HÀ NỘI Miss Universe Vietnam 2017 H’Hen Niê has made her acting debut by playing the lead role in 578: Phát Đạn Của Kẻ Điên (578 The Magnum), an action film by director Lương Đình Dũng.
The movie is due to hit the screens in February, after delays in release due to the COVID pandemic.
578 The Magnum revolves around a container truck driver and his daughter who lead a nomadic life. After he discovers she was sexually assaulted he sets out to find the culprit to get justice.
In her first acting role, H’Hen plays a young woman named Bảo Vy who has a strong and cheerful personality but always tries to hide something inside that makes her mysterious.
Proficient both in martial arts and driving containers or large motorcycles, she secretly accompanies the father on the journey to pursue evil.
Getting rid of her usual image on the catwalk, the model impresses viewers with a fierce and rusty appearance on the screen by wearing all black.
To prepare for the role, H’Hen trained in martial arts for nearly one year. Every day, she practised with members of a South Korean martial arts team, headed by South Korean action director Oh Sea Young, with high intensity, having five-minute breaks after every 30 minutes. At the end of the day, she still worked hard at the gym to strengthen her physical strength and maintain her figure.
“Seeing H’Hen Niê’s physical condition, I thought that she was suitable to become an action actress. I worked with director Dũng to create a fighting style that is both cool and charming for the character Bảo Vy,” said director Oh.
The action scene of the top 5 Miss Universe is one of the dangerous segments, as the character has to fight on two floors of containers stacked on top of each other in the rain with temperatures below 8 degrees Celsius.
Even though H’Hen injured her knee and was hospitalised during training, she expressed her wish to perform the dangerous stunts herself.
“I have trained very carefully for this role, shedding both blood and tears, but all emotions that I have been through actually express my determination and seriousness towards this role,” the 30-year-old model said.
“I was still quite surprised and a little nervous, but on entering the filming set, I had to get into the character to fully express her series of emotions and actions.”
H’Hen Niê, is a Vietnamese model and beauty pageant titleholder of the Ê Đê ethnic minority. She was crowned Miss Universe Vietnam 2018 after winning Miss Universe Vietnam 2017.
The model became the first ethnic woman to represent Việt Nam at Miss Universe 2018 and finished in Top 5. She is also one of the coaches of The Next Face Vietnam season one.
Not only a fighter in film, H’Hen is also a “fighter” in real life when she has enthusiastically participated in supporting the frontline workers against the COVID pandemic, bringing food and other necessities to the poor in the hot spots in Hồ Chí Minh City during the pandemic outbreak. VNS