June 14, 2013 from Manager.co.th
The beautiful and attractive young girl mixed Thai, Chinese and Lebanese has entrusted herself with many areas of work like in the lakorn Keu Hat Ta Krong Pi Pop in the role of Khun Prao Pilat. Many fans want to learn more about her the actress Kat Sonya Singha who apart from being an actress, was also previously a singer from the duo KAT-PAT from RS. She’s the owner of the small voice who entrusted many songs for many people already.
Probing into the industry with your first lakorn “Keu Hat Ta Krong Pi Pop”, how happy are you with the feedback?
“The feedback for my first lakorn is great, allowing for more viewers to recognize me even more. It has also given me more work opportunities in other areas so my overall workload has increased significantly. This is a lakorn that has made the viewers remember me. Afterwards, whenever I go out in public, there are those who greet me as Khun Praao (smiles). I’m happy that people refer to me as Khun Praao because I feel like this character has embedded a part of the real me.”
Check the tidings and comments for the lakorn, what kind of praises and criticisms have your received?
“Truthfully, I did have the chance to check the tidings and comments like on Pantip web board. When I first checked online, I knew already that I would receive bad criticisms because after all, it is my first lakorn. Perhaps at that time, the viewers couldn’t understand or relate to my character as she is an extremely prim and proper woman. People have asked, why is my acting so stiff? After reading the comments, I understood and realized the areas that I lacked such as stiff body language, being unexpressive and not speaking very clearly. I will learn to correct those errors. The fact that this lakorn is also airing and filming at the same time gave me some pressure. I had to film everyday until there was no extra time left and then the next thing I know, the lakorn is airing the following evening. It made me feel stressed. This source of stress is what pushed me forward and gave me the energy to do my absolute best and develop myself as fast and efficiently as possible. After that, the tidings became better continuously, especially when the real drama happens where my father dies and my character changes to be one who cries often. Once I started crying, the viewers stopped criticizing me (laughs).
So this means now your fan club increased in numbers right?
“My fanclub is still the same group who has supported me from the beginning when I used to be a part of Kamikaze (smiles). Now I have gained new fan members. When I was a singer, the fans were able to follow up with my works by attending my singing events and concerts. Since I’ve accepted lakorns, my fans are also able to follow up with my various works through the television and Internet. All of this has made people know me even more. My fan club has increased but most importantly, I have better chances of meeting with my fans through more public appearances.”
Was acting in this lakorn hard for you?
“In my opinion, acting in my first lakorn is very hard because for one, the role that I received is very different from my true self. In the lakorn, my character is well-mannered and soft spoken. In real life, I’m not as prim and proper as the lakorn character. Acting itself is already hard as it is and I particularly had difficulties with the earlier scenes where I was required to cry a lot.”
We heard that you had to attend acting workshops before filming.
“Actually, I got the opportunity to take acting classes with Ah Yoh (Thatsinanwan Seniwong) already. I was very lucky that Ah Yoh also became the acting coach for this lakorn. He was also waiting to give me constructive criticisms. I truly believe that part of the reason why I was able to succeed this much is due to his coaching. I couldn’t cry so he gave me advices and techniques until I felt connected with my role and was feeling connected with the story so I could cry more naturally. Now crying scenes are no longer a difficulty (smiles). All my seniors on the lakorn set have also helped me a lot like P’Jakjann who encouraged me to act my best and reminded me to remain after the scene is over in case some parts get edited out.”
How do you feel being able to work with so many talented actors and actresses?
“Truthfully, I was a little stressed at first because I was afraid to be a hindrance to all my seniors. It was my first lakorn so it was evitable that I would have to do many retakes. Those feelings didn’t last long at all as everyone on the set is friendly and encouraging so I felt very happy to be a part of this lakorn. None of them were mean, unfriendly or intimidating like I originally thought. All of them adore me like their sister and would constantly remind me to do things like this or like that.”
