In a candid interview for Men’s Folio’s The National Issue, Elvin Ng talks about the highlights from his decade-long career.
Congratulations on being named an All-Time Favourite Artiste.
I’ve been blessed since the first year. I guess all I can say is: I look forward to the next 10 years, and besides wanting to land different types of roles, I’m hoping to connect with the audience on a deeper level, compared to when I was a younger actor. Moving to the big screen or going more regional would be good, but I think gradual growth is key – I’m not here to deliberately break boundaries.
What are some of your favourite roles thus far then?
I played an autistic person, and that was very fulfilling. I’ve also played a wrestler named Tarzan – I’m not a fighter or anything like that, and I don’t do overly physical things like boxing, so that was quite an experience. Training for that was intense – I had an instructor and would have to be in a ring. I suppose I’m seen as a serious person, and there was one role where I had to have comic timing – I was playing a botak ah beng. I had a producer say to me that he thought that was my best performance, and as I person who lacks self-confidence, that was very encouraging.
Your proudest achievement to date is…
That in 10 years, I’ve found love, built a career, and contributed to family. It’s a balancing act having all three.
Read the full interview in our Aug issue.
Photography Joel Low
Styling Titien Wang
Hair Sylin Yer, Shunji Matsuo
Grooming Lolent Lee using NARS Cosmetics
Photography Assistant Alfie Pan
Styling Assistant Belda Chung