Reel life mirrored real life on the set of new local blockbuster drama The Dream Makers.
And it made Chen Liping realise how blur the line between fantasy and reality could be.
“There were some scenes in the drama that seemed to reflect reality,‘ said the 47-year-old actress in Mandarin.
According to a report in The New Paper, in the showbiz-themed drama, Chen plays a senior executive heading the drama division of a television station.
It also stars Zoe Tay, Rui En, Jeanette Aw, Qi Yuwu and Shaun Chen.
“This is actually none of my business, I’m just being kaypoh (busybody in Hokkien).
‘Chen then launched into an anecdote about China-born MediaCorp actor Qi, who plays a director in The Dream Makers.
“In it, Yuwu is romantically involved with Jeanette and Rui En,‘ she said.
“In real life, he fell in love with Joanne Peh.
We only have three princesses left and he romanced all of them!‘
"Seven princesses‘ was coined by the local Chinese media around 2006.
It was used to describe seven young and popular actresses ‘“ Dawn Yeoh, Felicia Chin, Fiona Xie, Jesseca Liu, Aw, Peh and Rui En.
Today, only Aw, Peh and Rui En remain as full-time actresses.
But Chen said the parallels between fiction and reality did not stop there.
Aw and Qi play a couple in the drama, and after they break up, Rui En’s, character falls in love with Qi’s character.
“As we all know, in reality, Joanne got together with Yuwu after breaking up with her ex-boyfriend,‘ said Chen with a laugh.
In March, Peh announced her split from DJ-actor Bobby Tonelli.
About three weeks later, Qi said in a magazine interview he was dating Peh.
“Even his love story in the drama mirrors his real life!‘ said Chen.
Read the full story in The New Paper.