SINGAPORE - Local TV host Quan Yifeng's daughter, Eleanor Lee, may follow in her mother's footsteps in showbiz. She is now playing the lead role in an Apple commercial in China.
In the 90-second clip, released on Apple China's website on Feb 1, the 16-year-old plays the role of a young girl who uses the tech giant's products to record a song for her grandmother. It is similar to Apple US' ad campaign, titled The Song, released during the December holiday period.
According to Lianhe Zaobao, the three-day shoot in Shanghai netted Eleanor a six-figure sum.
Acclaimed Hong Kong director Ann Hui had a hand in the commercial, which also involved award-winning cinematographer Christopher Doyle.
Eleanor was talent scouted thanks to her godfather, celebrity hairstylist and Monsoon Hair Group chief executive officer Addy Lee. He learnt about the opportunity through his showbiz contacts in China.
The teenager, currently studying at an international school in Singapore, rose to prominence after she appeared in a series of commercials and promotional pictures for Lee's new hair product last year.
Quan, however, has insisted that studies come first for her daughter. She said in a TNP interview last year: "Even if she wants to be in showbiz in future, she cannot be a bimbo."
Lee, who regularly shares Eleanor's photos on his social media accounts, also revealed that he had been inundated with calls from Chinese variety show producers, including The Voice of China, about casting the teenager.
"I rejected them all, unless it's a commercial that is not too time-consuming - then we can consider," Lee told Zaobao. "She's only 16, we want her to complete her O levels and turn 18 before deciding on her career path."