We say she bagged
the constellation prize.
Indeed, for the
girl with the golden opportunity to shine her light beyond
this land, the sky's the limit. And like any regional-star-in-waiting
worth her salt, she is near impossible to track down.
The elusive celeb now flits between alternate worlds of
stardust glamour - filming a movie in the dark alleys
of Hongkong, indulging the Shopping addict in her in Taiwan,
bantering with MTV veejays in China. To paraphrase a famous
tagline, all you need is a visa.
This frequent flyer
spends half the year out of the country, forgoing home-cooked
meals for hotel room service, collecting more passport
stamps than some of us do bus tickets. Even now, as the
promotional blitzkrieg for her latest projects - her fourth
Mandarin album, appropriately titled Missing You, her
maiden movie outing, The Truth About Jane and Sam, and
its soundtrack - goes into hyperdrive here this month,
she is likely to miss much of the action. Currently in
Taiwan to plug her album, Fann returns for the gala premiere
of Truth before winging her way to Yunnan, China, to film
TCS's period mega-drama, Swordsman.
One could almost
say that she's morphed into - The Fann-tom Star.
EPISODE ONE: STAR
"I need time,"
she wails, running her fingers through her hair in mock
desperation. "There's so much to do, and so little time!"
After being bestowed with a co-ordination miracle, we
finally pin down Fann Wong for a photo shoot one May afternoon.
If the actress-singer is feeling any strain at all, she
sure doesn't show it. Although the svelte, 1.71m-tall
lass admits she's lost some cheek with her hectic schedule
("I weigh only about 49kg now."), she's a picture of high
spirits and good health - on beam-alert, ever-ready to
break into a wide sunny grin.
She's also a beacon
of possibility, radiating enthusiasm like a motivational
speaker. You tease her about being a pro at doing publicity
in Taiwan. "I don't want to be a pro at anything, because
it means I stop learning," she says earnestly. And with
the sagacity of Yoda, she adds, "What's good about juggling
different projects is that everything will always feel
like a fresh experience. You'll never get bored."
At the asteroid
speed her career is hurtling along, Fann can't be at the
bottom of the learning curve. Her whirlwind schedule for
May: Wrap filming for TCS 8 serial, Out To Win. Finish
recording Missing You. Whizz to Taiwan for promotions.
Her whirlwind schedule for 25 May: Interrupt work in Taipei
to fly back home in the evening. Attend costume-fitting
for Swordsman at TCS. Finish by the wee hours of the next
morning. Fly back to Taipei. Phew.
Her hard seems to
be paying off - big time. The cherubic celeb garnered
a win beneath the gilded wings when her lauded turn as
a self-centred stockbroker in Out To Win attracted close
to a record one million viewers during the serial's finale.
PART TWO: THE DARK
"I spew vulgarities,
smoke, take drugs…" she says, furrowing her brow as if
in disapproval. "Oh, and I get into a catfight with another
girl." The squeaky-clean actress is telling you just how
disaffected the rebel she plays in The Truth About Jane
and Sam is. "I really enjoyed the novel experience," she
enthuses. "The director even told me, after we wrapped
the catfight scene, that people finally realize how fierce
Singaporean girls are," she says, with mischievous pride.
When you ask her if her edgy role is potentially damaging
to her pristine image, she demurs. "We'll have to see,
won't we?" she chirps in a sing-song voice. "But with
[director] Derek Yee, I know I'm in good hands."
"It is in the good
hands of this Hongkong auteur that Raintree Pictures have
placed their faith to make their second film (after Liang
Po Po - The Movie) a hit - here and hopefully, abroad.
It looks promising, judging from a hush, hush sneak peek
at excerpts. Though the 24-year-old Taiwanese singer Peter
Ho is endearingly guileless as a tabloid photog, it is
scene-stealing Fann who's most likely to impress as little
So can the man who
molded Anita Yuen from mere pretty face to credible thespian
with C'est La Vie Ma Cherie turn Fann Wong into hot property
"I don't like to
fantasize about things that aren't concrete. Regional
stardom? I don't dwell on these expectations. I focus
on specific tasks," reasons the 28-year-old. "Like today,
my job is to look good in the photos. Marketing the movie
is someone else's concern."