Model-actor-singer Lawrence Wong on being versatile for his career


  • People
  • Friday, 23 Jan 2015

Interview and fashion shoot with tv personality Lawrence with Mont Blanc products. IZZRAFIQ ALIAS / The Star. November 12, 2014.

Triple threat Johorean Lawrence Wong talks about his jobs, and shows off Montblanc’s new products for the active and versatile man.

Today’s urbanites work hard and play hard. Adaptable and versatile, they wear many hats and can switch easily between roles. Model, actor, singer and host Lawrence Wong is one such individual.

Shuttling between Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan and Thailand, this friend of luxury lifestyle brand Montblanc fits in perfectly with its new collection, created for the man who appreciates a good product and enjoys a functional array of accessories.

To showcase these new items, which include the Montblanc TimeWalker Extreme Chronograph DLC, StarWalker Extreme Steel ScreenWriter and the Extreme leather collection, Wong met with reporters and photographers at the brand’s Pavilion KL store. In the few hours we had with him, the amicable Johorean chatted with the styling crew, answered interview questions and posed for pictures.

Even at 32, he's had a wealth of experience in the entertainment industry. He reinvents himself when situations call for it, and rattles off an impressive but seemingly impossible to-do list with enthusiasm.

“I just finished shooting In The Room, a Singaporean movie by Eric Khoo. It was a huge challenge for me because I had to strip almost naked,” Wong says, laughing. “But what drew me to the movie was the intense emotion in the script. Everything happens in this hotel and it spans 100 years. You see this hotel both as very majestic and luxurious to something that is run-down and old.

“I play a young man who’s having an affair with a Japanese housewife. A lot of things happen and I leave. The love is very intense and pure in the story.”

Still on the acting front, he’s just wrapped an Ntv7 drama and is currently filming a 190-episode Mandarin series, as well as an English show. This year, he'll also star in a Thai drama. “No, I don’t know how to speak Thai. I’m just going to memorise the words. but it’s a great opportunity,” says Wong.

“I never dreamed I would be the lead in a Thai drama. It’s so surreal, so far away from my world. And the market is huge, and there’s so much good talent in the Thai industry.”

There are two more movies are in the pipeline, and he still has his modelling gigs, and recording on the side. In October last year, he released a new single featuring a music style very different than his first album, showing again that he loves to experiment.

“My first album was more ballads, commercial songs. This is more a southern blues-rock kind of style,” explains Wong. “It’s close to my heart, a genre I listen to on a daily basis. I love quirky and alternative music. I know all the oldies, even Mandarin songs.”

The song will be released in Malay as well, as Wong has a big fan base there. “Even though I actually don’t do anything in that market, I realised that I have quite a lot of Malay fans, and the media is very supportive of me, and I feel like I should give back,” he says.

Again, his versatility comes in as languages and dialects are a constant challenge. Wong tells how he has to “rewire’’ his brain to speak in the correct accent. Meanwhile, despite having a popular travel show under his belt, he feels that hosting isn’t really his “thing”.

“I feel like I don’t really have the gift of speech, I’m not really good with words,” he says, laughing. “Most of my hosting gigs are travelogues that are about relating my experiences. It’s not like a talk show or anything,’’ he quips.

“My main talent is acting. I know what I’m good at, what roles I can do well, and I know what would be good challenges,” he adds. “This puts me in a better position to be a better actor, and I know the industry well, what is required in different markets, what audiences respond to.

Like most urban men, Wong enjoys travelling, shopping, good food and a good workout. Being talented, adaptable and always on the move, he says the new products from Montblanc are a perfect fit for his lifestyle.

Functional products and beautifully crafted, the line includes the Montblanc Extreme Leather collection tote bags, rucksacks, wallets and passport holders which suit his style (and others like him) perfectly. Their extreme durability make them great choices for those that want reliable products that are also stylish.

Personally, Wong has always wanted a pen. “My father had a Montblanc pen in his safe, and I could only admire it from afar,” he reminisces. Now of course, he has his very own!

Montblanc TimeWalker

One of the brand’s most successful watch collections, the Timewalker line celebrates its 10th anniversary with the new TimeWalker Extreme Chronograph DLC. With a Calibre 4810/507 mechanical chronograph movement with automatic winding, 25 rubies and 42 hours power reserve, this timepiece stays true to its name with a micro-bead blasted, stainless steel coated with “Black 4” dark black DLC; scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, and wristband of composite natural rubber and cowhide with twine in matching colour, especially treated for greater strength.

Montblanc StarWalker Extreme Steel ScreenWriter

The collection evolves within the existing product line with a new writing function: the ScreenWriter. With a silicon disc, it can be used to draw, write and sketch on touch screens with pen-like precision, and its functions can be exchanged with Fineliner and Rollerball refills. Cap and barrel made out of black precious resin with diamond-cut structured inlays and ruthenium-plated clip and fittings or cap and barrel made of stainless steel with PVD-plated inlays and platinum-plated clip and fittings.

Montblanc Leather

Excellent design and technical prowess come together in this collection, made for the urban adventurer who needs storage for his or her goods. Functional innovation comes in the form of a tote bag, rucksack, clutch bag with zip, passport holder, tablet computer case (which is Samsung and Apple compatible) and the Samsung Galaxy 4 smartphone case - a variety of items to suit different personalities. These sturdy and durable products are perfect for travel or everyday use, for the modern man who loves to be stylish.

This article was originally published in Life Inspired, out every second and fourth Sunday of the month, and distributed exclusively with The Sunday Star to selected areas in the Klang Valley. Next issue will be out tomorrow, Jan 25.

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