Pas­sion and pur­pose

CLEO (Singapore) - - COVER STORY -

Her sched­ule is prac­ti­cally a cir­cus act, filled with modelling gigs and film­ing. She notes that she has a won­der­ful sup­port sys­tem of old friends who keep her grounded – some­thing she feels is im­por­tant for some­one who spends so much time in the spot­light – who “would make time to hang out and ac­com­mo­date to my hec­tic sched­ule”.

Her favourite way to recharge? “I sleep!” she guf­faws.

(Hello, Lawrence Wong!), a China-based pe­riod drama gar­ner­ing over 700 mil­lion views an episode. Is a role in an over­seas pro­duc­tion in the pipeline for Jas­mine?

“If given an op­por­tu­nity, I would to­tally jump on it. I’m very open to try­ing new things, go­ing to new places; that’s the draw of this in­dus­try for me. I think it’ll be nice to try to sur­vive out­side of my com­fort zone.”

Her pluck­i­ness is ad­mirable, con­sid­er­ing she’s never gone to act­ing school nor taken lessons. In­stead, she reads books about act­ing meth­ods and picks up what she can from con­ver­sa­tions with cast mem­bers be­tween takes.

She freely ad­mits she’s only just com­ing into her own and find­ing equi­lib­rium in her work. She feels most pow­er­ful when, “I know what I’m do­ing, and when I’m com­fort­able do­ing it. In act­ing, I find con­fi­dence by un­der­stand­ing the mo­tives that steer my char­ac­ter’s ac­tions.” While modelling is her first love, the star­let says she finds her pur­pose in act­ing. “Act­ing al­lows me to step into some­one’s shoes, and cre­ates a sense of compassion and em­pa­thy as I try to un­der­stand my char­ac­ters.”

She may humbly in­sist that she got lucky with her act­ing ca­reer, but we can tell it’s her work ethic and steely re­solve that got her here. And you know what? We can’t wait to see how much fur­ther she can go.

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