'90210' star Dustin Milligan talks 'No Clue,' life in LA and why he'll always be a Canadian at heart

Like fellow Canadian Jason Priestley, Dustin Milligan rose to fame on that California zip code, 90210, playing the affable jock Ethan in the CW reboot of the teen drama series. Since then, Dustin has taken on roles in films like The Campaign with Will Ferrell and Sisters and Brothers opposite the late Cory Monteith.

In theatres this March, he can be seen in No Clue, a comedic mystery-thriller written by and starring Brent Butt of TV’s Corner Gas. Brent plays a bumbling salesman mistaken for a private detective – and Dustin is just one of the many personalities (suspects?) he investigates. Hello! Canada caught up with the 28-year-old actor before the world premiere of the film at the Whistler Film Festival in early December.

No Clue is a murder mystery. Did you expect this kind of movie from Brent?
There are elements of crime, mystery, intrigue – and, dare I say, murder. But the script still had the charm that is inherent to Brent, the nuances that fans will be familiar. It’s still comedy, just explored in a world that is a little grittier, darker and edgier than we’re used to seeing from him.

What was it like working with Brent?
I didn’t know him personally, but discovered what a lovely, endearing man he is, and how clean his comedy is and how good it is without needing to get dirty. He really is a good old Canadian.

You live in L.A. now. How did it feel coming back to shoot the film in Vancouver?
I was born and raised in Yellowknife, so it is still a novelty and dream come true for me to wake up in L.A. That being said, after I wake up and breathe in the smog from city traffic for 45 minutes, the charm and novelty quickly wear off. [Laughs] I love Vancouver, and Canada is my home and forever will be.

Do you still get recognized for 90210?
Not in the U.S. so much anymore. On that show, I had a brief experience with publicity of that kind of scale. It was nice to experience that – have the boundaries pushed a little bit by paparazzi – but then be able to disappear back into my own anonymity.

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