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Celebrity Travel: Go Away With Omar J. Dorsey

By Jae-Ha Kim, Tribune Content Agency on

Omar J. Dorsey has had parts in critically acclaimed films such as "Selma," "Django Unchained" and "The Blind Side." The actor's latest role is in the Harriet Tubman biopic, "Harriet," where he plays Bigger Long, a free black man who captures runaway slaves for their white owners. Splitting his time between Los Angeles and New Orleans, the 43-year-old actor stays in touch with fans via Twitter (, Instagram ( and Facebook (

Q. What's the best part of filming on location?

A. Going to different cities and countries and meeting different people. One of the trips I enjoyed the most was when I did a movie called "Cargo" in the Bahamas. I was there for a month and a half. I really became close to some of the locals. I've since been back about three or four times and as soon as I get off the airplane, they're like "Omar, you're back!" because Nassau is fairly small and everyone knows everyone.

Q. What is your favorite vacation destination?

A. It's actually a whole country -- Italy. You get everything with Italy ... Venice, Milan, Rome, Florence. It's great to visit. There's a lot of wine places and farmland. If you're someone who just wants to hang back and kick it, Florence is perfect for that.

Q. What was the first trip you took as a child?


A. The first trip I took as a child was to a Native American reservation in Cherokee, North Carolina. My dad used to always pack us up and we'd go to different places. The indigenous people were there and teaching us how to do crafts and they showed us how to do a totem pole and all of these different things. It's just really seared into my head, because we didn't really fly when I was a kid. My kids fly everywhere in the world. But we never did that.

Q. What's the most important thing you've learned from your travels?

A. To be open. A lot of times people have a tendency to dump their own thing onto other people's culture. That's western civilization. You come in and you dominate. But I never want to offend anyone when I travel. I try my best to communicate with people enough in their own tongue. I'm a visitor in their homeland.

Q. If you've ever gone away for the holidays, which was the best trip?


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