White wed­ding blues

Wed­ding dresses no longer hold any magic for ac­tress Michelle Wai.

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

SHE may play a woman who leaps at the chance to get mar­ried in new movie All My God­dess , but in real life, the magic of a wed­ding gown no longer ap­peals to Michelle Wai th­ese days.

“I’ve had to wear wed­ding gowns for so many oc­ca­sions – whether for mod­el­ling or act­ing – that I am no longer ex­cited over it.

“I’ve even worn those very beau­ti­ful and ex­pen­sive qun kwa for work,” said the 32-year-old ac­tress, re­fer­ring to the elab­o­rate tra­di­tional red Chi­nese bridal dress, which usu­ally comes with gold and sil­ver dragon and phoenix em­broi­dery.

“When it comes to white wed­ding dresses, I al­ready know what looks good on me and what does not. What I’ve never worn are the wed­ding dresses from other cul­tures. I think I would very much look for­ward to try­ing on some bright and colour­ful bridal out­fits for a change!”

In All My God­dess, Wai por­trays a dreamy but so­cially awk­ward young lady who jumps at the op­por­tu­nity to don a wed­ding gown, even if it means hav­ing to walk down the aisle with a man she does not love.

She has four girl­friends help­ing to plan the wed­ding, but when the bride dis­ap­pears, the ladies de­cide to play “Cin­derella and the glass slip­per” – who­ever fits into the cus­tom-made wed­ding gown gets to walk down the aisle in place of the miss­ing bride.

All My God­dess, adapted from a pop­u­lar Hong Kong mu­si­cal, is directed by Clifton Ko ( I Have A Date With Spring, All’s Well Ends Well).

With 90% of the movie filmed on lo­ca­tion in Pe­nang, Wai spent 15 days shoot­ing there. She be­came fast friends with Hong Kong ac­tress Mag­gie Che­ung Ho Yee and Tai­wanese-Cana­dian ac­tress An­nie Liu, who play her girl friends in the movie.

“Dur­ing film breaks, Mag­gie and I even took the op­por­tu­nity to check out new apart­ments in Pe­nang,” said Wai, adding that they did not man­age to pur­chase any units as the prices were above their bud­get.

“It was a very re­lax­ing shoot. Most scenes were done in one take, as the di­rec­tor knew ex­actly what he wanted, and did not like to waste time with re­takes. We al­ways wrapped up early and had lots of time for fun ac­tiv­i­ties.

“We even got to take a trip to Ipoh to go sight­see­ing and en­joy the lo­cal del­i­ca­cies,” shared Wai.

This is not the first time the ac­tress has shot film in Malaysia – she was pre­vi­ously here to film lo­cal di­rec­tor Ryon Lee’s tear­jerker Show Me Your Love which was re­leased last year.

All My God­dess is cur­rently play­ing in cine­mas na­tion­wide. For GSC show­times, see next page.

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Wai pays a so­cially-awk­ward who is des­per­ate to get mar­ried in All My God­dess

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