Mishal Husain meets acclaimed Singaporean actor Chin Han in series finale

Date: 21.08.2012     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 18.08
Category: BBC World News
A new six-part series on BBC World News, Mishal Husain Meets profiles six well-known Asian personalities. Fronted by BBC presenter Mishal Husain and filmed at the NYU Tisch School of The Arts in Singapore, the series goes in depth with leaders from arts, science and sports from across Asia Pacific to find out what it takes to launch a successful career.

In the final episode of the series, scheduled to air on 1st September, Mishal Husain is joined by Ng Chin Han, usually credited as just Chin Han, a Singaporean actor whose career has spanned over 20 years across stage, television and film.

Chin Han began his acting career as a teenager starring in theatre productions in classics such as Molière’s L'École des femmes (The School for Wives) and Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night before appearing in Singapore’s first full-length English drama series Masters of the Sea.

In 1996, Chin Han headed to Hollywood, where after a series of auditions and screen tests he landed his big screen debut in 1998 thriller Blindness and Canadian drama film 3 Needles. His strong performance in both films was noted by film critics. As a director and producer Chin Han has also garnered popular acclaim for the Asian premiere of David Hare’s play The Blue Room and the musical adaptation of Ang Lee’s The Wedding Banquet.

His biggest breakthrough, however, came when he played the suave and silver-tongued Lau in the 2008 blockbuster movie, The Dark Knight. Cast alongside some of the biggest names in Hollywood, the film catapulted Han into mainstream success.

Chin Han only had a matter of hours before he had to cross borders to attend the casting for The Dark Knight in Canada.

As he explains: “I had a friend who was a manager in Canada who had been sending my headshots without me knowing… he gave me a call one day, I was in Singapore at the time. He said: 'You have to come for this meeting, it’s for the sequel to Batman'… so it was Thursday, I have 48 hours to get there… I was in the airport in four hours.”

He later acted in Roland Emmerich’s disaster film 2012 before playing a scientist in a battle against a deadly virus in medical thriller, Contagion.

Regarding censorship in his home country and now working in Hollywood, Chin Han said: “Censorship is interesting because I remember growing up and having to watch movies that are just chopped up basically for nudity, profanity so you’re missing big chunks of movies growing up. In terms of creativity and how Hollywood has affected me… there’s nothing like working with very, very talented people.”

Mishal Husain Meets, broadcast in association with Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, airs weekly on BBC World News on Saturdays at 01.30 and 08.30, and again on Sundays at 14.30 and 20.30 (all times GMT).

Mishal Husain Meets, broadcast in association with Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, airs weekly on BBC World News on Saturdays at 01.30 and 08.30, and again on Sundays at 14.30 and 20.30 (all times GMT).

For more information contact:

Shivani Sundralingam: +65 6507 4234 / shivani.sundralingam@bbc.co.uk

Shammi Anand: +44 (0) 7718 120 065 / shammi.anand@bbc.co.uk