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Celebrity Travel: Go away with Philipp Maximilian

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“Being a part of a Disney blockbuster wasn’t anything I thought I could ever dream of,” said “Jungle Cruise” actor Philipp Maximilian. “Jean-Vincent Puzos built the most incredible sets for us, so filming this movie was like being a kid in a candy store for a Disneyland nerd like me. Jesse Plemons (Prince Joachim) and I had so much fun playing around with my character, Axel, and coming up with a lot of silly stuff.” Raised in Germany, the actor resides in Los Angeles. He stays in touch with fans on Instagram (

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

A: My first international trip was to Florida with my mom when I was six and I absolutely loved every second of it! That’s where I got my first taste for Walt Disney World, and I've been hooked ever since.

Q: How much of a difference does it make filming on location vs. filming on a soundstage?

A: When you’re filming on a soundstage, you get to control your surroundings. On location, you’re always hoping the weather is going to work out in your favor. But it does add a level of authenticity that’s almost impossible to recreate on a studio lot.

Q: This pandemic has made everyone think differently about how we spend our free time. What have you been doing?


A: You know in a way, being forced to stay home was a blessing in disguise for me. I was traveling so much before, both for work and pleasure. Spending time at home made me jump on a bunch of home renovation projects. I’ve turned my backyard into my own little vacation spot. Don’t get me wrong. I still enjoy a little getaway. Big Sur is one of my favorite places in the world. It’s so magical up there.

Q: If you had to cancel travel plans due to the pandemic, where were they to?

A: I have a very big family and it’s rare that we all get to see each other at the same time. My mother had a big birthday last year and we were all supposed to meet at a cute farmhouse outside of Oxford, England. I can’t wait until we get to do that!

Q: What is your favorite vacation destination?


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