Min-ah Ends Starring TV Role on a High

  • By Choi Soo-hyun

    July 23, 2016 08:22

    Many viewers tuned into the final episode of "Beautiful Gong Shim" starring Min-ah of Girls Day in her first lead role last week.

    Before the weekend soap started, there were concerns that Min-ah had little acting experience, but doubters were soon silenced.

    Min-ah

    The heroine is unemployed and plain and longs for the love and attention her prettier and smarter sister gets from her parents. For a member of a manufactured girl band used to looking her best at all times it was a challenge.

    Min-ah was naturally compared to Hye-ri, another member of the same band who played a leading role in the hugely popular soap "Reply 1988" early this year. "As Hye-ri played that role very well, I did feel some pressure and tried harder," Min-ah admits.

    Before the soap, she says she lacked confidence because she thought she was not as beautiful as other celebrities. But the part changed that.

    "Thanks to Gong Shim I came to think okay, I don't need to be beautiful. I just need to be myself," she says. "Even without eyeliner I felt loved, so now I feel I can accept myself as I am and do anything."

    Asked why viewers were so drawn to the plain girl, Min-ah muses, "Isn't anyone lovable who follows their dream no matter what?"

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