‘You Can Be an Angel 3’ stars and their physical insecurities

Yes, good-looking people have them too

‘You Can Be an Angel 3’ stars and their physical insecurities
‘You Can Be an Angel 3’ stars and their physical insecurities
25 Oct 2018

‘You Can Be an Angel 3’ stars and their physical insecurities

Photos: Tammi Tan
Video: Goh Wen Kai, Philip Ang

After covering three seasons of medical drama You Can Be an Angel Too, which included everything from lensing ceremonies to hands-on training sessions, we feel like we’ve exhausted every related topic from who has a fear of needles to who are the most angel-like (and devil-like) cast members.

So when we were doing our prep for the latest instalment You Can Be an Angel 3’s press conference last Wednesday (Oct 17), we pondered over what other angles we could pursue, and then it hit us: cosmetic surgery. Although it’s not an area any of the characters specialise in, it still involves doctors, nurses, scalpels, operating tables et cetera… close enough.

Plus, touching on the topic gave us the chance to uncover the physical insecurities of people who are, y’know, generally regarded as very fine-looking folk (they are celebrities, after all), as well as their thoughts on cosmetic surgery.

Read on to find out who would love to be just a few centimetres taller, who would consider fat-freezing to lose weight, and who has gotten IV drips for fairer skin (yes, that procedure exists).

Zoe Tay
Zoe Tay
25 Oct 2018

Zoe Tay

What are your thoughts on cosmetic surgery?
I’m not against it, because cosmetic surgery is also meant to boost one’s confidence. However, you must also know when to stop, because it’s easy to get addicted to it.

You’re a strong advocate for ageing naturally, but have you ever considered any procedures?
For now it’s a no, but I’m not saying I will never do it in the future - I just don’t know when. Cosmetic surgery is just another way to help someone regain confidence, which is not a bad thing, so I think I will slowly be able to accept it more and more [for myself].

What about injections?
Here’s the funny thing: I can endure injections to get rid of pimples, but if the doctor suggested an injection to get rid of wrinkles, I wouldn’t be able to do it. It’s so weird! It’s pretty much set in black and white for me, there is no grey area.

Has anyone ever suspected you of getting cosmetic surgery?
During my early days in showbiz, many people suspected that my nose, eyes, lips and face shape were all fake, but I’m like, no leh - I’ve injured my lips and eyes before, and my nose has always been like this.

Has anyone ever told or hinted to you to get something done?
There was one period of time when I think my wrinkles were very obvious, so I was told to do something about them. I also used to get quite a lot of acne, so people would ask me to go see a doctor. Right now, [the pimples are gone], but my wrinkles are still there. (Laughs)

What’s one physical trait you feel the most insecure or unsatisfied about?
I want to be as tall as Carrie Wong! (Laughs) Is there a way for me to achieve that? I think there are procedures for that now, but I’ve also heard about fatal incidents, so I would never dare to do it.

Desmond Tan
Desmond Tan
25 Oct 2018

Desmond Tan

What are your thoughts on cosmetic surgery?
I think it’s becoming more and more acceptable in today’s society. Personally, I don’t think it’s a bad thing to want to look and feel better about yourself.

If you could get any kind of cosmetic surgery, what would it be and why?
I would want deeper double eyelids. On some days I get one single eyelid, and as I get older, my eyelids are getting heavier. But I don’t think I would ever do it because for an actor, your eyes are the window to your soul, plus I’m scared of knives and needles! (Laughs)

What’s the most extreme form of cosmetic surgery you would consider?
To fix my spine. It’s a little bit crooked, and if I straightened it, I might become 3 to 4 cm taller. [Are you not satisfied with your height?] I’ve always felt I’m just slightly lacking because people say that 183 cm is the ideal height for a man, and I’m stuck at 182 cm. (Laughs) So maybe if I fixed my spine, I might reach 184 cm.

Has anyone ever told or hinted to you to get something done?
Lately I’ve been hearing comments about my eye bags. After filming Bluetick, my eye bags became bigger because of a lack of sleep, but I don’t think they’re so severe that I need to do anything drastic about them. Okay lah, plus I am scared of needles!

What’s one physical trait you feel the most insecure or unsatisfied about?
I have one toe that overlaps over the one next to it. It’s so weird. It used to be very uncomfortable, but as I got older, the skin also got thicker so it’s not as painful now. [Have you thought of getting it fixed?] I’m scared of needles and knives! And besides, it doesn’t put me in any real physical danger, so I’ve learned to accept it. Still, I don’t like to expose my bare feet.

Paige Chua
Paige Chua
25 Oct 2018

Paige Chua

What are your thoughts on cosmetic surgery?
I think it’s a very personal thing. If one thinks that fixing a certain part can make them happier and more confident, then they should have the freedom to do so. As for myself, so far I’m able to accept [how I look], so it’s not something I’ve thought about yet.

If you could get any kind of cosmetic surgery, what would it be and why?
I’ve heard that double eyelid surgery in Korea is done very well and very naturally, so if I really need it in a few years’ time, then perhaps I can think about it? Right now I just rely on eyelid tape to make my creases more obvious.

