a student, doctor, a cop and even a lawyer, but this soulful actor
and wannabe marine biologist, has even more facets of himself in
real life. Urbanwire's Kang gets Keagan Kang
his guts on:
The first time
Being on The Bachelor
Being in love
You probably just saw Keagan as a chatty Australian tourist in action
comedy City Sharks, which just opened in local cinemas. The movie,
which wrapped up filming last January, won the Best Comedy nod by
the American Screen Arts Foundation 2002, a rare honor for 1 of
our homemade flicks.
The basic premise
is that 3 men reunite and impersonate loansharks to save the orphanage
they grew up in from being destroyed. Sheikh
Lee, Hans Isaac (a big time Malaysian
actor) play the protagonists, Keagan is among the supporting cast,
which includes familiar local favourites such as Koh
Chieng Mun and Lim
born thespian revels in the family spirit on the set, "These
guys rely on each other, because they've grown up with each other
for so long, And they're quite dysfunctional in their own ways,
they have different issues, different things that make or break
them." Everyone's life experience is rich in color in a certain
Explaining his enthusiasm for acting, he compares the art form to
painting, adding that the idea/vision is begging to be put on canvass,
"[It's] the same as acting where you start off blank, you have
your own characteristic and you get your own sense of self."
Keagan who manages
British, Irish, Scottish, Spanish, German accents just to name a
few, says one thing draws him to his many roles in TV shows, theatre
productions and local movies.
it's really about the story. Acting is really an exploration of
the human condition. People get to see that in a story, and that's
what I like to do, I love it."
Though Keagan loves every moment about acting, it is the critics
that keep him on his toes.
that somebody says is an opinion. There're going to be people who
say that they'll like your work or they don't. Some people will
say more bad than good, while others will be full of praises. Always
keep in check who you are."
name might have Irish roots that mean, "Little
Fire", this beach-loving person is far from afraid
of water. He reveals that his usual haunts in Singapore include
Sentosa and East Coast, but his favourite place is not in Singapore.
10 minutes down the road from my house. I call it My Spot.
I study the reef there and I know what fish are there, so I can
go there to catch fish if I want. It's just beautiful, a quaint
little area next to a surf club."
As we hit on
Keagan's soft spot - marine biology, Keagan rattles off convincingly
the scientific names of fish species. I wonder why he isn't a marine
biologist in training, instead of an actor. For the answer to that,
we have to go to his first audition.
[reading] in a newspaper [that] auditions were open for an acting
school. I hesitated. I was scared. But something inside me said
that if I don't do something now, I wouldn't know. I picked the
phone, rang and hung up. I got through and finally I went for the
audition, I got called back again and again and I got in! And there
I was, my 1st day with all these other strange people I never knew.
Here I am now, 9 years later, still learning and exploring."
that time, he's been featured in 47 TV commercials, 9 TV series,
30 theatre productions, hundreds of voiceovers, and had a stint
as a professional stunt double on the show called The Gift.
No wonder he's all for budding artistes overcoming
their nerves and making that important 1st step.
His advice may
sound like a soccer coach spouting clichés, but he says it
sincerely: "Go for it. Do it if it's your dream and you take
your dream seriously, you want it and it's inside your heart. Keep
going. Never ever give in make the best out of every opportunity.
Be the best you can be. There's no perfect time. The time is now.
All you have is this moment right now and if something comes your
way, grab it. Do the best that you can."
fame, large twinkly, brown eyes, a cheeky smile that punctuates
every sentence and toned body, Keagan looks like a prime candidate
for The Bachelor if we ever decided to film our
take part in The
Bachelor. But I think some of them [reality shows]
are great. I think Amazing
Race is a lot of fun. It's a competition where everyone
is racing against the clock. Travel around the world to experience
many things in a flash. Everyone's goal might be the money or the
motivation, but I think it's also to be able to see as many countries
as they can nd beat the others to it. It's very good for people
who are adventurous."
than the love for adventures, Keagan speaks about being
is wonderful. I think love dies because we fear it and we try to
control [it]. Things change, people change. You come together not
to complete each other, but you should already be complete."
He finds it
ironic when couples say they hurt each other because they love each
other. "If you can trust yourself, you can trust your partner.
You have to know yourself. If you're complete, you can share your
love so purely and unconditionally."
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