With the Olympic torch ablaze and the summer heat sinking in, many of us might be feeling the travel bug. And while certain travel is still restricted, this weekend we’re excited to take you on a trip around the world through The Carlos Watson Show.
First up, Chef Marcus Samuelsson, who has pleased palates in Harlem, Miami and beyond with his truly global background, including his Ethiopian heritage, Swedish upbringing and Japanese training.
“[My secret weapon] is being able to stay curious in my field. And the only way to do that is to travel. You’re talking to a guy that left home at 18 to go to Japan. And being a Black kid cooking in Japan, it’s all about curiosity.”
A star in both Hollywood and Bollywood, Priyanka Chopra is eager to see the world better reflected in TV and film.
“There is such a large appetite for people wanting to consume entertainment from different parts of the world. The White Tiger was seen in 160 countries around the world. It was No. 1 in almost 60, 70 countries. ... This amazing time is when we need to be able to create more content that looks like how the world really is.”
The iconic German filmmaker Werner Herzog has seen a lot over his 78 years on this Earth. What are his concerns about what he’s seeing next?
“I’m alarmed that neo-Nazis are again in Germany. … You see them in Belgium, you see them in the Netherlands, you see them in France, you see them even in your own country, in the United States, Aryan supremacists. I find it alarming because I’m German. That’s my history and it must not repeat itself. ... Americans have to be watchful.”
Acclaimed screen and stage actor Josh Gad fell in love with South Island, New Zealand, at first sight. He was immediately enamored with the paradisiacal rolling hills, never-ending fields of green and “giant Lord of the Rings-style mountains.” It’s the “closest I'll ever get” to Eden, he says.
OZY’s global team is just getting stronger with the addition of renowned BBC journalist Katty Kay. Kay spent her childhood in several countries and attributes her love of journalism to this nomadic upbringing.
“Steep yourself in another culture and do not go for five days, go for five months and get to know it, get to feel it, get to feel at home there. And you’ll realize that it’s not as scary as you think it’s going to be. … The people have the same concerns and the same ups and downs. And you’ll bring all of that richness back with you.”
Portugal’s Peabody-winning pride Mariana van Zeller travels the world putting herself in some of the most dangerous situations imaginable. What is the commonality she sees everywhere she visits?
“What you see again and again is people doing something that’s criminal. It’s against the law, but they are also incredibly passionate and good at what they do, and talented. If only we could use that and give them opportunities outside of these black markets to do something on the legal side, I think we would see a very different world.”