Lee Min-jung recently finished off a successful run as the lead actress in the ensemble weekend family drama "Once Again" which ended with ratings of 33.6% on September 13th. The drama's popularity has been encouraging for the image of the actress, with her role as a divorced woman making Lee Min-jung seem more independent than the more romantic parts she typically plays. There's also a parallel with Lee Min-jung's own life, as she juggles being a wife, mother, and actress.
In an interview from after the drama ended, Lee Min-jung talked about how it was slow adjusting to her new work environment. Lee Min-jung said that the rhythm of filming a family drama was healthier than that of her past miniseries, due to the sheer size of the cast. But Lee Min-jung also mentioned that beyond health reasons, she also chose "Once Again" in the hopes of reaching a broader audience, something that families could watch with their children at home.
Other points of praise from Lee Min-jung were how despite the twelve hour working days she actually found herself spending quite a bit of time alone and relaxing in the waiting room. Lee Min-jung described the whole environment as cheerful, with staff providing food and music in the waiting room as necessary. Lee Min-jung said that while normally she loses weight while working this particular environment made her worried about gaining weight.
Lee Min-jung had kind words for both her older and younger co-stars. She enjoyed hearing the stories told by the elderly actors while they waited for their turn to film. Lee Min-jung was also impressed by the energy shown by Lee Cho-hee, who played her younger sister on the drama and received a strong fan following. Lee Min-jung described the whole shooting environment as familial, and also offered to introduce Lee Cho-hee to her agency in the hopes they could work together in the future.
Such thoughts were likely motivated by Lee Min-jung's own personal life. She is married to Lee Byung-hun and they have a five year old son together. Raising this son was a major reason for why Lee Min-jung has been doing less work in recent years. According to Lee Min-jung she is getting along well with both her husband and son, describing herself as a well-rounded mother and wife. She's also expressed eagerness for a new challenge in her acting career.
Written by William Schwartz
Staff writer. Has been writing articles for HanCinema since 2012, having lived in South Korea since 2011. Started out in Gyeongju, then to Daegu, then to Ansan, then to Yeongju, then to Seoul, lived on the road for HanCinema's travel diaries series in the summer of 2016, and is currently settled in Anyang. Has good tips for utilizing South Korea's public bus system. William Schwartz can be contacted via email@example.com.
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