Aileen Tan laments loss of 'face-to-face communication'

Aileen Tan laments loss of 'face-to-face communication'

Younger artistes might be experts at using social media to engage their legions of fans, but veteran local actress Aileen Tan (right) laments the loss of "face-to-face communication among colleagues".

The 47-year-old told The New Paper that at work, most younger celebrities "will be glued to their phones and tablets" in-between takes.

"Last time, technology wasn't so advanced, so when we were resting, we really chit-chatted with each other. That's how we built friendships," said Tan, who plays a third party who wrecks castmate Zheng Geping's marriage in the new Channel 8 drama, World At Your Feet.

She raised eyebrows last week when she told Lianhe Wanbao that some young stars treat her as "invisible".

It's not the first time that this group have come under fire for being rude.

Last year, fellow MediaCorp veterans Chen Hanwei and Zoe Tay claimed some younger actors do not accord their seniors the respect they deserve.

Tan told TNP that she "will not name names", as her comment to Lianhe Wanbao was meant solely to be "a reminder".

"I'm not offending anyone," she stressed. "Besides, I was referring to young stars whom I was working with for the first time. I cannot take it for granted that they will greet me. I shouldn't expect them to, lest I feel disappointed."

She said she wasn't referring to any of her young co-stars in World At Your Feet like Ian Fang, Xu Bin, Kimberly Chia and Aloysius Pang. She said: "All of them are very nice and hardworking."

This article was published on May 8 in The New Paper.

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