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Joanne Peh: I don't want to only exist as a celebrity!

Joanne Peh is clear about one thing - she wants to be happy as Joanne, not Joanne the actress.

She was the toast of the town after being talent-spotted at the Miss Singapore Universe 2002 competition and joined MediaCorp as a part-time artiste for four years before joining Mediacorp full time.

But after a rapid rise to fame and popularity, the same people who initially praised Joanne for her candour began to criticise her for being tactless.

She told Simply Her: "I was very defensive; I was very self-rightous and I didn't understand why people were doing this to me when I hadn't done anything wrong.

"But after a while, I learned that if I stopped victimising myself and worked on bettering my craft, I would be less affected by what others say about me."

Her efforts showed when she snared both the Best Actress and Top 10 Most Popular Female Artiste awards at the recent Star Awards.

Her breakthrough role in Chinese drama serial The Little Nyonya, as a chaste virgin who loses her mind after her modesty is outraged, capulated her into the league of A-listers.

One of the few lessons she has come away with after getting so much bad publicity is that "it's not so much what you say but how you say it."

And winning that award is important to her, since it shows that she "must be on the right track."

She adds: "I don't want to only exist as a celebrity."

For the full story, get your latest copy of Simply Her at all major newsstands now.

readers' comments
i don't even think she qualifies to be celebrity!
Posted by somesome on Thu, 2 Jul 2009 at 22:16 PM
don't think she can last. agree with mooboxy and where7777, she's cocky and too full of herself. in terms of looks, when she combs her hair neatly in a bun, she really looks like a duck, i think she should plastic or straighten her chin not her bust. when the chin protrudes like hers and you see her sideways is shaped like crescent moon.
Posted by minute111 on Wed, 1 Jul 2009 at 10:21 AM
her teeth too much too big. lower jaw jutting out and chip too sharp. look like a duck. left photo remind me of primary school teacher now 60+ year. single eyelid. her ear shape like peter pan or some elf. allergic. hate to see her face. hope she get out of mediacorp soon.
Posted by where7777 on Wed, 1 Jul 2009 at 09:46 AM
the face on the left look like a ghost, the face on the right looks like a bookworm. her looks not suitable for acting. heard she'll be in your hand in mine, just my wish that her role is microscopic and need only see her for one second and that's it for her. she damn looks yet so cocky..her looks change becos she went plastic, mostly fake..hate her like mad
Posted by where7777 on Mon, 29 Jun 2009 at 23:44 PM
Joanne Peh pours her heart out about how she went from being loathed to being loved.
View the article here.
Posted by A1Team on Wed, 17 Jun 2009 at 09:42 AM

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