Veteran Actor Lim Kay Tong Will Continue To Act “Until I Drop Dead”
It was a night of firsts for the Asian Television Awards (ATA): the first time in its 20-year history that it was split up into a gala night dinner and a “live” awards component the next day, the first...
December 8, 2015
It was a night of firsts for the Asian Television Awards (ATA): the first time in its 20-year history that it was split up into a gala night dinner and a “live” awards component the next day, the first time it had a YouTube star in Munah Bagharib hosting the show, and the first time it had glitzy performances from the likes of Indonesian-French diva Anggun and K-Pop girl group Secret. (Did we mention it was the first time the ATAs were on Snapchat as well?)
But for veteran Singapore actor Lim Kay Tong, it was twice the charm.
Lim was the only Singapore actor to win at this year’s ATAs (Dec 3), nabbing the Best Supporting Actor win for his role in the HBO Asia drama Grace. He previously won in this category in 2010 for his role in the critically-acclaimed MediaCorp Channel 5 drama The Pupil.
And here’s the best part: Lim was not present at the show until just a few minutes before his category was called up. His reason? Just like any other normal human being, he has errands to run. (He is also a grandfather and, yes, sometimes helps out in babysitting duties).
But that’s not to say he wasn’t happy with his win. The acting veteran said his happiness is a bit more measured these days.
“I’m quite relaxed about (the win). When you’re young, you’re hungry. Almost 40 years into my career now – my expectations aren’t very high. It’s a bonus to get the award,” Lim said to reporters after the awards ceremony. (The win is reflected on his Linkedin profile.)
In his acceptance speech, he credited the win to HBO’s gumption in hiring a cast and crew made mostly out of Singaporeans and setting high expectations for production and cast quality, which allowed the local team to truly shine.
“The director gave (the actors) a lot of creative space and all the actors had the freedom to be creative. I was gratified to HBO – an international outfit – to have the faith and the trust (in Singaporeans). The fact that they were nominated for eight awards (at the ATAs) shows the quality of the projects and the potential in the future for international projects to have Singapore-based creative talent, not in the sporadic way that I have been used to, but in a continuous way,” said Lim.