Andie Chen, Vanessa Vanderstraaten’s love language: insulting each other

Plus, does their ‘Lion Mums 3’ co-star Joshua Tan think he's ready for kids?

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When we sat down for our chat with local actors Andie Chen and Vanessa Vanderstraaten about their Channel 5 drama Lion Mums 3 last week, we were not expecting to witness half an hour of affectionate teasing between the pair.

It all began when Andie, 33, was telling us how he prepared for his role as Chang Zhong Ming, the abrasive boss-slash-potential love interest of Vanessa’s character Ho Min Yi. “I just had to be myself,” he chuckled. “And with her” - he gestured towards Vanessa - “it’s easy [to be an a**hole]!”

Cue an indignant glare from his 30-year-old co-star. But don’t worry, we did not unintentionally and indirectly create another showbiz rift - that’s apparently how they talk all the time, a rather unconventional dynamic that came in handy for their many onscreen arguments in Lion Mums 3.

“Doing the fighting scenes was easier than we thought,” Andie grinned. Vanessa quipped, “Our love language is insulting each other.”

Andie and Vanessa's "one & only behind-the-scenes pic" from 'Lion Mums 3'
Andie and Vanessa's "one & only behind-the-scenes pic" from 'Lion Mums 3' (Photo: Instagram/Vanessa Vanderstraaten)

Of course, the good-natured taunting never grew into personal attacks (if it did, we don’t think they would have willingly agreed to do the interview together). When asked to recall the worst jab they suffered from each other, Andie mentioned the day he showed up on set all tired out from the other projects on his plate.

“I didn’t study the script enough and I wasn’t on top of my game, so my performance was very meh,” he shared. “Once I said a line and the director was like, ‘What are you trying to do?’ and Vanessa came up to me and whispered in my ear, ‘Unclear decisions.’ She basically told me that my motive [as an actor] was not clear.”

While it almost sounds like Vanessa was mocking his work, Andie clarified that he actually appreciated her comment because “it put me in my place”. “And she wasn’t being malicious; it wasn’t like she was deliberately being b****y and putting me down,” he said.

Vanessa, on the other hand, brought up the time Andie made a gibe about the size of her Instagram fanbase. “I think he said something along the lines of, ‘Faster go post a picture for your five followers!’” she laughed.

FYI, @vanessavands has a five-figure following in reality, but we know @andiechen was just purposely being a nuisance.

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(Continued on next page: Does Andie see himself becoming a “lion dad”?)

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