January 07, 2012 08:18
Actress Su-ae is a "brave coward," in her own words. The 33-year-old is quiet and timid by nature but feels a fire kindled in her heart when facing a challenge. "I have lived my whole life in such a way where I become courageous at decisive moments while being always afraid of everything," she said.
On Wednesday, the Chosun Ilbo met with Su-ae after she wrapped up filming the TV drama "A Thousand Days' Promise." She played a woman in her early 30s who suffers from Alzheimer's, forcing the actress to show a range of emotions shifting between extremes as she evoked the daily life of a patient with dementia. Given the gravity of the role, she admitted she was afraid to tackle it even after committing to the project.
"I said I would play the role at first without really giving it a lot of thought, but I was shocked when I started carefully reading the script at home," she said, adding that "acting sometimes feels like a lonely battle."
Su-ae said she continues to surprise herself and feels she is turning a new corner in her career, which she never expected to take off in the first place.
"I never really considered acting is my calling in life. When I debuted, I thought I would just keep acting until I had saved up enough money to rent a house."
"But I was lucky in the sense that acting brought me out of my shell. If I hadn't become an actress, I might just have lived a humdrum life, longing for the one I hadn't dared to realize by being too afraid to translate my thoughts into action."
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