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Soo Ae on Playing Empress Myeongseong

2009/10/16 | 1335 views |  | Permalink | Source

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The recently released film "The Sword with No Name" is the story of the last queen of the Chosun Dynasty, Empress Myeongseong, and a bodyguard who loved her to the extent that he would give up his life for her.

Soo Ae, who plays the empress, said the role "was something I had always wanted to do from the moment I started my acting career. When I got the screenplay, I said yes without a moment's hesitation".

"Playing Empress Myeongseong was not easy, because in addition to the mother of the nation, I had to show her womanly and human side, the joy and anguish she felt at being in love", Soo Ae says. Having to wear heavy wigs and layers of Korean traditional costumes in the steamy hot summer made the job even more difficult. The fact that she had to appear in almost every scene was another challenge.

Soo Ae says the film transformed her perspective on love. "I was so happy while shooting the film because I received absolute, unconditional love from one man, and it changed my thoughts about love. I realized that love is a feeling that you constantly worry about giving less even after you gave 100 percent of what you have, just like the bodyguard in the film did for the empress. Before, I was very timid and stingy about expressing love, but I won't do that any more".

But her desire to get married has strangely abated. "I'm still more interested in work and acting. Will it change if someone who loves me wholeheartedly comes up?"

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