Zoe Tay’s second Best Actress win in her three-decade career wasn’t the only breaking news that happened at Star Awards last week.

Rising star Julie Tan, last year’s winner for Best Supporting Actress, told reporters after the event she had decided to leave Mediacorp as a full-time artiste.

This came after she failed to make the Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes list.

She said this would be her “last Star Awards show”. She will not be renewing her contract with Mediacorp when it ends in June, but will continue pursuing her passion in acting.

Promising to reveal more details at a later date, Julie, 24, said: “There will be crossroads in life. Seven years ago, I made a decision to forgo my O levels, go to acting school and join show business. I’ve always been bold in my thinking. I’m grateful to the company, but now it is time for me to walk a different path.”

Last year, she paid her own way to spend a few months taking acting classes at the New York Film Academy. That might have been a turning point for her, she suggested.

“Since I went abroad, I felt some changes. People change, Julie Tan has changed, my thinking is different,” she said.

Image: Julie Tan’s Instagram
Text: Gwendolyn Ng / The Straits Times / April 2017
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