Michelle Chia jumped at the opportunity to surprise her fans when she was offered the role of a psychopath.
At a press conference to promote Mind's Eye, which will screen on Toggle from Jan 3, the 44-year-old Singaporean said the dark role allows her to stretch her acting skills and get out of her wholesome, comfort zone.
The 13-episode series sees two characters, played by Jesseca Liu and Tay Ping Hui, pitting their wits against a serial killer (Frederick Lee) and his twin sister (Chia).
Chia, who left Mediacorp in 2012, also spoke about her new show in an online post, writing: "I've never been a fan of horror or gory shows, especially since I travel so much.
"I spare myself from all that unnecessary wild imaginations and mindless worries.
"But, being in one of them is a completely different story."
While Chia may revel over the new challenge in Mind's Eye, she cannot completely abandon her old fears.
"These props still make my heart skip a beat when left in a corner on set unattended, though."
Chia, who now takes on ad-hoc jobs and indulges in travelling, starred in Channel 8 drama Gifted last year, opposite Zhang Yaodong and Fiona Xie.