Celebrity Travel: Go away with Chin Han
One of Singapore’s most famous actors, Chin Han has also found success in Hollywood. Currently based out of Los Angeles, the acting veteran’s movie credits include “Captain America: Winter Soldier,” “The Dark Knight” and “Ghost in the Shell.” He also portrays Shang Tsung in the new “Mortal Kombat” film. “He’s a powerful sorcerer from Outworld, bent on conquering Earthrealm,” Han said from L.A. “He is a shapeshifter, who consumes souls to stay immortal. But most enviable is his ability to create portals for interdimensional travel — anything to get by lines at customs and long TSA checks.” Fans may stay in touch with him via Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, where his username is @thechinhan.
Q: Where did you film "Mortal Kombat"?
A: Australia, mainly in Adelaide and then Sydney. One unforgettable location was Leigh Creek, a massive, abandoned coal mine in eastern central South Australia. We had to fly in on small propeller planes to this otherworldly place that had ground fissures shooting out flames we had to avoid. And that was our Outworld.
Q: A lot of us had to cancel trips due to the pandemic. Did you have any trips lined up that you had to postpone?
A: I had planned to visit Tadanobu Asano, who plays Lord Raiden in “Mortal Kombat,” in Japan to catch the cherry blossom festival. But it was not to be.
Q: Thinking about some of your trips when you could safely travel, which one was a favorite?
A: I always enjoy London. Coming from the theater, I love seeing shows on the West End and taking in the sights and the smells — yes, that old, weathered smell of 200-year-old theaters. Museums are also a good time for me, so I would recommend the Tate Modern or the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Q: What's the most important thing you've learned from your travels?
A: To pack light. And that it’s OK not to have a full itinerary and to be intentionally lost once in a while.
Q: If you could only pick one place to eat, would you choose a casual meal at a street cart or fine dining at a nice restaurant?