Despicable Lee: Lee Teng shows his dark side in first major drama role
- POSTED: 07 Jan 2014 13:55
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Lee Teng opens up about his villainous turn in the upcoming drama "Served H.O.T." and finally getting a major acting role after seven years in showbiz.
SINGAPORE: Singapore television host Lee Teng is better known as the slick, humorous host of variety shows like “Let’s Talk!”.
But television audiences will get to see a very different side of him from January 13, when he appears in “Served H.O.T”, a drama about three young men whose lives are changed after attempting to uncover a million-dollar laksa recipe.
In the show, Lee plays the main antagonist He Tai Hu, the eldest son of restaurant chain owner He Yan Feng (Lee Wen Hai).
He is jealous of his talented younger brother He Tai Long (Aloysius Pang) and plots against He Tai Long at every turn, in a bid to discredit him, and gain his father’s favour.
“In the show, I’m really terrible. I feed my brother dog food; find ways to spoil his plans, and so on.
“This is my first major drama role since I joined showbiz seven years ago. I had previously been doing only cameo roles."
“I’m really happy because I am always laughing and being funny as a host. This gives me a chance to show a different side of me,” said Lee of his first big acting gig.
Evil or just comical?
However, Lee also revealed that playing a villain in his very first major drama outing had been a huge challenge for him.
“I was really nervous. I was scared I’d mess it up. I was worried I’d come across as being more comical than evil,” said Lee.
“I would keep reading the script over and over on the set. It felt like being a newbie all over again!”
“It’s really difficult because I have to wear a happy face when I am hosting a show, and give villainous looks right after when I was shooting ‘Served H.O.T’, as we were shooting both programmes concurrently.”
Still, Lee said he wants to take on more drama roles, in spite of the difficulties he faced in "Served H.O.T."
“I hope to try out other roles in the future. Maybe as a good guy in a sequel to this drama?” said Lee with a laugh.
“Served H.O.T.”, which also stars Ian Fang, Koh Yah Hui and Shane Pow, airs every weeknight from January 13, 10pm on Channel U.