Jeanette Aw

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Jeanette Aw
Chinese name 歐萱 (traditional)
Chinese name 欧萱 (simplified)
Pinyin Ōu Xuān (Mandarin)
Jyutping Au1 Hyun1 (Cantonese)
Birth name Jeanette Aw Ee-Ping
(Chinese: 欧燕苹; pinyin: Ōu Yànpíng)
Ancestry Fujian, China
Born (1979-06-28) 28 June 1979 (age 35)
Singapore
Occupation Actress, host, singer, dancer
Instrument(s) Saxophone, piano, zither, violin, guitar
Years active 2001–present
Official Website simplyjeanette.com
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Aw.

Jeanette Aw Ee-Ping (born 28 June 1979), also known by her Chinese stage name Ou Xuan, is a Singaporean television actress and contracted artiste under MediaCorp.

Biography[edit]

Background[edit]

Aw was born to a Peranakan father and a Chinese mother with ancestry from Fujian, China. She has an elder sister and an elder brother. She was educated in Raffles Girls' Primary School, Crescent Girls' School, National Junior College. Aw graduated from National University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours), specialising in Theatre Studies.[1]

2001–2002: Career beginnings[edit]

In 2001, Aw emerged champion (out of six contestants) in a talent search contest, "Route to Glamour", organised by the now defunct television network SPH MediaWorks. She was also awarded Best Performer and Best Newcomer in that same year she joined SPH MediaWorks. She was invited to co-star in a Taiwanese television drama later that year. She left SPH MediaWorks in early 2002 to continue her studies, and joined MediaCorp later that year. She starred as Fan Keke in Beautiful Connection, the highest rated television drama in Singapore in 2002. She also went to Taiwan again to film the idol drama Kiss of a Toast II. Aw won the Best Newcomer award in the Star Awards 2002.

2003–2005: Holland V and lead roles[edit]

In 2003, Aw starred in True Heroes as Chen Huimin, but her performance did not receive much attention. Later that year, she starred as Mo Jingjing, a girl with low IQ, in Holland V, the most watched television drama in Singapore in 2003. She gained popularity for playing Mo Jingjing and was nominated in the Star Awards 2003, but lost the award to her co-star Chen Liping. However, she won her very first Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes award.

After the mega success of Holland V, Aw was seen as a possible successor of the Ah Jie (big sister) status. With her rising popularity, she also endorsed SK Jewellery. She starred in her first female lead role as Wen Qian in Spice Siblings alongside Tay Ping Hui and Cynthia Koh. Following that, she also starred in two more dramas – A Child's Hope II and The Champion. She was again nominated for Best Actress for her excellent performance in A Child's Hope II and also won the Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes award at Star Awards 2004.

In 2005, after two years of non-stop filming, Aw became less productive. In January, she starred as Fang Lixiang in My Lucky Charm alongside Huang Biren, who played her mother in the series. Aw only filmed one drama in 2005, The Rainbow Connection, where she played Ding Yingying, a talented dancer who has stage fright. This drama involved an ensemble cast with members not only from Singapore, but also from mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Malaysia. As Aw is also a dancer in real life, she acted in many dancing scenes in the drama.

Though Aw did not manage to garner a Best Actress nomination in the Star Awards 2005, she still managed to win her third Top 10 award.

2006–2007: Career difficulties[edit]

In 2006, with the uprising of new stars Jesseca Liu, Felicia Chin and other young MediaCorp actresses, Aw became less prominent amongst those in her generation. In mid June, Aw starred in the drama 'C.I.D.', where she played a forensic assistant Fang Jiayi who suffered from mental illness after discovering about her past. Though this was a very challenging role, she did not manage to achieve a breakthrough for her performance in this series. Later that year, she filmed 'Through It All' as Cheng Xiaoxuan, a designer who works in a small hotel managed by her family. Aw played second-fiddle to Jesseca Liu in this drama and was not involved in many important scenes filmed in Malaysia.

