If there is one reason why you should catch MediaCorp Channel 8’s new drama My School Daze, Terence Cao will tell you it’s because Rui En is the hot, sassy teacher you never had. Or at least, he’s never had.
“I wish I had teachers like Rui En back in school,” Terence cheekily told Channelnewsasia.com during a recent press conference promoting the new drama. “If I had female teachers like her, then I’d actually turn up for classes… because I’d enjoy looking at her.”
The 42-year-old actor had earlier revealed that he used to dodge Chinese language lessons to avoid having to hand in homework, as Mother Tongue was his weakest subject and submitting one Chinese composition a year was an achievement in itself.
Still, he reckons if Rui En was his Chinese teacher then, he might have been able to pass his Chinese ‘O’ level exam.
If it’s any comfort at all, Terence is now more than fulfilling his boyhood fantasies of gawking at a hot teacher by ‘dating’ Rui En.
In the all-new family drama starting Wednesday, Terence plays Tan Xiangfeng, a freelance DJ, model and travel writer. He falls head-over-heels in love with sassy Secondary school teacher Zhang Luoyun (Rui En), popular with students for her innovative methods of teaching, but runs into trouble with her career later in the show.
On the other end of the spectrum, Chen Han Wei is the teacher you wish you’ll never have. He plays Tan Xiangchun, a stuffy, traditional Chinese teacher who fails to command the respect and interest of his students.
The 40-year-old, who won the Best Actor Award for his role in “By My Side” at Sunday’s Star Awards said – somewhat woefully – that although it had been his childhood ambition to become a teacher, this role is anything but what he had in mind of himself as ‘Mr Chen’.
“I cannot relate to this character at all because I’m a very modern man – my character in this show is very ‘ah-pek’, you know…”
The drama centres on school life in Singapore, revolving around students, teachers and parents. It also features Ann Kok, Cynthia Koh, Darren Lim, Chen Tian Wen and Lin Mei Jiao.
My School Daze premieres Wednesday, April 29, 9pm on Channel 8.