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Rebecca Lim, currently starring in the second season of The Pupil, is the sort of girl you know your mum would instantly approve. The former Miss Singapore-Universe finalist is pretty, articulate and has an infectious smile (no wonder she won Miss Photogenic then). Plus, she holds an Accountancy degree. But it's her acting chops that's getting her noticed; Rebecca overcame a more experienced field to snag Best Actress at the 2010 Asian Television Awards for her role as trainee lawyer Wendy Lim in The Pupil.
It's a role Rebecca is proud to be associated with and she declares, "I dare say this is one of the best local English production ever and season two is even better than the first." The 20-something actress attributes the popularity of the show to clever writing and the strong chemistry of a cast that includes acclaimed thespians Lim Kay Tong and Adrian Pang. "Every day is a learning journey for me on set," she says, "The veterans are so willing to teach and share, to be given the opportunity to work with them at such a young age, I feel very blessed."
Rebecca the Lawyer?
In the show's second season, Rebecca explains that her character is adjusting to her new responsibilities as an associate laywer, and not just as a trainee. "She's also a lot darker this season, and not as naive as before," she explains. How would she fare as a lawyer in real life, we asked. "I did a law major in Singapore Management University but that's the closest I'd get to being a lawyer," she replies, "I think it requires a special kind of personality to be one and I don't have that. Also, I rarely win in an argument so I wouldn't want to be a lawyer and lose all my cases."
Rebecca continues, "As an actor, I can be so many other things and actually pretend to be good at what I'm doing! I'd be a lousy lawyer in reality but in The Pupil, I actually am quite an asset to Roberts & Fong plus I get to be Adrian Pang and Keegan Kang's sidekick! How awesome!"
Being on the show has given the young artiste newfound respect for the legal profession." I used to think that lawyers are quite the overpaid snobs, just like how people think artistes are an overpaid egoistical bunch, but both aren't true. I've gotten to personally know a few laywers during the preparation for the drama and they do work hard for their money, pulling overnighters and working on weekends. Pupils -- they call them Trainee Lawyers now -- have it worse because they are constantly working and have almost close to zero social life. Not quite as glamorous as I thought it was. I guess it's the same for every profession; you've got to start somewhere and work your way up."
Rebecca's research for the show also includes studying actual cases. "I do try to keep abreast of what’s happening around so we can draw the parallels to the cases in the series to the real-life cases, but you know, this is television, we’d have to dramatise them a little. The verdict however, with regards to Ginny’s (played by the talented Mindee Ong) case was pretty surprising. That’ll be in the final episode so do watch!" says Rebecca.
Winning arguments with women More often than not, girls like having guys take charge and leave the making of decisions to him. But when they do, it gets annoying and we complain that they don’t listen. And when guys ask, we tell them we don’t know. Or more often than not, “I’m anything” but change our minds when he decides. I’ve learnt that there’s a line to be drawn between indecisiveness and easy-going.
Sometimes, girls expect their guys to be their hero, solving all their problems while dealing with their own lives on their other hand. Over time, I’ve learnt that it’s impossible and something’s got to give. Because at the end of the day, men are only human.
I know I sound like I’m rooting for the guys but I’m just being objective only because I know that I am guilty of it from time to time. But even after saying this, it probably doesn’t mean that I’ll be perfect from now on.
Guys who come on too strong
Just be real, be sincere. The ultimate turn off would be if you get to know him better and realise later that all this while he was just putting on an act to impress you or to elevate his own ego. Of course, if you were an asshole to begin with, good luck to you.
A silver-tongued rascal vs. someone quiet and soft-spoken
I think a person’s trustworthiness cannot be concluded based solely on whether or not he’s silver-tongued or soft-spoken. We’ve heard of ‘empty vessels make the most noise’ and ‘still water runs deep’ so I believe ‘action speaks louder than words’ and to only trust the person if he proves that he is worth trusting; A guy who will speak beautiful words and actually mean them.
On physical attraction Physical attraction is more important than physical attributes. Every woman has a different definition on what good looking is. Personally, as long as he’s taller than me, I’m fine. I don’t have to date a fashionista hunk. Personality and character are way more important.
Qualities she looks for in a man I’m single. I guess there’s no Mr. Perfect, only Mr. Best-fit. I used to look for guys who fulfilled my checklist (yes, I used to have a checklist of qualities I want my Mr. Perfect to have) and attempted to be someone that I wasn’t because I know that he likes a certain kind of girl who’s not me and in the process, lose myself. But it never works. Because why would anyone want a guy who likes you for who he makes you out to be and not for who you are? So I’ve since ditched the checklist and what’s important is someone who’s able to accept me for who I am and respect my occupation as well.
Catch Rebecca Lim on The Pupil 2 on Channel 5, every Tuesday at 10pm. You can also subscribe to her on Facebook and Twitter.
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