8 DAYS: How was filming for Mister Flower? We hear the schedule was pretty packed, since it was right after the Circuit Breaker.
ELVIN NG: I think we started with all my office scenes, and I plunged right into it. I had to get into character and it was very sudden, especially coming out of the Circuit Breaker. But it was fun for me, and I gained momentum quickly. It was my first time doing such a character, he’s quite different from what I’ve been doing, 'cos he's arrogant, suave, manipulative, overconfident, and he can be an a****** to the people around him, and he likes to flirt. These are usually not the roles I've done, I've always been more humble, innocent, the guy-next-door, sunshine-like kinda guy, so this was a very interesting twist and I definitely enjoyed myself.
Are there any type of roles that you’d like to challenge then?
It's very easy to say that I want to be a crazy guy, a sex maniac, or whatever, all these crazy, extreme roles ‘cos these are the things that will immediately stand out. But the hardest roles are those where you get the Mr Nice Guys, when they’re all similar and you have to make them different. After 15 years in the industry, and at 40, I think it's not about seeing what you want. Rather, everyone has their own categories that people put you in, so you just have to do your best, and add more breadth and depth to your characters along the way, and hopefully that expands whatever categories I'm put in.
People always set boundaries for you, and I've also questioned this before. I asked a very respected director previously, 'How do I break out of this mold?' But the real question is: 'Why do you have to try and break out of that?’
I was filming another show then, so the director asked me, 'Why would we want to cast you in [a different role like you asked]? Do you think it works for you?’ People have certain impressions and roles that they want to cast you in, so I think there's no need to try too hard to be different. [In the end] I can only follow, and [regardless of] whatever roles I'm given, I will do my best.