It's been about two weeks since the worldwide premiere of the Netflix reality series, Singapore Social, which has since blown up the internet and taken social media by storm. Cast members (the first three mentioned are coincidentally Generation T honourees) Mae Tan, Tabitha Nauser, Sukki Singapora, Nicole Ong, Vinny Sharp and Paul Foster have been thrown into the limelight as they hog headlines all over the country and even the region.
The show has been widely received in general, with its fair share of naysayers. But the media scrutiny is unsurprising since the show is indeed the very first Netflix series based on the lives of Singaporeans.
We caught up with one of the stars and Singapore Tatler friend Mae Tan as she tells us what really happened behind the scenes, who's still in touch with whom, her relationship updates (hint: he's not from the show) and the question on everyone's minds—will there be a season two?
How did you get involved in this Netflix series?
Mae Tan (MT) The producers contacted me a few years ago, looking to do the show. And who doesn’t want to be in a Netflix show, right? They gave me the opportunity, I took it and that’s how I got involved.
What was the process of being part of the cast like? Did you have to audition for the role?
MT There wasn’t any casting or audition or anything like that; the production crew came down to Singapore and met with locals and did some Skype calls to get to know not only the community and culture better but to also know us. And through that, they narrowed it down to a select few that could make the show. Some people they initially wanted couldn’t make it due to prior commitments. We were told that we'd be part of the show at the end of 2018 and started filming in January 2019.
How long did filming last?
MT Filming went on for about four to five months until sometime in June 2019 and was later launched globally.