“There was a time where I was very sick so all my seniors carried me to the resting area after each filming queue. Not to mention, the filming schedule was very hectic because we filmed until 4-5 am every day and on some days, we wouldn’t finish until 7 am. It was like this for a whole week and it lasted for 2 months. For this reason, I love all my seniors very much. On some days, we’d have to film many scenes and so we’d have to constantly change our filming locations. Everyone was concerned about me all the time. All of them took very good care of me.”
How is the atmosphere on the lakorn set?
“Oi! Everyone on this set is really close. Most of us are mixed too so we’re always speaking English to each other. The team workers would tease us and ask hey! are we living abroad right now? It is like a western jungle. Speaking with each other in English is funny. I don’t find that I’m especially close to one particular person. If anything, I’m probably closest to P’Chin Chinawut and P’Sun Pichayadon because I spend the most time with them during filming. I’m also paired with both of them in the lakorn so I’m usually around them more. As for scenes with my siblings, those who watch the lakorn are aware of the fact that I don’t have many scenes with them. I’m always talking with the praeks (laughs). ”
The scene who deem to be the hardest
“The hardest scene that I’ve ever had to play was probably when I discovered that my boyfriend impregnated another woman. It was a scene that showcased my utter disappointment. Another hard scene was when I experienced a miscarriage. It’s rather a dramatic scene. I’ve never had a kid before but I can understand that motherly love is something very deep and meaningful so I was probably not able to emote to this scene as well as I should. I was afraid of whether the viewers would find my acting convincing enough. It’s rather a sensitive scene touching on such a sensitive topic.”
This is a tough role since you’re playing a child up until an adult
“My character starts from a 13-14 year old. Those earlier scenes were rather hard because I had to portray a kid. I wore a high school uniform and I had to act very childish so you can also say that this lakorn has allowed me to act out many different things. The duration and time frame of the character is very long. It starts from me being a kid all the way until I get married.”
Your experiences of acting in your first. What have you gained from it?
“The first thing I’ve gained from this experience is tolerance. I had to film from 7 am to 7 am of the next day. I’m not afraid about going to film and arriving late. I’m someone who remembers my own schedule very well. I remember which days I have filming for lakorns so I don’t always have to go and ask my manager. I dedicate my full days towards my work. Another thing is that I’ve learned how to conduct myself at the filming set and to be happy with my job. Coming to the set feels like I’m coming to meet my family and friends. After finishing the wrap up to this lakorn, I feel more at ease.”
Please provide updates for your next projects. What do you have?
“I will have the lakorn Atitha which will probably be airing at the end of the year and my role will be completely different from the one in Keu Hat Ta. Actually though I accepted to play in Atitha even before I got the role in Keu Hat Ta. My role in Atitha is the antagonist. At that time, I didn’t think much of it and I just wanted to try playing in a lakorn and see how it goes. After getting my second lakorn Keu Hat Ta, I got to play the nang aek and the filming for it started before Atitha. Even though I’m playing a mean character in Atitha, the character is not that evil. She still has some loveliness to her and she’s rather mean in a childish way. The role has a lot of dimension. She’ll be a little comical and I’m not sure whether viewers will find me funny in this role or not but personally I think I’m a funny person (laughs). So if those have never seen my funnier side or don’t really know me, they might not know this about me. This kind of role is likely something that you won’t see very often from me so I hope the viewers will enjoy and have fun watching it. It’ll be like I’m playing my real self. In some scenes with P’Pooklook, she would laugh and run away and the director would also laugh. This is the kind of character that I can do a lot of improvising on. ”
Another project you have is the movie Pee Ha Ayuthaya of Khunachai Adam
“That’s right. This movie will be a period genre taken place in the older days. It’s during a period even before Keu Hat Ta. It’s also a ghost movie but it’s not a comedy, the genre is drama. I’m not portraying the ghost na (laughs). I’m also the nang aek in this film and the praek is P’Toey Pongsakorn. It’s another challenging role for me. The reason why I accepted this one is because after reading the script, the character has a lot of similarities to me because we’re both kinda spoiled and get our ways. We both also don’t give in to others very easily. The style is somewhat like a spoiled khunnu but after falling in love with the praek, the nang aek is willing to do anything for the sake of love. That is one aspect where the character is not like me. There are both similarities and differences.”
