We have grown up watching their parents on screen. And now, these Singapore celebrity kids seem to be taking baby steps into showbiz as well. Will they make the cut? Or are they going to get even bigger than their parents? Only time will tell… For now, here are 5 Singapore celebrity kids waiting to be the next big stars of showbiz!
Daughter of estranged couple, host Quan Yifeng and former Channel 8 actor Peter Yu, Eleanor Lee may have just turned 18, but is already a star to reckon with. Eleanor first grabbed eyeballs when she appeared in the Apple ad in 2015.
Today, she’s already a star on social media, with 126,000 followers on Instagram, and more than 2.2 million fans on Sina Weibo, (China’s version of Twitter)! The teenager seems to be going from strength to strength, and has been admitted into the prestigious Beijing Film Academy. She is also all set to star with Hong Kong actor Leon Lai in his first television drama in 23 years.
Chen Yixi and Chen Yixin
The Chen siblings, children of former actor Edmund Chen and actress Xiang Yun, have decided to get their feet wet in showbiz as well. Older brother Chen Yixi, 25, signed up with Mediacorp last year, and recently quit his job as as a computer graphics artist to concentrate full time on acting.
He tells The Straits Times, “Our parents were shocked that we wanted to enter show business. But they are supportive of us.” Sister Chen Yixin, 17, is a Singapore Polytechnic student, and makes her debut in the upcoming Channel 8 drama While We Are Young. Being star kids is not as easy as it looks, and a lot of negative comments and criticism are bound to come your way.
As Yixi says it, “People say we got into the industry because of our parents. Some people dislike us because they have to work so hard to go for auditions and may not get the role.” “We get it, we can empathise. We can’t do anything except to work harder.”
Zack Pang and Xander Pang
Both Zack Pang, 17, and Xander Pang, 16, children of Adrian and Tracie Pang, are hardly new to acting. They have already performed in plays like Spring Awakening, The Full Monty and Crazy Christmas and in Zero Hero, a children’s show on Okto. Zack has also appeared in another Okto show, Me, Myself & Isaac.
The brothers have apparently expressed their interest in acting, and enrolling in drama school. However, mummy Tracie Pang has emphasised that they would have to focus on their International Baccalaureate exams first, following which, they would have to go through National Service.
Daughter of former actress Chen Xiuhuan, 17-year-old Shalynn Tsai has appeared in a small role in a short film produced by Jack Neo called Seven Letters. This Raffles Institution student is also classically-trained violinist, and well known for her Sunsilk shampoo commercial.
She will be seen in the upcoming Channel 8 drama “While We Are Young” as well. Joining showbiz was never planned, and as Shalynn tells The Straits Times, “I don’t see it as a career, it is something I will do in my free time. I’m quite the introvert, I’m more of a listener among my friends. The exposure will help me improve my people skills.”
Tay Ying and Calvert Tay
Yet another pair of celebrity siblings are entering the acting world. Tay Ying, 21, and Calvert Tay, 17, both children of actors Hong Huifang and Zheng Geping have confessed that they find acting much more interesting than mundane office jobs. Calvert tells The Straits Times, “An actor’s life is full of ups and downs and they often work overtime and on weekends.
But I feel it is a lifestyle that I am willing to accept.” Calvert is acting in Channel 8 series While We Are Young too, while Sister Tay Ying will be starring in upcoming Channel 5 drama Missing.
They confess that the pressure of being compared to your parents is a bit too much. Says Ying, “If I work with people who have worked with my parents, they may compare and wonder why their daughter has so many NGs (no-good take) while their father is so professional. People will say things and it gets to me. All I can do is to work extra hard.”
While brother Calvert admits, “We get a lot of negative comments, such as the only reason we are able to step into the media industry is because of our parents’ connections. “True, we got a head start but, in the end, it is all up to our hard work. If we do something wrong or don’t perform well in acting, you’ve got to understand that we are still newcomers. We need time to find ourselves in this world and work on our acting craft.”
Joel Choo, 23, is all set to appear with his father, actor Zhu Houren in the upcoming Channel 8 drama series A Million Dollar Dream. Choo, also a musician, was first noticed for his role as national swimmer in Channel 5 drama Faculty. He has been quoted by the Straits Times as saying, “If it weren’t for my dad, I would never have had a chance to step into this industry. “
“Sometimes I think people judge me for it and it doesn’t feel good. The only thing I can do is to work hard and prove that I am worthy, that I have the substance.”
Chantalle Ng is daughter of actress Lin Meijiao and former actor Huang Yiliang, and has earlier appeared in small roles in Channel 8 dramas such as World At Your Feet and 96 °C Café. She will also be seen in the Channel 8 drama While We Are Young.
This Singapore Management University student wants to be known as more than her famous mum’s daughter. She tells The Straits Times, “I’m touched when people call me by my name. If they call me ‘Meijiao’s daughter’, it is like I’m living in her shadow. I hope that I will come to a point where people will not remember me as my mum’s daughter.”
He is the only child of Channel 8’s leading television host, Guo Liang, and 18-year-old Marcus Guo is well aware of the expectations. While he will be seen soon in “While We Are Young”, he isn’t too sure of taking up acting as a career.
He tells The Straits Times, “I decided to take on While We Are Young since I had free time and my friends were doing it too. My dad was open to me acting and challenging myself. I just had to assure my mum that it would not get in the way of my studies.”