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Dr Jia Jia wants to be MP in future

Seven-year-old YouTube sensation to debut in new local comedy film. -TNP
Tan Kee Yun

Sun, Jul 15, 2012
The New Paper

Local YouTube child sensation, Dr Jiajia, whose real name is Chua Jin Sen, might be on the cusp of big screen stardom with his debut role in new local comedy Taxi! Taxi!.

But that's not really his dream job.

In future, he wants to be a Member of Parliament (MP).

The cute, perky seven-year-old Maha Bodhi Primary 1 pupil shot to fame for his Singlish comic skits that also features his older brother Jin Chou, 12.

The pair have four million views on YouTube and more than 16,000 likes on their Facebook page.

Jin Sen will play local actor Mark Lee's son in Taxi! Taxi!, slated for release in January.

His role is a "very meaty one", said movie director Kelvin Sng.

"Basically, whenever Mark appears, Jiajia will be there.

"We've scripted his role according to his personality and what viewers are already familiar with from his skits on YouTube... He will be sprouting a lot of Singlish, that's for sure."

In an interview with The New Paper on Thursday at M Hotel, where the movie's press conference was held, Jin Sen revealed greater aspirations than mere showbiz stardom.

He said: "An MP has a very big role to play and he can do many good things."

He then added, much to the amusement of everyone else in the room: "I want to be a doctor. Then, after that, I will be an MP."

The movie is inspired by blogger Dr Cai Mingjie's real-life account as a taxi driver in his best-selling book, Diary Of A Taxi Driver: True Stories From Singapore's Most Educated Cab Driver.

Taxi! Taxi! follows the trials and tribulations of retrenched microbiologist, Professor Chua (played by Gurmit Singh), as he decides to drive a taxi after several failed job applications.

Along the way, he befriends veteran cabby Ah Tau (Lee), who is his polar opposite in every aspect.

The filming of Taxi! Taxi!, which also stars former TV star-turned-entrepreneur Jazreel Low and veteran Malaysian actress Lai Meng, begins tomorrow.

Refreshingly frank

Like most seven-year-olds, Jin Sen, who also has two younger sisters aged two and three, was refreshingly frank when fielding questions.

"I don't know Mark Lee," he admitted, when asked if he was familiar with his famous co-star's work. Any television stars or personalities he admires?

"No, I don't have," was his reply.

His mother, 43-year-old housewife Caren Chua, said that Jin Sen is "confident", despite being diagnosed with dyslexia.

"Last time, he had a lot of difficulty writing, as he couldn't differentiate the (letters of the) alphabet," she shared.

"After taking lessons at the DAS (Dyslexia Association of Singapore), he has shown a lot of improvement and recently, he even scored 90 out of 100 in spelling tests."

The proud mum added that Jin Sen is "mature" for his age.

"He is very close to his older brother, who influences him greatly.

"I remember he started liking Star Wars when he was only in K1 (Kindergarten 1)... He would bring his favourite Star Wars figurines to class, but most of his classmates found those figurines ugly."


This article was first published in The New Paper.

 
 
 
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