The Huntsman stars in town: Jessica Chastain says Gardens by the Bay reminds her of Jurassic Park

Actress Jessica Chastain poses with fans at the red carpet premiere of The Huntsman: Winter's War at Universal Studios Singapore on April 3, 2016.
Actress Jessica Chastain poses with fans at the red carpet premiere of The Huntsman: Winter's War at Universal Studios Singapore on April 3, 2016. ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE

SINGAPORE - Hollywood actress Jessica Chastain has found her favourite fruit right here in Singapore - the king of fruits, durian.

"I love it. You get past the smell and the first taste, and it's just like you want the second," the 39-year-old tells The Straits Times in an interview on Monday (April 4) afternoon at Equarius Hotel.

Earlier on Sunday afternoon, she had posted a picture of herself on her Instagram account (@chastainiac) posing with durian in her hand in Chinatown with the caption "found my favourite fruit".

Found my favorite fruit! #durian

Found my favorite fruit! #durian

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What exactly does durian taste like to her?

At this point, actor Chris Hemsworth, her strapping co-star from their new movie The Huntsman: Winter's War, who was seated beside her in this interview, decides to jump in.

The 32-year-old Australian hunk says with a grin: "It's like onion and garlic and pineapple and avocado - that's her description. I've never had it."

The stars are in town to promote their new film, which is a follow-up to the 2012 fantasy actioner Snow White And The Huntsman. Hemsworth reprises his role as Eric the huntsman, while Chastain joins the cast as his lover Sara.

On Sunday night, they had walked the red carpet to meet fans at Universal Studios Singapore, alongside movie lead Charlize Theron and director Cedric Nicolas-Troyan.

Theron, 40, says she had little time to explore Singapore, so busy has she been fielding press interviews.

Still, she was nonetheless "touched" by the warm reception at the fan event, she says.

"I have to say it's been really overwhelming how people have responded to the film, and just being around the fans. I think that's the memory that I'm taking home with me."

Chastain's memories of Singapore are a lot more dramatic, it seems.

Apart for her encounters with durian, Gardens by the Bay also left a deep impression on her. She says: "Gardens by the Bay has a bit of a Jurassic Park feel. I was waiting for the pterodactyls to fly out of the trees."

Its like Jurassic Park in this dome

Its like Jurassic Park in this dome

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The Huntsman: Winter's War opens in cinemas on April 14.