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With five Most Popular Female Personality wins at Medicorp’s Pesta Perdana under her belt, it’s no wonder that Nurul Aini is often hailed as the “Ah Jie of Suria”... but it’s a title that the actress humbly declines.

“Oh my god, no! I feel very paiseh when people say that, you know!” the 39-year-old exclaimed during a phone interview with 8days.sg. “People say I’m the ‘Zoe Tay of Suria’, but I’m not leh! Of course I know it means people see me at a certain level and that makes me happy, but it also makes me feel very humbled and paiseh. (Laughs)

In fact, Nurul, who grew up watching Ch 8 dramas like The Unbeatables, On The Fringe, and Samsui Women managed to pick up Mandarin along the way (more on that impressive fact later).

She admits she is a huge fan of Zoe’s and has vivid memories of the first time they met in person.

“I was a presenter at the Asian Television Awards and was in the same room as Zoe,” she recalled. “When I saw her, I couldn’t believe she was in front of me, but she was super nice and waved at me. I tried to keep it cool but I was freaking out inside. (Laughs)

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