It was a visit gone awry that introduced Tony Shalhoub his first Tony Award final season, for finest efficiency by a number one actor in a musical. In “The Band’s Visit,” Mr. Shalhoub performed the chief of an Arab navy band that inadvertently finally ends up stranded in a small, remoted Israeli city and never the extra cultured metropolis it was supposed to journey to for a live performance efficiency. (The undeniable fact that one was named Petah Tikva and the opposite Bet Hatikva — “with a B” — may clarify the confusion.)
More lately, Mr. Shalhoub, a three-time Emmy winner for USA Network’s detective procedural sequence “Monk” (2002-2009), and a nominee this 12 months for his work on “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” was in Paris, the place some of the scenes for Season 2 of that Amazon sequence have been filmed. (That second season simply started streaming.)
When he travels — whether or not for work or on trip together with his spouse, the actress Brooke Adams, — Mr. Shalhoub say he desires to immerse himself within the expertise, whether or not it’s exploring artwork in Venice, ruins in Lebanon or glaciers in Iceland. Which isn’t to say that he isn’t content material to simply unwind. “I’m always happy if there’s a gorgeous beach involved,” he says. “ I have to say, the most extraordinary ones were in Tahiti. The color of the water, the feel of the water, the temperature of the water — it was so unlike anything I’ve ever experienced.”
In a current e-mail trade and a follow-up dialog, Mr. Shalhoub revealed some of his most memorable journeys, his smooth spot for Texas-style ribs, and why he’s over inns.
When you journey, are you searching for journey, leisure, tradition — all three?
When I take a break I’m searching for a bit bit of every part. Everything besides crowds. And nice meals! Oh, and museums reflecting the native tradition. Recently, once we have been in Lebanon we went to Baalbek, the place there are Roman ruins. A information instructed us Roman temple was constructed on prime of a Greek temple — the Greeks had been there earlier than the Romans — and earlier than that the Greeks constructed on prime of a Phoenician temple. This notion of all of this labor and all of this time and all of this artistry crammed into one place, it was extraordinary.
Do you sleep on the airplane? Read? Watch motion pictures?
Typically, I sleep on quick flights. Often I’m “out” earlier than takeoff. On longer flights I like to learn loads, do the crossword, watch movies, play video poker or backgammon. And sleep (however solely earlier than takeoff).
Are there sure stuff you at all times take with you?
I at all times put on slip-ons. Uggs. Never footwear with laces! And I attempt to bear in mind to deliver alongside some Airborne or Emergen-C. And toothpicks. And earplugs. And a sleep masks. And a e-book or script. And good headphones. And a pen for crossword puzzles. Oh, and my spouse.
Checked baggage or stick with it?
Carry-on. But provided that it’s a direct flight.
What have been your favourite journeys?
Well, Scotland is exceptional. Edinburgh, the Highlands, the Isle of Skye. Breathtaking. And, of course, listening to that fabulous Scottish brogue in every single place: pretty! Most lately we visited Lebanon — the place my father was from — and it was not like something I’ve ever seen. (I need to return for a for much longer keep.) Just earlier than that I used to be filming in Paris, to me the best metropolis on earth. Nothing that’s been stated or written or painted or documented or sung about Paris can ever actually do it justice. When I’m there I really feel like I’m strolling round inside an attractive portray.
Lately, we go for Airbnb-style flats, somewhat than inns, at any time when attainable. We have been in Venice 5 years in the past, in the course of the Biennale, and the obtainable inns weren’t what we have been searching for. And so we discovered a web site, Views on Venice; they had extraordinary apartments right in the area we wanted to be. We found we had extra room, we had a kitchen, we had privacy. When we were shooting in Paris for “Maisel,” we were offered a hotel but we found an apartment in the Marais district. And it was just heavenly. Guests came from the States and stayed with us; we had three bedrooms. Way more space and convenience than we could get in a hotel.
When you were shooting “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” in Paris, did you have a favorite local restaurant?
We went to a place not far from where we were staying called the St. Regis Cafe, a breakfast and lunch place: perfection.
Where do you want to go that you haven’t gone yet?
Cuba. I’ve always been curious about it. And I love the idea that it might just be a bit like traveling back in time.
Have any places really surprised you?
As a family, we found Iceland totally surprising. The scenery and topography changes radically every time you turn a corner. We did a five-day trek on horseback.
Is there somewhere you went, for work, that you found unexpectedly interesting?
A number of years ago I had the chance to film in Austin, Tex. And I discovered that it’s definitely a place I could happily spend the rest of my life. The music! The young people! The ribs! There’s a lot to love.
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