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Jesseca Liu is leaving MediaCorp

March 23, 2010

MediaCorp’s Seven Princesses will soon be down to four.

Following the departure of fellow princesses Fiona Xie and Dawn Yeoh, Jesseca Liu will be the next to leave MediaCorp.

Media Corp, with its history dating back to the 1960s, has been the cradle in nurturing celebrated TV stars in Singapore. Among them was Fann Wong, who starred in Jackie Chan’s Shanghai Knights and is now one of the most sought-after actresses in Mandarin showbiz.

Liu, along with Xie, Yeoh, Jeanette Aw, Joanne Peh, Felicia Chin and Rui En, have been named as the Seven Princesses, who are viewed as likely candidates to succeed Wong and Zoe Tay as the Ah Jie (top actress) of Singapore’s Chinese TV industry.

Liu, 31, has had six fruitful years in MediaCorp. Since winning Most Popular Newcomer in 2005, she was voted as one of the Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes at Star Awards in 2006, 2007 and 2009.

However, the Malaysia-born actress has chosen not to renew her contract, once it expires by the end of May, reported Singaporean Chinese entertainment magazine i-Weekly.

She is trading her high-flying acting career for an opportunity to attempt at different new stuffs, such as going into business, travelling, attending short courses or just taking a long break.

In the interview with the magazine, she cited her spa business in Malaysia as one of the reasons that prompted her to make the decision.

In fact, she started having the idea of quitting MediaCorp two years ago, but only made up her mind last year, when her contract was supposed to end last November.

However, it was eventually extended to this May so that Liu can complete shooting of New Beginnings, MediaCorp’s new series that also starred another Princess, Jeanette Aw.

The series, in which Liu plays a Taiwanese bridal gown designer, will be her last work before she leaves MediaCorp.

Compared to her frequent exposure during the first few years of her career, Liu had less TV work in 2008.

It was the same year when she had a one-year relationship with Taiwanese heartthrob Viter Fan.

The pair started dating when they collaborated in a Mandarin film, but split in 2008.

“The relationship took place around the same moment, so it had more or less affected my career,” she admitted.

Liu, who is now vacationing in Thailand, admitted that she felt a little apprehensive after making the decision.

“If there are opportunities in the future, I would still like to act,” she added.

She will next appear at the press conference for New Beginnings.

source : The Daily Chilli

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