Jeanette Aw, often known as Ou Xuan, wants little introduction.
The family identify broke into the scene when she beat over 5,000 candidates to emerge champion in a expertise search in 2000, Path to Glamour, organised in Singapore and Malaysia by the now-defunct tv community SPH MediaWorks.
She joined Hype Information, formally signed on as a Mediacorp artiste in Could 2002, and the remainder, as they are saying, is historical past. Jeanette went on to star in her breakout position, Mo Jingjing in Holland V, however her largest breakthrough was her position as Huang Juxiang/Yueniang in The Little Nyonya.
Jeanette stunned many in 2017 when she introduced she was not renewing her contract with Mediacorp and her administration company Hype Information.
However Jeanette is extra than simply an actress. In 2018, she made her directorial effort with The Final Entry. She has additionally produced her second movie, Senses, and held an artwork exhibition in Japan, based on The Straits Times.
Scroll by way of her social media feed and also you’d see that she dabbles in an amazing many issues, that are all a pure extension of her underlying like to create.
Because the multi-talented artiste turns 42 on June 28, we have a good time Jeanette by having a look on the huge and small achievements in her life.
1. She’s an award-winning actress
As an indication of how in style and gifted Jeanette is, she has nabbed 29 Star Awards throughout her 15-year profession with Mediacorp.
She has additionally been nominated eight occasions for Finest Actress on the Star Awards and eventually snagged her first nod — a lot to the delight of her followers — in 2016, for her position as Zhao Fei Er, a depressed actress, in Channel eight drama The Dream Makers 2.
2. She’s now a free agent
Jeanette despatched shock waves rippling by way of the business when she introduced in 2017 that she was going solo on the peak of her profession, bidding farewell after 15 years of being contracted to Mediacorp.
On the identical time, she additionally determined to not proceed together with her administration company Hype Information. “This choice was deliberated upon over time.
Private development, the atmosphere, that little voice inside that merely grew louder and the universe exhibiting me it was time to maneuver on,” she stated on her Fb then. She additionally stated in an interview that she felt she hit a plateau, and wished better management over her profession.
three. She’s a profesh baker
In 2018, Jeanette moved to Bangkok and enrolled within the Le Cordon Bleu Dusit Culinary College to get a Diploma in Patisserie. She has at all times cherished baking, so getting licensed appeared like the subsequent pure step.
Additionally, she lastly had the time to take action. In an interview, Jeanette stated she relished the nine-month course as a result of while she was busy, she received to take pleasure in common hours and weekends, not like life as a busy artiste.
Whereas she didn’t garbage the thought of proudly owning her personal cafe in the future, Jeanette stated she has to think about that correctly due to the excessive rental prices and will arrange a pop-up in future.
In Could 2021, Jeanette’s dream got here true as she opened her personal bakery retailer, As soon as Upon A Time, at Hamilton Street in Jalan Besar.
four. She has her personal manufacturing firm
Jeanette registered manufacturing firm Picturesque Movies in 2012 when she wished to attempt her hand at filmmaking. But it surely was solely in 2017 that she actually placing her pedal on the steel on this.
She went on to make her first quick movie, The Final Entry, which was written, produced and directed by the girl herself. The movie, impressed by her godmother’s struggles with Alzheimer’s illness, went on to earn a nomination on the prestigious Tokyo Brief Shorts Movie Pageant & Asia 2018.
She later created her second quick movie, Senses. Picturesque Movies has additionally shot industrial initiatives, akin to magnificence and style social media campaigns.
5. She’s been on the massive display
Jeanette’s debut exhibiting on the silver display was within the 2015 movie Discover My Dad, the place she performed Ping Ma, a single mum to a boy Ping An, who began asking questions in regards to the whereabouts of his father.
Her second movie is Eric Khoo’s Ramen Teh, a 2018 foodie film about cultural and culinary fusion. She performs Mei Lian, the Singaporean spouse to a Japanese ramen store proprietor, Kazuo. She handed away when her son, Masato, was simply 10, and Kazuo grew to become distant and a workaholic.
When he dies from a stroke, Masato, armed together with her outdated diary, travels to Singapore looking for her household, which features a brother (performed by Mark Lee) who owns a bak kut teh stall.
Within the movie, Jeanette seems in varied flashbacks depicting how Mei Lian and Kazuo met and fell in love, in addition to in Masato’s childhood reminiscences.
6. She has printed books
The busy multi-hyphenate simply doesn’t appear to cease, does she? Jeanette printed Jeanette Aw: Definitions in 2012, a memoir that make clear the private elements of her life together with a breast most cancers scare and enjoying mom to her three godchildren.
She adopted that up with the pictorial guide Sol’s World: Any individual To Love in 2015, about somewhat woman named Sol who’s trying to find solutions in her life. Jeanette says she’s engaged on her third guide, on prime of what looks like a gazillion different initiatives. Respect.
