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Sunday July 29, 2007

Hans is back


sangeetha@thestar.com.my 

HE is adventurous, romantic, successful and good with kids. And the best part – the handsome Hans Isaac is single and looking for an ideal life-partner.  

Believe it or not, the moment news got out that the actor, producer and director broke up with his former sweetheart, Erra Fazira, some women just went crazy.  

“They started sending me their pictures through MMS telling me that they are available. Some started recommending me to other singles they thought would suit me better. I was bombarded with all sorts of text messages, from words of encouragement to proposals,” said the 36-year-old.  

Home, sweet home: Hans spending time with his mum and three-year-old nephew, Ryan, who is very fond of him.
Even as this interview was being conducted, female fans came up to him for photographs. After the picture was taken, they told him to take care and that they loved him.  

Hans’ idea of an ideal woman is: someone who is truthful, genuine and adventurous.  

After three weeks of emotional roller-coaster and hell from the Malaysian media, Hans has finally learnt to take the whole thing in his stride and move on. With family and friends to fall back on, he is now ready to take on the world.  

“Now that I am single, I have more time for myself and my family which is nice. I have moved back with my mother in Ampang, Selangor, and we are spending a lot of quality time together,” said Hans, who is a mixture of Indian, Filipino, Spanish and Eurasian.  

Prior to the break-up, Hans was staying on his own at an apartment, which is also located in Ampang. However, he plans to move back there pretty soon.  

His mother, Carmina Isaac, 69, seemed quite happy having Hans around.  

“There is nothing like family to come home to. Hans knows no matter what happens, family is always there for him. This is his house. He can stay here as long as he wants and I will take care of him. That’s a mother’s duty,” said Carmina.  

“At least I can see him have his proper meals. I also make it a point to cook his favourite dishes like Keluak (a Eurasian curry), crab and popiah,” she said.  

Hans is also a self-professed neat freak who ensures that everything is spick and span around the house.  

“I am the sort of guy who has no qualms doing the chores. I can’t really cook but my house has to be sparkling clean,” he said.  

“If something needs fixing, I would put on my shorts and T-shirt and get to work. I really love fixing things around the house. It’s quite exciting, especially with family around,” he said.  

Besides having mum around, Hans spends a lot of time being a good uncle to his three-year-old nephew Ryan Isaac who is very fond of him.  

“Ryan is a handful. He talks a lot and wants everything. My cat Hugo is terrified of him,” laughed Hans. 

»I am the sort of guy who has no qualms doing the chores«
Hans who is very much into the outdoors, spends most of his evenings playing either squash or football with his buddies.  

“I like football because it helps me stay focused and keeps my mind away from work for a good 90 minutes. I also like the fact that it is a bit aggressive unlike ping pong. I could never enjoy ping pong,” said Hans, who belongs to the Desa Hartamas Football Club.  

“Sports give you good discipline. If you practise the same kind of discipline at work and in your relationship, you can achieve so much. It is a great foundation for everything you do,” he said.  

Hans used to play football for his school, St John’s Kuala Lumpur, when he was 17 and to this day he still enjoys being the goalkeeper.  

“I also love diving. I am planning a diving trip with my friends real soon, probably to Phuket or Phi Phi Island. I usually go in a group of eight. We would all sit together and look at the map for a few hours to decide where to go before we start booking our tickets.”  

Hans said after all he went through, he realises the importance of friendship and treasures it even more.  

“Friends are very important. They will tell you when you are doing something wrong and they will give you strength when you are down. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the people who have been supporting me throughout this ordeal (referring to his break-up),” he said.  

Hans, who is the director and producer of the film Cuci, has very high expectations for this film, which he said is now his top priority.  

“This film which will be released in December is the first film directed by me. It is either going to make me or break me. Datuk Tony Fernandez (CEO of Air Asia) gave me this opportunity by funding my film so it’s my goal to make sure it succeeds. I have a great cast and everything has come together quite well. I hope Cuci will appeal to not just the average Malay film audience but also those who don’t usually watch Malay films,” he said.  

Cuci is a comedy about four guys who have so much love for the country that they want to clean the KLCC Twin Towers themselves.  

Hans said he aspires to be the most successful producer in Malaysia.  

“I want to be number one. I built my company Tall Order Productions Sdn Bhd from scratch and in the past few years it has developed quite well,” he said.  

 

About Hans

Name: Gerald Hans Isaac 

Date of birth: Aug 20, 1971  

Height: 6ft 

Hobbies: Football, squash, diving 

Hometown: Kuala Lumpur  

Favourite things 

  • Food: His mum’s popiah 

  • Drink: Teh O Ais Limau 

  • Holiday destination: Kota Kinabalu 

  • Restaurant: Fatty Crab PJ 

  • Colour: Blue 

  • Perfume: Bvlgari 

    Dislike: Dishonest and pretentious people 

    Fear: Singing in public 

    Ambition: To be the most successful film producer in Malaysia  

    Obsession: Cleanliness  

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