As the older son of actor Zhu Houren, Jonathan Choo grew up with friends who would introduce him to other people with this line: “Eh, do you know who his father is?”
Now 31 and totally comfortable in his own skin, Jonathan, who is a full-time independent director, no longer sees an issue with being known as Zhu Houren's son. He tells 8days.sg, “I don’t make it a point to tell people who my dad is, but I won’t say that he’s not my dad either. I just take it as what it is because I don’t see the point of trying to avoid it.”
It probably doesn't hurt that he's spent years honing his craft and has developed a successful career behind the camera on his own merits. His journey with filmmaking started when he enrolled in Ngee Ann Poly's School of Film & Media Studies. He went on to pursue an undergrad degree in Digital Filmmaking at NTU before heading to the UK to get his masters in Directing Fiction at the prestigious National Film & Television School.
During our phone interview, Jonathan was eloquent, expressive and undoubtedly self-assured. Though we couldn't help but notice that he'd try to gently steer the topic away from his dad whenever we brought the veteran actor up, as if to remind us that he is own person, and not just Zhu Houren's son.