Why Singapore celebrity couple Pierre Png, Andrea de Cruz are happy without kids

July 31, 2018
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    Singaporean actor Pierre Png arguably has the most heart-stopping moment in the hotly anticipated movie, Crazy Rich Asians. It shows the 44-year-old stepping out of the shower.

    Already, just from the trailer of the scene, the Internet is aflame over his cut, ripped abs. And, as we discover, Pierre doesn’t mind being almost naked in his first Hollywood production.

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  • Being in Crazy Rich Asians – which opens in Singapore on August 22 – is quite a coup. The first we see of you in the movie is…your character Michael Teo stepping out of the shower, practically naked. What did you actually wear for that scene?
    2 / 10 Being in Crazy Rich Asians – which opens in Singapore on August 22 – is quite a coup. The first we see of you in the movie is…your character Michael Teo stepping out of the shower, practically naked. What did you actually wear for that scene?

    A G-string. I guess director Jon M Chu wasn’t prepared to see more than my butt. I’ve been in a G-string onstage in the past. It was for the musical Mulan and — come to think of it — that was also for a shower scene and in that production, I essentially mooned the audience. I really should get an endorsement for G-strings now!

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  • How did you prepare for that scene?
    3 / 10 How did you prepare for that scene?

    I was made to go on a very strict diet and train with a personal trainer. I am, by nature, on the scrawny side. I had to bulk up within a short time — three weeks. So, I was eating right (no salt, no oil), and getting as much protein as I could into my body via supplements. I’d carry heavy weights, and the trainer helped me concentrate on the right muscles to get that sculpted look. That’s Hollywood for you.

    The prep didn’t kill me but it was tough. I had to work out on alternate days and rest in-between, then work out as much as I could in between shoots. If I wasn’t working, I spent the morning or evening working out.

    If I couldn’t do that, I did as much as I could — for instance, doing push-ups to fatigue. I gave it my all.

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  • In Crazy Rich Asians, you play the husband of a rich socialite who finds it hard to keep up with the lifestyle she’s used to. Can you relate to that kind of pressure?
    4 / 10 In Crazy Rich Asians, you play the husband of a rich socialite who finds it hard to keep up with the lifestyle she’s used to. Can you relate to that kind of pressure?

    I can very much relate. When I was growing up, I knew some of these girls. My friends and I went to their homes and it was like Disneyland — huge places and such. If I and one of them dated, I think there would be that level of expectation my character, Michael, faced.

    Asians are brought up to want to do our best. It’s a rite of passage as a man to be able to take care of the elderly, our wives, our children. That sense of responsibility, where you will one day step up and be the man of the house and take care of everyone, is very real.

    I can understand the complexity of Michael’s feelings — it’s uncomfortable to be in a situation where expectations are above what you can deliver.

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  • Let’s talk about your own marriage. You donated part of your liver to Andrea in 2002, and she’s said that statistically in 20 years, her body might begin to reject it. Is this something that weighs heavily on you both?
    5 / 10 Let’s talk about your own marriage. You donated part of your liver to Andrea in 2002, and she’s said that statistically in 20 years, her body might begin to reject it. Is this something that weighs heavily on you both?

    I have good news — we just met a health professional who said her liver will last however long she wants it to, as long as she keeps herself in good health.

    Those statistics Andrea referred to were based on a survey and estimates. The professional said there is no reason her liver will fail. It’s made us really happy, and it’s pushing us to plan for other things.

    Related: Stranger donates part of her liver to save this baby’s life

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  • Such as children?
    6 / 10 Such as children?

    Andrea and I have accepted we will not have children of our own, and we are not close to adoption. We have so many nephews and nieces, we are not searching for a way to have children of our own.

    Besides, we already have a very happy family, it’s just that our kids walk on all fours.

     

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  • You recently moved into a new terrace house in the eastern part of Singapore. Where’s the place you go to when you need quiet time?
    7 / 10 You recently moved into a new terrace house in the eastern part of Singapore. Where’s the place you go to when you need quiet time?

    My bedroom – it’s big and spacious, and has an open-concept bathroom with lots of sunlight and ventilation. We have a bath tub so I can soak in it. My room is like a bomb shelter – I can survive in it for ages.

    Related: Look inside celebrity mummy Vivian Lai’s $8m Singapore home

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  • Where does Andrea banish you to after a fight or when you’ve been “bad”?
    8 / 10 Where does Andrea banish you to after a fight or when you’ve been “bad”?

    The doghouse? (Laughs) Andrea doesn’t “banish” me anywhere. If she did, I guess it’d be the family room. I can’t complain — it’s got a day bed and ceiling fan and it’s really nice in there. It’s even got a camera in there, so she can see how contrite I am.

    I go there if I came home late and didn’t want to disturb Andrea — after a night out with the guys, for instance.

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  • You’ve been married 15 years. What is the secret to a long and successful marriage?
    9 / 10 You’ve been married 15 years. What is the secret to a long and successful marriage?

    You have to both want it to be a long and successful marriage, and even learn from other people’s mistakes. I think you have to accept you’re both individuals who are constantly growing and changing, and who have different reactions and emotions.

    A friend told me it’s like swimming in a pair — you constantly have to turn to see where your partner is. If not, you could lose track of where she is. I’ll also say, the grass is green where you water it, and not greener on the other side.

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  • Finally, your ideal role?
    10 / 10 Finally, your ideal role?

    (Laughs) In English or Mandarin? If it’s in Mandarin, probably a mute, because my skills in the language are still sub-par!

    (Photos: Instagram/iampierrepng)

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