A show of hand: how many of you have privately criticised your colleague?
Oh wells, for those who’ve not raised your hands, you’re one heck of a good liar.
We’ve all done it; whether it’s just to let off steam or merely to prove a point. It’s normal and healthy.
But if you’re a celebrity?
You either ensure that your private conversation doesn’t fall into public domain, or you don’t “say one thing publicly and say another thing privately”, if not you’ll have to face what Carrie Wong is facing now.
Leaked Instagram DMs with Ian Fang
Lest you’re not aware, the biggest news yesterday was the leaked Instagram DMs between Carrie Wong and Ian Fang. They’re explicit texts that suggest a physical relationship – nothing wrong except for the fact that Carrie Wong is attached.
However, beneath the M18 texts lies another conversation that’s sparked another controversy.
Before anything, you’ll have to meet Lawrence Wong.
No, not our Minister for National Development.
Lawrence Wong: Yanxi Palace Actor
If you’re one of the many who’s watched Yanxi Palace, you’d know Lawrence Wong, who played Hai Lan Cha, an imperial guard.
Prior to attaining a superstar status in China with the breakthrough role, Lawrence Wong, who was born and raised in JB, started his acting career with Channel U in a drama called The Promise. He was so popular, he even got nominated for Favourite Male Character at the Star Awards 2010.
But the 36-year-old, who’s allegedly now a Singapore citizen, set his sights overseas and signed on with a Chinese management company in 2016. The company is run by Chinese actress Qin Lan, who had a role in Yanxi Palace, so it’s not a surprise to see him in the drama.
Over in China, he had only filmed two dramas but have become a sensation there: before Yanxi Palace, he received about 10 fan mails a day. Now, he’s receiving a whopping 5,000 fan mails a day, and has well over 2 million followers in Weibo.
So What’s with Lawrence Wong?
The late Aloysius Pang was due to start filming for a new Channel 8 drama, My One In A Million, after Chinese New Year this year, alongside with his onscreen partner Carrie Wong and James Seah.
It was supposed to be his first lead role in a Channel 8 drama.
When he was hospitalised, Mediacorp has already decided to recast the role as it was projected that Aloysius would take a long time to recover. Unfortunately, he passed away soon after.
Mediacorp then knocked on Lawrence’s door, whose schedule in China apparent conflicts with My One In A Million. After discussion and some compromise, Lawrence agreed to take on the role to “add oil” to the local scene.
He’s already expected people to hate on him, but added, “But to me, somebody’s gotta do it. And as long as I do my best and give my best, that’s all that matters.”
What has Carrie Wong got to do with this?
Starring with Carrie Wong and James Seah
In My One In a Million, Carrie Wong plays a matchmaker with a power to make love connections between people, while Lawrence Wong plays a TV producer.
In the lensing ceremony (which is to signify the commencement of production) for the drama, both of them, together with other celebrities, held a mini press conference.
Apparently, Carrie knew Lawrence from another drama, 118, but didn’t have scenes together, so you can say that they’re “hi-bye” friends.
Now, here’s the thing; she said this to 8 Days: “And… I’m very excited. I can’t believe that [I’m working with Lawrence]. I watched Yanxi Palace. (Laughs) I’m a big fan of his!”
However, when the reporter asked if they hang out together after filming, she gave a short answer: “Nah.”
Which now leads to the meat of this story.
Leaked IG DMs Include Carrie’s “Dislike” for Lawrence
Other than the M18 messages which I’m sure people below 18 have read, the leaked Instagram DMs comprise another conversation that’s just as juicy.
Here, take a look.
No, my friend; don’t bother to reach for your glasses. I’ll read and translate for you:
Ian: What based on what
Carrie: He based on what
Carrie: How can he be compared with Aloysius
Carrie: If he’s so popular in China
Carrie: Then why come back
Ian: Lawrence ah
Ian: No worries, you’ll win for sure
Carrie: Win what
Carrie: What can I win
Ian: My definition of “winning” has many meanings
Ian: You have to win at not caring
Ian: You have to win at standing up for Aloysius
Ian: You have to win by acting well
Ian: You have to win by letting him know that we don’t depend on connections, looks or luck
Ian: Do you know what I mean
Carrie: I know
Carrie: I’ll win
Carrie: Stand up for Aloysius
Ian: Hug hug
Carrie: Must sayang me (really, she uses the word “sayang”)
Ian: *Voice message*
Carrie: It’s good to win
So, long story cut short, she wasn’t happy that Lawrence took the role, and Ian implied that Lawrence depends on connections, looks and luck.
All of a sudden, Lawrence posted this on Instagram yesterday:
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an excerpt from my latest cover story interview with @8dayssg: . “I’m proud of my whole journey as an actor. To put it bluntly, I started off at the lowest level. I had no backing from a rich company. The TV station didn’t want to sign me. I didn’t come from a competition and was immediately given substantial roles. I really started from the lowest point. Back then I could barely survive and I had to do hosting gigs which I’m not good at. I hated hosting but I had to do it to survive. I stumbled here and there and I honed my craft slowly bit by bit. I made a lot of sacrifices. I ate a lot of shit to slowly become who I am today. So I don’t think it’s just about going to China. I think my whole process, if I dare say, is a good lesson for everyone. No one wanted me. I was really at the bottom.” . during the interview, i didn’t realize i gave the perfect answer to all the naysayers who think that my achievements are due to “good looks”, “connections” or just simply “luck”.
If you can’t read, here’s what he’s written:
an excerpt from my latest cover story interview with @8dayssg:
“I’m proud of my whole journey as an actor. To put it bluntly, I started off at the lowest level. I had no backing from a rich company. The TV station didn’t want to sign me. I didn’t come from a competition and was immediately given substantial roles. I really started from the lowest point. Back then I could barely survive and I had to do hosting gigs which I’m not good at. I hated hosting but I had to do it to survive. I stumbled here and there and I honed my craft slowly bit by bit. I made a lot of sacrifices. I ate a lot of shit to slowly become who I am today. So I don’t think it’s just about going to China. I think my whole process, if I dare say, is a good lesson for everyone. No one wanted me. I was really at the bottom.”
during the interview, i didn’t realize i gave the perfect answer to all the naysayers who think that my achievements are due to “good looks”, “connections” or just simply “luck”.
Is it a response?
You decide, but several celebrities have backed him in the comments section.
Carrie Wong Has Apologised
According to Shin Min Daily News, here’s the shocking fact: Lawrence apparently knew about the comments last Thursday.
I’m not sure if an imperial guard can time travel, but my question is this: how can anyone know about this private conversation…before it was leaked?
Anyways, it’s also reported that Carrie had apologised to him yesterday, adding, “She was very calm when she apologised and I am grateful that she has been gracious in her apology…It’s understandable and I won’t hold a grudge. All that matters is that everyone is focused on completing the show.”
I don’t know about you, but this latest revelation has made me even more curious about who’s leaked the DMs.
Maybe…it was one of them?
Nah, impossible: this is Mediacorp leh. This kind of plot twist only happens in TVB or Hollywood.
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