SINGAPORE — Since his move to Los Angeles seven years ago, Singaporean actor Chin Han has had “a nice seven years”.
“I auditioned for this movie, The Dark Knight, and I got the part. It’s very hard to say no to that level of work and the calibre of that director so (relocating) was a very simple decision to make,” Chin said of his move.
Living in the City of Angels has undeniably affected Chin’s personal style. “I think I have become a lot more casual since moving to LA,” he said. “To take advantage of the lifestyle, I actually go hiking a lot and I like spending time at the beach. So, my dressing has adapted to that. But at the same time, I’ve also had to find nice and appropriate suits for the red carpet events that I have to go to.”
The actor recently wrapped up the filming of Captain America: The Winter Soldier (slated for release in April 2014) and was in town to promote HBO Asia’s first original series, Serangoon Road.
Q: Tell us more about the suits that you favour for those red carpet events.
A: There are two black suits that I like, one is a Dior Homme suit and the other one by Ermenegildo Zegna. I find these two more fitting on me because they are cut a lot slimmer. (I like) Dior Homme because it’s very fashionable and I’m always looking forward to seeing what new things they have every season.
Q: Besides suits, what other items make up your wardrobe?
A: I like leather jackets as well as they are kinda right for California. I have a Phillip Choo leather biker jacket that I wear from time to time.
Q: Phillip Choo? Or is the jacket from 3.1 Phillip Lim?
A: I think it’s Choo, you know. (checks with manager) Just type in “Ryan Gosling leather jacket” because I have exactly the same leather jacket that he has! Oh, it’s Phillip Lim, sorry, Phillip Lim. I think that it’s essential having a leather jacket and a black suit in a man’s wardrobe — and a nice pair of jeans.
Q: Why jeans?
A: Because you can dress up or dress down with a pair of jeans. And I like the versatility of it because there are times when I have to rush to a red carpet event from something else and it’s easy for me to just throw on a nice jacket and not worry about my pants.
Q: Which item do you think perfects the outfit then?
A: I like accents on clothing so it could be a belt. Or a pair of shoes. I personally like pocket squares on a suit because I think it just finishes up the look. And that’s my personal favourite. I tend to have it flushed in the pocket if it’s a formal premiere. If it’s a Halloween party at The Playboy Mansion, then I would fluff it up a little bit and have a different pocket square altogether. (laughs) The Playboy Mansion has a very big Halloween party by the way ... I don’t go to it every year but it’s a fun party. (laughs)
HBO Asia’s first original series, Serangoon Road, premieres on Sept 22 at 9pm on HBO/HBO HD (StarHub TV Ch 601/655).