He Ying Ying is an up-and-coming Singapore actress you’ll definitely hear more of in the near future. In a span of just one year, the 23-year-old has already been cast in 11 shows, one of which will see her debuting an on-screen kiss.
Speaking with Yahoo Lifestyle Singapore at a media conference on Thursday (11 Jan) for the launch of her upcoming show “A Lonely Fish” on Toggle, she talked about first-kiss jitters.
“After reading the script, I realised that it was very ‘puppy love-ish’. It took me back to when I was 17,” said He, who confessed that she had experienced her real first kiss at that age.
The upcoming online drama series tells the story of a ballet dancer’s struggle to cope with the death of her parents. Also starring are Pierre Png, Cynthia Koh and Brian Ng, with whom He will be sharing her first on-screen kiss.
Indeed, He said Ng helped her through the scene. “After filming with Brian, I realised that we had a lot of chemistry. I was the one who was a bit shy,” said He, who seemed impressed with herself due to there being very few takes for the scene.
She also hinted at Ng’s sweet personality, after revealing that her co-star would regularly check with her if she’d like a cup of coffee.
“A Lonely Fish” is also the first Mandarin drama in which she takes on a female lead role. The National University of Singapore graduate said it would be a chance for her to show how she has improved as an actress.
“I think I did all right. There is definitely room for improvement. When I was filming this drama, I was also filming a Channel 8 drama, so I was quite tired,” she said. “I might not do as well in certain scenes.”
She’s grateful for having such a patient director on set, who had helped the bubbly actress through challenging emotional scenes calling for buckets of tears.
“The director helped me to get into the [right] frame of mind for the character. All those tears that I shed on scene belonged to the character and didn’t stem from any personal memories.”
The actress was discovered at talent scouting competition “Mediacorp Hey Gorgeous”. Her debut show was Toggle’s “Run Rachel Run” in 2016.
“A Lonely Fish” airs on Toggle on 1 March and runs for six episodes.
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