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Culture Magazin (CM): Can you please share with us projects you are currently working on? What comforts you most at a project’s inception, and what do you fear most at a project’s completion?
Dustin Nguyen (DN): I am currently in post-production for my second directorial. It’s a story about poor people winning the lottery in the Vietnamese countryside. It’s a light-hearted examination of whether true goodness still exists in our society today. I’ve just done my first American film in a while; a lead in Universal’s sequel to Man With The Iron Fists, and another interesting role in a Vietnamese adaptation of Dostoyevsky’s A Gentle Creature. Most of the time, and in the case of A Gentle Creature, I’m very nervous about having to go to a brand new territory. The thought of going to some very dark places, emotionally and psychologically, is kind of frightening but, at the same time, very exciting. Once a project is completed, I’m always worried whether I was able to do it justice or not, will it cut together okay, but of course, I often have to remind myself that it’s only a movie after all.
CM: Since your divorce in 2011, you have not been seen in public often with your new wife. Why is that and how difficult is it to maintain a romantic relationship as a celebrity?
DN: I’ve always felt that my personal business should be personal, not that I’m actively trying to hide anything. It’s just that I’ve always felt “what a bore!” whenever a celebrity is carrying on about his or her personal life, and theirs are more exciting than mine (laugh)! It is somewhat difficult to maintain a relationship, for anybody; it takes work and dedication. When your work takes you all over the place, and there’s distance involved, it’s hard. I’m in an amazing relationship with an amazing woman now. We have two daughters together, and let me tell you, having children changed my life completely, for the better. I couldn’t be happier.
CM: In all honesty, do you think you are a good looking person? Do you have any insecurities?
DN: Do I think I’m a good looking person? NO. Do I think I’m unpleasant to the eyes? NO. I think I’m an average looking guy who has been blessed with some success, enough success that some people might equate that to attractiveness. I think back to my high school days, when the opposite sex wouldn’t even give me the time of day. That was okay because it wasn’t that important to me at the time, but I’ll never forget it because it helps keep me grounded. And yes, I have insecurities; who doesn’t? I think it’s wonderful to have some insecurities; it’s part of the beauty of being human. Even Jesus Christ and the Buddha had doubts in their darkest hours (smile).