We’re with Zhu Houren and his son Joel Choo at the wardrobe unit in Mediacorp where the actors are trying out different looks for their roles in new Ch 8 drama A Million Dollar Dream, which also stars Zoe Tay and Chen Hanwei.
Houren, 62, who plays two characters — a homeless man and his twin — in the drama, is now discussing something with the show’s executive producer. His 23-year-old son, who plays a happy-go-lucky poly student, seems a tad nervous when he notices us but his nerves disappear when his dad approaches him.
During our chat with the duo, Joel looks at his dad whenever he’s stumped by a question. And when he deliberates over an answer for too long, Houren would jump in and reply on his behalf. After all, daddy knows best, right?
Take for example this exchange: When we quiz Joel about his role, the newbie, who’s now a full-time artiste Mediacorp artiste, starts describing it in fluent English. Houren quickly interrupts, saying: “Speak in Mandarin.” He then turns to us and says: “His Mandarin is not good. This is his first Ch 8 drama so I want him to practise whenever he can. I even sent him for Mandarin lessons (smiles).”
Concurs Joel: “When we’re home, my dad would analyse the script together with me and we’d go over my dialogue. Practising with him helps me a lot.”
“I always tell him that he only has one dad,” continu