Face to face
Star2 gets up close and personal with the fantastic four from Life Inspired.
From kickboxing to circuit training and beyond, Jason Godfrey is the viewers’ ‘link’ to the best in wellness, travel, home, cuisine and fashion from the heart of Hong Kong.
UNDOUBTEDLY, Jason Godfrey is a good-looking guy, even more so in person. But his looks, as it turns out, is the least attractive quality about him. Up close, the 34-year-old proves to be a hilarious fellow with a lightning quick wit and no airs about him. He is also equipped with the ability to chat on just about anything. Suffice to say that during this interview a wide spectrum of subjects were broached including lewd gestures (although he called it the international sign for rock climbing), crushed dreams (his books, a memoir and a piece of fiction, have yet to find a publisher which is very discouraging or as he eloquently put it, “it sucks”) and history (Godfrey began citing historical facts about the town where he went to university in Canada – that’s the University of Waterloo in Kitchener).
His sense of humour and smarts are on display at his blog (bigsmilenoteeth.tumblr.com) where Godfrey has posted musings and anecdotal observations about various things, as well as travel articles he has written for Oriental Tales magazine. In short, he has an easy way with words which allows him to win over even the most uptight stranger in a matter of minutes.
So it comes as a bit of a surprise that he stuck to being a model for more than a decade, seeing that modelling has very little to do with the gift of the gab.
Fortunately, that “no-talking” status changed when he started a couple of hosting gigs last year after establishing his base in Hong Kong.
Co-hosting Star World’s regional show in conjunction with the Oscar awards, check. Covering a red carpet event, check. Managing the crowd at a party launch for the premiere of The Walking Dead in Hong Kong, check. Meeting Tom Hanks for a one-on-one interview in Singapore, hold the check, please.
“Meeting Tom Hanks was strange,” he recalls. “(Earlier) my director and I were talking about how meeting all these famous people is not a big deal. Then, I met Tom Hanks and I really blanked out. They brought me in and said 10 minutes and suddenly the guy you watched in films for the last two decades is there right in front of you. He said, ‘Nice to meet you.’ And all I could say was, ‘Tom Hanks’ ( monotonously). Who says that? It was terrible.”
Nonetheless, after taking a minute to recover, “the professional” in Godfrey reappeared and like a good journalist he relied on the research he had done beforehand, kept eye contact with Hanks and didn’t ramble during the interview. It also helps that Godfrey is a big fan of films. (Incidentally, the single child of a Filipino mother and Canadian father is proud he shares the same hometown as Michael Cera – Brampton, Ontario.) But, nowadays he only has time to watch “good films”, which he gauges via RottenTomatoes. com!
“If it doesn’t get over 80, I generally don’t watch it. Unless it’s a genre that I like – zombie movies, war films, sentimental buddy flicks – then I can lower the bar.”
Which brings us to his current stint as a face of Li. This is a gig he hopes will allow him to mix business with pleasure. Two of the hot topics the channel features are food and travel, which happen to be things that Godfrey enjoys greatly. Right now, in Malaysia, he says he can’t stop eating fried chicken and roti canai from the “mamak shop”. “Roti canai is fattening?” he asks with an incredulous look on his face. “I thought it was like bread.”
As for travels, the Environmental Science major says he would go absolutely anywhere; if it involves outdoor activities even better. The avid rock climber says: “City stuff is fun, but when you are young, if you get hurt you recover faster, that’s why you should go out and do physical stuff which you may not be able to do when you are in your 60s.
“I travelled for about 10 years when I was modelling and so I would love to get back and do that again.” Travelling, that is, not modelling. –MumtajBegum