Truong Ngoc Anh, the Vietnamese star, is already a name to reckon with in the Vietnamese film industry. Though this gorgeous actress has won many hearts and various accolades for her acting skills, the taste of success has only made her ask for more! And that’s what has turned her into an equally successful entrepreneur. No wonder, she’s our Cover Star for this edition.
1. After starting your modelling career at 16, you have come pretty high in life as an actress with so many projects and awards of recognition. How would you describe this trajectory in your life? And any major setbacks that you had to overcome?
To be candid, I decided to follow a modeling career soon after I achieved the very first award of my life. However, deep inside my heart, I always knew and dreamt of being an actress. And believe me, no words can describe how excited and nervous I was when I got my first acting opportunity.At that time, I was seen as an acting model, not a real actress. People kept doubting my acting skills but with great patience and passion for acting, I believe I proved them wrong. And now I am much more well-known as an actress and a film producer. It’s been a great journey!
2. What inspired you to become what you are today?
I used to attend a mime class at a very young age. And it was that time I realised that acting actually made me very happy and proud of myself. In fact, playing a lot of different characters turned me into a more confident and a creative person. And of course, thanks to my first main character – Mai in “Michael Jackson and I”, wherein I could see my passion for acting so clearly; that I decided to move to Ho Chi Minh City to follow my dream – one of the best decisions I’ve ever made!
3. You have been part of so many Vietnamese films and have showcased your talent in distinct genres. What would you say is the main essence of Vietnamese cinema that an outsider should know?
Although Vietnamese cinema is still on its way to develop, Vietnamese films are not just all about life, family or social issues. We make films about culture, history, landscapes and people that can show you a lot about Vietnam – attractive enough to make you desire to visit Vietnam right away.
“Women have been known to be very skillful at planning things. They can be tough on tasks and soft on people, demanding yet caring at the same time”
4. Do you think that subtitles have helped non-English films get a global platform or do you think that sometimes the essence gets lost in translation?
Sometimes, we do make a film without sounds. We have silent films with a good plot with significant messages. However, with the development of the cinema industry, the language barrier is somehow still an issue for viewers. That’s when, I feel, subtitles help a lot as it is an effective way to help viewers understand the story. But I also hope that busy reading subtitles won’t prevent our lovely viewers from enjoying the other beautiful parts of a film.
5. As a woman practically leading productions and holding a decision-maker’s position like yourself in the show-business, how do you think a female perspective can help improve the process of filmmaking?
Women have been known to be very skillful at planning things. They can be tough on tasks and soft on people, demanding yet caring at the same time. I’m sure they can use that strength of female perspective to lead the process smoothly in an effective way.
6. Tell us about that biggest moment in your life when you felt proud about yourself.
Without a doubt, it was when I got my first best actress award. That moment was the light of my life and taught me a very important lesson – Never ever give up on your dreams as hard work always pays off. And it did!
7. Since you have starred in so many action dramas, how do you prepare yourself physically for such roles?
It’s extremely vital to prepare oneself physically for action-packed roles. Though it is not enough! I always need to make myself both mentally and physically fit and strong. I ensure sticking to my healthy diet and routine practicing of the needed action skills. All this helps me get amazingly active and fasten my brain function to give the best shot.
8. How much do you think fitness matters in the daily life of an actor?
Actually no matter what job you are doing, fitness and health matter a lot in your daily life. It means a lot to me and frankly, I barely say no to it. One hour or even just 30 minutes of fitness training per day is a must for me. I feel, health is the greatest wealth and no matter what I don’t want to lose it.
“People kept doubting my acting skills. But with great patience and passion for acting, I believe I proved them wrong.”
9. What kind of a diet do you follow?
I do a 7-day detox and follow the keto diet every month. Daily workout is a must for me, no matter where I am!
10. Any upcoming projects that your fans would love to see?
We are having two big films produced in the next two years – ‘Huong Ga 2’ and ‘She-Kings.’ The shooting of ‘Huong Ga 2’ will start at the end of this year and will be released in 2021. And ‘She-Kings’ is planned to shoot in 2021 and should be released and screened in 2022.
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The White Silk Dress
- Holiday destination
- Music genre
- Fashion designer
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“Preparing physically for a role is not enough. I always need to make myself both mentally and physically fit and strong”
- If you were to wear only one outfit for the rest of your life, what would that be?
T-shirt and jeans
- A city you would want to grow old in?
Da Lat city in Vietnam
- A secret that you wish everyone knew about you…
I can gain weight very easily.
- Your ultimate guilty pleasure
- The most annoying pick up line used for you.
I don’t like pick up lines so I never rank them.
- The best and worst part about being famous
The best part is being recognized and loved and the worst being judged harder at things I do than others.
- Your favourite work-out routine
- The best role you played in your acting career
D?n in The White Silk Dress
- A dream that you are still waiting to see fulfilled
I want to have my own film studio.
- Which actor’s work has inspired you the most?
Meryl Streep as Julia Child in Julie & Julia(2009).
“With the development of the cinema industry, the language barrier is somehow still an issue for viewers. That’s when subtitles help a lot – an effective way to help viewers understand the story.”