NOV 16, 2017

After He Quit Acting, Chin Han Became the Most Successful Singaporean Actor in Hollywood

privy profile   |   By Bonnie He

Occupation: Actor

Based in: Los Angeles

Hometown: Singapore

Some actors are too talented to be kept off-screen.

Singapore native Chin Han has had a love affair with films since he was a child. As early as the age of 6, his only birthday wish was to be taken to the movies.

Throughout university, he’d spend every free moment - and would sometimes even skip classes - getting involved in theatrical plays. He still graduated with degrees in both economics and linguistics to oblige his parents.

Chin Han still remembers the first check he ever received for acting: playing a role in the Molière play, “The School for Wives.” It was a thrill for him to bring that first paycheck to the bank. Shortly after he graduated, he booked his first TV role, and continued to work steadily in TV for years - until he suddenly didn’t love it anymore. Wanting to leave roles open for actors who were still passionate about acting, he quit. For 8 years.

But he didn’t leave the industry. Instead, he threw himself back into theater; this time, behind the scenes. He found creative fulfillment directing and producing plays.

But that was only the beginning of Chin Han’s own hero’s journey. One day, he was called upon - literally; a friend from Canada called him - to audition for a role in an upcoming Christopher Nolan movie: The Dark Night.

And as with all Nolan movies, this one was enshrouded in secrecy. When Chin Han jumped on a plane from Singapore to Los Angeles, he had no idea what the role even was. But he was a fan of the director, and he would have done the film even for just one word.

He ended up booking the role of Lau, still one of his favorite characters to date. His ability to embody the most heinous characters with grace keeps him working, and now he is acknowledged as the biggest Singaporean actor to make it in Hollywood.

We at Privy Circle certainly hope to see more of him.




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