In Star Awards 2006, Aw clinched her fourth Top 10 award. In January 2007, Aw filmed The Peak in which she played Zhong Xiao Yang, a ship construction worker who ended up in a wheelchair to save her boyfriend. The drama was filmed when Aw lost her godmother, and many expected her to be nominated for Best Actress but she did not manage to get back to the list once again. In July, she was involved in 'Switched!' starring opposite Fann Wong where she played Jiang Xinhui, a famous, wilful and materialistic actress.

2008–2009: Breakthrough with The Little Nyonya[edit]

Aw spent four months filming in China for The Shaolin Warriors. Then, she starred as Xiaorou in Rhythm of Life. Following that, she played Lin Keyi in The Defining Moment where she was praised for her good acting. Then came her big deserved opportunity: to star in MediaCorp's mega-blockbuster production, The Little Nyonya. Several actresses were auditioned for the role as the main lead actress. Aw got the role eventually. Despite criticism and speculation that she did not fit the role well initially, Aw proved her detractors wrong with her performance in both the role of a mother and daughter. The drama was such a huge success that it became the most watched drama in 15 years. Since then, Aw has gained much more fans and won several awards.

In the first half of 2009, Aw was busy with endorsements and events, as well as musical The Peranakan Ball, where she paired with Dai Xiangyu for the 2nd time. Other casts included Ann Kok and Tan Diya. In the 2nd half of the year, Aw acted in Together with Dai Xiangyu for the 3rd time. She also earned a Best Actress nomination for the drama.

2010–present: Recent work and projects[edit]

Aw just finished filming the Blockbuster drama Precious in China which consists 30 episodes. She plays the main lead role. She will once again be collaborating with Dai Xiangyu – the fifth time in three years. Precious is the remake of The Little Nyonya. But this time, Aw will be playing three roles instead of two roles. The three roles consist: mother Fang Xi Ruo and daughter Ling Qian Jin and Qian Jin's granddaughter. Filming of Precious ended in September 2011. She has also finished filming Rescue 995 as Shi Hao Ran. This role will be much different from her recent emotional roles. Shi Hao Ran is a good and righteous girl, and is very bubbly and cheerful always.

13-episode Channel U drama Jump! is Jeanette's first attempt in a laugh-out-loud comedy, making it a surprising and challenging attempt.

Said to be Aw's second breakthrough drama, The Dream Makers is Channel 8's mid-year blockbuster, alongside a grand cast including Zoe Tay, Chen Li Ping, Chen Han Wei, Qi Yu Wu and Rui En, which features stories in a TV station, as celebration of MediaCorp's 50th anniversary. In the show, Aw plays a third line actress who tries hard to make her way to fame.

Aw was also involved in another blockbuster at the end of the year 2013: The Journey- A Voyage, which will mark her fifth and third colloration with Elvin Ng and Joanne Peh respectively. Being named as the 21st century version of The Awakening, the show is being put under big expectations, with many hope will bring local TV to the next peak like The Little Nyonya did 5 years ago.

In the April 2013 online voting event of Singapore eAwards, Aw beat Fann Wong and the long time winner Rui En in winning the Most Popular Local TV Artiste Award, which again marks the high status she stands in the local entertainment industry.

In June 2013, Aw won the Singapore Blog Awards for the 6th time, beating artistes like Fann Wong and Ann Kok. This is also her 6th consecutive win.

Aw is also involved in the drama World at Your Feet, a drama revolving around the theme of football in celebration of the 2014 FIFA World Cup and The Journey: Tumultuous Times, the second part to the trilogy The Journey.

Filmography[edit]

