June 24, 2022 11:27
Actress Lee Yu-ri is expected to impress viewers even more with yet another over-the-top role in her new TV series, whose first episode is slated to air on cable channel TV Chosun on Saturday.
For the role in "The Witch Is Alive," Lee changed her appearance by building up her muscles, as she has to play a woman who tries to punish her husband, who feels no shame despite being caught in an affair.
After getting through strenuous workouts including weightlifting, boxing and taekwondo, Lee developed much-needed abs for the tough role.
"There are various scenes that cannot be characterized by just one genre, as it's a mixture of action, crime, noir and thriller," she said, offering a description of the series in an interview with the Chosun Ilbo on Wednesday. "I have played numerous kinds of villains, but this one seems to require the most energy, leaving me totally exhausted while shooting."
During her decades-long career, Lee has become best known for her portrayals of evil characters in hit TV series like "Twinkle Twinkle" (2011), "Jang Bo-ri Is Here" (2014) and "Lie After Lie" (2020).
"I think when you push yourself to the extreme, that's when you get extreme results beyond your limits. But as you know, no pain, no gain. It was a painful role to play, but I poured everything I had into it," she said.
Also starring Lee Min-young and Yoon So-yi, "The Witch Is Alive" is about three women in their 40s who each have someone they want to kill.
The 12-episode series will air every Saturday.
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