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Singapore actress Rebecca Lim talks about her geeky turn in the new drama “Yes We Can!”, and opens up about a scene with co-star Romeo Tan which involves a lot of tongue, but isn’t quite as hot as it sounds.
SINGAPORE: After playing a string of complex characters in dramas like “The Dream Makers” and “Sudden”, Singapore actress Rebecca Lim finally got the chance to play a less complicated character in the new drama “Yes We Can!”.
The light-hearted drama will see Lim play Zhang Xue Qin, a geeky, bespectacled girl who spends her days lounging around at home, reading books and watching idol dramas.
But she is forced out of her comfort zone when her father dies, leaving her to take over his business, and continue making and selling Nyonya beaded shoes.
Zhang then turns to Liu Junwei (Romeo Tan), a man who specialises in turning around ailing traditional businesses, for help - a man whom she is also attracted to.
“I’ve played psychopaths, murderers … She is the most gullible, and the most naïve, innocent person I’ve ever played,” mused Lim.
She added that playing the geeky Zhang also gave her a welcome break from having to look glamorous all the time.
“It’s the most comfortable wardrobe I had [for a show]. Ever.
“I didn’t have to wear heels. No tight or skimpy clothes. It’s all baggy jeans and sneakers throughout the drama!” gushed the leggy actress.
“It’s quite fun to be allowed to be unglamorous!”
Trying to be funny
Lim revealed that it is actually her first time playing a more comedic sort of character.
Her character, Zhang, has hilarious encounters with Liu throughout the drama, and brings on the laughs with her bizarre antics.
Lim said playing the socially-awkward Zhang was very difficult, because she often could not grasp the wry humour hidden within the dialogue.
“[There are] certain hidden meanings I don’t really get until the director points it out.
“Then I’m like ‘Orrrrh! This is what it means!’” said the actress, looking a little embarrassed.
Lim said it was especially tough for her to flesh out Zhang’s funny, quirky personality as she is “not a very funny person” in real life.
“When I tell jokes, no one really laughs. They laugh at me because I’m so bad at telling jokes.
"I am the joke,” the actress sighed, pointing out that she has a newfound respect for comedians after working on “Yes We Can!”.
“You have to be very intelligent to do comedy. I’m not intelligent enough!”
“So the director said ‘Just use your tongue!’”
“Yes We Can!” is full of funny scenes, many of which involve Zhang and the object of her affection, Liu.
But a particularly striking scene is one from Zhang’s funny romantic daydream, in which Liu leans over to lick a milk moustache that formed above her lips, after she had a cup of coffee at a restaurant.
“He (Tan) tried to kiss it (the milk) off, tried to use his mouth, but it just couldn’t be done. So the director said ‘Just use your tongue!’” said Lim.
While it may sound like a pretty hot scene, Lim stressed that things were far from steamy on the set.
“It’s not romantic at all! There are a lot of people surrounding you.
"It was more like ‘Just persevere and get it over with!’” said the actress, noting that it would have been extremely awkward if she didn’t already have a rapport with Tan.
She added that she’d immediately slap her date if he tried to pull a stunt like that in real life.
“I am super against public displays of affection!” said Lim.
“It’s not for me!”
“Yes We Can!” which also stars Chen Liping, Chen Hanwei, Xu Bin and Sora Ma, airs every weeknight, 9pm on Channel 8.