The character you portrayed during this Elle photo shoot? I did this photo shoot while thinking about a showgirl who dedicated her life to dancing on stage. To her, her own job isn’t very special. It’s just one job among countless of other jobs. It was similar to my role in the movie “Red Carpet”. I played a former adult movie actress, but I tried to put the highlight on how professional she was rather than her being sexy.
Acting as a job is pretending to be someone else which is what makes it odd and fun.
Judgement about your acting? For a long time, the opinion my family had about my acting was something I was scared of but also anticipated. They perfectly know me, so even if my gaze or my breathing falter, they know. When tey saw me playing the villain in the drama “Unkind Ladies”, my parents said “you did a good job this time, you were natural”.
The Lee Mi Do the audience remembers is… Men mostly remember me as the disabled woman in “The Unjust”. Women mostly remember me as Son Ye Jin’s friend in “Spellbound” or the Crown Princess in “I Am a King”.
A role you’d like to try? I want to try a non-human role. Like a woman infected by a virus or a woman slowly turning into a werewolf. I’ve mostly played strong roles so far. I like acting that requires to use my body, so I’d like to try a role that needs to be expressed through movements.
A role you already played in filmography that you’d like to play again? The lead girl in “Oh! Beautiful Life”, a short movie I shot during my college days. It was a hip-hop musical and I introduced myself through a rap during a job interview. The theme and the structure were good enough for it to be awarded at the Women’s Film Festival in Seoul, but I was lacking a lot. And the handball player I played in “Our Finest Hour” which was a character similar to me. The fact that I experienced many failures to the point of overflowing with the ambition to win.
The image you’d like to show in the future? I don’t know either what I will be able to show you. It can also be what the audience thinks. If I were a forest, it would be like taking a plane and reach a high place to see the whole forest? It’s about discovering gradually what is within the forest?
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