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Celebrity Travel: Go Away With Emeraude Toubia

By Jae-Ha Kim, Tribune Content Agency on

Best known as Isabelle Lightwood in "Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments," Mexican-Lebanese actress Emeraude Toubia says she thinks her television alter ego would have been a great travel companion. "She would be so fun," says Toubia. "I am more of a stay at home and watch a movie kind of girl. But Isabelle would definitely drag me out of bed to explore and have a fun time." An accomplished dancer (ballet, flamenco, lyrical and belly dance), Toubia recently purchased her first home in Los Angeles. Her first post-"Shadowhunters" role is as the star of the Hallmark Channel's romantic movie, "Love in the Sun." Fans may follow Toubia's adventures on Instagram (, Twitter ( and Facebook (

Q. You've filmed on location in various places, which has been the most memorable and why?

A. My favorite so far has been Toronto. I was actually born in Montreal, Quebec, and all of my dad's side of the family still resides there. So on long weekends, I would catch a quick 45-minute plane ride and spend the weekend with my Lebanese family.

Q. You grew up in a multicultural household. Did your parents encourage you to speak any foreign languages at home?

A. I am bilingual. My mom is Mexican and only speaks Spanish. My dad is Lebanese. He speaks five different languages. I went to an English-speaking school and spoke Spanish at home. My dad did try to teach me some French and Arabic, but it was hard to keep up without much practice.

Q. What is your favorite vacation destination?


A. I would have to say Florence, Italy. It is such a magical place to me. I love roaming the cobblestone streets.

Q. To someone who was going there for the first time, what would you recommend that they do during their visit?

A. That they explore outside the touristy area. Find out where the locals love to enjoy a good breakfast or lunch.

Q. What untapped destination should people know about?


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