Karen Mok: Around the World on Many Days
With a jazz album in English released November 2012, a second Hollywood film to her name and a husband in London, Karen Mok is going global. She shares her jet-setting high with us
Karen Mok is wearing a bonded leather dress with hand-stitched details and lamb nappa gloves with quilted leather detail, both from Bally
If Karen Mok weren’t such a grounded star, she might be phased by the latest twist in her roller-coaster life journey. The slightly built, whip-smart Eurasian girl with the enviable wavy mane who spent her childhood as Karen Joy Morris, and her 20s and 30s in the limelight as Karen Mok (her grandmother’s surname)
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Mok today is more open about her private life than when we last interviewed her for this magazine (in 2005). Then, and on our first meeting four years previously, she had insisted, polite but firm, on not discussing her relationships, if any. She and actor-director Stephen Fung were dating at that time (indeed, for nine years), but ironically it wasn’t until just before their split in 2007 that they publicly acknowledged the fact. Another ironic quirk of fate: Mok and Fung were both making films about tai chi last year (Man of Tai Chi and the Tai Chi trilogy respectively).
"Keanu Reeves was completely focused, really knew what he wanted. And he's a really nice guy, so he never lost his temper!"
In 2005, Mok had just completed her first
Mok was alerted to the role by CAA (Creative Artists Agency), which represents her in
Mok is no slouch at a number of ‘looks’, collecting acting award nominations for God of Cookery (1996), Tempting Heart (1999), Wait ‘Til You’re Older (2005) and Mr Cinema (2007). Her career got off to a bright start with a Hong Kong Film Award for best supporting actress in Wong Kar-wai’s Fallen Angels (1995). (In this early outing, and Around the World in 80 Days, she was mistakenly credited as Morris not Mok.) Filming Man of Tai Chi was not without its hairy moments. “One scene has a car tumbling downhill with me in it. This is done by CGI afterwards of course, but to get shots of the interior the car was put on this big spit thing so it could turn – like roasting a pig. I was stuck inside. It was like being on a new roller coaster ride at
Cars may be something of a sore point with Mok, literally. While the star is posing for our cameras in the plush first-floor lounge at