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Child actor quit acting because of teasing

Aloysius Pang, who used to dislike the attention, is now back on Channel 8 playing Kym Ng's son. -TNP
Kwok Kar Peng

Wed, Dec 05, 2012
The New Paper

SINGAPORE - The resemblance is uncanny, but he is not actor Shawn Lee from I Not Stupid and We Not Naughty fame.

But like Lee, 22-year-old Aloysius Pang was also a child actor.

Coincidentally, his first show - a children's drama titled Xiao Fei Ren - was filmed together with Lee, now also 22.

Pang stopped acting at age 14 after life in the public eye and teasing from his peers got too much. In a recent interview, Pang told The New Paper he disliked the attention and felt pressured because of it.

"Back then, I pretty much wanted to be a normal person. Whenever someone did a double-take (when they saw) me, I felt alienated from the public."

But as life would have it, he has come full circle and is now a full-time actor signed with local talent management company Noontalk Media.

His first comeback project was the Dasmond Koh-directed film Timeless Love released in March. He followed it up with Channel 8 drama Poetic Justice, It Takes Two and the second season of C.L.I.F., which will be telecast next February.

It Takes Two is currently showing at 9pm on weeknights. Pang plays Kym Ng's rebellious son who joins a gang because he's interested in a girl in the gang.

Acting class

It all started when Pang was nine and joined an acting class organised by MediaCorp.

He then acted in a string of productions like Bukit Ho Swee (2002), A Child's Hope(2003) and I Love My Home (2004).

He said he stopped acting because he was still childish.

"A lot of people said to me, 'who do you think you are? You think you're a big shot because you're an actor?'" Pang told The New Paper.

"I thought the problem was because I was an actor, but it was actually my inability to handle the situation.

"I was rebellious then and loud in public. I understand now why people taunted me, I had brought it upon myself."

Pang didn't want to talk about the naughty things he did in the past for fear that it would offend his mother.

"Back then, I felt the pain when I saw her cry," he recalled. "But I was too self-centred."

Despite leaving TV, Pang said the stares continued because Lee was still acting and people often confused the two.

Pang said the taunting stopped only when he joined the army at 18 and those days in green fatigues whipped him into shape.

Armed with a diploma in management studies from the Singapore Institute of Management, Pang said he began planning his future when he was in the army.

"Some of my friends started a family at a young age and I saw them suffering financially.

"I want more for my parents, my two elder brothers and myself. I don't want them and my future wife and kids to suffer."

After he left the army, he got back in touch with Koh, whom Pang befriended when they acted together in A Child's Hope, but lost contact when Pang went to secondary school. With Koh's help, Pang returned to acting.

Pang said he realised he loves acting and it's what he wants to do.

In all his three recent drama series, he plays a rebellious kid who gets into trouble.

He draws from his own past for the roles, but he's also worried people may typecast him as an angst-ridden youth.

"But every role has its personality and challenges, and it's fun. I don't want to complain," he said.

"I really hope to see myself growing in this industry from a child to a young man and then a veteran actor."

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