Actress Soo Ae is a "brave coward", in her own words. The 33-year-old is quiet and timid by nature but feels a fire kindled in her heart when facing a challenge. "I have lived my whole life in such a way where I become courageous at decisive moments while being always afraid of everything", she said.
On Wednesday, the Chosun Ilbo met with Soo Ae after she wrapped up filming the TV drama "A Thousand Days' Promise". She played a woman in her early 30s who suffers from Alzheimer's, forcing the actress to show a range of emotions shifting between extremes as she evoked the daily life of a patient with dementia. Given the gravity of the role, she admitted she was afraid to tackle it even after committing to the project.
"I said I would play the role at first without really giving it a lot of thought, but I was shocked when I started carefully reading the script at home", she said, adding that "acting sometimes feels like a lonely battle".
Soo Ae said she continues to surprise herself and feels she is turning a new corner in her career, which she never expected to take off in the first place.
"I never really considered acting is my calling in life. When I debuted, I thought I would just keep acting until I had saved up enough money to rent a house".
"But I was lucky in the sense that acting brought me out of my shell. If I hadn't become an actress, I might just have lived a humdrum life, longing for the one I hadn't dared to realize by being too afraid to translate my thoughts into action".
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