Shim Eun Kyung opens up about working with Ji Chang Wook and Lee Seung Gi
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Text: Priscilla Wu
Photos: tvN Movies

Growing up in the limelight is never easy for child actors, but South Korean actress Shim Eun Kyung believes fame is not the most important thing in her career.

“I don’t think that I was constantly living in the limelight. I am grateful for the attention I have received, but it is not everything in my career. It is more important for me to remember the fondness I have for acting,” she said in an interview with MeRadio at Amara Sanctuary Resort Sentosa.

Shim was in town last Friday (January 13) with actor Yeo Jin Goo for the launch of Korean movie cable channel tvN Movies.

She made her debut on the small scene at the age of nine in the MBC series The Woman Who Wants to Marry. The soft-spoken star may be only 22, but she already has a string of box office hits under her belt, including Sunny, Miss Granny, and last year’s revenge-thriller Missing You.

Sunny and Miss Granny were turning points in my career. I filmed Sunny when I was 17, and it was such an eye-opening experience for me. Through the conversations I had with the director, I was able to think about how I could develop myself as an actress.”

She continued, “Miss Granny was my first adult leading role, and I felt pressure because I was taking on an elderly character. I also had discussions with the director on how I should portray the character naturally.”

Shim played a 74-year-old woman who finds herself in the body of her 20-year-old self in Miss Granny, and she won praises from critics for her realistic portrayal of the character with her slouched shoulders and dialect speech.

“Even after filming was completed, people were still telling me that I talked like an elderly,” she quipped.

The film was a huge commercial success, drawing over 8 million admissions in South Korea. Shim said however, she was surprised by the popularity of Miss Granny.   

“I did not expect [the film] to receive so much love or to have remakes from various parts of the world. I would never have imagined that I would be sitting here, being interviewed by [the local press].”

Her latest project Fabricated City is set to open in theatres in February. She will channel a hacker who has to prove the innocence of a video game player portrayed by Ji Chang Wook.  She will also star in the upcoming historical-comedy Marital Harmony with Lee Seung Gi.

“Ji is a quiet person, so I did not have a lot of conversations with him. We are not very close, but I have a great impression of him. I believe that he has great potential in acting.”

She added, “Lee is also good at singing and hosting. He was very considerate when we were filming [Marital Harmony].” 

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