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Fellow Star Search 1988 graduates Chen Hanwei, Zoe Tay and Aileen Tan all walked away victorious at last night’s Star Awards ceremony when they scored Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress respectively.
It was a particularly noteworthy occasion for buddies Zoe and Hanwei, who were picking up trophies together for the first time in 29 years. During their interview backstage, Hanwei claimed that he had a feeling that Zoe would triumph this year, and even urged her to prepare her acceptance speech.
Zoe, on the other hand, shared that she thought she had a 50 percent chance of winning her second Best Actress trophy since 1996 (for The Golden Pillow), and that she’s lost so many times – nine, to be exact – that she’s learned to treat every Star Awards event like a party and not expect too much out of her nominations. This year, her disappointments turned to delight as the 49-year-old beat Rui En, Jesseca Liu, Jeanette Aw and Rebecca Lim for the prize for her role as Wang Ruojun in You Can Be an Angel 2.
Even after her victory last night, Zoe admitted that she wasn’t feeling too excited until Hanwei kept exclaiming, “I’m so happy for you!” spreading his infectious joy to her.
While he was ecstatic for his friend, Hanwei, who is adding his fifth Best Actor trophy (for his role as Zhang Naiping in The Gentlemen) to his impressive collection, remained modest about his own achievement. In fact, the 47-year-old admitted that he was disappointed that Andie Chen did not strike gold instead.
“I think this young man has a great work attitude, and if he had won today, everybody would be happy for him,” he shared. “I believe that one day, he will get his turn to stand on stage as a winner.”
(Continued on the next page: Aileen Tan explains more about her "last award" remark during her acceptance speech)
Aileen Tan is working on “something big” with her husband
16 years after winning Best Actress for Three Women and a Half in 2001, Aileen Tan finally completed her diverse trophy collection with a Best Supporting Actress gong for her role as Huang Lili in Hero.
During her acceptance speech, she garnered attention – and aroused curiosity – when she mentioned that “this could my last award.” Backstage, she clarified, “It’s only a possibility, I didn’t mean anything in particular, don’t think too much about it.”
When probed further, the 50-year-old let on that she and her husband, director Gerald Lee, “have something big to do.” “And besides, there’s nothing outstanding about my upcoming roles, so I doubt I will have the chance to win any awards again,” she said.
Of course, the media refused to let her go without more information about this mysterious task, but all Aileen would divulge was, “It’s something that I have not helped my husband complete; if you want to know more, then you should ask him! (laughs)”
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