Chen Li Ping, Romeo Tan play lovers in new dialect drama

For the first time ever, Chen Li Ping and Romeo Tan will play "boyfriend and girlfriend" in upcoming dialect drama ‘How Are You?’

Romeo Tan and Chen Li Ping will play
Romeo Tan and Chen Li Ping will play "boyfriend and girlfriend" in 'How Are You?'
06 Sep 2018

Romeo Tan and Chen Li Ping will play "boyfriend and girlfriend" in 'How Are You?'

Photos: Camelia Ting
Video: Charlene Chong


We can count with one hand the number of times Romeo Tan has worked with Chen Li Ping: four - they played mother and son in Joys of Life, Life Less Ordinary and most recently, Say Cheese, and siblings in Yes We Can!

In a departure from their usual roles, for their fifth and upcoming collaboration in dialect drama How Are You? (Ho Seh Boh?), which is produced by Zheng Ge Ping, they are set to play “boyfriend and girlfriend” for the first time on TV. Their romance is short-lived, however, and Romeo, who plays two characters in this show, also stars as Li Ping’s brother from another mother. It’s as complicated as it sounds, but that’s another story for another day.

One week ago, at the imaging session for the 16-episode series, we caught up with the two actors and sat them down for a quick-fire quiz session to see how well they know each other.

Their first task was to introduce themselves in their respective dialects and Romeo, who grew up speaking Mandarin and English, was mercilessly roasted by Li Ping for his poor grasp of Hokkien. His face and ears turned red almost instantaneously - as if he was in a pressure cooker, and Romeo eventually waved the white flag when he had to introduce Li Ping, who was down with a bad sore throat, in dialect.

From the looks of how our interview panned out, the cast and crew of How Are You? might be seeing Romeo with a flushed face more often than usual. Though not so much for his NG (no-good) takes but for his infectious chemistry with Li Ping. The two actors’ laughter is easily triggered by something as innocuous as a smile, something we observed our short interview with them.

Seeing is believing, watch their video interview below for an idea of how it went down, and stay tuned for an upcoming video interview where we speak to Richard Low, Romeo’s Hokkien teacher, to find out how the 33-year-old is coping with his Hokkien dialogue on the show at the drama’s lensing ceremony yesterday.


What is Romeo Tan’s usual coffee order?
What is Romeo Tan’s usual coffee order?
06 Sep 2018

What is Romeo Tan’s usual coffee order?

What Li Ping says: “Kopi O. When he’s on a diet it’d be Kopi O siew dai (black coffee with less sugar).

What Romeo says: Iced black (or Kopi O). That’s right. But I think when I’m on diet it should be Kopi O kosong (black coffee with no sugar) lor.

WATCH: How much does Chen Li Ping and Romeo Tan know about each other?

What does Chen Li Ping usually have for breakfast?
What does Chen Li Ping usually have for breakfast?
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What does Chen Li Ping usually have for breakfast?

No one but Romeo knows this answer best (even Li Ping’s manager has no idea!) because he tends to buy breakfast for the crew when they have morning shoots. According to Li Ping, he usually buys her a packet of bee hoon with a variety of ingredients, and the pièce de résistance is the fried chicken wing that comes with it.

What Romeo says: Most of the time, I’d order ingredients like luncheon meat, fried egg, fried chicken and sausage. I find it really yummy, plus that’s what I usually eat and I would buy the same for her (laughs). When we were filming Life Less Ordinary I’d go to the hawker centre every morning and take out a few packets. Is it not yummy?

What Li Ping says: Eating fried chicken early in the morning… [my] manager doesn’t know [about it] (laughs).

WATCH: How much does Chen Li Ping and Romeo Tan know about each other?

What does Romeo Tan usually do when he has an NG take?
What does Romeo Tan usually do when he has an NG take?
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What does Romeo Tan usually do when he has an NG take?

What Li Ping says: His face turns red, his ears turn red and he laughs and laughs. NG take or not, his face turns red anyway (laughs).

What Romeo says: My ears turn red and I’ll ask for “one more take.” I’m someone who blushes easily, I’m not sure if that’s good or bad or if I have good blood circulation because my face turns read easily. Sometimes the makeup artists have to use concealor to cover up for the redness and lighten it.

WATCH: How much does Chen Li Ping and Romeo Tan know about each other?

What tickles Chen Li Ping’s funny bone on set?
What tickles Chen Li Ping’s funny bone on set?
06 Sep 2018

What tickles Chen Li Ping’s funny bone on set?

What Romeo says: Many things leh - she laughs easily on set. By default, just a smile gets her laughing. She’s a very happy-go-lucky person so she cracks up at just about anything. When we were filming Joys of Life, I remember there was one scene where she could not stop laughing and [Chew] Chor Meng da ge had to drag her into a room because she just kept laughing and laughing for an extended period of time. He helped her stop laughing so that filming could resume.

What Li Ping says: You should ask Chor Meng what he did to help me stop laughing.

WATCH: How much does Chen Li Ping and Romeo Tan know about each other?

Just how well does Romeo Tan know Chen Li Ping?
Just how well does Romeo Tan know Chen Li Ping?
06 Sep 2018

Just how well does Romeo Tan know Chen Li Ping?

WATCH: How much does Chen Li Ping and Romeo Tan know about each other?

Chen Li Ping reacts to Romeo Tan's slip of the tongue when he called her 'Zoe Tay'
Chen Li Ping reacts to Romeo Tan's slip of the tongue when he called her 'Zoe Tay'
06 Sep 2018

Chen Li Ping reacts to Romeo Tan's slip of the tongue when he called her 'Zoe Tay'

WATCH: How much does Chen Li Ping and Romeo Tan know about each other?

Romeo Tan and Chen Li Ping will play a couple in 'How Are You?'
Romeo Tan and Chen Li Ping will play a couple in 'How Are You?'
06 Sep 2018

Romeo Tan and Chen Li Ping will play a couple in 'How Are You?'

WATCH: How much does Chen Li Ping and Romeo Tan know about each other?

How Are You? is a collaboration between the Ministry of Communications and Information (MCI) and Mediacorp. The drama debuts Jan 4, 2019, Friday, 11.30am on Channel 8.

Watch past dialect dramas Eat Already? 1, Eat Already? 2, Eat Already? 3 on Toggle.

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