DJ Rosalyn Lee's debut acting role helps her deal with the dark

DJ Rosalyn Lee's debut acting role helps her deal with the dark
Screen lovers: Johnny Lu and Rozz get swept up in their emotions in Premonition.

Radio DJ-host Rosalyn Lee's new acting role is not just her first, it also helped her confront her issues with her estranged father.

When she was 11, he abandoned their family and has not been heard from since.

In Channel 5's new drama series Premonition, Lee plays Belinda, a rookie cop who struggles after being implicated in her policeman father's corruption.

"I can really relate to Belinda because both our dads left us," Lee told The New Paper last Friday during a set visit at the old Beach Road Police Station.

"To commit to the role, I had to make myself vulnerable. I just bawled.

"The first time I cried during one scene, I continued crying even after they called 'cut'. And I actually told our director Gavin (Lim), 'This is horrible, I hate this',".

When asked if this made it difficult for her to continue with Premonition, Lee, 36, said it was actually the opposite.

"Weirdly, it made it easier for me to perform.

"That day, Gavin offered to let me take a break, but I knew I would continue wallowing in it. So we moved on to the next scene and that helped.

"It was cathartic and I felt a burden had been lifted."

Although Lee was worried she would not be able to tap into her emotions again, the incident "opened the floodgates" and allowed her to shed her character's cold exterior, she said.

"I started to become my character... think like her, even ad-lib like her," said Lee.

Premonition also stars American-born Chinese actor Johnny Lu, last seen on TV in the 2008 local comedy Sayang Sayang, as protagonist Jonah and Ezann Lee as Jonah's wife Sasha.

Premiering next month, the drama centres on Jonah, who gains the power to see visions of people's fatal ends.

Belinda teams up with Jonah and enlists his help in solving cases.

Said Lee: "My main challenge was not to remain the weakest link. I knew I was the weakest link when I started, as everyone else in the cast has acting experience.

"When I realised that even the episodic actors were performing better than I was, I knew I really needed to buck up,"

In Premonition, Belinda is desperate to prove herself in the police force after her father's corruption scandal, something the fiercely individualistic Lee could also relate to.

"Five years ago, I hit rock bottom in my radio career. I was determined to be myself, but (clients) were not using people like me.

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