Video: UIP, edited by Tay Yixuan
On Sunday night (April 3), Hollywood royalty Charlize Theron, Chris Hemsworth and Jessica Chastain delighted countless star-struck fans at Universal Studios Singapore when they dropped by for the Asia red carpet premiere of The Huntsman: Winter’s War. Then, yesterday (April 4), it was press time as they spoke to dozens of local and regional media at Equarius Hotel, Resorts World Sentosa.
During Toggle’s seven minutes (in heaven) with Chris and Jessica, the amicable actors heaped praises on our Little Red Dot. “I gotta say, this is one of the cleanest places I’ve ever been to,” said Chris, who reprises his role as the titular huntsman Eric in the film, which is both a prequel and sequel to 2012’s Snow White and the Huntsman. “There’s no trash!” exclaimed Jessica, who joins the cast as the warrior and Chris’ onscreen love Sara.
Those who follow Jessica on social media would be up to date with her touristy ventures around the island. “I love it here, it’s the first time I’ve ever been to Singapore,” she revealed. “We landed at about 4am and as soon as things started opening I went to Chinatown, Little India, the aquarium and Gardens by the Bay.”
Chris, on the other hand, went straight to bed after landing and then to the gym (gotta keep that godly physique in tip-top shape!), before paying the Flower Dome a visit as well. “That was amazing; it’s a nice insight into the future after we wreck the planet,” he quipped.
Read on to find out what else we learned from Chris, Jessica and Charlize, including which of Snow White’s Seven Dwarfs they’re most like, the most outrageous thing they’ve ever done for beauty, and more:
Jessica thinks Chris is Dopey
Chris may have made his name playing macho characters such as thunder god Thor, but when we asked which of the Seven Dwarfs he’s most like, Jessica cut in with a completely unexpected reply.
“You’re Dopey for sure!” she declared, after confidently labelling herself as “Happy”.
After going through the rest of the Dwarfs, the Australian hunk finally gave in to Jessica’s ruling. “Dopey it is.”
Charlize needed a little help when we presented the same question to her in a separate interview. “You should probably ask everyone else in this room!” she said, before opening the query to the floor. When someone dubbed her “Sleepy”, she laughed out loud and exclaimed, “At least it’s not Grumpy!”
The most outrageous thing they’ve ever done for beauty is…
“Where do I start?” Chris said with a chuckle, before turning serious. “In the first Thor, they wanted everything blonde – beard, eyebrows, everything. We didn’t do it again because it didn’t look very good, but they peroxided my eyebrows and my beard, and it would go from white to orange to fluorescent yellow (winces). So that was really fun walking down the street looking like that.”
“Was that for beauty, though?” Jessica asked.
“That was attempting to be for beauty of the character?” he offered. Fair enough.
As for Jessica, the question reminded her of something she saw right here in Singapore which she expressed her interest in trying: a gold facial. “I saw pictures of these women painting gold on their faces,” she said, turning to Chris, “We should have a field trip to go and do that.”
Charlize, on the other hand, thinks “corsets and heels you can barely walk in” are outrageous. Also, “I had my eyebrows waxed one time and that didn’t turn out too well for me” (she didn’t go into further detail, though).
Charlize (right) with Emily Blunt as Ice Queen Freya in The Huntsman
Charlize struggled with her gorgeous costumes in The Huntsman
In The Huntsman: Winter’s War, Charlize reprises her role as the evil queen Ravenna, and just like in the first film, the Oscar-winning actress got to don an entire wardrobe of opulent dresses by renowned costume designer Colleen Atwood.
However, she admitted that they were as difficult to wear as they were beautiful.
“They’re just exquisite and once you’re in them, something happens and you feel like the character comes alive, but after about two hours it becomes very hard to get comfortable – there’s no ‘Oh, I’m going to my trailer to take a little nap’,” said the South African beauty, who is no stranger to couture. “But they’re so worth it, so incredible.”
What do Charlize’s and Chris’ kids think of their cool parents?
While Chris’ two-year-old twin sons are still too young to understand what their father does, he thinks – and hopes – his soon-to-be-four-year-old daughter India is impressed, especially after visiting him on the set of The Huntsman.
“She went to school and told everybody that her daddy works in a castle with a princess and fights the bad guys so that’s cool,” gushed the proud papa.
Charlize, whose little boy Jackson also accompanied her to the filming, said he – and all the children on set, actually – “react like it’s no big deal” to all the cool costumes and characters around them. “Four-year-olds live in a perpetual state of dress-up, so for them it’s like, ‘Yeah, I’m going to wear this tonight when I go home’, then you realise we have the perfect job because we get to do what kids get to do! (laughs)”
Kissing Chris Hemsworth is…terrible?
As Jessica was playfully complaining that locking lips with Chris for the film was “terrible”, he interrupted her joking eye-rolls to present a self-deprecatory message, “(Kissing me is) hideous. I am not a good kisser. I have a prickly beard. (Other than that), everything else is perfect.”
Jests aside, Jessica revealed that Chris being “a nice guy” made it much easier to smooch him on set. “It’s much better working with someone who’s not a jerk; when you have to kiss someone who’s a terrible person, it’s just not a good day.”
The Huntsman: Winter’s War is in local cinemas April 14.