Breaking Out of the Box: Yeo Yann Yann Is Ready for Her Next Challenge
The world has taken a beating from the pandemic – other than the rising infection rates, employment has dipped drastically. Yeo did not feel much of its sting: as a freelancer, it was normal for her to be without work for one or two months. “But it’s too long now,” she exclaims. “I miss being on set; I miss interacting with people. That’s something I miss the most.”
While she is a mainstay on the big screen, like 881, Rubbers, and Petaling Street Warriors, Yeo isn’t a stranger to the television landscape. She wants to return to it but there was never an opportune moment for it. She was approached by director Ler Jiyuan to act in Invisible Stories, his anthology series for HBO. The role was for Lian, a single mother, who has to raise her 19-year-old autistic son whose meltdowns start to intensify following the death of his grandmother, his main caregiver.
Having just wrapped her last shoot, Yeo was taking time to recover mentally and physically from her previous role. The longest period she’s needed to recuperate from a shoot was about six months – for Wet Season, where she played a teacher who forms a bond with her latchkey student.
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