Park Shin-hye Scales Acting Career High with New Series

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Actress Park Shin-hye enjoyed great success last year with the film "Miracle in Cell No. 7" and the SBS drama "Heirs."

However, while she was no doubt celebrating off-camera as her long career was buffeted by a second wind, she spent a lot of time pouring her eyes out onscreen in her role as a girl from a poor family in the popular TV soap.

Park has shed her fair share of tears in previous TV dramas, but "The Heirs" was particularly tough as her character tried to take care of her deaf mother as well as dealing with the heartache of a love that was never meant to be.

The hectic shooting schedule and the challenges that her role threw at her were helped by the camaraderie she shared with her acting peers like Lee Min-ho, Kim Woo-bin, Kim Ji-won and Park Hyung-sik, she said.

They soon became a close-knit group of friends, often sharing pictures and videos and giving each other advice as their respective characters developed on the show.

At the end of 2013, Park celebrated the 10th anniversary of her acting debut in the SBS drama "Stairway to Heaven." She said she was thrilled at the promising start to the second decade of her career and that she hoped "this dream can have a happy ending."

"I also hope I can dream of new things at the end of it," she added. "Last year really helped build up my confidence, so I think that even if road ahead is tough and I stumble along the way, I'll still be able to smile and lift myself up."

englishnews@chosun.com / Jan. 04, 2014 08:42 KST