SINGAPORE - Former Channel 8 star actor Xie Shaoguang has said he may return to showbiz if a role attracts him, even as the reclusive 56-year-old made a rare appearance at an acting workshop held by Mediacorp.
Xie, who retired from the industry 12 years ago and moved to Malaysia, spoke at a two-day workshop that he led at the Mediacorp campus, Mediacorp's Toggle reported.
He was at the event on Friday to share his experiences with young actors, Lianhe Zaobao reported on Saturday (Oct 14).
Responding to Zaobao's queries, Mediacorp producer and director Chong Liung Man said Xie told him a few months ago that he "would consider" working with him on a show if offered a role that moved him.
Xie said in a recent media statement released by Mediacorp that he left showbiz as he was "drained both physically and mentally".
"In the 10 years since then, I've understood even more clearly that acting skills can be drawn from your real-life experiences, and is a form of art that depicts life," he said.
During his time in Malaysia, Xie had dabbled in various pursuits, including opening an animal shelter, working as a chef and becoming a monk.
"I've realised a great number of things after fulfilling 10 years of volunteer service," he said. "In the past, my colleagues wanted to collaborate with me, but making my return to stand in front of all the cameras is something that we'll have to wait for since the time is not yet right."
Xie had previously held the sole record for five Best Actor prizes at the Star Awards, before Chen Hanwei tied with five wins this year.
Xie had gained popularity for his roles in various Channel 8 drama serials, including 1999 series Stepping Out and 1996's The Legends Of Jigong.