She may be around the same age as some of her co-stars, but local actress Felicia Chin ended up playing their mum in The Journey: Our Homeland.
Chin, 30, portrays Zhang Min who ages into her 50s in the show. She is also the mother of the characters played by Romeo Tan, 30, Jeffrey Xu, 27, Cheryl Wee, 28, and Ian Fang, 25.
It is her first time playing a mother on screen and to get into her character more easily, she addresses the three male actors as her "sons" whenever she meets on set and in the make-up room.
She told The New Paper: "I would call them 'sons', and make them call me 'mum'.
"At first, it felt a bit awkward, but a simple exercise like this made it easier for us to assimilate into our roles."
She joked: "I think I am pretty lucky to have four kids who are so good-looking."
On the show, Zhang Min hates Zhang Yan (also played by Tan) as he raped her and fathered her child in the previous instalment of the trilogy. In one scene, she hunts down Zhang Yan with a crowbar after she learns that he killed her husband Dang Yong (Andie Chen).
Chin said: "The scene was kind of like a psycho thriller as you see me walking down the corridor dragging a crowbar.
"My character was overcome with hatred and had lost all common sense - it was the craziest scene I've ever done.
"I had to be very careful when swinging the crowbar as any mishap would have killed Romeo..."
The multi-tasking star, who opened The Mama Shop cafe last November and seafood stall Wholly Crab in May, admits that she is "someone who cannot sit still".
She said people have asked her for franchise opportunities for Wholly Crab, but she has not had time to work on that as she will be filming another long-running drama from August till next February.
She said: "I will pass the (business opportunity) to someone whom I trust to handle my business."
This article was first published on July 9, 2015.
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