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Star Awards Other awards Notes
2001 Touched
《情色男女》
1st Female Lead Mediaworks:
Best Newcomer
Best Performer
2002 Cash is King
《胜券在握》
Ding Xiaoyi
丁小一
(Supporting Role)
Kiss of a Toast 2
《吐司男之吻2》
Supporting Role Co-production with Taiwan
Strange Encounter
《奇妙人生之爱情递送》
Supporting Role
Beautiful Connection
《九层糕》
Fan Ke Ke
范可可
(Supporting Role)
Best Newcomer
2003 True Heroes
《真心英雄》
Chen Huimin
陈慧敏
(2nd Female Lead)
Holland V
《荷兰村》
Mo Jingjing
莫晶晶
(2nd Female Lead)
Best Actress nomination
2004 Spice Siblings
《辣兄辣妹》
Wen Qing
温情
(1st Female Lead)
A Child's Hope 2
《孩有明天2》
Lin Jinghao
林静濠
(1st Female Lead)
Best Actress nomination
The Champion
《任我遨游》
Guo Jingwen
郭靖雯
(1st Female Lead)
Star Awards 25th Anniversary Show 2007:
Best Classic Scenes Award (shared with Fiona Xie, Felicia Chin, Hsiao Qiao)
2005 My Lucky Charm
《情来运转》
Fang Lixiang
方丽香
(2nd Female Lead)
The Rainbow Connection
《舞出彩虹》
Yoyo Ding Yingying
丁莹莹
(1st Female Lead)
2006 C.I.D.
《刑警2人组》
Fang Jiayi (Original Identity: Tang Sijie)
方佳宜 (真实身份:唐思洁)
(2nd Female Lead)
Through It All
《海的儿子》
Cheng Xiaoxuan
程晓萱
(2nd Female Lead)
2007 The Peak
《最高点》
Zhong Xiaoyang
钟晓阳
(2nd Female Lead)
Switched!
《幸运星》
Jiang Xinhui
江欣慧
(Female Lead)
Dear, Dear Son in Law
《女婿当家》
Jiang Yijun
江怡君
(1st Female Lead)
2008 The Shaolin Warriors
《少林僧兵》
Haiqing
海清
(3rd Female Lead)
Co-production with China
Rhythm of Life
《变奏曲》
Chen Xiaorou
陈小柔
(1st Female Lead)
Asian Television Awards 2008:
Best Drama Performance by an Actress nomination
Channel 8 Countdown Party 2008:
Top 8 Most Likeable Female Lead Characters
(Chen Xiaorou 陈小柔)
The Defining Moment
《沸腾冰点》
Lin Keyi
林可怡
(2nd Female Lead)
Channel 8 Countdown Party 2008:
Top 8 Most Likeable Female Lead Characters
(Lin Keyi 林可怡)
The Little Nyonya
《小娘惹》
Mother: Huang Juxiang, 黄菊香
Daughter: Yamamoto Yueniang, 山本月娘
(1st Female Lead)
Best Actress nomination Channel 8 Countdown Party 2008:
Top 8 Most Likeable Female Lead Characters
(Huang Juxiang 黄菊香)
Top 8 Most Likeable Female Lead Characters
(Yamamoto Yueniang 山本月娘)
45th anniversary mega blockbuster
2009 Together
《当我们同在一起》
Yao Jianhong
姚剑虹
(1st Female Lead)
– Best Actress nomination
Favourite Female Character
(Yao Jianhong 姚剑虹)
46th anniversary mega blockbuster
2010 New Beginnings
《红白喜事》
Cai Shiya
蔡施雅
(1st Female Lead)
Breakout
《破天网》
Mother: Ye Ziqing, 叶子青
Daughter: Yang Nianqing (Original Name: Yang Minhui), 杨念青 (原名:杨敏慧)
(2nd Female Lead)
– Best Actress nomination
Favourite Onscreen Couple (with Christopher Lee)
28 years in Chinese drama mega blockbuster
2011 Destiny in Her Hands
《断掌的女人》
Luo Jinyu
罗金玉
(1st Female Lead)
Singaporean-Malaysian co-production, Ntv7 blockbuster drama, debuts in Malaysia on 9 June 2011, Mondays–Thursdays 10 pm
Precious
《千金》
Mother: Fang Xiruo, 方惜若
Daughter: Ling Qianjin, 凌千金
Qianjin's granddaughter: Huang Peishan, 黄佩珊
(2nd Female Lead)
Singaporean-Chinese co-production, blockbuster drama.
2012 Rescue 995
《995》
Shi Haoran
施浩然
(1st Female Lead)
Jump!
《跳浪》
Xiao Chunli
萧春丽
(1st Female Lead)
Aired on Channel U
Beyond
《X元素》
Yang Zhiqing
杨芷晴
(1st Female Lead)
One of the 30th anniversary blockbusters.
2013 The Dream Makers
《志在四方》
Zhao Fei Er
赵非儿
(Female Lead)
– Best Actress nomination
Favourite Female Character
(Zhao Fei Er 赵非儿)
Favourite Onscreen Couple (with Qi Yuwu)
Channel 8 50th anniversary mid-year blockbuster. Jeanette's first collaboration with Mediacorp veteran Zoe Tay, Chen Hanwei and fellow Hype Records artiste Rui En.
The Journey: A Voyage
《信.约-唐山到南洋》
Lin Yazi
林鸭子
(2nd Female Lead)
Channel 8 50th anniversary year-end blockbuster. Part 1 of the trilogy, set in the 1940s.
2014 World at Your Feet
《球在你脚下》
Mo Yuqing
莫雨晴
(1st Female Lead)
2014 mid year blockbuster. In celebration of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
The Journey: Tumultuous Times
《信.约-动荡的年代》
Hong Minghui
洪明慧
(1st Female Lead)
Channel 8's 51st anniversary year-end blockbuster. Part 2 of the trilogy, set in the 1960s, will feature the children of the characters from Part 1.
Spice Up
《幸福料理》
Yu Nan
余男
(1st Female Lead)
Filmed in Malaysia in 2012, rescheduled to air on Channel 8 in 2014.

