Star style with Ah Boys To Men star Wang Weiliang

Star style with Ah Boys To Men star Wang Weiliang

While the Ah Boys To Men movie series made him a celebrity, it was Ah Boys To Men: The Musical that established Wang Weiliang as a star.

He has been receiving rave reviews for reprising his role as the street-smart recruit Lobang King.

(The stage production, which ends on Sunday, is playing at Resorts World Sentosa.)

Add to that his legion of fans (just head to his Twitter or Instagram accounts to see for yourself).

But fame has not gone to the head of the 27-year-old local getai performer-turned-actor. During our shoot, he repeatedly reminded me: "I'm just an Ah Beng."

That is also the way he used to dress - until Ah Boys castmate-turned-good friend Tosh Zhang, and local hip-hop artist Shigga Shay started ribbing him about his fashion sense.

"They told me to buck up because now that I am in the public eye, I need to be more careful about my appearance," Wang said.

"When I had less money, fashion was not important to me. Anything was okay - as long as it was long-sleeved and covered my legs.

"Now, I think about suitability. I have more choices now."

And Wang does not even know how his covered-arms-and-legs style came about.

"I've been this way ever since I can remember. I'm just more comfortable covering them up."

It is no surprise he named Zhang and Shay as his fashion inspirations.

"I observe what they wear and try not to wear the same thing because they carry it better than me!"

He joked: "They asked me to create my own style, but when I showed them what I usually wear, they told me not that type of style."

Wang is trying out more colours and patterns after being influenced by the pair.

He also loves watches, and with fame comes money to buy them.

Wang's first major purchase was a pair of Rolex watches, one for him and the other for his mother.

Both timepieces set him back more than $20,000.

Since then, the watch enthusiast has bought another pricey one - an Audemars Piguet worth $17,000.

He said when he bought the Rolexes, he felt a sense of satisfaction.

"It was my own money from my hard work."

He took about half-a-year to save up for them.

Buying one for his single mother, whom he worships, was especially gratifying.

But her reaction surprised him.

"She told me, 'The watch face is so small, how to tell time? You paid so much for it'."

To that, he replied: "A Rolex is not for telling time. Just wear it to show off."

Wang, who dropped out of school at the age of 14, takes care of the household expenditure, and declared the reason he is on stage is his mother.

"When she sits in the audience, I can feel she is proud of me and that is important to me.

"After the disappointments I have put her through, I am happy for her to witness my success," he said.

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