Actress Jung Ryeo-won says she has had a chance to take a step further in her acting career with her latest role in a TV series, which ended last month. She played a public prosecutor who is willing to do anything to succeed at her job in "Witch at Court."

Jung fully embraced the challenges that the character threw at her as it came at a time she was worried about decreasing opportunities as an actress.

"I was having many thoughts about what my future holds. I've had quite a long career, and I've had ups and downs, and I am getting older," said Jung. "Then 'Witch at Court' came to me. I wasn't sure whether I would be able to do well or not, but I wanted to do my best. I was worried that the director may change his mind about casting me, so I immediately changed my hairstyle to fit the role. I beat my worries bit by bit by being immersed in the role."

Jung Ryeo-won

"I thought if 'Witch at Court' becomes a success, I can inspire many actresses in their thirties as we have similar concerns in our career. I wanted to give it all my best as if it were the first and last chance," she added.

Jung said she wants to receive an award given to popular actors in the year-end award ceremony rather than the one given to actors with a notable performance.

"I've never gotten an award given to popular actors. It is this award that reflects the opinion of the public. I want to win it more than anything because I think it is a sign of a versatile actor who can win sympathy from the viewers," said Jung.

Jung was formerly a member of disbanded girl group Chakra until she left in 2004 after four years. She is one of the very few successful singer-turned-actresses.

"I actually love that part of me. I never thought it was something that I have to hide from my profile. I want to be a good example of all singer-turned-actresses and inspire them," said Jung. 

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