Singaporean actress Huang Biren returns to TV

Singaporean actress Huang Biren returns to TV

After going missing from TV dramas for seven years after her contract with MediaCorp ended in 2008, acclaimed Singapore actress Huang Biren snapped back into action after hearing a producer pay a moving tribute to mothers everywhere.

Mr Molby Low, executive producer of her new drama 3 Wishes, told Huang: "Women are the pillars of families. Women are usually the ones who hold the families together."

That statement resonated with Huang, 45, a mother of three who has put her career on the backburner for her family.

"After having stayed at home for six years, I could relate to what Molby said. I could feel what he wanted from the character," she says at a press conference yesterday for the new drama.

She adds: "He unabashedly recognises the role of women in the family. He was very sincere. Since I knew he would be involved in the writing of the character, I had full confidence to take on the role."

She plays Shanmei, the dedicated wife of an assistant horse trainer (played by Thomas Ong), who makes three supernaturally granted wishes that change the lives of his family.

Her character's dedication to the family is not the only element of the role that she identifies with.

During a preview of the drama yesterday, it is revealed that Shanmei contracts a serious disease. Huang herself experienced a major health scare last year.

The three-time Best Actress winner at the Star Awards was initially due to return to Channel 8 in the blockbuster production, The Journey: A Voyage.

But she had to pull out from the series to undergo surgery to remove a 10cm cyst on one of her kidneys in April last year.

She says: "I can definitely relate to what Shanmei goes through, I can truly feel her fear. Although I was told the surgery was not a complicated one, it was still an operation and it involved the kidney, a vital organ.

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