Big ap­ple, lit­tle lady

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - MOVIES - By MICHAEL CHEANG en­ter­tain­ment@ thes­tar. com. my

SHE may only be 11 years old, but

The Kid From The Big Ap­ple’s Tan Qin Lin is well on her way to be­com­ing a star.

The young ac­tress was voted Best New­comer at the 7th Ma­cau In­ter­na­tional Movie Fes­ti­val last De­cem­ber, one of four awards The

Kid From The Big Ap­ple won at the event. Ac­cord­ing to a re­port in China

Press in De­cem­ber, Qin Lin has also been given a role in an undis­closed Hol­ly­wood film, mak­ing her po­ten­tially one of the first Malaysian child ac­tors to ap­pear in a Hol­ly­wood movie.

Asked dur­ing a re­cent press con­fer­ence about her feel­ings when she won the Ma­cau award, the young lass said she had never ex­pected to win. “When I saw my name on the pa­per, I was think­ing, ‘ Is that re­ally me?’” she re­called. “Then when they called my name, I be­came weak! And when I went on stage, I was still shocked, so when they asked me if I thought I acted well, I could only re­ply, ‘ Yes, very very well!’”

In The Kid From The Big Ap­ple, Qin Lin plays a young girl named Sarah who grew up in New York, but is forced to move to Malaysia to live with her grand­fa­ther ( Ti Lung) while her mother ( Jes­sica Hester Hsuan) goes to China for work.

When we first meet Sarah, she is a rude lit­tle brat who only speaks in English and keeps mak­ing fun of her grand­fa­ther. But over time, the two form a tight bond and learn the value of fam­ily and tra­di­tions.

“Th­ese days, many homes are quiet be­cause the kids are busy look­ing at their phones and not talk­ing to their grand­par­ents. This is a movie about a girl who is like that, but learns to get along with her grand­fa­ther. I think af­ter watch­ing this, you will think of home as well,” Qin Lin said about the movie.

In­flu­enced by her brother Tan Hao Yen ( who started act­ing when he was young too), Qin Lin be­gan her own act­ing ca­reer two years ago, in a small role in an Astro Xiao Tai Yang chil­dren’s se­ries. Al­though The Kid From The Big

Ap­ple is her first fea­ture film, the ac­tress found it a great ex­pe­ri­ence, es­pe­cially work­ing with di­rec­tor Jess Teong. “The di­rec­tor was very car­ing! She al­ways took care of us,” she said.

Teong had taken al­most two years to find the right ac­tress to play the role of Sarah, but as soon as she met Qin Lin, she knew she was the one.

The ac­tress ful­filled all of Teong’s cri­te­ria ( in­clud­ing be­ing in­de­pen­dent, not too tech­ni­cal with her act­ing and hav­ing a per­fect smile), and also had the per­fect per­son­ali- ty for the role.

Be­ing a bilin­gual role ( Sarah starts off speak­ing only in English be­fore switch­ing to Man­darin half­way through), Teong had to coach and train Qin Lin for al­most two months be­fore she was ready to start film­ing.

Work­ing with Ti Lung was also a good ex­pe­ri­ence for Qin Lin, though she said she was ini­tially ner­vous around him be­cause he al­ways had a very stern ex­pres­sion on his face.

In one scene, Sarah ac­ci­den­tally breaks one of her grand­fa­ther’s priced medic­i­nal jars and gets a ter­ri­ble scold­ing. Qin Lin said the di­rec­tor told her specif­i­cally to only act scared, and not to cry.

“But at the time, be­fore she could cut ( the scene), I wanted to start cry­ing, be­cause he was scold­ing me so fiercely!” she re­mem­bered.

The Kid From The Big Ap­ple is cur­rently show­ing at cin­e­mas na­tion­wide. For GSC show­times, turn to P17.

Ac­cord­ing to a re­cent re­port, Qin Lin has been of­fered a role in an undis­closed hol­ly­wood film. — ONG sOON hIN/ The star

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Malaysia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.