The VIP Lounge with Tommy Do
Sharon native Tommy Do has always loved the story of Peter Pan, so when he had an opportunity to play Captain Hook in a Disney on Ice production, he jumped – er, skated – at the chance. “It’s always fun to play a villain,” Do, 29, said in a recent phone interview. “Captain Hook is so over-the-top and fabulous — kind of like [Liberace in] ‘Behind the Candelabra’ — and then there is the side of him that is a hunched-over, grouchy old villain. . . . It’s fun to show how bipolar he is.” Do was a competitive figure skater until he was 14, when a growth spurt halted his dreams of skating in the Olympics. He’s been with Disney productions on and off for nine years, and will return to Boston in “Mickey’s Search Party” at TD Garden Feb. 15-24. “I can honestly say this is the most innovative, interactive, and compelling Disney on Ice show you’ll ever see,” said Do, who skates as a few other characters as well as his favorite, Captain Hook. “It’s for the whole family — not just young kids.” We caught up with Do, who lives in Brooklyn when he’s not on the road (and whose parents still live in Sharon), to talk about all things travel.
Favorite vacation destination? I’ve been lucky enough to travel to South Africa and definitely recommend Cape Town for anyone looking for great views and adventure.
Favorite food or drink while vacationing? I love to eat and try new foods — whether it’s poutine in Canada or okonomiyaki in Tokyo – I’m totally down to try something new. The only thing that doesn’t really leave my diet, however, is french fries. I can and will find french fries no matter where I am in the world. I love all kinds of fries — curly, waffle, shoestring, steak, crinkle cut — I just can’t get enough.
Where would you like to travel to but haven’t? I haven’t been able to visit Paris yet and it’s definitely on my must-see list — this is mostly because of Carrie Bradshaw from “Sex and the City,” who had an obsession with Paris. I’m not a Carrie; I’m definitely a Miranda mixed with some Samantha, but Carrie makes some good points about Paris that intrigue me.
One item you can’t leave home without when traveling? My cellphone. T-Mobile has a great international plan — I’m not sponsored by them; I’m just speaking from experience and honestly am not opposed to getting sponsored. Having your cellphone is super helpful with directions — remember MapQuest? — and, if needed, translations.
Aisle or window? Window, always and forever. Because we travel so often — every week — I like to sleep whenever I can, so I find that the window makes the perfect tool to prop up my pillow.
Favorite childhood travel memory? When my sister and I were young, my parents would take us to Disney World every winter break. Cliché, I know, but we couldn’t resist the magic, so going back there is very nostalgic for me.
Guilty pleasure when traveling? Cinnabon.
Best travel tip? Planes are always cold, so bring a sweat shirt. Also, be careful on longer travel days if you like to wear tighter jeans like me. The denim tugs on your leg hair and over time can be super painful. Also, sunglasses are always handy for taking naps and will also make you feel like an incognito A-list actress.