The achingly cute Chayanuj Boontanapibul, aka VJ Ink of Channel V, just acted in her first movie Ruk Wei Hei, where she had to learn to be more than just a pretty face.

How did you get this role?
I was quite lucky because the film’s casting team came to casts students at communication arts faculty, Chulalongkorn University. I’m a student there and I decided to give it a try and was called in for a second casting. There were many people who looked fit for the part, so I tried my best to be myself and Ple Nakorn liked my personality and chose me for the part.

Why did you decide to take part in this movie?
I really like the script of the film, and the personality of the character is easy for me to relate to. It’s also a chance to try something new. Movies are still more truthful about people and better than soap operas.

What do you think of the title Ruk Wei Hei?
When I first heard the movie title, I was confused. But after shooting started, I realized there couldn’t be a more appropriate name for the movie: it’s a mixture of comedy, drama, and a bit of romance hence the playful name Rak Wei Hei [Hey, I Love You] suits it the most.

Are you worried about the movie’s reception?
I try not to put too many expectations into it since it’s my first movie. I did my best and I just want people to enjoy it.

How is acting different from being a VJ?
They’re very different. Being a VJ is not as hard as being an actress. When acting you have to remember lines, arrive on the set early, and be able to control and portray your emotions. My first scene at the shoot was one where I had to cry continuously. It was late and I was very stressed out. It’s hard crying in front of people but it’s even harder to cry continuously knowing everyone’s watching. It was exhausting, but in the end, I finished the scene and felt proud that I was able to do it.

What are some things that people don’t know about you?
I’m very clumsy. Once in a Channel V event at Crystal Design Center, I was running across the stage to hug VJ Pitta, but instead I fell into a hole on stage, hurt my leg badly and cried, not because of the pain but because of my own clumsiness. Also I love to eat, especially when it’s a buffet. Whenever I’m free, I will go online searching for places with interesting buffets and go there with my friends. Another thing most people don’t know is that I’m quite adventurous, I love the outdoors, I enjoy going to markets and I love going to carnivals.

Is it ever awkward getting recognized on the street?
Once I was about the go home from university and a student approached me and asked for directions. He was hitting on me with very lame jokes and asked for my number saying that he found the joke on the internet and wanted to see if it will help him get a woman’s number. I was rather scared.

What’s next?
I want to work in an advertising agency as a copy writer or a media planner, it’s something that I’ve always been interested in and it’s also my field of study. Still, I love my job as a VJ and would definitely continue doing it for as long as I could.


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