SINGAPORE - A wedding is never simple - it is a lot more than just a union between two people, says Taiwanese actress Amber An, who has been cast in a new local movie titled, well, A Simple Wedding.
"It's actually bringing two families together as well, so it can be quite complicated. My mum is not pressuring me to get married yet, but she always likes to screen my boyfriends.
"If I bring a boyfriend home, she always has to approve them," she says.
The 31-year-old beauty was speaking to The Straits Times in Mandarin at a press event on Tuesday morning (June 27) to announce the upcoming romantic comedy.
In the Singapore film, which starts shooting next month (July), she plays a diving instructor who dreams of having quiet nuptials with her boyfriend, who will be played by local actor Desmond Tan in his first movie lead role. Her prospective in-laws, however, are keen for something more lavish, which causes much friction between the couple.
Produced by home-grown companies Clover Films, mm2 Entertainment and Weiyu Films, the $1.5million movie directed by Lee Thean-jeen is An's first Singapore movie.
She says: "I'm just so happy to be able to come to Singapore to film. This is a foodie heaven, so there will be plenty to keep me busy during my one month here." In fact, she had already made plans to eat chilli crab at Jumbo Restaurant after the press event.
But she also packed her own pots and pans in her suitcase for her stay here, so that she could do some healthy cooking in her hotel room to offset some of her heavier meals outside.
"I love to eat, but I also have to watch my weight. So I plan on making some simple seafood dishes on my own in between shoots. But I was really silly and left the knives in my hand-carry bag, so they were confiscated at customs."
The actress, who has starred in TV shows such as 2014's Apple In Your Eye, is nicknamed "goddess for otaku" by her fans for her sweet face and svelte figure.
A Simple Wedding is slated for release next year (2018).