Ase Wang (Singapore Actress)

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Ase Wang
Ase Wang.jpg
Born26 November 1981
Alma materISS International School, Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute of New York, Leslie Khan Institute of Los Angeles
Height165 cm (5 ft 5 in)
Partner(s)Jon Lor

Ase Wang (born 26 November 1981) is a Singaporean actress, model and entrepreneur based in Bangkok, Thailand.[1][2][3] She has graced the covers of numerous magazines and was voted 'Sexiest Asian' by FHM magazine five times in her career.[4][5] As of May 2020, Ase has over 308,000 followers on Instagram.

Background[edit | edit source]

Being of Chinese and Swedish descent, Ase is fluent in Swedish and English and speaks basic Mandarin and Thai. She had picked up the Thai language while establishing her media presence in Bangkok,[6] having also had a language coach present on sets to help her pronounce her lines.[7]

Ase pictured with her parents in 2019. Photo credit to Ase Wang.

Early life & family[edit | edit source]

Ase was born on 26 November 1981 to a Singaporean Chinese father, John Wong Teck Fong and a Swedish mother, Inger Wang.[8][9][10][11] She was raised in Singapore as an only child. Her family owns Phoon Huat, a large baking supplies business.[12][13] At 15 years old, Ase was living alone and working at a local bar with aspirations to become a model.[14] Around that time, she met Russel Wong, an established Singaporean photographer who also happened to be her neighbour.[15] Russel helped build Ase’s portfolio which landed her a role in the Mediacrop drama series, SPIN (2000) and a modelling contract with the Singaporean agency, Mannequin.[16][17]

Education[edit | edit source]

Ase dropped out of the conventional schooling route at fifteen years old.[18][19] She was a student at ISS International School in Singapore from 1996 to 1998 where she studied drama and art.[20] She pursued her professional acting training from the Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute of New York and Leslie Khan Institute of Los Angeles.[21][22]

Early career - Hong Kong & Thailand[edit | edit source]

At 18 years old, Ase moved to Hong Kong to pursue a career in show business after seeing some success from SPIN (2000).[23][24][25] Her parents had not provided any financial support.[23] Eventually, Ase signed with Jackie Chan’s management, appearing in Aaron Kwok, Leon Lai and Edison Chen's music videos.[26][27] Ase was briefly a radio presenter from 2001 to 2002 at 98.7FM and manned the segment, ‘The Morning Show’.[28] She was then scouted to act in the Thai horror flick, Sick Nurses (Suay Laak Sai) (2007).[29] The movie was a success and Ase had her breakthrough as an international actress at 26 years old.

Personal life[edit | edit source]

Previously, Ase had dated the Hong Kong actor Shawn Yue and the Thai rock star Bank Clash (Preeti Barameeanant).[30] Ase and Bank Clash’s relationship ended in June 2019 and the breakup was confirmed in July 2019.[31]

Engagement to Jon Lor (2020)[edit | edit source]

Ase and her fiancé, Jon Lor pictured in December 2019. Photo from TODAY Online.

In 2019, Ase pursued a relationship with American-born Chinese businessman, Jon Lor - the co-founder and managing director of the annual Wonderfruit lifestyle festival in Thailand.[32] The two had met through mutual friends in 2014 but got closer after they moved into the same apartment building in Bangkok in 2018.[33][34] Jon proposed to Ase at the Amanoi resort in Vietnam after six months of dating.[35][36] The couple had plans to register their marriage on 31 March 2020 with a small wedding ceremony in the Maldives. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the travel restrictions that followed, the wedding plans were postponed.[37][38]

Personal advocacy - Social egg freezing[edit | edit source]

After a fertility check in 2017, Ase discovered that she would have difficulties conceiving naturally due to her low reserve of eggs.[39] At the advice of her doctors, she decided to freeze her eggs at a hospital in Bangkok.[40] Although she had wanted to have the procedure done in Singapore, the law states that egg freezing can only be done for medical reasons - such as for those undergoing chemotherapy.[41][42] Ase spent almost 1,000,000 Thai Baht (approximately S$44,400) to freeze seventeen of her eggs.[43]

