Yang Guang Ke Le

Ke Le. Photo by Mediacorp.

Yang Guang Ke Le, also known as Ke Le (born Lau Jia Yi in 1997), is a Malaysian actress, singer and host based in Singapore.[1] Ke Le is currently signed under The Celebrity Agency, a talent agency managed by Mediacorp.[2] She is best known for starring in the 2022 Jack Neo speculative fiction film Ah Girls Go Army.[3]

Background

Early life & family

Ke Le has been pretty open about her financially difficult childhood. In an interview with Lianhe Zaobao on November 7, 2022, Ke Le revealed that her family used to own and operate several Chinese restaurants when she was younger.[4] The restaurants did not receive good business, and after several unsuccessful rebranding attempts, were shut down.[4]

"I was about 11 or 12 years old then! I'm not too clear on the details of whether we lost money after closing down our restaurants, but I do know that the four restaurants we had gradually became one, and eventually closed completely. Our house and car were sold, and we rented a small home to live in. We didn't have any debts because my mum sold not just the house and car, but also the stall itself. After that, we began life anew."[4]

Career

Getai career

 
Ke Le during her early days as a getai singer. Photo from Mothership.

As a child, Ke Le would regularly participate in children’s singing contests in Malaysia.[1] She started taking an interest in getai at the age of 13, when an acquaintance fell sick and asked Ke Le to replace her in a performance.[1] Ke Le says she “felt like [she] found [her] calling”.

GeTai Challenge 2018

Ke Le was a contestant on the 2018 edition of Mediacorp’s hit reality-singing competition show GeTai Challenge.[5] She eventually finished in 5th place out of 20 contestants.[6]

Actress & Host (2019 - Present)

Ke Le made her debut as an actress in the 2019 Channel 8 Drama Old is Gold, where she played the role of Su Xiaomi.[7][8] Since then, she has gone on to act in various small roles in Mandarin-language productions, including that of a palace maid in the 2022 webseries Gong Dou Gong Lüe.[7][9]

 
The movie poster for Ah Girls Go Army. Ke Le plays Recruit Princess See. Photo from IMDb.

Ke Le played her first lead role in Jack Neo’s 2022 speculative fiction film Ah Girls Go Army as Princess See.[3][7]

 
A screenshot of Ke Le in an interview with the contestants of Streamers Go Live. Photo from YouTube.

Ke Le is also a popular host on Channel 8 variety shows, making appearances on trivia show Best of Curious City and reality show Streamers Go Live.[10][11]

Loft Cafe by V (2022 - Present)

On November 6, 2022, Ke Le opened her cafe, Loft Cafe by V, in Taman Impian Emas, Johor Bahru.[4][12] The cafe is run by Ke Le and her older brother, Shawn, the both of them having contributed RM500,000 (S$148,300) in total to open the cafe.[13] Shawn, who is an interior designer, also contributed to the cafe’s design.[13]

Filmography

Films & TV

Year Title Role Genre Ref.
2022 Ah Girls Go Army Recruit Princess See Speculative fiction film [3][7]
Gong Dou Gong Lüe Palace maid Comedy web series [7][8]
2019 Old Is Gold Su Xiaomi Drama [7][9]

Variety shows

Year Title Role Ref.
2022 Retire Well with MoneySense Host [7][14]
2021 SPOP Sing! Contestant [3][7]
2020 Happy Go Lucky 2 Host [7][15]
2019 SG Explorers Host [7][16]
Happy Go Lucky Host [7][15]

References/citations

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Lee, Wei Lin. “Mediacorp actress Ke Le, 25, became a getai singer at 13 & has no intention of leaving the industry”. Mothership.sg. August 25, 2022. Accessed on 18 November 2022.
  2. THE CELEBRITY AGENCY. “Female Celebs - Ke Le”. Mediacorp. n.d. Accessed on 18 November 2022.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Lee, Wei Lin “Yang Guang Ke Le Didn’t Feel The Need To Ask Why She Was Eliminated From SPOP WAVE!”. 8Days. November 26, 2021. Accessed on 18 November 2022.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Lee, Wei Lin. “Mediacorp actress Ke Le, 25, became a getai singer at 13 & has no intention of leaving the industry”. Mothership.sg. August 25, 2022. Accessed on 18 November 2022.
  5. “GeTai Challenge 2018”. meWATCH. n.d. Accessed on 18 November 2022.
  6. GeTai Challenge 2018 - Ep 16”. meWATCH. n.d. Accessed on 18 November 2022.
  7. 7.00 7.01 7.02 7.03 7.04 7.05 7.06 7.07 7.08 7.09 7.10 Ke Le. “Filmography”. Mediacorp. n.d. Accessed on 18 November 2022.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Old is Gold”. meWATCH. n.d. Accessed on 18 November 2022.
  9. 9.0 9.1 AMM 亚洲心动娱乐 (Singapore). “《宫逗攻略》第一集”. Facebook. February 1, 2022. Accessed on 18 November 2022.
  10. Best Of Curious City”. meWATCH. n.d. Accessed on 18 November 2022
  11. Streamers Go Live”. meWATCH. n.d. Accessed on 18 November 2022.
  12. yangguangkele3883. “谢谢大家赏脸的出席!感恩 @marklee4444 @jackneock @alamakhui 替我助兴剪彩!还有所有艺人朋友们 🙏🏻🙏🏻谢谢你的送来的祝福🌸🌸 感激不尽 🥰我也祝你们健康快乐❤️❤️❤️ 化妆 @venus_ting130 头发 @summerkhor_akhairstudio”. Instagram. November 6, 2022. Accessed on 18 November 2022.
  13. 13.0 13.1 Lee, Wei Lin. “Mediacorp actress Ke Le, 25, & brother spend about S$148,300 to open JB café”. Mothership.sg. November 12, 2022. Accessed on 18 November 2022.
  14. Retire Well with MoneySense”. meWATCH. n.d. Accessed on 18 November 2022.
  15. 15.0 15.1 Happy-Go-Lucky”. meWATCH. n.d. Accessed on 18 November 2022.
  16. SG Explorers”. meWATCH. n.d. Accessed on 18 November 2022.