time, it’s probably time to lose some weight,” said Chen.
“I just want to stay fit”
It so happened that a slimming boutique was looking for a celebrity spokeswoman around that time, and she took up their offer to help her shed the weight.
Chen said it was really a matter of timing, as her husband Rayson Tan had urged her to lose weight previously, but she didn’t quite manage to do it.
“Actually, my husband had been encouraging me to lose weight for a while now.
“He would buy a lot of exercise machines for me, but end up using them all himself, because I was a little lazy, and loved to eat!” said Chen with a chuckle.
The 48-year-old actress joked that her weight still fluctuates a little, and “goes up and down like share prices” because of her lifestyle.
"Acting gives me a lot of excuses not to work out, like 'Oh I'm too tired' or 'No time'!" said Chen with a laugh, pointing out that she also has habit of eating good food after a tiring day of filming.
However, she seemed determined to maintain a healthy weight.
“I’m not a model, or a young star who wants to dress really sexy. I just want to stay fit,” said Chen.
“At the end of the day, the most important thing is to be healthy."
“Yes We Can!” also stars Rebecca Lim, Sora Ma as well as Xu Bin, and will air every weeknight from January 8, 9pm on Channel 8.