No, your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you: there are indeed two Zoe Tays appearing on your screen.
The MediaCorp Ah Jie unveiled her wax figure at the grand opening of Madame Tussauds Singapore today. Amazed by the likeness, Zoe said: “I was quite surprised when I saw my wax double in person.
“It felt a little weird when I saw it for the first time. It really looks like me… previously when I saw it, they were still making changes to the model.”
The wax figure of the actress is one of 12 iconic Singaporean figures that will be showcased at Madame Tussauds when it opens this Saturday (October 25) at Sentosa.
Other local personalities include former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, pop star Stefanie Sun, film-maker Jack Neo and actor-host Gurmit Singh as Phua Chu Kang. They will be displayed alongside international stars such as Jay Chou, David Beckham, Johnny Depp, Madonna and even Queen Elizabeth II.
Zoe’s doppleganger is styled in the same way she looked at the Star Awards last year, wearing the same canary yellow Gucci gown and accessories. The 46-year-old said she decided to go with this look as she wanted “something people could relate to”.
“Madame Tussauds first approached me to do the wax figure shortly after the Star Awards last year. Since Star Awards is a big event in Singapore, I decided to wear the outfit that I wore to the awards. It’s an outfit that I like a lot and I felt that people have a deep impression of me in that outfit.”
The mother-of-three said she had to keep the wax figure “top secret” and had to lie to her makeup artist and hair stylist to get them to recreate the look. She even had to ask her manager if she could tell her husband.
Though her hubby was in on the secret, her boys, Brayden, 8, and Ashton, 6, Nathan, 4, weren’t.
“I was afraid they would divulge it!” she said.
“They probably would not understand it anyway… but I will show them photos of it today and I think they will look forward to seeing the figure,” she said, adding that she will bring her boys to the museum to take a look at it up-close.
“I don’t think they will be shocked by the figure, they are not so timid. Maybe the youngest one will find it weird and go, ‘Eh mummy?’”
Madame Tussauds is split into different themes and Zoe will be featured in the TV section beside the figures of late actor Huang Wenyong and Gurmit Singh. But if she had a choice, the actress said she would want to be showcased with Singapore’s former Prime Ministers.
“I feel it is an honour to be placed beside them but I know that’s not possible because there are different themes. We are after all Singaporeans, and you want to be placed beside the people you respect.”
Would she be game to recreate her 1988 Star Search-winning moment when she gave then-Deputy Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong a peck on the cheek, now that both their wax figures are showcased here?
“Huh? No!” she exclaimed. “During the [Star Search] rehearsals, the contestants joked that whoever wins will have to give the prize presenter a kiss. So when they announced that I was the winner, I asked minister Goh if I could give him a peck on the cheek. He was a little shocked but he agreed.
“I was young then and just went along with it. But I can’t do it now! He is the Emeritus Senior Minister!”
Madame Tussauds Singapore opens on October 25 at the Imbiah Lookout at Sentosa. Tickets are priced at S$30 for adults (S$27 for students or seniors) and S$20 for children. Early bird tickets are available at S$20 online at MadameTussauds.com/Singapore.