“I want to become an inspiring entrepreneur than, say, a super money making one.” Singaporean actress and entrepreneur Cheryl Wee may have had a head start in life as the daughter of Singapore’s beauty empire, Jean Yip Group’s founder and chairwoman. However, head start or not, it only made her work harder in a bid to prove her worth to everyone, including herself.
Ahead, we chat with Wee about dealing with her weight management problems, making good her social voice, and her Clozette essentials.
Fill in the blanks: I am an actress, an entrepreneur, and I am ___________.
I am an extremist [when it comes to food]. I love everything from the very healthy – you know, healthy desserts, your juice cleanse, the super clean stuff – all the way to the other extreme – the unhealthier stuff like molten chocolate cake with ice cream. What I love about food is [that it is a] universal language that has no boundaries – whether you’re from India or China or America or Singapore, or whether you’re 50 or 20 years old.
You have battled with stress and weight management problems. Share with us about the lowest point in your life, and how you overcame it.
There wasn’t really a specific low point I could remember. I was literally a jail in my own brain, I couldn’t think of anything. All my dreams and aspirations were gone, only the thought of wanting to lose weight [remained]. Ironically, because I studied Psychology, I was well aware of my ups and downs, and my eating disorder, at that point in time. I actually [left the] entertainment [industry] for a bit because I thought that it will help me.
There was a combination of things [that picked me up]. I had to learn to say, “this is enough. Get out of it”. At the same time, I needed good people around me. That’s one important thing: people who don’t give up on you. People who don’t spoil you – so that you become a victim of self-pity – but instead are there to support you.
Sometimes I think you have to step out of your comfort zone, to see things in a different perspective. Sometimes it’s just the timing. When it’s time to get better and you tell yourself that I’m just going to get out of this. Just keep working at it.