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Actress Sung shows her sexy side in new film

Former girl group singer leaves behind innocent role in ‘Summer Snow’

Nov 03,2015
Sung Yu-ri
Singer-actress Sung Yu-ri has been beloved for her girly demeanor since she was a member of the now-disbanded first-generation girl group Fin.K.L in the ’90s.

However, leaving behind the angelic image, the 34-year-old has attempted to adopt a new character in the newly released romance flick “Summer Snow.”

In the omnibus production, Sung plays Seo-jung, a cocky diva who doesn’t know a thing about respect or caring for others. Sung even wears flashy makeup and outfits, which is something she has rarely done throughout her 15-year acting career.

In the film, when Seo-jung realizes that her manager Tae-young (Kim Sung-kyun), with whom she has worked for more than 10 years, has sincere feelings for her, the real story begins.

“I have been acting for more than 10 years, but this is my first time ever to try out for a real romance,” the actress told the JoongAng Ilbo in a recent interview.

Here are the edited excerpts of the interview.

Q. Why did you choose to star in this film?

A. I used to like dark films when I was young, but as I got older, I became more drawn to films that make you heal and are heartwarming.

It comes as a surprise that this is your first time doing a romance. How is that so?

This is my first time doing a film where love is the main theme. When I read the screenplay, manager Tae-young, my on-screen love interest, was described as a “man who is too handsome to be a manager,” and I wondered who would be cast for the role. When I heard Kim Sung-kyun was picked for the part, I have to say that I was quite surprised (laughs).

Why were you drawn to the Seo-jung character?

She is quite an ambitious one who has the right amount of ability to support that. But she is always not satisfied with the role she plays, and that unfulfilled yearning is expressed through her irritability. I felt sympathy towards those kinds of emotions and understood why she is always angry.

Director Jeon Yun-su said the film was a chance to rediscover Sung Yu-ri as an actress. Why do you think Jeon said that?

I always considered myself a non-sexy character, but he kept telling me that I had that sexiness in me and that he wants to show it. At first, I was extremely awkward in bold outfits, but later, I got used to it and thought it wasn’t so bad after all. There were many directors who wanted to show the “unpretty” me, but none of them tried to present me as “sexy.”

Do you feel that acting is now your way?

I am always troubled when acting, but I feel my blood boiling when watching inspiring films. Recently, I watched “The Immigrant,” featuring Marion Cotillard, and I thought to myself that I want to do that kind of acting before I die. I believe that my acting spectrum has expanded through this film.

BY JUNG HYUN-MOK [jin.eunsoo@joongang.co.kr]


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