almost feel sorry for this late night phone interview
when 17-year-old actor Shawn Lee tells you that he has
just reached home after a long day at school. But when
the chirpy Anglo Chinese Junior College student goes on
to describe how he laughed at himself while re-watching
his children drama shot almost a decade ago, you realize
that, yes, he is a kid no more.
was so bubbly and open, it almost seems hilarious,”
Lee tells Moviexclusive.com over a phone interview in
a mix of articulated Mandarin and English.
definitely won’t be getting that kind of roles
now. I’d be playing teenagers faced with all kinds
of relationship problems and challenges.”
In Lee’s latest movie Colour
of Hope, which is produced by Jack Neo-founded J
Team, he plays a teenager faced with real teenage problems
like friendship, loyalty, and every adolescent’s
highlight during those teenage years – love.
However, it was not easy for the boyish-looking Lee
to shoot those romantic scenes with co-star Chen Chuxuan.
He recalls the night when the both of them shot the
shooting star scene: “We started filming that
scene at 8pm at an area near the Esplanade, and it was
after a whole day of filming other scenes. The most
difficult thing was that we had to stop every time there
was noise from the traffic.
the end, we only wrapped at around 2am.”
The fatigue experienced during the 10 intensive days
of filming last December did not make the good-natured
Lee from praising everyone involved in the movie.
Letting out a heart chuckle in between sentences, he
says: “It was very enjoyable although I had to
spend Christmas with these guys. And although Eric has
been out of action for three to four years, we don’t
feel like strangers at all.”
He is referring to his other co-star, Taiwan-born Eric
Huang, whom many may remember as the chubby goodie-two-shoes
Terry in I Not Stupid (2002). Like Lee, he is no longer
the kid you used to know.
don’t even recognize me in public anymore,”
Huang tells us in his perfect Mandarin over the phone
from his home.
it’s good because it won’t cause any embarrassment.”
The serious-sounding Huang feels that he has not changed
in any way over the years, despite his long absence
from movies and television dramas: “I guess it’s
natural that we all grow up. One thing that hasn’t
changed is my personality.
am what I am,” he stresses.
Currently studying hard foe his upcoming GCSE Grade
10 examinations in May, the 16-year-old finds his role
in the movie challenging mostly because of the scenes
where he had to confess his love to his on-screen crush
know each other so well, we keep laughing and it was
about 20 takes before we got it right.”
Huang also finds time to play basketball between his
current hectic revision schedules. Although he does
not have any concrete idea what he wants to be when
he grows up, he is definitely passionate about the ball
is my second life; I really want to improve on it.”
Our advice to the two teenagers? Because you are kids
no more, pursue your dreams now because teenage-hood
only comes once.
"Colour Of Hope"
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