Acting career highlights[edit | edit source]

As of 2020, Ase is represented and managed by Beam Artistes.[44] Ase was selected as the host for the 24th Asian Television Awards in Manila, Philippines.[45][46]

Film[edit | edit source]

Ase (left) pictured as Yim in the Thai horror flick, Sick Nurses (2007). Photo from The Digital Fix Film.
Year Movie Title Character Refs.
2014 The Rooms Anna [47]
2012 Shambala Jane [48]
2010 Prince and Me 4: The Elephant Adventure Princess Myra [49]
2007 Sick Nurses Yim [50]
2005 Drink-Drank-Drunk Nicole [51]
2004 Clouds in My Coffee Lead [52][53]

Television[edit | edit source]

Ase pictured as Selene De Cruz on the show, 18 (2020). Photo from Facebook.
Year Title Character/ Role Channel Refs.
2020 18 Selene De Cruz meWATCH [54]
2019 Avenue 14 Carol Channel 5 [55]
2018 Tanglin Chloe Branson Channel 5 [56]
Intercept Dr Keller Toggle (now meWATCH) [57]
2014 Supermodel Me Season 5 Series Judge Diva Universal [58][59][60][61]
2013 Supermodel Me Season 4
2012 Supermodel Me Season 3
2000 SPIN Pepper Channel 5 [62]

Modelling career highlights[edit | edit source]

Ase held FHM magazine's 'Sexiest Asian' title from 2006 to 2009 and again in 2013.[63][64] She has graced the covers of popular fashion magazines such as ELLE, New Woman, Nylon, Female and seventeen.

Ase pictured on the cover of ELLE's July 2017 issue. Photo from MAGZTER.

Commercials[edit | edit source]

The following table lists some of Ase's commercials over the years.

Year Commercial Region/ Country Refs.
2017 Philips SmartPro Compact Worldwide [65]
2010 Honda CRV Thailand [66]
2008 CPS CHAPS (Spokesperson) Worldwide [67]
Shiseido Za (Spokesperson) Worldwide [68][69]
POCARI SWEAT China
Nestle’s Nesvita Thailand
Sunsilk Asia
2006 Martell Whiskey Asia
Mentos Asia
Vita Soy Hong Kong
Chilitina Facial Mask Taiwan
2004 Nizoral Shampoo Taiwan
Zoe Herbal Drink China
2003 Ponds China

Other endeavours[edit | edit source]

Businesses[edit | edit source]

Ase pictured in a promotional photo for BOX HiiT by Ase Wang. Photo from Post Up News.

Ase has founded several businesses over the years with the backing of her business partners.[70]

Year Business Type of Business Refs.
2017 Seven Night Stand Swimwear line [71][72]
Box HiiT by Ase Wang Fitness gym [73]
RYDE Cycling studio [74][75]
2013 Never Say Cutz Barber Shop franchise [76][77]
2012 CPS CHAPS BY ASE WANG Clothing line [78]

Horse riding[edit | edit source]

Ase pursues horse riding as a hobby and has over 15 years of trained experience. She has competed in show jumping and dressage competitions.[79]

Endorsements[edit | edit source]

With her large influence on social media, Ase has been engaged by brands to support and promote their products. The table below lists some of her significant endorsements over the years.

Year Commercial Refs.
2020 Nike [80][81][82][83]
2018 Lierac
Phyto
2017 Cambridge Therapeutics
2008 Shisedio Za
CPS CHAPS

Newsworthy incident[edit | edit source]

Speaking out against Harvey Weinstein (2017)[edit | edit source]

In October 2017, Ase spoke out against the Hollywood mogul, Harvey Weinstein.[84][85] In an interview with The Straits Times, she gave an account of a dinner meeting with Harvey in 2010, describing it as nothing more than a “meat show” for the film executive.[86] She had been irked by the manner of his speech, claiming that he had urged her to "try white guys".[87]

References/ Citations[edit | edit source]

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