Mehcad Brooks stars in New Line Cinema's Mortal Kombat, out in theaters and HBO Max.
I’m an inner peace explorer. I try hard to accept the fullness of everything, and Colombia has been a big part of this journey for me. We’ve been to Cali, Palmira and a bunch of other places for volunteer work and had dinner with the locals in their homes. We’ve spent a couple of Decembers on my friend’s farm in the middle of nowhere. Some of my friends introduce me as a Hollywood actor, but the locals don’t care—they just send me to collect eggs. Talk about spaces that will keep you humble!
My fiancé and I spent six weeks in Turkey. We used Istanbul as a home base while we explored the country, spending about three weeks in the city. There were lots of fine dining options in the city, but we kept finding ourselves in places where the locals were eating. There’s a hole-in-the-wall restaurant called Antiochia where we ate at least three times a week. You’ve never had Mediterranean food like this.
We woke up at the crack of dawn to go on a hot air balloon ride. I’ve made a pact with myself to confront all of my worst fears, including my fear of heights. I was so nervous the first 30 minutes—you can tell in all the photos my fiancé took that morning. But being on that balloon ride was one of the highlights of my life. I got to see portions of a country that is part Ancient Rome, part Ancient Greece, part modern-day Turkey. When you look out you feel like you’re on Mars.
We filmed a bit of Mortal Kombat in Byron Bay, and there’s a place called Mullumbimby about 30 to 40 minutes outside the city. Someone on set recommended the Crystal Castle, the largest outdoor display of crystals in the world, because they know my fiancé and I are kind of hippies. It was transformative. They have naturally occurring crystals and giant ones they bring in from places like Brazil, and they’ve incorporated the Aborigine perspective and culture, too. They have an amethyst bed that is the size of a tanning booth and you can get inside of it. I am six-foot-four and 275 pounds, and even I fit in it!