Chacko Vadaketh is a Malaysian actor, emcee and voice over artist, formerly a litigation lawyer who is part of the Malayali/Keralan Syrian Christian community. He is based in Kuala Lumpur and Los Angeles.
What is you idea of perfect happiness?
Having fulfilling, rewarding yet challenging work; which also gives me time to enjoy friends, family and nature.
What is your greatest fear?
Being bed ridden and unable to look after myself.
What is the trait you most deplore in others?
What makes you sad?
Some of Malaysia’s leaders who had the power and ability to make our country a liberal diverse wealthy powerhouse but have instead left it divided, riddled with corruption and intolerance and in decline.
What is your greatest extravagance?
Entertaining family and friends
What is your favourite journey?
The drive along the California coast from LA to San Francisco
What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
On what occasions do you lie?
To avoid hurting someone
Which living person do you most admire?
Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
What or who is the greatest love of your life?
Performing to a captivated audience.
When and where were you happiest?
Singapore around 2000, I was in a play and in a sitcom there; I had a stunning smart girlfriend who complemented me beautifully, I was young and svelte, life was exciting!
Which talent would you most like to have?
What is your current state of mind?
A bag of mixed feelings
If you could change one thing about your past, what would it be?
To get so easily distracted by fun things in life
What do you consider your greatest achievements?
Being loved and respected by so many in so many different corners of the world. A revelation as I approach a milestone birthday.
If you could choose what to come back as, what would it be?
A magnificent stallion, leader of a herd of intelligent beautiful horses living in an idyllic area of forests and meadows surrounded by hills and lakes.
What and when is your next professional engagement?
Master of Ceremonies for the Commencement of The Asia School of Business, followed by my solo show at Bobo 23-25 June 2023 “Chacko Vadaketh: Songs & Stories”
Editor’s Note: Extra show just added. Sunday 25 June 8pm
Who is your favourite writer?
What are your favourite names?
Rebecca (my mother’s name), Othello (my favourite role)
What is it that you most dislike?
Cruelty to children and animals
How would you like to be remembered?
Someone who brought joy to others and made a difference.
What is your motto?
“Verily the lust for comfort murders the passion of the soul, and then walks grinning in the funeral.” ~ Kahlil Gibran