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Hansen Lee – Male Model Malaysia
Name: Hansen Lee
Profession: Model/ Private Gym Trainer
TV host Hansen Lee packs his Sundays with lots of activities.
SUNDAYS are precious. And Ntv7 Breakfast Show’s newest host shows that it is possible to do a bit of everything in one day: from feeding his “need for speed” to enjoying alone time with his girlfriend, to hanging out with his glamorous celebrity friends.
Towering at just over six feet, 26-year-old Hansen Lee looked fresh on a recent Sunday morning at the poolside of his condominium in Taman Desa, off Old Klang Road, in Kuala Lumpur.
Dressed in a pair of fitting Bermuda shorts and accompanied by his girlfriend of close to five years, Sue Chan, who was in a bikini top and a pair of shorts, the two were chatty and cheerful.
Typically, Lee starts Sundays with a swim after breakfast with the petite Chan at a coffee shop around the area. Otherwise, he tries to do some cardiovascular or weight training at the gym.
“We believe in doing fun things over the weekend, especially with friends,” says the former personal trainer just before diving into the pool.
When asked if he was one of those people who did not need to exercise and woke up looking beautiful, he is quick to answer “No,” adding that he still believes in exercising about three times a week to stay healthy and keep in shape.
After exercising, Lee usually hops over to The Little Dim Sum Place in SS2, Petaling Jaya, for lunch. He and Chan are crazy about dim sum and are constantly looking out for good dim sum.
“We actually found this place (The Little Dim Sum Place) by accident. It first opened in Desa Sri Hartamas and when it moved, we didn’t know where it was till we stumbled upon it here,” he says while digging into his food, which included his favourite dish – fried radish cakes.
Having grown up in Seremban, Lee led a regular childhood through to high school before pursuing his degree in the United States.
In 2003, he moved to Kuala Lumpur to work as a personal trainer at Fitness First and started modeling.
After making waves in the scene, he was nominated as one of the “50 Most Eligible Bachelors” by Cleo as well as one of the “Hottest Hunks” by New Icon magazine in 2005.
He won the Flydol Competition in 2006 and was a deejay for Fly FM. He was also named one of the regional finalists for the Guess “Faces to Watch” model search.
By the end of 2006, he was called for an audition at Ntv7 and has since been hosting the TV station’s Breakfast Show alongside Daphne Iking, Nazruddin Rahman and Sharifah Alia.
Lee auditioned five times before landing the job and was immediately thrown into the deep end as his co-host fell sick during his first week of work.
“It took some getting used to as there are no cameramen on set so early (in the morning). It’s all pre-programmed cameras set on me, so it was a bit strange initially. But my experience as a model on the catwalk and in commercials really helped,” Lee says, adding that he has learnt to “cover up” his on-air mistakes faster instead of “freezing”.
After lunch that Sunday, Lee is revved up for go-karting at the Speedway Plus Motorsport Circuit on the Elite highway.
“It’s either video games or this,” he jokes in the car as we navigate our way through many tolled expressways.
After a short briefing by operations manager Razman Idris, Lee is all suited up and set to have a go.
“Sometimes I practise alone so that I can do better when I race with my friends,” he says.
Satisfied with his solo practice, Lee is keen to meet his colleagues, who are also his friends, at La Bodega in Bangsar. Among Lee’s chic, cool friends are TV host Xandria Ooi and musician Yuri Wong. Over coffee and tapas, Lee and his friends tease each other about their encounters with some of their earnest fans.
The fun day with Hansen has come to an end. At the end of the interview, he is ever modest about his status. “The real celebrities are in Hollywood,” he says.