Newcomer Heading to A-List After Baring Her Talent in Debut Film

Liim Ji-yeon Liim Ji-yeon

A young actress has become the talk of the town with her debut feature film "Obsessed," directed by Kim Dae-woo, who is known for such sensual films as "The Servant" and "Forbidden Quest."

"Obsessed" contains a number of audacious nude scenes that will no doubt be talked about for a long time. In portraying a love affair so strong that a man will sacrifice everything for the object of his desire, Lim Ji-yeon has made a strong impression as a new talent to watch.

"I really wanted to appear in this movie. In fact, I never thought I would be able to get the part, but the director said he wanted to work with me. It was like a dream," said Lim.

Because of the director's previous works, Lim may have felt slightly nervous about performing the nude scenes. "To say I didn't feel any pressure would be a lie. But I had to trust him. I was sure that the film would be good and the nude scenes just one part of the whole. The pressure eased as I got to focus on the whole script and story rather than just the nude scenes," the 23-year-old said.

Lim is a leading actress who has to draw viewers into the movie for its running time of 132 minutes. She had to come across as at times innocent, sensual and vulnerable, even shedding tears due to the pain of being in the throes of such a passionate love affair. After pulling it off while displaying a complicated range of emotions, she is now regarded as a rising star.

Lim has appeared in a number of short films and plays since 2010. "I filmed many independent movies, but this was the first time for me to appear in a commercial feature. As I had no real experience in this area, there were many things to learn on the set. And I had a lot of pressure as a leading actress, but all the staff including the director and senior actors helped me a lot," she said.

Now her ambitions seem unbridled.

"I want to hear people describe me as an actress who can play totally different roles in each film or drama," she said.

englishnews@chosun.com / May 17, 2014 08:19 KST