Saturday, March 20, 2010
Singapore actress Dawn Yeoh has left MediaCorp to rest and focus on her family, according to a report on Xin.sg.
The actress will continue to be represented by her Japanese manager Toba Takashi.
Explaining Yeoh's ubiquitous absence from the nominee list for the Star Awards 2010 Top 10 Most Populer Female Artistes which was unveiled at The Fullerton Hotel on Thursday, Takashi said Yeoh was no longer eligible to compete as she had decided not to renew her contract with MediaCorp which ended late December last year, and was no longer a MediaCorp Artiste.
Yeoh, 23, was nominated for Best Newcomer in 2006 and Top 10 Most Popular Female Artiste in 2007 and 2009.
"Over the past three years, she [Yeoh] had taken part in a lot of productions. She felt that she had too little time and was under a lot of pressure," said Takahashi. "Although she wanted to develop in other areas, she had to focus on acting."
"She [Yeoh] wants to try out other things, she is now recharging her batteries... Her focus is now on her parents and her family, she wants to experience living a normal life."
Interestingly, it was rumoured last year that Yeoh was keen to end her management contract with Takashi and sign with MediaCorp. However, Yeoh eventually decided to remain with Takashi, with whom she already had a five-year contract.
Takashi claimed he has no idea why Yeoh changed her mind but revealed that he did try his best to get her to stay. Takashi said their working relationship has not changed.
Yeoh made her television acting debut as a blind girl in MediaCorp Mandarin drama "The Shining Star" in 2006. Her performance earned her a Star Award nomination in the Most Popular Newcomer category that year but she eventually lost out to "Project Superstar" season 1 winner Kelvin Tan.
The 2009 drama "Daddy at Home" was Yeoh's final MediaCorp project. She played a Mandarin tutor in the show.
Yeoh was named one of MediaCorp's 'Seven Princesses', though with her departure, only five remain, after Fiona Xie's high-profile passage from MediaCorp also in December last year.
"We invested a lot of time on Dawn Yeoh. We will wait and let her think things through," said Takashi.
Source: Channel NewsAsia
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