Youthful cast spices up 3 peas

Youthful cast spices up 3 peas
L-R: Jae Liew, Michelle Chong, Alexander Lee Eusebio, Calvin Chen

Home-grown-actress- turned-director Michelle Chong joked that she's the only "mature content" in her latest movie 3 Peas In A Pod, which recently earned an NC16 rating.

But the effervescent 36-year-old, who has a cameo role in the movie, appeared to be as youthful as her cast at the movie's press conference on Thursday.

Though Chong is the "boss", she exchanged jibes and bantered freely with the young leading actors - Singaporean newbie Jae Liew, 23; former Korean group U-Kiss member Alexander Lee Eusebio, 25 - who is of Korean, Chinese and Portuguese descent - and Taiwanese singer Calvin Chen, 33, a member of pop group Fahrenheit.

The rookie trio, who are making their movie debut with 3 Peas, play university schoolmates entangled in a love triangle that evolves over the course of a road trip in Australia.

The multi-tasking Chong, who owns production company Huat Films and talent-management agency Left Profile, said: "I wanted to make this movie before I get too old to remember what it's like to be young and carefree."

She added in jest: "And how not to have worries of everyday life, paying the bills, running an artist-management company and having a production house."

The nostalgia of a bygone youth has been a popular theme for movies lately, such as China's So Young (2013) and Taiwan's You Are The Apple Of My Eye (2011).

The well-spoken Chong said that she was inspired after her directorial debut, the 2011 hit film Already Famous, but did not embark on making 3 Peas immediately because of the slew of youth-romance movies.

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