SINGAPORE - Home-grown actor Ng Chin Han has come a long way since his early days on local television drama Masters Of The Sea.
Based in Los Angeles, the 43-year-old, who now goes simply by Chin Han, has scored roles in Hollywood blockbusters like The Dark Knight (2008) and Contagion (2011), as well as television shows like Arrow and Fringe.
Closer to home, Ng recently took on HBO Asia's first original drama series, Serangoon Road, which premiered last week. The 10-parter, set in 1960s Singapore, follows the investigations of a detective agency owned by Patricia Cheng (Joan Chen), who must solve the mystery of her husband's murder.
My Paper recently caught up with the down-to-earth guy, who plays Kay Song, the ambitious grandson of a secret-society boss.
What attracted you to the role?
It's every boy's dream to be in a Western, and also to be part of a movie like The Godfather. I think there are elements of this (role) that are very Godfather-ish. Kay Song is like a cross between Sonny and Michael Corleone (in that movie). He has the inscrutability and the quiet menace of Al Pacino's character (Michael) and the explosiveness of James Caan's character (Sonny).
What's your favourite thing to do when you're back in Singapore for a visit?
I love eating and it's so great to be able to eat things like carrot cake, (drink) teh tarik - things I can't get (in the United States). There will be restaurants you'll find in New York or Los Angeles which claim to serve Singapore or Malaysian food, but they just don't taste the same.
What's next for you?
I finished Captain America: The Winter Soldier not too long ago, and I've just (done) a guest-starring role in the new James Spader show, The Blacklist.