An Interview With My Spouse, Who Grew a Man Bun in Quarantine

Dena Ogden
Yes and Nostalgia
Published in
4 min readMay 18, 2021

We both have some feelings about it.

In the series “An Interview With My Spouse Who,” we explore my husband’s choices and major life events, which for some reason he gave me permission to do.

I went undercover to capture this photo.

Chase Ogden is a documentary filmmaker who teaches film production at the university level. In his spare time, he can be found fishing, wakeboarding, and being super hot. He’s also the father of two kids (the same two as me). As of publishing, we’ve been married nearly 11 years, and together for 16.

[Setting: Ogden kitchen. Chase is generously answering questions while cooking spaghetti.]

Dena Ogden: My first question is, was this a flex? Because we are at an age where a good head of hair is not exactly a given and yet, here you are.

Chase Ogden: Like, am I showing off the fact that I can still grow hair?

DO: Yes.

CO: Nope. This is 100% because of quarantine.

Us looking dapper in January 2020, before It All Started. Please consider this photo proof of our union.

DO: As your wife, did my reaction affect you at all?

CO: Not that I recall. I don’t think you’ve had a big reaction? You seem to like it?

DO: I do. Do you think me interviewing you about your man bun is actually my own weird version of a flex? Like, ‘ooh, look at my husband, growing his hair’?

CO: [brow furrows] Maybe a little?

DO: Really?!

CO: I don’t think you would be writing about it if you didn’t like it, because then you would just be embarrassing me, which you wouldn’t do.

DO: That’d be pretty messed up.

CO: Precisely.

DO: Was there any celebrity inspiration?

CO: No [hesitates]. But, I do like John Wick. And, The Crow. Brandon Lee was a huge influence. And I always wanted that long hair, but I could never make the leap.

Dena Ogden
Yes and Nostalgia

writer | part 80s/part 90s | very PNW | words also on The Atlantic, R29, Bustle, Romper, et al | she/her