The Life Interview with Chen Liping: Stumbling on success

Chen Liping was not planning to be an actress until an acquaintance gave her an application form for a drama-training course

It is easy to assume that Channel 8 actress Chen Liping would be garrulous and extroverted, thanks to the many happy-go-lucky roles she has played over a three-decade television career.

But the 52-year-old - known for playing beloved characters such as passionate teacher Miss Aiyoyo in Good Morning, Sir! (1989) and volleyball queen Ding Hui in The Winning Team (1990) - is surprisingly reticent during her two-hour interview with The Straits Times.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 09, 2018, with the headline 'Stumbling on success'. Print Edition | Subscribe