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, he gets clearly agitated when broaching the topic of Media Corp's crop of eight popular young TV actors, comprising Xu Bin, Desmond Tan, Romeo Tan, Aloysius Pang, Jeffrey Xu, Shane Pow, Ian Fang and Zhang Zhenhuan. I honestly don't understand it," he says with a frown, sitting up suddenly."I've already gone past the phase that they are going through now, so I wouldn't compare myself with them and it irritates me when people compare me with them." After the interview, the 34-year-old suddenly raises the subject again on his own accord."People kept saying I'm only lucky because I have the face.Maybe that could be true in the beginning, but you need to have something more to last this long."People said I talked as if I had an egg in my mouth.But I can't complain because if I hadn't fixed my teeth, I wouldn't be able to have my big smile for Systema now, right?
"I think I've come a long way, so if people still feel the need to say I've 'improved recently' or I'm 'improving', then I'll question them." Both these sore spots point to greater insecurities in him. I tend to think very lowly of myself and, when you're an actor, you're also public property for everyone else to scrutinise, so it's not easy," he says.That role was the part of a "kind-hearted Ah Beng" in Channel 8's (2005).He recalls: "It shocked me that I would get such a big role so soon.I had no acting experience at all, but I guess they felt I fit the role somehow."I had no idea what I was doing and having to juggle memorising scripts and studying for school at the time was difficult.