Since you were previously as a singer and now you’ve transitioned into an actress, are there are major differences?
“The process of working is very different. When I was a singer, I practically grew up with the company since I was a kid and so everyone adored me. I got away with the mentality that I could do anything and I was never wrong because people were always loving and forgiving of me. But being here today has made me realize that the importance of working has more face value than that. For me to reach this day, I have to be more mature than this and I also need a lot of determination in order to remain with Channel 7. Having these opportunities made me feel like I can no longer makes any mistakes like before. I’m no longer a kid. I’m still a newbie in this industry, in the acting industry, within Channel 7 therefore, I must take precaution for myself and have the intention of working hard. ”
Why did you decide to stop singing?
“One reason is that at that time, I was singing as a duo with my younger sister (Pat Piraya Singha) and one day we asked each other if we wanted to continue with it or not. My sister said that she was tired and didn’t like this field so we decided to quit. That’s when I considered to try out other areas of the industry so I talked to my manager and told her I wanted to try acting in lakorns. She brought me over to Channel 7 and I signed a contract with them and RS production gave me their approval and support. They never forbid me or anything and they wanted me to have a good future. I also thought that acting in lakorn would be something good for a change. I wanted to try it out.”
Was it because you felt like you weren’t successful as a singer?
“In my viewpoint, I feel like I succeeded na. Other might see me as a failure and we never became that popular or anything but it as all an experience that money couldn’t buy. It was a good opportunity and not everyone can become a singer and have their own music and have a concert 4-5 times. I value this career all based more one experiences and not on the basis of popularity. ”
If you have the chance, would you want to return back to singing?
“I haven’t thought too much on this. If I really do have the opportunity to do it again, I probably would. I actually always make time to visit the company. I still act and greet my seniors normally as if I were still working under RS like before. I still keep in contact with everyone. I even tell that whenever their having a hosting, let me know and I will attend. I don’t have any problems with RS and I think that I have gained a lot from them. I believe that RS has taught me a lot of different things. The fact that I started working ever since I was a kid, I have gained a reasonable amount of maturity when it comes to work and allows me to be more of an adult.”
You’ve entered the industry at such a young age, does that mean your parents have supported you all along?
“My parents support the with everything I want to do. If it’s something good, they will give me their support and encouragement and will always follow up with my works (smiles). At night, they will watch my lakorn as say that it is fun and enjoyable and praise me that I did well, something like that. My parents don’t really follow me to work, they’ve given me the freedom and allowed me to work ever since I was young. I’m also considerate of their feelings. It is better to have them follow up with my work at home instead. My manager is like my second mother, she takes care of me and manages everything all the time.”
How much freedom and independence does your parents give you?
“My parents have never said much. They’ve raised me in a more westernized fashion meaning they give me the freedom to make my own decision. They’ve allowed me the independence to work since I was at a young age but they do have some limitations such as returning home at certain times and they also set the rule that I’m not allowed to sleepover anywhere else except for home. I’ve never slept over at a friend’s house. No matter how late I return home, I always sleep there. So you can say that I’ve always been a child who was able to look after myself. Another thing is that I’m very close with my younger sister Pat since we’re only 1 year apart. We’re like best friends.”
“Lastly, working and earning money at a young age has taught me to how to spend my money efficiently. When I first earned my very own money, I was so excited and i spent it so easily. Because I thought that it was so easy to make money. It wasn’t anything hard. Like I could make money just by attending events or taking pictures and posting them on social media so everything seemed to easy to me. I used the money and purchased expensive designer shoes, brandname handbags, I spent so much money until one day I realized that if I stopped working, I wouldn’t have any savings left apart from my shoes and bags (laughs). So that’s when I knew that I was thinking incorrectly. Another thing is that I believe that finding money for my parents would allow for more prosperity within the family. At first I didn’t think of this because my parents would likely ever need money from me. My earnings are not even close to what they make. One day I decided to save all the money I earned and kept it away and only kept the remaining 10% in my wallet to spend and eventually I learned that the more I save, the more I gain because everything would accumulate in the end. The more I saved, the more I earned.”