Jeanette Aw, also known as Ou Xuan, needs little introduction. The household name broke into the scene when she beat over 5,000 applicants to emerge champion in a talent search in 2000, Route to Glamour, organised in Singapore and Malaysia by the now defunct television network SPH MediaWorks. She joined Hype Records, officially signed on as a Mediacorp artiste in May 2002, and the rest, as they say, is history. Jeanette went on to star in her breakout role, Mo Jingjing, a young woman with low IQ, in Holland V, but her biggest breakthrough was her role as Huang Juxiang/Yueniang in The Little Nyonya.
Aw surprised many in 2017 when she announced she was not renewing her contract with Mediacorp and her management agency Hype Records-Artiste Network.
But Jeanette is more than just an actress. In 2018, she made her directorial effort with The Last Entry. She has also produced her second film, Senses, and held an art exhibition in Japan, according to The Straits Times.
Scroll through her social media feed and you’d see that she dabbles in a great many things, which are all a natural extension of her underlying need to create.
As the multi-talented artiste turns 41 on June 28, we celebrate her by taking a look at all the big and small achievements in her life.