Guys being guys, we spend an inordinate amount of time with women – women who are gorgeous as they’re witty – only because we love milking their brains on the things that would win them (and their hot friends) over.
And who are we kidding? They simply make damn good company.
In this edition of our must-see, must-read 5-Minute interview, actress and sexy mama Jerilyn Moon takes the hot seat. One quick look at her ‘Gram, you’d quickly learn she might as well be the ambassador of positive vibes too. She counts her 5-year-old boy Emmett, BFF Ming Bridges, and a lot of self-love as happy pills; as for you, what can you count on to get a girl like her noticing?
SM: What’s Jerilyn all about?
JM: I am super passionate about living my very best life. If I’m not doing something that makes me happy, or is going to make me happy in the future, then chances are I’m not going to do it.
SM: What’s your secret for juggling between actress/host and a single Mum of a 5-year-old boy?
JM: Keeping focused, and doing everything I can to stay as mentally, spiritually and emotionally healthy as possible.
Each of those things, individually, are incredibly demanding career choices (yes, motherhood is totally a career choice, boys!). Try to do all of that together, and then some… let’s just say if you don’t have the mental toughness, it’s hard to pull through.
Things that help me build and maintain mental toughness include eating well, getting enough sleep, yoga, listening to and reading things that challenge my mind.
Of course, spending time with my friends and family, enjoying life, going to food and music festivals, indulging in guilty pleasures – they all help.
I try to see myself as a whole person. Because when we overidentify with one aspect of our lives, and it fails us at any point in time (e.g. I don’t get that big role I wanted, or my son goes through a really tough time) – it can be devastating.
SM: What have you been up to these days?
JM: Since moving back to Singapore after a stint in Los Angeles, I’ve been fortunate enough to work on some really awesome gigs. One of my ABSOLUTE favourites include Keagan Kang’s directorial debut, ‘LORDS’. I was badass with a gun, wearing a cocktail dress and heels. Need I say more!?
I’ve also been really focused on self-care lately! When I first entered the entertainment industry about 13 years ago, I didn’t know anything about sustaining a life in the arts. It feels amazing to have a dream and be able to live it out now. I’m so incredibly thankful.
SM: Seriously Man is a massive advocate for handsomeness. Thoughts on guys’ sense of style here in Singapore?
JM: I am a big believer in simplicity and fit. You can wear the simplest of outfits, but if the colours coordinate, it’s put together well, and it fits well, it looks much better than someone who tries to be ‘in trend’ – whatever that means.
SM: How can a man begin pulling off this simple but dashing look?
JM: I think it’s important to know your body type and dress accordingly. What looks good on someone else, might not necessarily look good on you. There’s nothing sexier than a man who looks effortlessly put together.
Ironically, it takes a lot of effort to make something look effortless.
SM: What do you think is a must-have grooming item for guys to achieve tip-top handsomeness?
JM: The right hair product. The overdone, stiff, hair-do is sooooo last century. From what I know, thicker hair and messy styles can handle wax and pomade but if your hair is thinner, then lighter products and sprays work better.
It’s all about figuring out what works best for you on a day-to-day basis and sticking to it.
SM: What kind of style can a guy employ to steal your attention?
JM: Again, I love the simple, well-cut outfits with an attention to detail, be it a cool zipper or a different coloured shoe lining.
I also am very much into the preppy, I-just-got-off-a-yacht look. I’m talking lightweight button downs, loafers and a fedora.
However, it all boils down to fit and material. You can have the best outfit but if it doesn’t fit well or it looks sloppy – it just doesn’t look sexy.
I tend to not love guys in extremely flamboyant outfits or colours. I’m the girl, let me be the super extra one.
SM: Sexiest skill a man can have?
JM: I have always had a weakness for guys who can sing and play the guitar. Let’s just leave it at that.
SM: Let’s end things with something a little more fun. Choose one:
a) Cristiano Ronaldo-like abs
b) Harry Styles-like bed hair
c) Chiselled jawline
d) Buns of steel
e) On-fleek brows
f) Hairless pits
g) Well-hung like a horse
JM: What? I can’t pick all? Fine, chiselled jawline.
Pick up Jerilyn’s trail of positive vibes on her Instagram: @jerilynmoon.