Celebrity Travel: Go away with Lynn Chen
“I am a Disney fanatic,” said Lynn Chen, who portrays Dr. Michelle Lin on the ABC medical series, “Grey’s Anatomy.” “(My dream trip would be) visiting all the Disneylands outside of the United States with my entire family – the nieces, nephews, in-laws, everyone.” Based out of Los Angeles, Chen’s resume also includes roles in “Saving Grace,” “Shameless” and “The Affair.” Fans may follow her on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/mslynnchen/) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/MsLynnChen).
Q: If you had to cancel travel plans due to the pandemic, where were they to?
A: I had plans to world premiere my directorial debut, “I Will Make You Mine,” at the 2020 SXSW Film Festival and found out via a breaking news update on my phone that it wasn’t going to be happening. From there, I knew that the other film festivals I had planned on traveling to (in Cleveland, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia) were most likely going to be canceled as well. We missed a big family trip, too. But because we knew we would be home so much, we did end up adopting a dog, and he has been everything to us.
Q: What kind of trips have you taken during this pandemic?
A: I took a few trips with my husband, Abe, and (our dog) Miles, where we could drive directly from Los Angeles. We rented a house in Julian (San Diego County) and another up in Marshall (Marin County). We also stayed nearby for a few days in Pasadena at the Langham Hotel. Just recently, I took my first flight so that I could see my family in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania for Thanksgiving. Sometimes, I feel like just figuring out the logistics of travel and packing and unpacking is enough mental stimulation for me when I am going stir crazy.
Q: Did you travel for work at all?
A: I actually have not had the opportunity to travel for work during the pandemic, but I would guess that I’d have mixed feelings about it. Traveling for a job is a real blessing and I feel like being able to explore freely during your off-time would no longer be the same. There is a general layer of having to be more cautious and I would imagine it would make the traveling part of it feel much more like work than a cool perk. Exploring with the cast (and) crew on off days was always my favorite part of filming on location. Now, you’re not even supposed to eat a meal at the same table. I’m not sure how much bonding would happen. But maybe it is bringing people closer, having this experience together.
Q: What is your best and/or worst vacation memory?
A: I went to New Orleans for Christmas one year and got food poisoning on my birthday. I spent the rest of the trip very sick and unable to eat anything, so the following year we came back again and gorged successfully on beignets, gumbos, po’ boys and muffaletta sandwiches.
Q: What is your favorite vacation destination?