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Celeb Getaway: Ben Stiller and Amy Adams

Thursday, May 7, 2009

What's your favourite vacation spot and why?

Ben: Wow, what do you want to say?
Amy: Well, I haven't vacationed that much. I've started to look at that recently.
Ben: It's a good thing, you should do it some time.
Amy: I really ought to.
Ben: The thing is you just go somewhere and just chill out.
Amy: Well I went to the Amafli Coast [Italy], to a small town called Revello, and that's, as of now, that's my favourite vacation spot.
Ben: That's a very nice town.
Amy: Yeah.

What about you, Ben?

Ben: I love Hawaii. You know, that's always the place I like to go with family when we get a chance to go away. And, Australia's a pretty nice place to go. Pretty, um, beautiful country.
Amy: Yeah, I've never been.
Ben: I went to Bedarra Island [on Queensland's Great Barrier Reef] once.

Was that your favourite Australian travel experience?

Ben: Well yeah, that was it in terms of exploring. I'd actually like to go into the outback and the interior of the country but I haven't done that yet. Last time I was there ... I've been to Sydney a few times. Bedarra was very Survivor-like. There were bugs and, um, rain and, um ...
Amy: Sounds like fun!
Ben: Yeah, it was good.

Travelling so much for work, what's your number-one travel tip?

Ben: Ooh, well for the jetlag, I find it's really important to try to power through when you get somewhere and not go to sleep when you're tired. When you first get in, if you are going across time zones especially if you're going west to east, it really helps to stay up as long as you can and try to get on the schedule of where you are going.
Amy: Yeah, absolutely!
Ben: Drink a lot of water.
Amy: A lot of water.
Ben: Yeah, make sure your passport is up-to-date.
Amy: That's very important a lot of people forget that.
Ben: Stay off any terrorist watch lists if you can avoid it, 'cos that's just not going to be a good thing, its going to slow you down. If you have those ties make sure you, you know, take care of them before travel.

Have we missed any of yours, Amy?

Amy: Always wear socks to the airport, 'cos there is nothing worse than them making you take off your shoes and then you're barefoot and they're making you walk barefoot through security which is just unpleasant.
Ben: I just say wear flip-flops and you get in and out really quickly.
Amy: But sometimes they still make you take them off and you're barefoot.
Ben: Oh, I see, you don't want to be barefoot.
Amy: Do you see what I mean? It's the barefoot factor through security in your bare feet. I'm sure I'm not the only person who's, you know, that's a well-travelled area.
Ben: What?
Amy: Security.
Ben: Oh security, yes that definitely, yes!
Amy: I've lost you.
Ben: Yes. I've stopped listening anymore.
Amy: [Laughs] For like three hours.
Ben: Yeah, sorry.
Amy: It's okay.

And is there anything you never leave home without?

Amy: Purell [hand sanitiser].
Amy: Yeah no, that's a good one.
Ben: You know, these days. There's pandemics, there's all sorts of things you gotta watch out for.
Amy: Yes, very true.

What about you, Amy?

Amy: Honestly, this is what puts me at ease every time I travel is: "Do I have my passport? Do I have my credit card?" At the end of the day that's what you need.

Now what has been the best thing about making Night at the Museum II?

Ben: For me, I'd say it was just getting together with the group we made the first movie with. The crew and the cast from the first one and then all the new people involved, just hanging out and having fun 'cos it was just a really good group of people.
Amy: Yeah, I would have to concur.
Ben: Going to Vancouver, I like Vancouver a lot!
Amy: Yeah, Vancouver was beautiful, great in the summertime.
Ben: Great travel place, great place to be in the summertime, it's incredible. It stays light until 10, 11 o'clock at night.
Amy: Not great for early calls 'cos you're trying to get to sleep at 10 o'clock at night.
Ben: It's beautiful though isn't it?
Amy: Beautiful. Beautiful! Yeah, I'd say the same thing.

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