Be introspective. That’s what Rebecca Lim wants to accomplish this year.
The local actress is honest about one of her personality traits that she doesn’t appreciate — that, well, she is perhaps too honest. Which is why she has set her mind to think before she speaks, lest she hurts her friends and family.
Lim, 27, said: “In 2013, there were a lot of things that I can look back and smile at, but there are also a lot of things that I can learn from. I need to learn to be more patient, especially with the people closest and dearest to me. I’ve said and done things that have hurt people who care a lot about me and love me and I regret that.
“I would also like to, in 2014, let go and surrender to what I can’t control and hope to have a soul that never loses faith.”
Workwise, she is determined to try new things even though the unknown intimidates her. Lim plans to star in her first musical, set to be produced this year and she’s looking into hiring a vocal coach.
She said: “Singing and dancing, both of which aren’t my forte, are a welcome challenge. To be honest, I am feeling a little insecure knowing that I am not great in both, but at the same time, I like this sense of insecurity and this stress.
It is masochistic I know, but I think it just makes me want to do better and not rest on my laurels. I never want to reach a stage where I think I can do anything and everything and do it well. I want to always know for a fact that I can improve and be better.”
Lim has finally given up on wanting to be thin, as she is now comfortable in her own skin. She may change her image, depending on what her styling team has in store for her.
She said: “I have a great stylist team behind me and I’ll go with whatever they are inspired to do. I mean, I don’t look red carpet-ready all the time, you know. I have my good days, and my bad days.
“I am pretty happy with how I look right now. I’ve always been one of those more muscular girls so I’ve given up trying to look skinny. I just want to be healthy, look healthy and feel good. And that’s also a convenient excuse to eat and indulge.”
According to a report on The New Paper, Lim seems to have no clue as to how attractive she is to men or how much she is adored by her male fans.
She was recently nominated for this year’s Star Awards’ Favourite Female Character alongside Jeanette Aw, Rui En, Joanne Peh and Zoe Tay. This category, along with Favourite Male Character and Favourite On-Screen Couple, was created in 2010 and is driven by fans’ online votes.
True to her grounded character, Lim’s reaction to her nomination for Channel 8 drama Sudden (2013), where she played twins, was one of deference and humility.
She said: “I am very heartened to know that there are a group of people who like what I do on-screen enough to want to vote for me.
"That being said, I know for a fact that there are people who deserve it more than I do, who act better than me, but aren’t nominated and I feel embarrassed about it.
“I think it’s something that I can never get used to but at the same time, I never want to get used to it. I do not deserve any of this. And I am appreciative of everyone — crew, co-actors, (MediaCorp) and family who have made it possible for me to enjoy these unmerited favours.”
When contacted, Lim’s supporters who voted for her voiced their opinions in unison.
As best put by investment banker Mark Wong, 32: “She’s really hot and what I like is that Rebecca has no idea of the power she has over guys. I know many who are crazy about her because we all voted for her.
"Her acting is solid but her beauty lies in the fact that she is seriously unaware of it. She acted as twins — two Rebeccas instead of one? That was a dream come true. Vote, vote, vote.”