As far as Oon Shu An is concerned, the one-horned horse of lore is real.
Never mind the lack of fossils in spite of ancient accounts (the same can be said of dragons and griffins). Ignore evolutionary biology.
And forget about the one-tusked narwhal that is a species of whale – far from horses – whose long, straight helical tusk was traded in medieval Europe as the magical horn of a unicorn, which today endures as design inspiration for the mythical stallion…
“You cannot prove unicorns don’t exist,” this 27-year-old lass shoots back with a smile. Touche.
Our argument is irrelevant. The local actress is well aware that unicorns are a symbol for all that humanity holds to be special or rare. And it’s this idea that birthed her obsession with the fantastical creature and her recent solo stage at the Esplanade.
Presented by play production company Checkpoint Theatre, #UnicornMoment features Shu An as herself, bravely telling all about the skeletons in her closet and personal moments with people who have shaped her (including ex-boyfriends) – all for our entertainment.
The artiste represented by Fly Entertainment has starred in plays, musicals, movies (Becoming Royston was her feature film debut), television (she’s appearing in the Netflix drama series Marco Polo later this year) and the recent Scoot commercial. And she hosts a popular online beauty review series Tried And Tested on Clicknetwork.tv.
#UnicornMoment capitalises on all that. It takes the form of a video podcast series on Checkpoint’s Youtube channel that culminates in a live theatre show; a profound, artistic showcase on finding noteworthy “unicorn” moments in your life.
“Ex-boyfriends come up quite a bit in this show,” Shu An admits, before sharing what they did right to score a date with her.
She dislikes vain guys
“I’m bothered by guys who are very vain and are just obsessed with their looks. Personality is more important. That said, don’t use a single bar soap for your face, hair and body! I don’t understand how that’s possible.”
… And guys who lack empathy
“In acting, I see how characters relate to each other, and that makes me more empathetic in real life. It’d be hard for me to hang around sociopaths. Also, I’ve never dated one.”
… But adores confident ones
“I was looking at all my ex-boyfriends and noticed that the main thing that attracted me to them was their confidence. I find this trait in men incredibly attractive – more so than looks.”
Careful, she kicks ass
“I’ve learnt taekwondo, and recently started on Brazilian jiu-jitsu. I know basic stage fighting and can do choreographed fights.”