Ann Kok taken aback by ‘touch test’
TV host prods her breasts to see if they’re real because of rumours about implants
By Gan Ling Kai
June 18, 2009
LOCAL actress Ann Kok sat on the couch, ready to field questions about her family.
IT’S NOT ABOUT THE DRESS: Ann reacting during the recording of CelebriTEA Break, and shedding her girl-next-door image at the Star Awards 1996 by wearing a sexy top. PICTURES: MEDIACORP, TNP FILE TNP DESIGN: PRADIP KUMAR SIKDAR PICTURES: SONY PICTURES, MEDIACORP
But halfway through the recording of Channel U talk show CelebriTEA Break II, host Quan Yifeng suddenly asked to touch her breasts.
Ann was shocked but allowed Yifeng to prod her chest, while fully clothed, of course.
This episode of the talk show was filmed more than two months ago, and is one in the series of provocative celebrity interviews viewers will see since the talk show started its second season run on 10 Jun.
The series is aired every Wednesday night.
The episode featuring Ann, 36, will be aired next month.
During the recording, Ann was talking about her family and career path.
Halfway through, one of Ann’s friends, Mr Chen Wencong, 36, a MediaCorp scriptwriter and fellow Star Search finalist with Ann in 1993, was invited by the producers on the set.
He recounted how he was often asked by others whether the voluptuous actress has had breast enlargement.
Yifeng then spontaneously volunteered to solve this ‘mystery’ by conducting a ‘touch test’.
When contacted, Ann told The New Paper that initially, she was shocked.
‘But I wasn’t offended. It’s just to create an entertainment effect after all.’
In a separate interview, Yifeng, 35, said the test wasn’t scripted for the show.
‘We were just reacting to the flow of the conversation in the programme.
‘Although the director roughly told us what we can talk about, there are no limits set on the questions we can raise.’
She added that she was not worried that Ann would be offended, because ‘it was done in a relaxed atmosphere’.
Yifeng said although tough questions may be asked during the show, it’s up to the celebrity guest to decide how to react.
There’s no pressure to respond in any particular way. (See report right.)
And the verdict of the ‘touch test’?
Said Yifeng, with a laugh: ‘They (Ann’s breasts) are soft and must be real!’
So how did Ann feel about her Tyra Banks moment?
In September 2005, the American model underwent a televised sonogram on her talk show to prove that her breasts were not fake, after rumours that she has had a boob job.
Ann said she was ‘ok, and not upset’ by people regularly speculating whether she’s gone under the knife.
But she insists she doesn’t enjoy being seen as a sex symbol.
Her voluptuous figure became a hot talking point ever since she attended the 1996 Star Awards in a peek-a-boo blouse and black bra top.
In 2004, she was voted as one of the 10 sexiest women in the world by the Singapore version of men’s magazine FHM in its annual survey, beating Jamie Yeo, Paris Hilton and Karen Mok.
And even though she played a mother of one and housewife on her last drama, Housewives’ Holiday, the episode where Ann donned a sexy bikini hit a ratings high of 977,000 viewers.
Yet, the 1.62m actress who weighs 42kg, said: ‘I don’t mind being seen as sexy, but not as a sex symbol.
‘Being sexy is not just about dressing provocatively, but also about exuding charisma.’
To her, if she’s seen as sexy, ‘that’s just a bonus’.
But above all, she wants to be recognised for her hard work in acting.
Is she concerned that this episode will return attention to her chest again?
Said Ann: ‘I don’t think that will happen.
‘Back in 1996, people were more conservative (towards dressing). But 13 years later, audiences have matured.’
Ann said there were no hard feelings towards the talk show and its hosts.
She said: ‘The show allows audiences to know more about the artistes.
‘And it gives the artistes an opportunity to share what’s in their hearts.’
Ann, who is single, isn’t just cool over talk about her figure.
She was equally cool when asked about speculation over her love life.
Shin Min Daily News reported last week that netizens claimed they saw the actress holding hands with up-and-coming actor Dai Yangtian at a supermarket.
Ann confirmed with The New Paper she had been shopping with the 25-year-old actor in Cold Storage at Cluny Court.
But she denied they were holding hands or that they are in a relationship.
Is she bothered by the talk of her snagging a younger man?
Said Ann, laughing: ‘I’m okay, I won’t be concerned about how others perceive (her love life).
‘There’s no need to hide. I’m not committing a crime.
‘I’m not the type that will avoid him (Yangtian) just because of this. We are still friends.’
But when pressed if she’d consider dating The Little Nyonya star, she demurred: ‘I don’t know. I’m a girl after all, so I don’t think of such questions.
‘We are just in the mood of being friends.’
But she admitted that Yangtian is ‘not bad’ and that he’s ‘mature and good-looking’.
She added: ‘As a friend, he’s also very sincere and gentlemanly.’
She said she didn’t think their 11-year age gap would hinder the possiblity of a relationship.
When contacted by The New Paper, Yangtian, too, remained coy, saying: ‘It all depends on fate.’
He also didn’t rule out the possibility of a future romance with Ann.
But he insisted that right now, she is just one of his two close female buddies in showbiz – the other being actress Felicia Chin.