We’ve had a long tradition at Prestige Hong Kong of identifying talents on the verge of breaking big, and featuring them on our cover – and this month’s personality is the perfect exemplar. If TV drama’s your schtick, you might have noticed actor Chris Pratt in the series Everwood, or perhaps more recently in Parks and Recreation. Or maybe, like me, you first spotted him on the big screen, as baseball player Scott Hatteberg in Moneyball (2011), or as a US Navy Seal on the trail of Osama bin Laden in the action thriller Zero Dark Thirty (2012). Either way, since he arrived in Hollywood almost 15 years ago, Pratt has more than paid his dues as a journeyman, and his convincing performances in the aforementioned movies has finally led to starring roles in a brace of blockbusters: as Peter Quill in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, which premieres this month, and as the male lead in Jurassic World, the fourth in the wildly popular science-fiction franchise that’s currently in the final stages of filming.
Pratt could hardly have been more open or easy when he showed up, unaccompanied by either flacks and minders, for coffee and conversation in a Beverly Hills cake store. Recounting his journey from a Pacific Northwest small town – via a stint in a seafood restaurant in Maui – to the cusp of mega-stardom, he exhibited a genuine understanding and appreciation of his good fortune. “If you’d have thrown me head-first into this when I was 21 years old I wouldn’t have been able to cope,” he said. “Every small step and accomplishment along the way has led me to a place where I can still actually focus and be pretty level-headed.” A good guy indeed.
We also talk to the multitalented Joanne Ooi, who after stints in fashion and biotech, and as a gallerist and a green warrior, has now turned her attention to selling fine jewellery. We interview Booker Prize winning writer DBC Pierre, whose own story turns out to be as fantastical as that of any novel. And we meet Taiwanese-American designer Jason Wu, who’s just taken up the reins of women’s fashion at Hugo Boss. Add a trip to Iceland to sample a very special Dom Pérignon vintage, a round-up of Hong Kong’s latest restaurant openings, and a blast in the Turbo S – one of the most ballistic 911s ever to exit the Porsche factory in Stuttgart – and I reckon that’s a recipe for a nourishing August read. I hope you enjoy the magazine.