Despite leaving the industry twice, Quan Yi Fong keeps returning to do what she loves the most

Do what you love and you'll never work a day, they said.

Fasiha Nazren| June 22, 2020, 10:40 AM

Quan Yi Fong is a familiar face — or voice — to a lot of Singaporeans.

After all, the 46-year-old actress/host has graced television screens for close to 30 years now.

Growing up with the media industry

And while we can go on and on about her achievements in showbiz, there's more to Quan than her colourful career.

As we grew up seeing her on our television screens, Quan said that she has spent her youth in the media industry.

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忍了2年、终于还是坚持不下去 把头发剪了! 在北京、女儿苦口婆心的相劝:妈妈、你长头发看起来好沧桑哦……………… 你以前来剧组探班每个人看到你都说我妈妈好有气质、好霸气,我很喜欢。 我问:你不喜欢人家说:看到你妈妈好温柔,好有亲和力吗? 女儿:不喜欢! 问题是、你根本没有啊!就算头发留长了你也没有啊!!!!!! 忠言逆耳、女儿的话更刺耳! 好吧!不想、不要、也不行在装下去了, 剪短头发、开拍新节目#我是媒体人 把一切不如意的事情全部一并剪掉, 从新开始。

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Having been in the industry since she was 17 years old, she started her career by trying out many different jobs.

She has been a temporary actress and even an extra on television series before enrolling herself into Mediacorp's (then called SBC, or Singapore Broadcasting Corporation) first host training course.

Reminiscing the past, she said that it was "hard" for new actors back then as they could only learn and grow by themselves.

"Now, new actors are very lucky. They have more resources to help them learn and improve their craft."

She also considers artistes in Singapore to be "quite lucky" as they are well taken care of.

But Quan also emphasised that this doesn't mean that artistes can "just relax." Instead, they must constantly strive to improve themselves.

In her 28 years as a celebrity, she has left the media company on two occasions.

Somehow, however, she would always end up returning to what she loves doing the most: Hosting.

"It's almost been 30 years and although I've been through some ups and downs, I'm thankful for the staff that have stayed and cared with me all these years."

Like mother, like daughter

Apart from her shows, Quan also juggles her responsibility as a mother to Eleanor Lee, who turns 21 this year.

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不知不觉中感觉自己真的老了, 就说了,不要跟你 @eleanorleex 同框咯 🥺🥺🥺 #一个向太阳 #一个在夕阳 我还是继续努力做运动好了!🤸‍♂️🤸‍♂️🤸‍♂️🤪

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And just like her mother, Lee entered showbiz at a young age.

When she was 16 years old, Lee starred in her first commercial in China — an Apple commercial, no less.

Now, she has made a name for herself China, having starred in a string of television series, some of them as lead roles.

Watches daughter's shows together

Of course, this meant that Quan would have less time to spend with her daughter.

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好开森,@aftercoffeesg 在下个月就要在SG 的 vivo city 开幕了,在国内我已经上瘾到天天都要喝两杯,在开幕之前好友 @mgroup_addylee88 已经特别派人送来给我两母女两享用 😁😁 。所以我是第一个客人,也是超级vip客户啦 ❤️❤️❤️

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But with the circuit breaker measures last time, she said that she had more time to chat with her daughter.

Affectionately calling her daughter mei mei (Chinese for younger sister), Quan said,

"Actually, it's just as normal as it was just that we have more time to chat. Recently, mei mei filmed three new dramas so we spent our time watching it together."

Apart from spending quality time with Lee during the circuit breaker, Quan has also done plenty of reading and exercising in her free time.

To bring some entertainment to her followers, she even held a few Instagram Live sessions, including one with celebrity pal Bryan Wong.

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Asking fellow celebrities tough questions

Of course, having been in the industry for so long, she has forged friendships with a lot of fellow artistes.

If you've ever wondered what heart-to-heart talk celebrities engage in, Quan's latest interview series "Hear U Out" will give you a glimpse of it.

This is her first project after resting for almost half a year.

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休息了半年的时间,我回来了。 从17岁出道至今从来没有休息过这么长的时间。 这半年的时间过得好快,日子清幽淡雅 放下麦克风,拿起煮饭锅, 需要很大的勇气,因为从来没有过过这样的生活方式,一晃眼半年结束了。 就在假期结束之前一场世纪疫情爆发了,刚好在过年前夕已经带着女儿回到台湾与家人团聚,所以一家人都安好。 非常感谢公司 @the_celebrityagency 的支持让我完成一个做母亲的小小心愿,这半年的时光真的好甜好美🥰 接下来的日子还是会回到工作岗位,只是工作量会大大的减少,大部分的时间还是会注重在照顾女儿和陪伴家人,放慢脚步做自己喜欢做的事,和能做的事,只要能选择自己喜欢做的节目就很满足了。 怡凤,开工了!🙋‍♀️#权听你说

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She has invited some of her celebrity friends onto the 26-episode series, including Fann Wong, Tay Ping Hui and Xiaxue.

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出道比很多人晚 没有任何表演根基,年少时叛逆。 @taypinghui 腾空出道,我说:那是一个#斌辉的年代 !一个人的成功绝对不是偶然或者幸运,40岁过后一个人勇闯中国演艺圈要有多大的勇气和自信。 与其说每一次的访谈可以爆出更多精彩内幕,我更希望可以在他们身上看到对人事物的看法和分享。 谢谢 @taypinghui 来上节目,对制作组的信任才可以让我们谈的如此愉快! I am watching Hear U Out 权听你说 on meWATCH! https://www.mewatch.sg/series/hear-u-out/ep1/938949 记得收看#权听你说 第一集 #斌辉的年代#郑斌辉

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On the show, she has delved into more personal affairs, including Fann's experience when her husband was incarcerated.

Speaking of her experience hosting this series, she said that she has learnt a lot about and from the celebrities, as everyone has been through different experiences.

"Maybe it’s because we’re all artists, and there are some things that we can’t say or do. But after hearing from them personally, I realise that I have the same ideas as them. They help me realise that there’s a different side to me too. So in the end, I think we all have a similar mindset."

Who's her closest celebrity friend?

While on the topic of celebrity friends, we managed to ask her one final important question: Who does she consider her closest friends in the industry?

Although it was difficult for her to choose, she considers fellow Mediacorp celebrities [Bryan] Wong and Kym Ng as some of her closest friends in the industry.

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2019 遇到最好的 @bryanwwong 你 @adakohhn 。开心的一天,期待 @bryanwwong 大导演处女作品#爱本#义不容辞#客串出演

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好久没有跟 @kym_ng 姐姐见面了#愉快的星期六

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Even though they don't get to see each other as much, especially now, she appreciates their friendship all the same.

"Friends must be able to make you smile, give you hugs and surround you with positive energy and encouragement. We don’t meet up very often, but once we do, we will chat non-stop. If I ever need to talk to someone, they will always give me encouragement and advice."

Ng has also named Quan as her best hosting partner previously:

Aww.

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