“I think this show by far has the most crying scenes for me,” she said.
The 20-year-old actress was excited to challenge herself with the emotional scenes in the drama. “I wanted to see if I could portray this character and meet the producer’s expectations,” said Kiki in an email interview with The UrbanWire.
In the Chinese New Year-themed drama, Kiki plays Mia, a girl from Kuching, Malaysia. She’s in Singapore to search for her father (Pierre Png), who abandoned her mother (Priscelia Chan), causing the latter to fall into depression.
To better prepare for her role, Kiki watched many touching videos. She also learnt from her veteran co-star Pierre Png and asked him for advice.
Another co-actor Edwin Goh shared that Kiki fit in well and “[played] a helpful part on set”.
In his email response, Edwin said Kiki reminded him of his “raw performance” when he first started acting. “Raw performance means that her performance mostly comes from her heart and is truthful in that way,” he said.
Kiki started as a freelance actress in 2016 with Tanglin, the long-running Channel 5 drama. She has starred in Lion Moms, Last Madame, Tribes and Pei Pei. In 2019, she auditioned for Star Search and emerged as one of the top 12 finalists.
Kiki is grateful for the chance to pursue acting as a long-term career.
“I never expected myself to go this far but I’m forever grateful that I actually did, as I’m currently doing something I love as a job and I guess it slowly grew into a passion,” said Kiki.
Looking forward, she hopes to improve her acting skills and be “a respectable actress” who has “everyone’s approval”.