MA­TER­NAL IN­STINCTS

Ac­tress Yeo Yann Yann takes her new role so se­ri­ously that she’s con­tem­plat­ing ditch­ing her ca­reer to be­come a stay-at-home mum.

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Y eo Yann Yann isn’t one of those faces you see in lo­cal movies all the time. But when she does take on a role, it’s so mem­o­rable that you wait, al­most on ten­ter­hooks, for her next on-screen ap­pear­ance – from Roys­ton Tan’s 2007 out­ing 881 to An­thony Chen’s

Ilo Ilo, which re­cently won Best Pic­ture at the 2013 Golden Horse Awards.

De­spite pick­ing up the Best Sup­port­ing Ac­tress tro­phy at the same awards, we’re prob­a­bly go­ing to see less of the 36-yearold thes­pian in 2014 – Yann Yann will be tak­ing a breather to fo­cus on be­ing a mum to her 17-month-old daugh­ter, Vera. “I’ve started slow­ing down at work, pick­ing only projects I re­ally want to do. This year, I’ll cut down fur­ther and leave the bur­den of earn­ing money to my hus­band for a while!” she laughs.

The first-time mum, who is mar­ried to Hong Kong ac­tion di­rec­tor Ma Yuk Sing, says her de­ci­sion stems partly from her fam­ily sit­u­a­tion. Yann Yann is based here but com­mutes to Kuala Lumpur for work. When she trav­els, she leaves Vera with her mum, who lives in Jo­hor Bahru. Her hus­band is based in Hong Kong, but re­turns to Sin­ga­pore once a month and stays for a week or two each time.

De­spite be­ing a fam­ily that’s “all over the place”, Yann Yann says she and her hus­band have a solid bond with Vera. “I al­ways sing and talk to Vera so she knows my voice. She’s a very phys­i­cal baby so we hug a lot, too. Vera needs some time to recog­nise her dad, but af­ter a few min­utes, she’ll run up to him for a hug as well.”

Even so, be­ing con­stantly on the move is dif­fi­cult for Yann Yann, es­pe­cially when she has to leave Vera for work. “I didn’t cry the first time I had to do so. It was only when I knew I wouldn’t be see­ing her for two weeks that I cried while driv­ing to KL.”

Vera was six months old at the time, and Yann Yann was go­ing through a mild bout of post­na­tal de­pres­sion. “I couldn’t con­cen­trate and had a short tem­per. But af­ter a few months of weekly coun­selling, I started to pull my­self to­gether.”

Yann Yann de­cided to fo­cus on mak­ing the most of her time with Vera. “When­ever I make it home to see Vera, I al­ways tell her I’ll be there to pro­tect and com­fort her. I spend 10-15 min­utes singing to her, telling her sto­ries or just pat­ting her un­til she drifts off in bed.”

What bet­ter way then, to help Yann Yann and Vera build an even stronger bond, than with a spot of baby yoga?

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