Marion Caunter would like to debunk the myth that Asian celebrities are any less wilder than their Hollywood counterparts. "The Asian entertainment scene is not as sedate as many people think it is," she says. "We have a lot of crazy stories in Asia as well, you’d be surprised." The co-host of E! News Asia should know, since she and partner-in-crime Dominic Lau cover the latest on what’s hot and buzzing in the Asian circuit for E! Entertainment Television.
"The difference with Hollywood is when the star gets into trouble, the whole world talks about it. Whereas in Asia, only Asia talks about it, but our Asian stars get into equal amounts of trouble," she confides. "For example, they catfight and we’ve covered news on celebrities actually pulling hair and fighting in certain parts of Asia! We have our own sex scandals and all that, just that it does not get the crazy amount of attention that Hollywood stars get," Marion observes.
Marion is definitely no stranger to the region’s entertainment scene since her resume includes being a former Channel V host, as well as fronting various television shows overseas and in her native Malaysia. The 31-year-old babe counts her current job as her dream role, however. "When E! came to Asia and decided to launch an E! News here and auditioned for people, I tried out amongst many other amazing hosts throughout Asia. When I found out I was selected, it was a huge honour and it’s been such a crazy (but good) year; we just turned one!" she says.
Away from the sordidness of scandalous Asian actors and actresses, highlights of her work include meeting with her heroes like celebrity presenter Ryan Seacrest and actress Sarah Jessica Parker. "There are very few artists left that I would like to meet because I’ve been so lucky in this job, and my other jobs, to have been able to meet some of the people that I totally admire. Like Ryan Seacrest, though it was a short meeting. I met him on the E! set in Los Angeles and got to watch him do his lines and when he was done, we were quickly introduced for 5 minutes and then he had to go."
Marion explains why she looks up so much to the host of American Idol, "Being able to have the opportunity to shake his hand and say hello was big for me because he does what I do, but he does it on a bigger scale and does so many other things in between. Whenever I complain that I’m having a busy day, I will always think, ‘If Ryan Seacrest can do it, all of us can!’ So I got to meet him and it was a huge honour, I even got a chance to take a picture with him – which was a highlight of my career."
Even if her job is to meet and interview celebrities, Marion has her fan-girl moments, just like the rest of us. "Another highlight was getting to meet SJP (Sarah Jessica Parker) which was a dream! I love fashion, I love the movie, the series and it’s such a huge brand, Sex and the City. So to have the chance to meet Sarah Jessica Parker was just an icing on the cake," Marion gushes. "When people ask me now, who I would like to meet, there are very few people left. But if I did get to meet Oprah (Winfrey) that would be it, I could die a happy woman. Oprah would top it all off and I’ll be set."
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