In her latest movie "Everything About My Wife," which will be released next Thursday, actress Lim Soo-jung ditches her innocent image as she takes on the role of a middle-aged woman with a sharp tongue well versed in the art of nagging.
Asked about gambling on such a dramatically new role, Lim said, "I wasn't sure at first. I had so many lines... But whenever I hesitated, the director gave me a lot of reassurance, and said the other co-stars really wanted to work with me. He said they told him that an actress who hasn't shown that side of herself before should play the role to make the movie more credible, and that I was perfect for the part."
When asked how she felt about performing the nude scenes, she said, "Many scenes required me to just wear a T-shirt and underwear, like I would at home in real life, so I took care of my legs and worked out a lot. But then the script was rewritten unexpectedly in the middle of shooting, and one of the new scenes required me to change my underwear in front of my husband. In the end, I had to use a stand-in because that kind of thing takes a lot of mental preparation, and I wasn't ready for it."
She hasn;t appeared in dramas since "I'm Sorry, I Love You" in 2004. "I kept reviewing scripts, but there weren't any that appealed to me," she said. "I'm considering appearing in a drama later this year or next year."
As she approaches her mid-thirties, Lim said she now wants to focus on portraying "individualistic and strong characters" to build on her latest role.