Photos: Unusual Entertainment, artiste’s social media
Karen Mok fears her husband’s cooking. Not because it’s terrible, but because he adds an extraordinary amount of rich Béchamel sauce in his pasta dishes — his speciality.
“I wouldn’t allow him to be my personal chef while I’m on tour,” the 46-year-old Hong Kong singer said. “He thinks I’m too skinny so he tries to fatten me up. But how can I eat such food when I’m on tour? All that fat would kill me!”
During her trip here to promote her album Departures last April, Karen said her German husband of five years, Johannes Natterer, had applied to be the private chef for her Regardez World Tour because he couldn’t bear to be apart from her for too long (he’s based in London, she in Hong Kong).
“He would be happy to be the chef on tour, but there are so many people in the crew, he couldn’t possibly cook for everyone,” Karen said. Instead, Johannes is pitching in with miscellaneous duties.
Around the world in 80 days
Karen spoke to local media on March 11 via video link from Hong Kong to promote her concert in Singapore on April 9.
“I’d been meaning to return to Singapore to hold a concert, but somehow plans kept falling through and it was upsetting,” Karen said. Her first solo concert in the country was in 2001.
The singer’s Regardez World Tour kicked off in Taipei last September and has visited major Chinese cities including Shenzhen, Suzhou and Xiamen. After its Singapore stop, it’ll move to Macau, Spain, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the US.
Explaining why her tour was covering so much ground, Karen attributed it to the 3-month round-the-world trip she took with her husband in October 2014, during which the couple visited eight countries across the globe.
“The world is so vast, so a few months of travelling it aren’t enough!” she said. “I hope I can continue travelling through my work.”
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As the newly minted creative director of her concerts, Karen will deliver a performance that weaves together song, storyline, visual elements and an emotional journey. She’ll even bring to life on stage the aurora borealis she and Johannes witnessed in Iceland.
“I was so moved when I saw the Northern Lights, especially since I was watching them with a loved one by my side,” Karen said. “Not everyone has that fortune, so I hope to share the joyful experience.”
Karen made her acting debut in 1995 in A Chinese Odyssey Part Two: Cinderella, under the guidance of Hong Kong funnyman Stephen Chow. The pair reportedly dated until 1998, though neither ever confirmed the relationship.
For 18 years Karen had no contact with Stephen, but she recently lent her vocals to ‘You’re the Best in the World,’ the theme song of his 2016 fantasy movie The Mermaid.
“It’s been great!” Karen said of collaborating again with Stephen. “His movies are immensely popular, and this one contains a meaningful message on protecting the environment.”
“Stephen is fun to be around because he can really work up an atmosphere — I definitely miss that.”
But Karen denied she has been asked to take part in his future film projects. “I wouldn’t volunteer for them either,” she said. “If he wants me to be involved, he will say so himself.”
“Of course, I’m really looking forward to such an opportunity.”
This story first appeared on toggle.sg/ch
Story by Goh Li Xin
Karen Mok Regardez World Tour
Date: April 9, 2016 (Saturday)
Time: 8 p.m.
Venue: The Star Theatre, The Star Performing Arts Centre
Standard: S$188, S$168, S$138, S$108, S$88;
Box A & C: S$188;
Restricted view: S$88
*Excludes booking fee
Tickets are available from Sistic through its website and booking hotline (6348 5555)