Actress Park Eun-bin, who started her career 16 years ago as a child star, plays the lead role of a woman who stays loyal to her first love for two decades in the drama "Operation Proposal," which began airing last Wednesday on TV Chosun.
"Even though I'm filming a romantic drama, I haven't yet found a boyfriend," the 20-year-old said. "I really haven't had any time to date since I began juggling my acting career with my academic studies."
Park managed to stay top of her class throughout secondary school years despite the fact that she pursued an acting career at the same time, appearing in some 40 TV shows, including "Gyebaek," "The Iron Empress" and "Taewangsasingi (The Four Guardian Gods of the King)." Now she is a sophomore majoring in psychology at Sogang University, one of the country's top colleges.
"I think it is possible for a man and a woman to stay true to just one person if they are able to maintain their trust and faith in each other," she said. "Through this drama, I would like to give people a renewed sense of hope that true love exists."
When asked how she managed to balance her academic studies with her career, she said, "I told myself to obey three rules: don't get plastic surgery, obey your parents, and study hard."
She added, "Even though I am an actress, I am also a student, so I told myself to try my best in school as well."
Park said she has little difficulty portraying a character who falls in love, without actually having gone through the emotional experience herself.
"Novelists don't always write about their personal experiences, and I think the same goes for actors," she said. "People say you need to experience love in order to learn the full meaning of life, but I'm not sure I agree with that. Instead, I read a lot of books and watched movies in order to approximate the feelings. I trust my own heart. When it races or aches, I think this is how love feels."
When asked about her goals, Park said, "I hope the day will come when I can feel truly proud of my own acting ability."