She takes lessons for opera role

She takes lessons for opera role
Rui En piles on the makeup for a Chinese opera singing scene for upcoming drama The Journey: Our Homeland.
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Local actress Rui En piled on thick make-up and donned four layers of clothing for a Chinese opera-singing scene for The Journey: Our Homeland.

The 34-year-old described her image overhaul as "scary", adding that "it's not something I would like to see again".

In the drama, Rui En plays a junior nurse whose mother is an opera singer. In one scene, her mum cannot perform so she takes over for the day.

Rui En recalled: "We filmed for two days and by the time I took off the layers of clothes, the first layer was all drenched in sweat. It was as if I had just showered."

She added: "It was a nightmare trying to remove the make-up - my skin felt so irritated."

Ever the perfectionist, Rui En went even further.

"I took four singing lessons to learn how to sing opera songs and also requested to record the songs on my own," said the actress, who is filming another Channel 8 blockbuster series, The Dream Makers 2, But the dream role she would really want to snag is one in a superhero movie.

The self-confessed geek said: "I grew up reading and collecting comics and I am always excited whenever a new Marvel superhero movie is out."

So what kind of superpower would she want to have?

"Invisibility. People can be very different when they are on their own and I want to see them in that state."


This article was first published on July 9, 2015.
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