I bet my boss’s car that before yesterday’s shocking revelation, many of you didn’t know about Carrie Wong.
You might have seen the beauty on TV but couldn’t make out her name. Or maybe you remember her as the onscreen partner of Aloysius Pang.
With yesterday’s shocking news, you must be wondering: who’s Carrie Wong? How popular is she? And why is she typing in Chinese if she’s a Singaporean, since most Singaporeans can’t even speak Chinese fluently?
Well, wonder no more because here are ten facts about this self-made celebrity.
Blogshop Model Before Joining Showbiz
“I bought my clothes from a blogshop,” said no one ever.
But in the past, say in the early 2000s, girls waited anxiously in front of their laptop, refreshing a certain LiveJournal website repeatedly so that once a new dress is out, they’d buy it immediately.
Yes, it was that intense.
Unlike some other celebrities who started out as a professional model, Carrie Wong used to be a blogshop model when she was studying in Nanyang Polytechnic. But it wasn’t blogshop that propelled her to showbiz.
It was something offline instead.
If you’re as old as me, you’d remember a variety show whereby Dennis Chew and Belinda Lee went to different tertiary insitions to look for good-looking students. I remember standing around, hoping to be spotted but they went for my friends instead.
First aired in 2004, it was known as School Belle and the Beau (流星花园), and it launched the career of
uncle Elvin Ng, who was then an undergraduate in NUS.
Time passed, and in 2007, Hey! Gorgeous (校花校草追赶跑), which is pretty much similar to School Belle and the Beau, started. The second season began in 2013 instead, and that was when Carrie Wong, who was studying Hospitality and Tourism Management in NYP, was spotted.
However, she did not win the contest; instead, she was the second runner-up. But that was enough for her, together with other Hey! Gorgeous contestants, to star in a Channel U drama.
Most of the contestants did not continue in showbiz, but Carrie did.
In fact, she did better than most, if not all, the other contestants.
Signed Contract with Mediacorp
After she graduated from NYP, she signed a full-time contract with Mediacorp and starred in Scrum! (冲锋), which also included other Hey! Gorgeous contestants.
But it was her performance in other dramas that year (2014) that brought her mainstream fame.
She took up supporting roles in blockbuster dramas like Against The Tide, The Journey: Tumultuous Times and even the super-long-like-never-will-finish drama 118.
That was enough to make her a second “Ah Jie” as she was given lead roles the next year (2015).
And to show how popular she is? She has been getting the Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes in Star Awards ever since then, including this year’s awards (which, if you’ve remembered, is for the Pioneer Generation).
Renew Contract with Mediacorp Recently
With some Mediacorp celebrities leaving the national broadcaster, Carrie Wong did not abandon the company that brought her her success: in end 2018 (which is just a few months back), she signed a new contract with Mediacorp.
In other words, you’re going to see more of her…if this “scandal” doesn’t affect anything.
In a Relationship with a Secretive Boyfriend
Everyone’s gossiping about the Instagram DMs leak for one reason: Carrie Wong is attached. After all, no one would have batted an eye if both Carrie and Ian are single.
And do note that I didn’t indicate “rumoured to be”, because she has gone public with her relationship status.
Just early this year, during Valentine’s Day, she posted an image on Instagram with Boris Lin with this caption: “The courage you gave me is what allows me to be strong for you.”
The photogenic Boris Lin, who is rumoured to be a Taiwanese, has previously posted several images of them together. During Valentine’s Day, he, too, posted an image of them together with this caption: “Actually, it’s never been easy for both of us. But we’ll go through everything together, no matter what happened. I can’t promise to solve all of your problems but I promise you’ll never face them alone. Happy Valentine’s Day. I love you.”
Yeah, more or less confirmed liao lah.
Based on Boris Lin’s account, it seems like they’ve been dating for about a year.
But you can’t see the images from Boris Lin anymore as he has made his account private after that.
Of course, you’d be thinking that you can see Boris Lin in Carrie Wong’s Instagram account, since she would definitely keep it public.