The New Paper
21 May 2015
When talking about television hunks, local actor Bryan Wong is not exactly the first person that comes to mind.
Wong, whose height is 1.8m, has put on 15kg in just over a month, and now weighs 79.8kg.
His biceps and chest certainly look bigger. The girth of his neck has also expanded by about 5cm.
He told The New Paper while on the set at Jalan Kupang, off Upper East Coast Road, yesterday: "I have been going to the gym for an hour or two every day.
"Everyone who sees me tells me I look huge. On good days, I have four-pack abs."
Wong is working hard on sculpting his body because he will be filming a "bare" scene in July, where he has to run down Shenton Way in a pair of swimming trunks.
"Between now and then, I am working out diligently so that I won't look flabby on screen. I don't want to trip over my own fats when I run," he said with a laugh.
"I don't feel too stressed about it because I've never been seen as a hunk by the audience, so I don't think their expectations of me will be too high."
Other than his regular workout, the veteran actor-host has also been watching his diet, drinking lots of protein shakes and increasing his meat intake.
He said: "I started off with eating 10 eggs for breakfast but I couldn't finish it, so I reduced it to five eggs. I also eat more meat and less rice."
The professional MediaCorp star plans to sunbathe by the pool prior to filming the scene so that he will not appear too pale on screen.
"I also 'groom' every day, there won't be any residual bush down there," said Bryan, to the laughter of everyone present.
Although he is in the best shape of his life, Wong lamented that this is the most challenging role he has had to play.
He has to act crass, stupid and ungraceful - everything he tries not to be in real life.
Wong also has to double up in Hand In Hand, acting as both father and son.
He said: "When I watched the playbacks, I was blushing and cringing because I was thinking, 'This person is just so ill-behaved and stupid. He speaks loudly and has no social graces, he is just freaking ugly'.
"I really let myself go for this role. This is definitely the ugliest I've ever had to be for a character."
Hand In Hand will air on Sept 24 at 9pm on Channel 8.
When I watched the playbacks, I was blushing and cringing because I was thinking, 'This person is just so ill-behaved and stupid. He speaks loudly and has no social graces'.
See more images of the charismatic Bryan Wong in the gallery below.