4 fresh faces to look out for on local TV

4 fresh faces to look out for on local TV
Rebecca Spykerman is one of the nominees for the The Best Supporting Actress Award at the 13th Life! Theatre Awards.

DANIELLA SYA, 25

This Malaysian actress-model is certainly going places.

Previously a supporting actress in local TV mini-series Keong Saik Street (2012), she scored her first lead role last year as police officer Tan Siew Lan in the Channel 5 crime drama Mata Mata, alongside Nadiah M. Din, Cheryl Wee, Aileen Tan, Paul Foster, Jason Godfrey and George Young.

She is Lush 99.5FM's latest deejay, hosting Morning Lush on weekdays from 7am to 10am.

The bilingual artist also stars as beach patrol officer Jenny in Suria's new series S.O.S, on Wednesdays at 9.30pm.

Also starring Hatta Said, Syirah Jusni and Den Sabari, S.O.S follows a beach patrol team in their work and explores the relationships between the members. Think Baywatch - but with more clothes and no gratuitous cleavage on display.

Sya's double stint is quite an achievement for the newcomer.

When The New Paper spoke to her in July, Sya was still unsure of her projects after Mata Mata.

Contrast that with what the 25-yearold told us last month: "Things have been pretty great for me in Singapore. I'm so thankful that everyone has been very welcoming."

Fans have showered her with gifts, letters and praise for her work on both TV and radio.

They were also surprised that she is so well-versed in the Malay language. Sya, who shuttles between Singapore and Malaysia, said that things have been smooth sailing here.

"Work isn't a challenge because I love what I do - I'm a workaholic," she admitted.

Sya added that her only challenge now is a personal matter which requires her to return home to Kuala Lumpur frequently.

She declined to share more.

In the future, Sya wants to showcase more of her talent, like dancing.

"Who knows, maybe I could take a role as a dancer or be part of an item during the President's Star Charity?" she said.

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