If you’ve been keeping up with Andie Chen on social media, you’d know that he’s currently on a mission: to transform from a man to beast. Don’t believe us? Just check out his Instagram, where he’s chronicled his entire five-week (and counting!) journey of becoming the beast that he’s set on transforming into.
We caught up with the actor at the imaging session of upcoming Channel 8 drama The Good Fight, where EP (executive producer) Zheng Ge Ping was visibly impressed by Andie’s hard work. Comments such as, “Those shoulders are great, make sure you keep them (for filming)” were passed, and afterwards, we asked Andie about it, to which he chuckled that he’s still “far” from the ideal body that he wants.
“Martial arts practitioners may not be super muscular, but you can see from their entire body shape that they’re really ‘solid’, so that’s what I’m still working towards,” he admitted. “I’m playing a fitness instructor so I have to look the part.”
Sharing that his routine originally comprised of two parts, working on his physique and wushu respectively, Andie let on that he’s since decided to focus more on the former due to a lack of time.
As it turns out, his efforts have paid off as he shared with us that his wife, Kate Pang, has reacted well to his new-and-improved self. “Sometimes when she walks past me, she’ll reach out her hand and brush past me,” he grinned. “She’s also mentioned that I look good, so I’m pretty happy with that.”
Kate herself has also been working out as of late, which means that the couple have both become leaner and fitter. But what of the kids? “Avery is still a bit young, but Aden is starting to work out a lot. He really likes superheroes, so the other day when he saw a photo of a bodybuilder on my screen, he was like, ‘This person is really, super strong!’ and was very impressed,” Andie shared.
The little boy has also started taking martial arts classes and has recently graduated to a yellow tip belt after passing the test at the academy that he’s attending. Both Kate and Andie will be more than happy for Avery to join her big brother when she’s older, as the minimum age for being in classes is three years old.
Kate and Andie’s wedding anniversary trip
Having recently celebrated their fifth wedding anniversary, the pair jetted off to the Phi Phi Islands (sans the children, and at this point, Andie had to declare that he loves his parents very much) for three days.
“We basically sat down one day for about two hours and said that we’d book this flight and stay at this place and so on. Since Phuket is an island we didn’t really need to plan much as well and just decided what we wanted to do after we arrived,” Andie said.
Having foot the bill for the trip, the 33-year-old explained that this is his way of thanking Kate for tirelessly looking after the kids. In addition, he pulled of an unusually romantic gesture: he prepared couple rings for them and presented them to a very surprised Kate, who didn’t prepare any gifts at all.
“I was expecting her not to prepare anything, so it’s nothing out of the ordinary,” he laughed. “On the other hand, she was rather touched that I bought rings. It looks like a wedding band and we both have one each. We’re not really crazy about diamonds so it’s a simple design.”
While on holiday, asked Andie if he’s reconsidered plans to have a third baby, something he admitted has been constantly discussed between the couple. “I actually kind of want one, because right now, the kids are really cute, but in two years, they might not be as cute any longer,” he joked. “But we have no time and money to have another one, so that’s going to be put on hold for now.”
Letting on that they have just started to go back to their normal pre-kid lifestyles, Andie explained that having another child would also mean that they will have to deviate from their current schedule once again, which is a consideration that both Andie and Kate have thought about while making their decision.
Andie clarifies the previous hullabaloo about Kate’s online post
Earlier this month, Kate made the headlines for her post about “someone” telling clients that she is unavailable from jobs, clarifying that she is no longer managed by Mediacorp. We asked Andie if there has been any updates on the issue, to which he shared that he met up with the Mediacorp bosses “a day or two” after their post went up and had a good talk with them.
“We shared what we knew with them, and they said that they would investigate,” he said. “There’s no one in particular we suspect, and neither do we want to arrow someone and say that ‘You did this’. I think she made the post because she wanted to be clear, instead of doing so with the intention of blaming others.”
With that cleared up, we asked Andie about his plans for 2019, to which he mused that The Good Fight might very well be his last drama in a while.
He explained, “Two of the biggest reasons why I said yes to this role is because of Ge Ping laoshi (Ed’s note: Ge Ping was his mentor during Star Search), and that this is an action drama. Filming itself will take about four months, and since I have a lot that I’m working on, I probably won’t be taking on any more dramas in 2019.”