Yet another actor is leaving Mediacorp—except this time, unlike the previous parting, the relationship between both parties seem to have ended on amicable terms.
This time, it’s more of a case of the fledgling-leaving-the-nest, which has been met with great support from all parties.
Actor Joel Choo Leaving Mediacorp
Son of veteran actor Zhu Houren, Joel Choo, has announced his leave from Mediacorp’s The Celebrity Agency in an Instagram post on 2 May.
Joel Choo, who will be 27 this year, wrote that the post “marks [his] farewell with @the_celebrityagency”, and proceeded to thank the agency for “taking a chance in [him], nurturing [him] and growing [him] as an artiste.”
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He also specifically expressed his gratitude to his boss and managers from the agency “for the care and guidance over the years”.
The artist and the agency have parted on good terms, with The Celebrity Agency commenting under Choo’s post “Thank you for the past few years, we will miss you”.
The actor also made it clear that his departure from Mediacorp, which is Singapore’s largest local broadcasting company, did not mean a complete departure from the entertainment scene.
He gave assurances that though he’s “got a new journey ahead” of him, “acting and music will definitely be something [he] will continue to pursue for a long time to come.”
According to The Straits Times, Choo is in an indie rock band, Maxime, with his old classmates from polytechnic. He reportedly already has projects lined up, which he will announce later in time.
Support From Father & Friends
Choo’s father, Zhu Houren, has also expressed his full support for his son in another Instagram post.
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Expressing that he cannot control his son’s life and decisions, the veteran actor wrote that “children growing up is like flying a kite, as they fly higher and higher, they turn around and see us becoming smaller and smaller”.
He added that “perhaps we can still keep them company for a while…but the ones who will accompany them for life are their friends and partner, and us parents must know when to let go”.
The 66-year-old ended his post by saying that “Joel has never let us down, and that he must have made his decision after careful consideration…” and that he wanted to be a “sensible old man.”
Wow, talk about being supportive. Those are words of wisdom, right there.
Friends and past co-workers of Choo similarly expressed their support for him, with artists like Chantalle Ng, Desmond Tan, and Ian Fang all wishing him “all the best” in his future ventures.
Veteran actor Zheng Geping, who collaborated with Choo in the drama series “Key Witness” in which they played father and son, commented under his post that he “hoped to work with [him] again soon”. He jokingly cheered, “good luck son!”, to which Choo replied with a “thanks dad!!!”
Active on TikTok
Like all youngsters these days—including me, ahem—Choo is also very active on the social media app TikTok, posting about one video almost everyday.
His father occasionally joins him in these videos; in one video, the actor and his father cover Blackpink’s “How You Like That”, with Choo cooking for his father and lip syncing “how you like that?” as his father tries his noodles in bewilderment.
In another video, the father-and-son duo take part in a short and quick quiz, answering computer generated questions like “who’s more likely to fall asleep watching TV?” and “who’s more likely to lose their phone?” #fathersongoals.
One thing’s for sure: this definitely won’t be the last we see of Joel Choo.
Feature Image: Instagram (@joelchoozw)