Men of the Year 2015: Keith Foo, Actor
A Different Take
Keith Foo has to be one of the most prolific actors in the business. Despite only returning to Malaysia in 2012, after having spent more than a decade there. In a span of just two years, he has approximately ten credits to his name and that will increase substantially by the end of the year with two movies, six feature films and numerous dramas to his filmography.
Photographs by Vincent Paul Yong/Studio Verve, Outfits by Emporio Armani, Watches by Bell & Ross
“After 10 years in Indonesia, I felt that it is time to give back to my country,” he says, explaining his decision to move back to KL.
But while he has achieved success in a relatively short span of time, Keith is not one to rest on his laurels.
“I have been trying to diversify in terms of picking my roles,” he says. Comedies is a genre that he has been exploring a lot of. He also recently returned from Spain where he had his first stint as a host. His next couple of projects—which he remains tight-lipped over—also promise to be quite different.
“I take it as a learning process,” he explains. “As an actor it is important to diversify. I get bored easily and I try to find new things to do. It is a good way to challenge yourself.”
Keith prepares for these diversified roles by observing people on a daily basis. “Everyone has their own character and gestures,” he says. “It is the little things I pick up from people.”
Apart from taking different kinds of roles, Keith is also venturing into producing. Keith’s interest a however aren’t confined to the creative world. He also has an entrepreneurial streak and a strong interest in the F&B industry, nurtured from when he studied Hotel Management. Keith already owns the restaurant Mezza9 and plans to move into other areas of the food business.