Actress Lee Na-young's latest film "Howling," which will be released next Thursday, sees her take on the role of a rookie cop investigating a series of murders by a mysterious wolf-like creature.
In this action-thriller, Lee flexes her muscles as a hard-nosed police detective and even rides a motorcycle. "This film had so many enticing factors. First of all, I wanted to play a part with many action scenes. Veteran actor Song Kang-ho was already cast, so I had an even stronger interest in it when I read the script," said Lee.
"Then I was more surprised because the main protagonist is actually the female detective. I thought it would be hard to find a project like this in the future."
Did she long to star in an action film? "I was heavily influenced by the action films of Angelina Jolie, as well as Quentin Tarantino's 'Kill Bill' movies," she said. "To be honest, my desires and goals change whenever I see impressive films and actors. For example, I became interested in the transgender lead role in 'Lady Daddy' after being moved by Cate Blanchett playing Bob Dylan in Todd Haynes' 'I'm Not There.'"
Lee tends to pump out one film on average every two years as she often takes a break after each project ends. So what does she do when she is not shooting?
"I often spend time taking lessons in various sports and subjects, including ballet, foreign languages and piano. And of course I devote some time to my whims and fancies. I know it's a cliché, but acting has become my life. I'm never satisfied with my work, so it's constantly a challenge, but it also makes me more ambitious."