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Zoe Tay Hopes To “Do A Better Job” After Receiving Mixed Reviews For Her Portrayal Of Thai Character In The Heartland Hero

Jiayou, Ah Jie!

Zoe Tay Hopes To “Do A Better Job” After Receiving Mixed Reviews For Her Portrayal Of Thai Character In The Heartland Hero
Zoe Tay’s character, a wealthy woman from Thailand — does that make her a, um, Thai tai tai? — named Thailuck Thabarabasi, has finally appeared on The Heartland Hero, over two months after the Mediacorp long-form drama started airing.

To prepare for her role, Ah Jie told 8world that she took online lessons to learn Thai as well as to perfect her Thai-accented Mandarin.

She even tried listening to the AI voice in Google Translate, but found that it “wasn’t 100 per cent accurate”.

The 53-year-old also practised over the phone with a teacher and picked up more tips from a Thai native she met through a friend, not unlike how Chantalle Ng mastered her Vietnamese accent for My Star Bride from a Vietnamese manicurist.

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