Some might consider falling ill the day before the shoot of your new movie bad luck.
But ask Fann Wong, who was struck down with the dreaded H1N1 virus last November, just before she started work on Happy Go Lucky, and she will tell you that it was good luck after all.
“Actually, I think I was quite ‘lucky’ to get sick at the start of the shoot,” she told inSing.com at a media junket on 23 February.
“It was a blessing in disguise, because it didn’t happen during the shoot, and I didn’t infect anyone. What’s more, I’m immune to it now!”
Happy Go Lucky, produced by HE Productions and distributed by Cathay-Keris Films, is a Chinese-language family comedy with an anti-gambling agenda.
Opening on 4 March, it stars Fann as a put-upon, kind-hearted masseuse who tries to get her gambling-addictfather (played by Richard Low, right) weaned off his bad habit, and was helmed by first-time director Harry Yap.
Funnygal Patricia Mok (far right) plays Fann's petty and calculative sister in the film.
Fann had recovered fast enough from H1N1 that she was able to join the shoot just six days later than planned.
In her own life, Fann couldn’t say if she was the lucky sort or not, especially because she isn’t much of a gambler.
“I feel sleepy when I see anything to do with gambling,” she said.
“I wouldn’t say that I don’t ever gamble, but it’s more that I make occasional small punts. Even then, I’m not too keen on it. I think gambling really has a sleep-inducing effect on me!”
Fann recently had the misfortune of an impostor posing as her on Twitter. Her fellow MediaCorp artiste Jeanette Aw had alerted her on 16 February after coming across the fake ‘Fann’ Tweet.
The 39-year-old actress took the incident in her stride, saying that she expected family and close friends to be able to see through impostors.
“Now I don’t use Twitter or Facebook anymore. I would get a lot of requests, which would take a long time to sort through, so I really don’t use Facebook anymore—I’m scared of it.”
To stretch the theme of luck even further, one could say that Fann has been lucky to be in a stable relationship with her long-time beau, actor Christopher Lee, whom she married last year.
Asked if the happy couple’s baby-making plans are still on schedule, Fann laughed and said yes, although they would take things slow and let nature take its course.
She reflected on how she was now more forthcoming about her love life, after having been tight-lighted in years past.
“It’s ok lah. At first, we didn’t really want to talk about our relationship, because we didn’t feel things had stabilised. Now that things are more stable, we feel it’s ok to share (about us).
“It’s inevitable that when we were dating, people would be anxious for us to get married; now that we’re married, people are anxious for us to have babies.
“As such, I’m sure people’s well-wishes will help make it happen—I feel confident that it will!”
With a little luck, who would bet against it?