Rookie Shane Pow sets his sights on Best Newcomer Award
The first impression that rookie Shane Pow gives is that he's a confident fitness buff. The 22-year-old, who will be finishing his mandatory National Service in a month, signed a two-year contract with MediaCorp which will officially begin in August.
Shane has secured a role in Channel 8's year-end blockbuster, It Takes Two, where he will play the affluent and arrogant Tony. The amiable good-looker shared that he feels some pressure in his on-screen role as he will be sharing the set with more experienced actors such as Kym Ng, Yao Wenlong and Ann Kok.
When asked by xinmsn if he was worried that the impression he will create with his character Tony will be less than favourable, Shane laughingly replied, "My character in Fair, Unfair is even more detestable. He's ten times worse than Tony, so I think the first impression is unsalvageable - though I don't really mind!"
The rookie who studied mass communications revealed that his aspiration since he was a child was to be an actor. He added, "I definitely have an interest in the entertainment industry. I've had a little hosting experience, and since the opportunity has presented itself, I thought of giving it a try since I'm still young. If it doesn't suit me, I'll just have to think of something else."
Given his interest in keeping fit, xinmsn asked if he'd consider revealing his body for the camera and become the next local martial artist star.
He replied with a smile, "Yes I would! We put so much effort in building our bodies in the hope that we'll get chances to show it off. If there's a chance for me to do some martial arts related work, I feel that it's a good experience as well. Singapore's last (martial arts star) was Vincent Ng, right?"
As a rookie, Shane accepts that he has a lot to learn, and he's starting off with improving his grasp of the Chinese language. He revealed that he has started reading Chinese books and has taken to speaking more Mandarin in order to improve his command of the language.
He is also working on his acting, which is completely new to him. "I need to get into character and take note of my facial expressions to fully express my character. That's why I've started watching more dramas and also started taking more notice of people."
Setting his target high, the aspiring actor hopes to bag the coveted Best Newcomer Award at next year's Star Awards. "Every newcomer wants this Newcomer's Award, especially since there's only one shot at it. I'll do my best at playing my role well and it's up to the audience whether or not they like it. If I can win the prize, it'll be great but if I can't, I'll just have to continue working hard."