Guest star[edit]

2011:

  • Stars for a Cause 3 – 明星志工队 3

2010:

  • Stars for a Cause 2 – 明星志工队 2
  • Entertainment on 5
  • One Moment of Glory
  • Evolution

2009

  • Good Morning Singapore
  • Princess & the Prince《当公主遇上王子》

2007

  • The Princesses and the Dude

2004:

  • Stars of all trades
  • Wish You were Here

2000:

  • Route to glamour

Musical[edit]

2009:

  • The Peranakan Ball 《娘惹之恋》

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Recognition
2001
  • Best Newcomer & Best Performer (Mediaworks)
2002
  • Singapore Star Awards, Most Popular Newcomer, Best Newcomer
2003
  • Singapore Star Awards, Top 10 Most Popular Female Artiste
  • Singapore Star Awards, Best Actress Nomination (Holland Village)
2004
  • Singapore Star Awards, Top 10 Most Popular Female Artiste
  • Singapore Star Awards, Best Actress Nomination (A Child's Hope 2)
2005
  • Singapore Star Awards, Top 10 Most Popular Female Artiste
2006
  • Singapore Star Awards, Top 10 Most Popular Female Artiste
2007
  • Star Awards 25th Drama Anniversary Show:
    • Nominated for My Favourite Actress
    • Nominated for Screen Sweetheart of 2000s era
    • Won Best Classic Scenes Award alongside with Fiona Xie, Felicia Chin, Hsiao Qiao (The Champion)
  • 2007 FHM, Singapore's Top 100 Sexiest Women (#51)
2008
  • Asian Television Awards 2008, Best Drama Performance by an Actress Nomination (Rhythm of Life)
  • Channel 8 Countdown Party 2008:
    • Top 8 Most Likeable Female Lead Characters (黄菊香 Huang Juxiang –《小娘惹》 The Little Nyonya)
    • Top 8 Most Likeable Female Lead Characters (山本月娘 Yamamoto Yueniang –《小娘惹》 The Little Nyonya)
    • Top 8 Most Likeable Female Lead Characters (陈小柔 Chen Xiaorou –《变奏曲》 Rhythm of Life)
    • Top 8 Most Likeable Female Lead Characters (林可怡 Lin Keyi –《沸腾冰点》 The Defining Moment)
  • SG Blog Awards, Best Local Celebrity Blog
  • 2008 FHM, Singapore's Top 100 Sexiest Women (#24)
2009
  • Singapore Star Awards, Top 10 Most Popular Female Artiste
  • Singapore Star Awards, Best Actress Nomination (The Little Nyonya)
  • 2009 FHM, Singapore's Top 100 Sexiest Women (#7)
  • SG Blog Awards, Best Local Celebrity Blog
  • Young Alumni Award from National University of Singapore
  • Singapore SG E Awards, Second most popular local actor
  • Singapore SG Blog Awards, Best Local Celebrity
2010
  • Singapore Star Awards, Best Actress Nomination (Together)
  • Singapore Star Awards, Top 10 Most Popular Female Artiste
  • Singapore Star Awards, Most favourite female character (Yao JianHong of Together)
  • Singapore 15th Asian Television Awards, Best Performance by An Actress Nomination (Together)
  • Singapore SG Blog Awards, Best Local Celebrity
