Myung Se-bin's New TV Part Touches a Personal Nerve

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Myung Se-bin returns to the screen after three years of absence since the TV series "Prince Hours 2." Emerging from her divorce in January 2008, Myung stars in SBS drama "Three Sisters" as the eldest of the eponymous sisters, who finds herself on the brink of divorce due to her husband's cheating.

Because of the part, she is naturally being asked about her own divorce and proves cautious but not trying to avoid the subject.

"During my three-year break I traveled a lot and spent good times with good people. I think I had a lot of time to think and learn," she says. Asked what made her to choose that particular role in "Three Sisters," she replied, "Conflicts arising from divorce and love are so common. We can't avoid them. Instead, what's important is how we portray them. The TV series seemed to have been built on the foundations of love of family. I thought it was heartwarming and the work could make me healthy and happy."

Is she keen on marrying again? "I think establishing a family is important because people can't live alone. The family is the basic unit of community. I feel the reason people are alive is to move forward by learning, feeling, loving, caring, and sacrificing together. All of that begins in family."

A textile graduate from Dongduk Women's University, Myung was spotted in 1996 at a department store in Seoul by singer Shin Seung-hoon, who cast her in a music video. She later modeled for magazines and commercials, and that naturally led to an acting career. "If I hadn't met Shin at the time, I'd probably be a fashion designer now. Shin really gave me a lot of help in show business," she says.

englishnews@chosun.com / May 01, 2010 08:21 KST