The best thing about snagging the leading role in an upcoming local drama, says rookie actor Shane Pow, is that his mother will be able to catch him in almost every other episode.
"She would tune in to my previous shows and she would ask me why didn't I appear. I feel happier now that I can tell her to watch me in the drama almost every day," the eloquent actor tells Life!. The 23-year-old MediaCorp artist, who is managed by Beam Artistes, has come a long way from his first blink-and-you-miss-it cameo role in last year's home-grown drama Yours Fatefully.
Starting the new year on a good note, he will be one of three young hunks fronting the new Media- Corp Channel U drama, Served H.O.T.
He plays the role of Zhuang Hao Lun, who is part of a trio trying to get their hands on a secret laksa recipe from an established eatery. The prized recipe will be given to the one person who can tell the restaurant's owner Li Yue Niang (played by actress Xiang Yun) what the secret ingredient in the recipe is.
Pow had been talent-spotted at the Manhunt Singapore finals in 2011, and he says he never had six-pack abdominal muscles before the contest and was once a "fat kid".
To pursue his showbusiness dreams, the mass communications graduate from Ngee Ann Polytechnic decided to shape up for the 2011 Manhunt competition. During the three months leading up to the contest, his daily diet was 1kg of boiled chicken breast and he worked out six days a week. He shed 5kg to weigh 68kg and made it to the Top 10 of the contest.
Since then, he has starred in nine MediaCorp dramas, including It Takes Two (2012), C.L.I.F 2 (2013) and Recruit Diaries (2013). He revealed that he will be taking on hosting assignments on Channel 8 variety shows next year.
The bachelor, who is dating a schoolmate from his polytechnic days, was nominated for Best Newcomer at the Star Awards earlier this year.
The son of a 48-year-old housewife mother said: "I feel proud that I have achieved something that I can tell my mother. She can feel proud of me."