  • Singapore FHM, Top 100 sexiest women (#31)
  • Singapore SG E Awards, Second most popular local actor
2011
  • Singapore Star Awards, Best Actress Nomination (Breakout)
  • Singapore Star Awards, Top 10 Most Popular Female Artiste
  • Singapore Star Awards, Most Favourite Female Character Nomination (Yang Nian Qing of Breakout)
  • Singapore Star Awards, Won Most Favourite Onscreen Couple Award (Situ Doncheng and Yang Nian Qing of Breakout)
  • Singapore Star Awards, Systema Most Charming Smile Award Nomination
  • Singapore SG E Awards, 2nd most popular local actor
  • Singapore FHM, Top 100 sexiest women (#13)
  • Singapore SG Blog Awards, Best Local Celebrity
2012
  • Singapore Star Awards, Top 10 Most Popular Female Artiste
  • Singapore SG Blog Awards, Best Local Celebrity
2013
  • Singapore Star Awards, Top 10 Most Popular Female Artiste
  • Singapore SG E Awards, Most Popular Local TV Artiste Award
  • Singapore SG Blog Awards, Best Local Celebrity
2014
  • Singapore Star Awards 20 Show 1:
    • Won Favourite Female Character Award (Zhao Fei-er of The Dream Makers)
    • Won Favourite Onscreen Couple Award with Qi Yuwu (Jason Lam & Zhao Fei-er of The Dream Makers)
    • Won Most Popular Regional Artiste Award (Cambodia)
    • Won Social Media Award
    • Most Popular Regional Artiste Award (Indonesia) Nomination
    • Most Popular Regional Artiste Award (Malaysia) Nomination
    • Most Popular Regional Artiste Award (China) Nomination
  • Singapore Star Awards 20 Show 2:
  • Singapore SG E Awards, Most Popular Local TV Artiste Award

Magazine covers[edit]

  • CLEO
  • ICON
  • Live Well
  • Nu You TIME
  • Oriental Cuisine
  • Style Weddings
  • My Wedding
  • Simply Her
  • I-Weekly
  • 8 Days
  • U-Weekly
  • Citta Bella
  • Her World
  • Nu You
  • 姐妹 – Sisters
  • 风采 – Feminine
  • 美味风采

Endorsements/commercials[edit]

2001 to 2002:

  • OTO
  • Singtel
  • Sony Batteries
  • Asia1.com
  • Glamour Shot Promotional Ad

2003:

  • Pokka Vegetable Juice
  • Intenz Skin Care

2004:

  • Intenz Skin Care
  • SK Jewellery

2005:

  • SK Jewellery
  • StarHub I – Mode

2006:

  • SK Jewellery
  • StarHub I – Mode

2009:

  • OSIM uSqueez Warm
  • SAKURA Restaurant (TVC Campaign)
  • IZU by True Colours
  • Kim Robhinson (Sponsorship)
  • NETS
  • New Moon

2010:

  • Avenza Reduzē
  • New Moon

2011:

  • OWL International
  • New Moon
  • Avenza Reduze

2012:

  • New Moon
  • OWL International
  • SK Jewellery
  • Olay

2013:

  • New Moon
  • OWL International
  • SK Jewellery
  • Olay

2014:

  • SK Jewellery

Books[edit]

2012:

  • Jeanette Aw : Definitions

References[edit]

  1. ^ Alumnet – Jeanette Aw Ee-Ping

External links[edit]