Local actor made female co-star 'squeal' in nude scene

17 April 2013 / 3 years 6 months ago

He used to cut classes and refused to cut his hair short.But Xu Bin is no longer the playful student he once was ‘“ he is now an actor driven to do well in his career.And he was so keen while shooting for his debut movie that he went nude before the scene in question was due to be shot.The MediaCorp actor, 24, who is managed by Noon Talk Media, had landed a role in last year’s local movie Timeless Love.In one scene, he was supposed to drop the towel around his waist and the plan was for this to be done in a separate shoot, with only a few people present.But Xu bared all during the regular shooting, much to the shock of the women present ‘“ including actress Kimberly Chia, who reportedly squealed and turned her head away.Xu, who came to Singapore from Fujian, China, when he was 11, told The New Paper in Mandarin: “I was blur back then because I didn’t have any filming experience.“The script wrote ‘˜nude scene’ and I thought it was to be filmed at one go, so I took off everything.“I was told later that the nude scene would be filmed separately, with fewer people around.‘Xu first appeared on television in the second season of Campus SuperStar in 2007, where he made the top 20.After Timeless Love, he made a transition to television, playing a student in Don’t Stop Believin’ (2012).It, was last year’s top-rated Channel 8 drama and his role is nominated for Favourite Male Character at this year’s Star Awards, which will take place on April 21 and 28.As a sign of his rising popularity, Xu was leading in this category as of two weeks ago.He now sports a crew cut, as he is filming Channel 8 sitcom The Recruit Diaries , which is slated to air in July.From baring his body to losing his hair, Xu takes these “sacrifices‘ in his stride.“Since I’ve decided to pursue a career in this industry, these are reservations I’m prepared to forgo,‘ he said, adding that even up to last year, he was still not the person he is today.“I was quite playful in secondary school. Often, my friends and I would get caught for keeping our hair too long and the teachers would tell us to get our hair cut.“Then we wouldn’t return to school, giving ourselves the day off.“Once, a teacher told me ‘˜I always can’t seem to catch you’, while my friends would always get caught for breaking the rules.“My teachers thought I was the mastermind, but I wasn’t.‘Xu was also busy being a devoted boyfriend during his days at Woodlands Ring Secondary School.After Campus SuperStar, he said he was approached by MediaCorp three times to audition for roles in drama, but he turned them down because of his, then-girlfriend.“She didn’t allow me to go, saying she did not want me to be an artiste,‘ he said.They later broke up and Xu now says it was just puppy love.He added: “At that time, I was immature and playful and wanted to live in the now instead of thinking about the future.‘After secondary school, he studied Business, Logistics & Operations Management and Marketing at Temasek Polytechnic.He later majored in logistics, which he said was his “biggest mistake in life‘.“My teacher advised me to do so because I was good at maths, but it was all about memorising different names and terms, which I’m bad at,‘ he said.“Moreover, I live in the north and my school was in the east, so sometimes I simply skipped classes.‘Xu said his polytechnic days were sort of “trying to get by‘ , although he managed to graduate last year.But Dasmond Koh ‘“ the host of the Campus SuperStar edition in which Xu appeared and who directed Timeless Love ‘“ helped Xu put his life into perspective.Said Xu: “Before filming Timeless Love, he talked to me about life. He knows I don’t like to study, but also said I had to think about the future.“It got me thinking: I’m already in my 20s, so I should have some aims and objectives in life.‘Xu said Koh is like a big brother to him, especially now that he lives by, himself in Singapore.His mother visited Singapore once when he was 18.He last visited them during Chinese New Year , when he took a five-day trip to Fujian .Xu is single now, but in no hurry to find love again.When asked what he looks for in a partner, he said: “Let’s be practical ‘“ looks still matters, to a certain extent.“And also to get along well. But I don’t have any intention to look for a girlfriend now.“It’s still too early and I’d like to concentrate on my work, so no time, lah.‘

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