Fiji Takes Ian Harding’s Breath Away
By Leanne Goff
Posted 26 Oct 2015
Hollywood heartthrob Ian Harding has praised Fiji and its people, after visiting here in July. Harding, who star’s on the hit American TV show Pretty Little Liars as Ezra Fitz was in Fiji flying Fiji Airways, and staying at the InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort and Spa, and Turtle Island Fiji.
Two videos posted on the Fiji Airways Facebook page and YouTube channels show an interview with Harding, who was on a week-long visit, and have had over 122,000 views.
The extremely popular actor, who has 3.1m followers on Instagram, 1.9m on Twitter and almost 1m fans on Facebook also spent the week highlighting his experiences on his social channels.
The 29-year old star praised Fiji Airways crew for the flight.
“Other places that I’ve been to, I’ve noticed that sometimes the flight can be very formal … there isn’t like a casual comfort to it. (But) everyone who … working on that flight was very welcoming, very warm, and very professional. The food was quite great; I missed the first meal because I had fallen asleep, which I think is a good sign.”
He was extremely impressed with his time at the InterContinental and Turtle Island Resorts, referring to his Fiji experience as a dream which seemed too good to be true.
“I’ve been snorkelling, glass-bottom boating, went to an island tour where we saw caves; all the guides were very knowledgeable. I’ve been white water rafting, and we jet-skied out to an island, where it had a tiki bar and food and then we jet-skied back, perhaps a little too fast. It’s been a blur of joy.”
Harding has been inspired by the Fijian way of life and the beauty of the country.
“If I could freeze Fiji Time… I realise it’s not just simply explaining why people sometimes can be late… but a desire to live, more than to just be part of the rat-race. I’ve noticed that I’ve looked at my phone fewer times a day, and there’s internet and all kinds of stuff so I could, but just haven’t, and it’s been pretty marvelous. People are wonderful, food is fresh, and look at this – points to sunset on the beach – people will think it’s a backdrop for a movie, but it’s not. It’s wonderful.”
Ian has also just won the Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actor in a Drama for his role as Ezra Fitz in Pretty Little Liars, along with Tyler Blackburn for Choice Summer TV Star. Tyler also holidayed in Fiji last year and stayed at the exclusive Dolphin Island.