In love again

In love again
Actors Lim Kay Tong and Wee Soon Hui had no trouble rediscovering their chemistry during the filming of telemovie Sunset.

Played by actors Lim Kay Tong and Wee Soon Hui, Mr and Mrs Tay of Channel 5 series Growing Up were arguably the most iconic couple on Singapore TV in the 1990s.

Now, more than 15 years since they last appeared on screen together - Mrs Tay Soo Mei was killed by a robber in season three of Growing Up - Lim and Wee are back on television as husband and wife in a Channel 5 telemovie, Sunset.

The opportunity to work together again was partly why they took on the project, Lim and Wee reveal in separate interviews.

Veteran actor Lim, 60, tells Life! in an interview last week: "I'm glad that she said yes. Soon Hui doesn't always say yes. A lot of people want to cast her, she's quite choosy about the projects that she takes."

The elegant Wee, 56, who was overseas for a personal trip, speaks fondly of working with her "old friend" in an e-mail interview.

"I have a soft spot for Growing Up and all the members of the Tay family. Working with any member of the Tay family and in this case, Kay Tong, definitely triggered sweet memories of our times in Growing Up," says Wee, who left the series for the sake of her three children, now aged 22, 21 and 19.

Growing Up is the longest-running home-grown English-language drama, with 128 episodes in six seasons running from 1996 to 2002.

Despite not having acted together for 16 years, Lim and Wee had no trouble rediscovering the chemistry they used to share during the filming of Sunset in December last year.

The telemovie, which is produced by August Pictures, touches on love in the twilight years.

Lim and Wee play one of three couples featured in it. Wee, who was a Singapore Broadcasting Corporation newsreader in the 1980s, says: "It is not difficult to strike up a great onscreen chemistry with Kay Tong. He is a very fine actor and is able to trigger the right response from whomever he is working with to create the mood the director needs."

Lim returns the compliment in his crisp English: "Soon Hui is a natural. She eases into her role really comfortably. She does it instinctively, as if there is no planning. She just reacts, which is the best kind of acting.

"It felt natural. We do seem to have an on-screen chemistry, whatever the mysterious reason."

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