The sim­ple life

Jom Kah­win cast Keith Foo and Reen Rahim spent a month- and- half film­ing in the coun­try­side.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - TV - By KEN­NEtH CHAW en­ter­tain­ment@ thes­tar. com. my

AC­TOR Keith Foo looks back at his child­hood days with fond­ness.

“We would go fish­ing, swim­ming in the river, and be­cause I loved sports, I did a lot of run­ning, vol­ley­ball and foot­ball,” re­calls the 33- year- old ac­tor.

Foo, who is best known for his lead role in the 2013 drama se­ries A riana Rose, grew up in the small town of Ge­mas in Negeri Sem­bi­lan.

“I miss that en­vi­ron­ment. You feel at peace, there’s no traf­fic jam, no pol­lu­tion. It’s very laid back,” he says.

Thank­fully for Foo, he got a taste of life in the coun­try­side once again while film­ing rom- com se­ries Jom Kah­win re­cently.

The en­tire TV se­ries was filmed pre­dom­i­nantly in the coun­try­side in a small town lo­cated be­tween Tampin, Negeri Sem­bi­lan and Me­laka, called Tan­jung Ri­mau.

“The cast lived there for about one and a half months. It was easy for me, I was brought up that way. It’s like go­ing back to my child­hood,” Foo says dur­ing the the launch of the show in Kuala Lumpur.

Cre­ated by Kabir Bha­tia and Norhan­isham Muham­mad, the se­ries is set in a farm where four brothers Adam ( Foo), Chad ( Bil Azali), Baim ( Jaslin Puasa) and Daniel ( Nadzmi Ad­hwa) live.

Af­ter the death of their par­ents, the sib­lings de­cided to quit school and sup­port them­selves by work­ing on the farm.

El­dest brother Adam heads to the city to find a wife who could help with their house­hold chores and lighten the fam­ily’s load. He meets city girl Fatiha ( Reen Rahim) and be­fore long, the two tie the knot.

“There’s a scene where af­ter get­ting mar­ried, the next day, the brothers washed all of Fatiha’s clothes and her handbag as well! Her hand­phone and iPad were in it! They didn’t know any­thing. She had to use the pub­lic phone,” Reen shares on her char­ac­ter try­ing to get used to her new life.

The 27- year- old ac­tress got her start in show­biz af­ter win­ning the third sea­son of re­al­ity act­ing se­ries Pilih Kasih in 2012.

“In the first few episodes of Jom Kah­win, I had to play a snob­bish city girl. My char­ac­ter was fussy; she didn’t like this and that. That was dif­fi­cult for me to por­tray,” she re­veals.

Reen says she feels she could re­late more to Fatiha when she started to em­brace life in the coun­try­side, get­ting her hands dirty with farm­work. The Klang- na­tive says it is be­cause she of­ten vis­ited her grand­par­ents’ and aunt’s house which, al­though was in Klang, had a vil­lage feel to them.

“I was very tough and sporty. I didn’t play with dolls. I grew up around brothers so we would run around and catch fishes or climb trees,” she says.

Like Foo, Reen says she en­joyed liv­ing and film­ing in the small town. “Since there’s no traf­fic jam, if the call time is 10.30am, I get up at 10am,” she says with a laugh. “In KL, if my call time is at 2pm, I need to leave by 11am.”

Reen adds she could con­cen­trate on her work too. “I’m more fo­cused. If I’m in KL, I may have to run off for an event.”

Since the show is called Jom Kah­win, Star2 also got Foo to dish on mar­ried life. The ac­tor tied the knot with stylist Kim Ray­mond in 2014 but held their wed­ding re­cep­tion only last De­cem­ber.

“I’m blessed to have my wife with me al­ways, for sup­port and en­cour­age­ment,” he gushes about Kim who also man­ages his ca­reer.

“I know in times of hard­ship or hap­pi­ness, I’ve al­ways got a shoul­der to fall back on. She’s al­ways there for me.”

Jom Kah­win airs ev­ery Fri­day at 9pm on Hyp­pSen­sasi HD ( Hyp­ptV Ch 116).

Foo and reen play small town boy and big city girl in the TV se­ries Jom Kah­win. — MUhAMAd shAhrIL rOsLI/ The star

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