When you watch the new Netflix series Marco Polo, you will see a Singapore face among the cast.
Young Singapore actress Oon Shu An has received the biggest break of her career by landing the part of a concubine in the Asian period drama.
She is not the only Singapore name in the series. Four other Singapore actors had speaking parts, including Tan Kheng Hua and Los Angeles-based Chin Han.
Oon is still less well-known in Singapore, and according to Vulcan Post, here is why she deserves the limelight:
1. She is one of the friendliest, most down-to-earth humans we know.
2. She believes in what she thinks and she hopes you can come aboard.
She has an Instagram following of 44k, but doesn’t just use it to post pretty pictures of herself.
Shu An also shows her support for good deeds. Scroll through her pictures and you will spot encouraging quotes and efforts to spread social awareness.
ALS ice bucket challenge? Check. Don’t drink and drive? Check. Pink dot? Check.
3. She’s proactive She speaks through her actions.
Shu An is very supportive of the arts and has co-founded a physical threatre group called Treatrestrays (physical theatre is a genre of theatre that uses physical means to tell a story).
4. She’s not afraid to speak up and voice her opinions.
Her open letter against Anton Casey went viral on Facebook in January last year, where she criticised him for his snobbish remarks and gave him a good telling-off.
5. She’s more versatile than you think
You might have seen her on YouTube, but Shu An’s not just a YouTuber who hosts ‘Tried and Tested’ on Click Network.
Shu An has hosted television programmes, acted in local dramas, short feature films, musicals and theatrical plays.
6. She can take a beating
Local media films aside, Shu An has also participated in many student films.
One of which is Left Hook, where she weeps and bleeds as she plays the leading role: a bruised-up boxer who gets down and dirty, and…physical, sweaty, and make-up free.
This final-year film project was directed and produced by Film, Sound & Video students from The School of Film & Media Studies, Ngee Ann Polytechnic. The 18-minute film went on to win the Asia-Pacific Region category of the International KODAK Film School Competition, and was screened at international film festivals.
She’s got true credentials She didn’t somehow find fame and became an actress.
Shu An graduated with an acting degree at the LASELLE College of the Arts. Prior to this, she was already dabbling in acting at the age of 14. 8. English, Mandarin? No problem!
Unlike some local starlets, Shu An is effectively bilingual and doesn’t speak in an unnatural accent, which can make you cringe. However, she sometimes put on an accent to make you laugh.
9. She’s the girl-next-door, but also exists on your small devices
Her wacky and big sister personality will put a smile on your face. Have you seen her videos? She’s straight-up honest about her products and you can absolutely relate to her.
10. She acted for Netflix
How many Singaporeans get to be this close to Hollywood?