You Goh, girl!

Don’t mess with Deb­bie Goh in Bul­lets Over Pe­tal­ing Street.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - FRONT PAGE - By SETO KIT YAN en­ter­tain­ment@thes­tar.com.my

FASH­ION­ISTA could well be Deb­bie Goh’s mid­dle name. Look no fur­ther than her lat­est movie, Bul­lets Over Pe­tal­ing Street, and see for your­self: candy-coloured wigs. Shiny se­quined gowns. Sparkly killer heels. Hot mi­cro-minis. Stun­ning, sheer swimwear.

For the vi­va­cious Malaysian ac­tress, who started mod­el­ling at age 19, Goh’s lat­est role in Bul­lets could have been tai­lor-made for her.

She plays a pop­u­lar ac­tress named An­gel, who re­luc­tantly be­comes the head of a Pe­tal­ing Street triad when its leader sud­denly dis­ap­pears.

“An­gel sim­ply loves dress­ing up, so she has a dif­fer­ent out­fit for ev­ery oc­ca­sion. I went through about 30 dif­fer­ent looks in the movie. And I never had to wear any piece in the wardrobe more than once,” of­fered Goh, who was perky and ef­fer­ves­cent, even though she had just flown back from a work-re­lated con­fer­ence in Paris the day be­fore.

The for­mer beauty queen (Miss Malaysia Chi­nese In­ter­na­tional 1998) was so psyched about flesh­ing out her fash­ion-lov­ing char­ac­ter that she even threw open her closet to the movie’s stylist.

“The dia­mante-stud­ded stilet­tos that make an ap­pear­ance at the be­gin­ning of the movie trailer are from my own per­sonal col­lec­tion,” shared Goh, 35, her eyes twin­kling at the thought.

Then her love-hate re­la­tion­ship with high heels came to light. Goh ad­mit­ted that her big­gest chal­lenge dur­ing the film­ing of Bul­lets was hav­ing to film her scenes in high heels all day, and some­times all night, for weeks on end.

“All those heels were be­tween five to eight inches (13-20cm) high. I loved them be­cause they were so beau­ti­ful, yet I also hated them be­cause they were so painful to run around in. That’s why I only wore them for film­ing and pho­to­shoots,” said the stat­uesque beauty, who feels more com­fort­able loung­ing around in her flats.

“My feet are hap­pi­est in san­dals and sneak­ers. So, I make sure to give them a good rest when I’m off cam­era,” she con­tin­ued, con- cerned that she could de­velop hal­lux val­gus, com­monly known as bu­nions, as the painful foot con­di­tion (in which the big toe grad­u­ally turns in­wards) runs in the fam­ily.

A nat­u­rally ac­tive in­di­vid­ual, the beauty queen-turned-ac­tress made the most of her in­ten­sive ac­tion train­ing ses­sions, al­though she could only squeeze in two days of the ini­tial week-long plan.

“I re­ally love do­ing ac­tion scenes, even though I may not be as flex­i­ble as those who can do splits ef­fort­lessly,” re­vealed the twotime Golden Awards’ Most Pop­u­lar Ac­tress (2010 and 2012), best known for her strik­ing roles in lo­cal TV dra­mas like Age Of Glory (2008), The De­scen­dant (2010) and Glow­ing Em­bers (2012) as well as China’s The Leg­end Of Kublai Khan (2013), where she played the sec­ond Em­press-re­gent of the Mon­gol Em­pire, Oghul Qaimish.

Of all the ac­tion scenes in Bul­lets, Goh sin­gled out the most chal­leng­ing one: a fight se­quence which saw her get­ting into a scuf­fle with a ri­val triad head, played by lo­cal ac­tor Kelvin Leong.

That par­tic­u­lar scene even re­quired her to hitch up her skirt and wres­tle him to the ground in pen­cil-thin stilet­tos. “I still re­mem­ber how I had to flip Kelvin, then pin him down. And, I did it all in my heels. It was not easy, he was about 80kg!”

Her most mem­o­rable, how­ever, was the movie’s open­ing se­quence of her soak­ing up the sun­shine in a swim­ming pool, be­fore be­ing joined by TV host Hansen Lee in an in­ti­mate scene.

“The shoot lasted all day; I was swim­ming in the pool from 7am in the morn­ing till 5pm. Then, Hansen came into the pool at 9am and we had to French kiss.

“It was truly awk­ward, hav­ing to kiss some­one I had barely chat­ted with for five min­utes, so early in the morn­ing.

“Plus, I didn’t ex­pect the swim­suit to be so trans­par­ent; we had to rely on emer­gency safety mea­sures to pre­vent ac­ci­den­tal ex­po­sure. Af­ter we com­pleted that shoot, the swim­suit was com­pletely wrecked!”

Bul­lets is jointly di­rected by award-win­ning Malaysian stage di­rec­tor Ho Shih Phin and Hong Kong-born movie pro­ducer Samp­son Yuen. The US$1mil (RM3.35mil) ac­tion com­edy is pro­duced by Juita En­ter­tain­ment and dis­trib­uted by GSC Movies, with Star RFM 988 as the of­fi­cial ra­dio sta­tion.

A joint project by Juita Vi­den, Golden Screen Cine­mas and The Star, the madein-Malaysia movie also fea­tures Chen Han Wei, Irene Ang, Wil­liam San, Steve Yap, KK Wong, Ch­eryl Lee, Berg Lee, Ernest Chong and Fred­die Wong.

Bul­lets may be Goh’s first Malaysian movie to hit the big screen, but she clar­i­fied that her Malaysian film de­but was ac­tu­ally in the slasher flick Clay­pot Curry Killers. Ow­ing to its gory sub­ject mat­ter, the movie took so long to clear the cen­sors that it went straight to TV (Astro First, Ch 480) when it was fi­nally re­leased.

Chi­nese New Year cel­e­bra­tions for Goh typ­i­cally en­tail bois­ter­ous fam­ily get-to­geth­ers that in­clude steam­ing hotpot re­union din­ners, lively games of cha­rades or Mo­nop­oly and movie out­ings at lo­cal cine­mas. This year, how­ever, work took her to Paris dur­ing the fes­tive sea­son, as she con­tin­ued to mull over film of­fers from lo­cal moviemak­ers as well as some from China.

Bul­lets Over Pe­tal­ing Street opens in cine­mas na­tion­wide on Feb 13.

Photo by RAY­MOND OOI / The Star

Deb­bie Goh’s many looks from the movie (clock­wise from up­per left): happy birth­day to me; cut­tin’ a rug with Steve Yap; pum­melling Kelvin Leong; get­ting ev­ery­one’s at­ten­tion; pen­sive in the pool.

Al­though she’s fre­quently in heels, Goh says her feet are hap­pi­est in sneak­ers and san­dals. — Cover photo: RAY­MOND OOI/The Star; Make-up and hair: MAR­CUS CHUAH; Wardrobe spon­sored by Ver­sace.

I’m Red, you’re dead: deb­bie Goh in car­rot-topped killer mode in the movie.

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