Young stars brave heat, cold and flies

Young stars brave heat, cold and flies

In the seminal 1991 road trip movie Thelma & Louise, the former character played by Geena Davis compared hitting the open road to answering the call of the wild.

For the three young leads of actress-director Michelle Chong's new movie 3 Peas In A Pod, the Australian outback issued the call - and with gusto too.

When they filmed in Melbourne and The Grampians National Park earlier this year, a heatwave swept the state of Victoria.

Temperatures broke records and soared to as high as 37 deg C. "We're like three 'chao ta' (Hokkien for charred) peas in a pod now," said newbie Singapore actress Jae Liew, referring to her co-stars Alexander Lee Eusebio and Calvin Chen, as well as to the movie's title.

Liew, 22, was shielding her eyes from the glaring sun between takes at the Grampians as she told this to Life!, who tagged along for part of the shoot at the invitation of Tourism Victoria.

She, Eusebio, a South Korea-based singer-actor, and Chen, a Taiwanese singer-actor who was a member of the boyband Fahrenheit, play three foreign students in Australia who go on a road trip and love blossoms among them.

While sparks flew in reel life, the heatwave brought the good-looking cast an unexpected audience in the form of pesky flies. "We always have hairspray and make-up on and we smell so good that the flies always come to us," said Eusebio, 25, waving his hands around in mock exasperation.

Earlier that morning, the cast also had to contend with bone-chilling gusts that definitely felt colder than the recorded temperature of 13 deg C.

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