Life’s rollercoaster ride continues – upward – for 16-year-old actress Sutatta “Pan Pan” Udomsilpa, whose drug scandal in June dimmed the lights on her public persona. You’ll recall that her father Surasak admitted at a press conference that the star of the popular teen drama series “Hormones” had been sampling illicit substances and apologised.
In September Pan Pan reappeared in public at the Nine Entertainment Awards, assuring reporters she was fully “recovered” from the nasty experience. “Life must go on,” added her father, standing by her side.
Indeed it does. This week the Thunva Maharaj Foundation listed Pan Pan among the young people who have done good things for society and Princess Ubolratana presented her with a medal. She admitted she was surprised. “Maybe it’s because I often follow my mum’s lead in working for various foundations,” she surmised, referring to her mother Paradee.
Someone mentioned Father’s Day and Pun Pun promptly dedicated her award to her dad and vowed to be a good kid forevermore. She said she’s “feeling much better now” and plans to ease gradually back into show business. “I’m going to be in ‘Hormones’ [the sequel] next year.”
There have been mixed reactions from the online legions, with many people at Pantip.com ready to let bygones be bygones but others saying kids who mess with illegal drugs don’t deserve awards. If anyone should get an award in this affair, it’s her protective but honest father.
Pancake under arrest
It’s nice that love can still flourish amid all this dark political craziness. At least that’s the case for actress Kamnanit “Pancake” Jamikorn and her fiancé, Police Major Saksoontorn “Mee” Premanont, who will publicly “unveil” their two-year-old romance tomorrow on TV’s “Woody Talk”.
In the clip we’ve seen, the policeman appears to be his usual media-shy self, while Pancake does most of the talking about their relationship. Host Vuttithorn “Woody” Militajinda senses Mee’s nervousness early on and urges him to relax, and at another point in the show Pancake has to give her man a squeeze of support.
“It was love at first sight,” Mee manages to share. After their first meeting he was pining away for her. Pancake says he was very quiet at first, so quiet that she found him rather strange. Woody asks him how he won her heart. He just took it step by step, Mee replies. There was a time he felt he might as well give up and retreat. “I was thinking, ‘She’s so popular and I’m just a nobody!’”
Once they paired up, another major problem arose: It’s not easy being a celebrity’s boyfriend. He was constantly confronted by squads of nosy reporters, and most cops aren’t used to that sort of thing. “At first I hid from them,” Mee says.
Two years on, though, he’s finding it easier to open up – and to Woody. Tune in tomorrow to see what else Mee has to say.