10 Facts About Ian Fang, The Actor Who’s Embroiled in the Leaked IG DMs With Carrie Wong

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You would have read about the leaked Instagram DMs by now. If not, good for you: you have a life, unlike people like me who’s reading every single news article about two people whom I’ve not even spoken to before.

So, if you’re like most of us, you’d know about Ian Fang; other than being 1 of the 5 8 Dukes of Caldecott Hill, the dude has also been active in the big screen, with his latest movie being Goodbye Mr Loser, a Malaysia film that’s screened in Singapore.

But do you know that the 29-year-old, who turns 30 at the end of this year, is much more than an actor? He can host, sing and dance, too.

And he’s also a boss…of two businesses.

Here are ten facts about Ian Fang that you’ve suddenly become interested in.

(Actually, the leak isn’t a bad thing, right? All publicity is good publicity.)

A Singapore PR Who’s Lived in Singapore Since 13

While Ian is born in Shanghai, China, he moved to Singapore since he was 13 years old, and had a diploma from Republic Polytechnic, which explains why he’s so relatable.

He’s, however, now a Singapore PR.

Started Out As An Actor

Unlike his good friend Carrie Wong who was discovered in a variety show, Ian got into the industry without any stepping stone.

His first foray into acting was as a teen villain in the very first C.L.I.F., which he is credited as merely a “cameo”. However, that proved to be his stepping stone, as he was then cast as a teenager in the highly popular On the Fringe that same year (2011).

From then on, everything’s history: he would be seen in at least two dramas a year.

Not Just an Actor

While most of us would associate him with acting, he’s more than that.

We’ve often waited for tomorrow for a meal with our family. But what if tomorrow never comes? Watch this and you'll understand:

The multi-talented celebrity can dance, sing, rap and host. In fact, he hosted a few varietdy shows between 2013 to 2015.

From 2016 to 2018, he released three singles by himself. Here, take a look at his first single, which featured the first Singapore Idol runner-up Sylvester Sim.

In addition to that, he’s also an entrepreneur: he’s the founder of streetwear First Attempt XIX, though it’s unknown how the business is doing now.

With so many things on his plate, one can only wonder how he could still have the time to DM people #justsaying

Atas Resturant Owner

The busy man isn’t just the boss of a streetwear label; he has his own restaurant.

In April 2018, he started a restaurant with two friends. Located along Mohamad Sultan Road, the high-SES restaurant serves European food.

Called House of Mu, every furniture there is handmade from Burmese teak, so don’t expect anything affordable there.

According to popular food blogger sethlui.com, you can expect to spend $20 to $40 per person there.

Star in Three Movies

If you’re one who doesn’t watch any TV, then you might remember seeing him on the big screen.

Ian has starred in three movies so far: his first is in Imperfect (我们都不完美) in 2012, when he took on a supporting role as a teenager. His second is also another supporting role in  Meeting the Giant, a 2014 film about basketball in Singapore.

His latest film is Goodbye Mr Loser in 2017, a Malaysia film that’s a remake of a popular China comedy film. The movie is screened in Singapore as well and for this, he plays the lead role.

Now you’re really wondering how the heck did he find enough time to even use Instagram #justsayingagain

Good Friend of Aloyisous

If you’re not aware, Ian Fang is one of Aloyisous’ best friends.

After his passing, Ian composed and sang a song for his late friend, which you can hear here. It has since viewed 532K times and shared over 14K times.

The song, a mixture of English and Chinese and comprising a rap, starred Shane Pow, another celebrity and good friend of Aloyisous as well.

If you ever had doubts about Ian’s musical talent, this song would change your mind.

But do you know that he technically cannot sing now?

Injured His Throat During Filming

When he was filming Meeting the Giant (the one about basketball), he took an elbow to his throat and that caused a permanent throat injury.

He was a dancer prior to being an actor, and had wanted to venture into singing; however, after that fateful incident, he turned to rapping instead, which explains why his singles are all raps, and why the song he composed for Aloyisous has a rap as well.

But what’s impressive is his mindset; in an interview, he said, “I can’t sing any more. But instead of getting frustrated about that, I turned to rapping.”

Omission from Star Awards Most Popular Artistes 2019

I don’t know about you, but ever since 1819, I see the Top 10 Most Popular Artistes awards as Mediacorp’s way of appraising their artistes.

Given Ian’s popularity, you would expect him to be nominated; people, including a certain celebrity known as Rebecca Lim, was shocked that Ian wasn’t even in the Top 40.

It’s even more surprising because Ian was apparently being nominated for Best Supporting Actor.

Well, since this year’s Star Awards is Pioneer Generation Awards, it won’t make a difference anyways #justsaying

8 Dukes of Caldecott Hill

I don’t know if we can still call them the 8 Dukes of Caldecott Hill, but anyways, Ian is 1 of the 8 Dukes of Caldecott Hill.

The group comprises Romeo Tan, Desmond Tan, Jeffrey Xu, Ian Fang, Shane Pow, Zhang Zhenhuan, Xu Bin and Aloysius Pang.

Zhang Zhenhun and Xu Bin didn’t recontract with Mediacorp and both have gone back to China, while Aloysius has passed away, leaving only 5 dukes.

The designation was coined in Star Awards 2014 as they dominated our TV. In fact, they even performed as a “boyband” in 2014 New Year’s Eve countdown party.

All good things end, indeed.

Hey, Rebecca

You’ve read about this multiple times: Ian Fang is dating Rebecca Lim, another Mediacorp actress.

However, here’s the fact: these are mere rumours.

In fact, Rebecca Lim isn’t rumoured to be romantically linked with just Ian Fang; she’s also rumoured to be with Desmond Tan.

So, what fueled the rumours?

In Star Awards 2017, when Ian won an award, he thanked Rebecca for being a “good friend”. And of course, they’re such good pals, people started to ship them.

But remember: there has been no confirmation.