Being chosen for a role in the new comedy Chang vo cua em (My Mr. Wife*) is a remarkable milestone in Tran Thanh Truc’s journey to fulfil her passion for acting.
“It is the payoff for a tiring year of going to casting calls,” the Bachelor of Communication (Professional Communication) student shared.
In Chàng vợ của em, Truc is the little sister of Hung, the character played by Thai Hoa, a Vietnamese actor best known for his roles in romantic comedies.
“I played Ngoc, who promises Mai – a busy workaholic who has frequent problems with her maids – to take care of her house and pet,” Truc said.
“Unfortunately, Ngoc underestimates the amount of work required, and has to ask her brother to help. A series of cringe-worthy situations occur as a result.”
Truc got the role during her first few days at RMIT Vietnam in late 2017.
“I had persuaded my mom to allow me to return to Vietnam for one year to pursue my dream of acting,” the Vietnamese-Australian student recalled.
“Time was up, and I decided to undertake a degree at RMIT Vietnam to gain new skills, while also extending my time in Vietnam. I had almost given up [on going to casting calls] when I got a call from Chanh Phuong Films.”
She was extremely excited and felt blessed, as it was an opportunity to prove herself and to further her chosen career.
“My more experienced colleagues were very friendly and helped me improve my acting, especially Mr Thai Hoa, who was very professional and had a great sense of humour,” Truc said.
After going through the intense schedule of filming while still meeting deadlines at the University, Truc’s love for acting has grown even more, along with her certainty about the degree that she has chosen.
“I love acting and got a drama acting certificate during high school. However, to follow my family’s tradition in the medical industry, I chose to study nursing at a university in Melbourne instead, as my acting teacher told me that there are very few opportunities for an Asian face in this industry in Australia,” Truc shared.
But her love for acting never faded, especially not after she successfully performed the lead role in a play produced by a Vietnamese student association in Melbourne.
“I felt excited for days after the show, and decided to drop out to follow my true calling,” said Truc, who recently won the Best Supporting Actress award at the 48 Hour Film Festival in Ho Chi Minh City.
“I am doing well in the Professional Communication program, and find it useful to prepare myself for the industry, as whether I get a role or not, I can still apply what I am learning to marketing or advertising for a movie or drama.”
Now, while Chàng vợ của em is on the big screen, Truc is searching for a new role and planning to speed up her studies at RMIT Vietnam.
Story: Ha Hoang
Photos: Chanh Phuong Films
*The My Mr. Wife script was adapted from the novel Busy Woman Seeks Wife by Annie Ashworth and Meg Sanders.