Actress Kong Hyo-jin plays the role of a woman who does not care much for social conventions, but is nonetheless a charming, laid-back and unpredictable character in the romantic comedy "Love Fiction," which will be released next week.
This marks a continuation from her previous acting choices in movies like "Family Ties" and "Crush and Blush," which also saw her take on unconventional roles and turn unpleasant characters into lovable ones.
"I don't want to just play a pretty girl who is so irresistible to men that they risk their lives to win her love. I'm not that interested in such stereotypical characters," she said.
"Those roles simply don't challenge me. I prefer to portray women who stand on their own two feet, or who have various sides to her personalities. There are many kinds of women, and I want to show how each of them has their own respective charms. I think that's why I'm more popular with women, who see me as a role model," she said.
Kong, who has been in the limelight for over a decade, added: "When I first appeared in 'Memento Mori' as a supporting actress, I didn't take my acting career so seriously. I felt sorry for the leading actors, who stayed up all night on the set, and I felt depressed when I saw my movie at the theater, because the other girls were so pretty, but I just looked like a girl next door.
"But as more people showed interest in me, and praised, me, I felt great, and their encouragement inspired me to do better and improve my acting skills."
Asked about what future roles she would be seeking, Kong said, "I would like to play a more tomboyish kind of role. I want to show what I can do and become a top actress," she said. "That's why I study other top actresses by watching their movies and learning from them."