What’s the most extreme form of cosmetic surgery you would consider?
Maybe in 10 years I might need fat freezing, because my metabolism might slow down with age and it may be harder to lose weight with just exercise. So if I am still in showbiz by then, I might resort to that method to stay slim.

What about injections?
Not only am I afraid of needles, I don’t like the thought of substances being injected into and potentially remaining in my body. It’s quite a scary thought.

Has anyone ever told or hinted to you to get something done?
No, but many people have asked me if my nose is fake. I guess they think my nose bridge is too high [to be natural], but I can assure you, this is 100 percent real.

What’s one physical trait you feel the most insecure or unsatisfied about?
These days, it seems like many people desire a sharp chin, which I don’t really have. I’m also prone to water retention, so sometimes my face can become really round like the moon. (Laughs) So I guess it might be better to have a more prominent jawline?

Carrie Wong
Carrie Wong
25 Oct 2018

Carrie Wong

What are your thoughts on cosmetic surgery?
There’s nothing wrong with wanting to look beautiful, and if it makes you feel better about yourself, why not? I’m personally quite open-minded about it and have even been tempted to do it myself, but I don’t think I need it. (Laughs) But of course, don’t go overboard and don’t get addicted to it.

If you could get any kind of cosmetic surgery, what would it be and why?
Probably something on my eyes. I’ve always loved huge doe eyes like Angelababy’s and Dilraba Dilmurat’s. I have double eyelids too, but they’re not as prominent as theirs.

Is there any other procedure you would consider besides that?
I think that after some years, injections may be necessary to get rid of wrinkles, but that’s definitely not something I need to worry about now. (Laughs)

What are some cosmetics procedures you have undergone?
I have gotten IV drips to whiten my skin. I personally think I look better with fairer skin, and it’s difficult for me to become fair again after getting tan, so I resort to eating vitamins or getting whitening IV drips. My last treatment was about a year ago.

Has anyone ever told or hinted to you to get something done?
Netizens have left comments about my chest before. (Rolls eyes) But I would never [get breast implants].

Has anyone ever suspected you of getting cosmetic surgery?
Of course. When I made my showbiz debut, many people asked me that question, and I would say, “If you believe I did then maybe I have, but you are welcome to touch [my face] and feel it for yourself.” I think no matter what I say, I can’t please everybody: some might not believe me if I denied getting cosmetic surgery, but if I admitted to it, they might use it against me as well. It upset me in the beginning, but now, I don’t care what anyone thinks.

Joshua Tan, Bonnie Loo, Edwin Goh
Joshua Tan, Bonnie Loo, Edwin Goh
25 Oct 2018

Joshua Tan, Bonnie Loo, Edwin Goh

What are your thoughts on cosmetic surgery?
Joshua: I’m personally not very supportive of it for myself or my loved ones. I believe natural beauty is still the best.

Edwin: While you should love the way you are, sometimes, if a little extra “help” makes you happier then there’s nothing wrong with that, but the important thing is not to go overboard.

Bonnie: I’m personally very open-minded about it. Cosmetic surgery is getting so much more advanced these days, and if you can do something even very minor to make yourself look and feel better, then I don’t see why not.

If you could get any kind of cosmetic surgery, what would it be and why?
Joshua: (To Bonnie) To become taller?

Bonnie: Yes, how did you know!? (Laughs) But it’s not something that can be easily done with plastic surgery…

Joshua: For me, I’d want to get internal plastic surgery, to get rid of all the bad stuff inside.

Edwin: I think I’m good. I’ve already more or less accepted the way I am since I was younger. I’m also trying to convince myself that height isn’t everything, but there was once when I was walking the red carpet with Bonnie and Carrie, I was like, okay, nevermind, just be confident, but when I saw us in the live feed footage, it looked like Carrie bringing two little kids out with her!

Has anyone ever told or hinted to you to get something done?
Joshua: When I entered showbiz, I was told I should get rid of the mole on my forehead, but it looks like it has managed to survive, and I’ve grown rather fond of it. It’s like one of my signatures. There was once they tried to cover up my mole with makeup for a movie role, but it ended up looking like a huge pimple! So they just let it be.

Edwin: Same. Some makeup artists and fellow actors have suggested that I consider getting rid of my mole, but I think it’s such a big part of me.

Bonnie: Friends have asked me if I’ve considered doing anything to my jaw to make my face longer and sharper. But I don’t know, I might say I won’t do something now, but who knows what will happen in the future?

What’s one physical trait you feel the most insecure or unsatisfied about?
Bonnie: Besides my height, I wouldn’t be so confident if I had to project an image that was sexy.

Edwin: If I really had to pick one, it would be my height.

Joshua: There is one area I wish were bigger… [Looks down] My heart, and my hands. I’ve been told that my hands are very small. Even my girlfriend’s hands are… I can’t say, or I’ll get in trouble!

The cast of 'You Can Be an Angel 3' at the press conference
The cast of 'You Can Be an Angel 3' at the press conference
25 Oct 2018

The cast of 'You Can Be an Angel 3' at the press conference

You Can Be an Angel 3 debuts on October 29, 9pm on Channel 8. You can also catch it on Toggle-It-First.

Watch past episodes of You Can Be an Angel Too and You Can Be an Angel S2 on Toggle.

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