Greetings and salutations, fellow stargazers! This is your Showbiz Sista ushering in the Chinese New Year with the cast of It’s A Wonderful Life.
Thumbs up because it’s Wonderful, innit?
Yes, the great thing about being Chinese is that we get to celebrate two new years a year. It’s A Wonderful Life is this year’s festive, “happy family” drama — the one we’ve all come to expect every CNY.
And the obligatory yu sheng at the press conference.
The show’s about a bunch of heartland neighbours, played by the likes of Chen Liping and Huang Wen Yong, a married couple who have trouble with their daughter-in-law and son (played by Zen Chong and Paige Chua).
The rest of the squabbling neighbours include Ha Yu, Lin Mei Jiao, Dennis Chew, Adeline Lim and Brandon Wong.
But Showbiz Sista knows my stargazers are most looking forward to seeing what kind of chemistry there will be between hunky heartthrob Elvin Ng and sweet young thing Julie Tan.
Elvin plays a feckless artist and Julie plays a returning emigrant, and, well, the path of true love never did run smooth.
Because arty types wear skirts.
Even their on-screen kiss was awkward, according to Elvin. “I’m older than Julie by 12 years, so she probably thinks of me as some pervert uncle,” the 32-year-old joked.
“Just call me Uncle Elvin”
All Julie knows, though, is that when they were filming the kissing scene, she was so hungry that, at the critical moment, her stomach made a huge growl. “I was rolling on the ground laughing,” she recounted.
That’s far from her worst moment, though. While filming a seaside scene with Ha Yu and Dennis, Julie said, ‘I got stung by a jellyfish!’ ‘I offered to pee on it!’ Dennis contributed. ‘I was sent to the hospital instead,’ Julie deadpanned.
Water births are generally attempted by women
These and other hijinks — all in It’s A Wonderful Life. Or, at least, the outtakes.
Catch It’s A Wonderful Life starting Jan 21, weekdays at 9pm, on MediaCorp TV Channel 8. Showbiz Sista, signing out. Live long and pop corn!