7. She’s an artist
Jeanette has at all times waxed lyrically about appreciating artwork, in addition to her love for creating one thing new on canvas. “I really like seeing one thing emerge that’s not of this world. I really like giving it colors. And generally, I like it in black and white. I really like how my feelings are translated in such a style,” she stated in a 2015 blog post.
“I’d like to move my days paintbrush to canvas, making a world made up of dramatic gentle and shadows,” she stated in a 2017 blog post. Her solely background in artwork was again at school, when she studied it in secondary college, however she didn’t let that cease her pursue of her ardour. Her works are one half whimsical and girly, one half reflective and considerate.
In 2017, she partnered with UOB the place she accomplished two canvas items with kids from SPD, as a part of Giving Week. It was performed by way of a reside video on her Fb web page, the place every view throughout the reside session was transformed to S$1, which UOB matched. Gifted and compassionate, want we are saying extra?
eight. She’s an envoy for a metropolis in Japan
The town is known as Takasaki and it’s positioned within the Gunma prefecture of the Kanto area of Japan. Whereas we aren’t certain how Jeanette received the appointment, it was probably because of the taking pictures of Eric Khoo’s Ramen Teh again in 2018. Jeanette later shot her quick movie Senses in Takasaki.
9. She held a solo artwork exhibition
Whereas Jeanette Aw was in Tokyo pursuing her Le Cordon Bleu certificates, she additionally held a solo artwork exhibition and guide launch for the republication of Sol’s World: Any individual To Love in Japanese.
Jeanette stated in an interview with At present that the republication of her guide was completely unplanned. She stated that as she was the PR ambassador for Takasaki Metropolis at the moment, they took a take a look at her guide and thought that it might be attention-grabbing to introduce the guide to Japan.
So that they mentioned doing an artwork exhibition along with the guide launch as a result of she had not performed it in Singapore earlier than. 20 items of her authentic work had been picked for the exhibition held at Tokyo’s Ginza 6.
10. She nearly grew to become a baby psychologist
Whereas it could be troublesome to think about Jeanette as something however an actress first, the thespian nearly grew to become a baby psychologist.
In a 2015 interview with The New Paper, Jeanette revealed that she “thought of majoring in baby psychology” because of her love for kids. She finally did a double major in theatre studies and psychology however caught to the showbiz route. The remaining, as they are saying, is historical past.
11. She’s a dancer
Jeanette began ballet coaching at 13, and went on to bounce nearly day by day earlier than signing her first performing contract.
Jeanette, who took gymnastics in main college and performed the saxophone in her secondary college band, was additionally president of the NUS Dance Ensemble when she was learning within the Nationwide College of Singapore.
In Channel eight drama The Rainbow Connection, the place she performed Ding Yingying (aka Yoyo), a gifted dancer who has stage fright, she carried out lots of the dance sequences herself, with out assist from a double.
You may catch Jeanette in a transferring ballet scene within the opening sequence of her quick movie, The Final Entry.
12. She sings, too
Jeanette performed cabaret queen Lulu within the 2015 staging of musical manufacturing Magnificence World, which noticed many superstar mates akin to Equipment Chan, Zoe Tay, Pan Lingling, Fann Wong and Christopher Lee, attending in assist of her exhibiting.
Though Jeanette’s vocal skills had been common, director Dick Lee stated they knew she was not a singer when she got here on board, however they “wished her for all her different qualities”.
They felt that she had a star high quality and was a implausible dancer. Jeanette additionally wished to actually attempt to work on her singing, he added. And that’s all that issues, proper?
13. She has worldwide followers
Jeanette is one in every of Singapore’s most beloved actress, we all know that. However do you know that Jeanette’s fame has unfold abroad? Often called Jeanius, her fan membership has branches in Cambodia, Malaysia and China, based on the Facebook page of the Singaporean iteration.
14. She’s like us
We regularly overlook that celebrities are people too, and face comparable points as we do. Jeanette battles with cussed fats that’s troublesome to get rid of with weight loss plan and train, regardless of finest efforts.
That’s why Jeanette faucets on CoolSculpting, a non-invasive fat-freezing remedy that destroys fats cells to assist preserve her svelte determine. She was just lately named the model’s ambassador.
15. She’s a model ambassador for a neighborhood durian firm
In a Vulcan Post article earlier this year, it was introduced that Jeanette would entrance native durian firm Golden Moments because the model ambassador as she’s reportedly aligned with the model’s ethos of cherishing relationships.
Her work for the model included Jeanette taking up the position of artistic director the place she wrote, directed and acted within the model’s first-ever quick movie advert.
16. She used to write down about style and magnificence
We aren’t strangers to the wonderful seems Jeanette has pulled off each on and offscreen. So it shouldn’t come as a shock that Jeanette mixed her love for style with writing when she introduced that she began the style web site Curatededition with a associate again in 2018.
Jeanette’s final byline was dated in the identical 12 months.