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Latest ‘Monsterland’ Star Trieu Tran on Being the Rare Asian American Leading Man

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“When I was reading the script, I’m like, ‘Man, I finally get to play a fleshed-out character with an arc,” Tran tells Variety.

“He’s Asian American, he’s the lead and in a romantic role.

“Now I’m hearing ‘g—’ and ‘c—-’ and ‘Go back to your country’ for the first time,” Tran recalls.

Justifying a career in the arts to his mother proved much more challenging: “I remember when I started getting work at East West Players [the Los Angeles-based Asian American theatre group] and doing shows.

“I believe that the Asian communities are saying that there’s a lot of great actors out there.

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