Why Netflix's Singapore Social Cast Member Sukki Singapora Hasn't Watched The Reality Series Yet
In case you haven’t heard, Singapore Social is the recently released Netflix reality series that has taken the internet by storm, and it’s not hard to see why. Starring a diverse cast of Singaporean artistes, influencers and creators—Mae Tan, Tabitha Nauser, Sukki Singapora, Nicole Ong, Vinny Sharp and Paul Foster—this is the first Netflix reality series based in Singapore.
Giving viewers a peek into the lives of the social set, the eight-episode series follows each individual as they navigate family, career, love and friendship in front of the cameras. Burlesque artist and Generation T 2017 honouree Sukki Singapora, especially, was seen jetting off to Los Angeles in the name of love and fusing hip-hop and burlesque to push her own creative boundaries. We catch up with the artist to find out what it was like behind the scenes, and what she thinks about Singapore Social.
What did you do on the day that Singapore Social premiered?
Sukki Singapora (SS) I was working! I made the decision not to watch the show, and enjoy the reactions and feedback from people instead, so the day the show debuted I was actually on a photoshoot at The Warehouse Hotel. I remember peeking over at my Instagram that evening as new followers started to appear and thinking, “Wow… this is happening. I’m actually on Netflix.” It was surreal.
How have the past few weeks been for you?
SS The past few weeks have been bonkers! It feels so bizarre to have people from around the world know exactly what you did on a Tuesday in January, for example. I can’t even remember that far back myself, and there they are telling you exactly what you wore or sharing their favourite moments of you. It has also been really busy, as a result of the attention the show has had here in Singapore.
The biggest thing for me though has just been hearing stories from fans who can relate to my personal journey. It’s the first time I’ve shared so much of myself with the public, and knowing that I’ve perhaps inspired others by putting myself out there means everything to me. It’s why I do what I do.
How did you get involved in this Netflix series?
SS I had been thinking about moving to television for a year or two when one of the producers of Singapore Social reached out to me from Los Angeles. I remember thinking that if I were going to do TV, it couldn’t get much better than Netflix. A few Skype conversations later, I felt reasonably confident that this was the team I could trust my story with. And the rest is history!
Do you think the show portrayed you accurately?
SS Of course, it’s impossible to condense any human into eight episodes on a reality TV show. I’ll leave it to you to decide whether or not you think it’s an accurate snapshot of me!
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Were you friends with everyone before this?
SS I knew of some of the cast more than others, but definitely, at the end of filming, we gained a mutual closeness from just going through something for so long together. We’ve definitely developed a bond as a result. I think it’s hard to explain just what filming something like that feels like unless you’ve been through it.
Do you think there will be a season two?
SS That’s for you, the viewers to decide! After all, this was a piece of work for you more than us, so if enough people want it, I’m sure it’ll happen.
As a burlesque performer, you’re used to expressing yourself on the stage—how was this experience different?
SS This was a completely different experience! I actually found it rather intense. I’m used to being quite solitary when it comes to preparing for my shows—I guess I’m an introverted extrovert in many ways—and I like to focus and dedicate all my time into rehearsals.
It’s extremely hard to do that when you’re surrounded by so many people in and out of dressing rooms, in your house, in your bedroom, talking to your friends… It definitely amplifies the senses. I found it challenging, but also at times exciting. They really do take you on a rollercoaster journey, and you kind of have to just strap in for the ride.
What was your most memorable moment from the filming?
SS My most memorable moment has to be my performance at the Capitol Theatre! Getting the venue on board; producing the show; the choreography; the set and lighting; the costumes, hair and makeup; the sheer amount of work that went into that was insane.
It was such a fulfilling moment once the show had ended, everyone involved just looked at each other and went: “Wow. We pulled that off!” I don’t think I’ve ever been so exhausted and elated both at the same time. All for the magic of television! I finally understood the work that goes into those five to six minutes we watch in the cinemas.
How have you found the reaction to the show so far?
SS I think with any unscripted series there’ll always be mixed reviews. But like with any piece of entertainment, if it opens a dialogue then it has done something right! Personally I’m blown away by the support and love people have shown me. Although there are certain things I might not have done if there hadn’t been cameras rolling, I really did wear my heart on my sleeve, and I’m glad I did because the reaction to my personal story has been so incredible.
I’m extraordinarily grateful to have been a part of this, and I hope that it encourages more aspiring artists to just push themselves without being afraid of looking silly or messing up. That’s the thing about life: it’s perfect in its imperfection.
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Do you plan on eventually watching Singapore Social?
SS Oh gosh probably not, but never say never. Right now, I’m really enjoying living through other peoples’ reactions, and I don’t need to watch it to feel proud. I also don’t need to watch an edit of “me” to know who I am as a person. After all, at the end of the day, it’s just entertainment, and if it brings joy into peoples’ homes, then I’m happy!
What have you been busy with for the last six months after filming ended for the show?
SS The last six months have been a mixture of shows, rehearsals, filming, creating more routines and travelling. Recently, I also made a trip to Kerala, India, for the first time—where my grandparents were born and where my extended family resides.
I wanted to connect to my roots, but also meet local school-children there to hear their stories and struggles and see the ways in which I could possibly help make a difference and give back to my community. I’ve always been a firm believer of the saying: “There’s no point in success if you have no one to share it with,” which is why wherever I can, I try to use my platform to help others in need.
SS I think my 2020 will definitely be a lot more focused on giving back, my charity work as a global ambassador for The Sharan Project, and also on a new project in Los Angeles which I’m super excited about. I hope to continue to create and inspire everyone who has taken the time to follow me and support my journey so far. I feel a deep sense of responsibility to be the best for them as much as for myself, so I hope I can continue to bring positivity, kindness and creativity to the spaces, places and people that need it the most.
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