Off the back of the record-breaking box office success of Crazy Rich Asians, it didn’t take long for Australian actor Chris Pang to land his next big role.
The 34-year-old is set to star in the new Charlie’s Angels film slated for a late 2019 release, and now the movie star has lifted the lid on what it was like to be part of one of the most popular action franchises.
Speaking to Yahoo Lifestyle Australia as his collaboration with Sheridan’s ‘Tonight Makes Tomorrow’ sheets campaign drops, Chris says working alongside ‘Angels’ Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska was a dream come true.
“I never thought I’d be part of the franchise, so obviously it’s a huge deal and I was super excited,” he admits.
When Chris got the big phone call from his agent informing him he’d scored the gig, he literally had a pinch-me moment.
“I said, ‘That’s amazing. I can’t believe it!'” he calls.
“Charlie’s Angels is iconic. I love the older ones with Drew Barrymore, Carmeron Diaz and Lucy Liu. Those were so much fun and I remember seeing them in theatres when I was a kid.”
While he’s keeping very tight-lipped on the specific details around his character, we know for sure he gets in on the exciting action viewers are waiting for.
“I had the most surreal experience on this because I have a scene, and it’s with Kristen [Stewart] and then the angels are part of it and there’s a big secret,” he reveals.
“And then Patrick Stewart’s in there! He’s a legend of screen that I’ve seen in a countless number of films growing up and I’m like, ‘Damn Professor X is in this’, it was so surreal.
“It was an honour to share the screen with him. After the scene he put his hand on my shoulder and said ‘Nailed it’, and then walked off. I thought, ‘This is the greatest moment of my life’,” laughs Chris.
Given the number of action sequences he needed to train for, preparing for Charlie’s Angels was more physically demanding than Crazy Rich Asians.
He used this experience when shooting with luxury bedding brand Sheridan for its ‘Tonight Makes Tomorrow’ campaign.
While the shirtless actor slipped in between the sheets for the glossy photos, he gave the video element of the campaign his own Hollywood treatment.
“The video component was where we really got to do something very different,” he explains.
“I think the most physically demanding is when you’re preparing for an action role, so I thought, ‘How do we capture the preparation that goes into film?’
“I just wrapped on Charlie’s Angles and we had a month of rehearsals before that at the fighting gym,” he explains, revealing he knew “something like that would be ideal”.
The video indeed shows him sweating up a storm amid an action sequence, before winding down in bed, because as Chris puts it, after a long day on set, the next best thing to do before you’re back at it tomorrow is “rest”.
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