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Suae Sounds Off on Her Role in 밊amily
AUGUST 25, 2004 22:07 by Gab-Sik Kim (dunanworld@donga.com)
밠isfortune specialist, 밦ueen of tears, 밚ittle Jeong Yoon-hee.

Suae (Park Su-ae, 24, photo) is making her feature film debut in 밊amily, which recounts the love-hate relationship between a pickpocket daughter with four prior convictions and her ex-cop father. When people think of Suae, they always picture her face marked by tears; they remember the calamity and hurt she embodied in TV dramas like 밚ove Letter, 밠erry-Go-Round, and 밃pril Kiss.

밊amily is also a determined tearjerker of a movie. We met with Suae at a caf on Sejong-ro, Seoul on August 20 to talk about her role.

● 밒 thought about my dad often during the shoot

밐ow does it look?

밒t뭩 cool and stylish!

The exchange occurs before a shoot, between Juhyun (63), in the role of Ju-seok, and Suae, who plays his daughter Jeong-eun. Juhyun asks the question after having his head shaved to portray his leukemia-inflicted character. Although she is simultaneously shocked, awestruck, and grateful that an actor with so much seniority in the business (Juhyun is over 60 years old) has taken this drastic step for the good of the picture, her response pops with a distinctively youthful sensibility.

She confesses that her own father뭩 face often overlapped with Ju-seok뭩 throughout the filming of the movie.

● 밒 caused Dad a lot of distress by setting my mind on an acting career

밒 constantly told my mom that I loved her, but I never managed to say those words to my dad. It뭩 not that I didn뭪 love him, but뀛

One day, her father뾵ho had always felt distant and uncomfortable for her뾱uddenly looked small, old, and worn out.

밒 happened to glance at my dad뭩 face while wolfing down breakfast one morning in the ninth grade, and was amazed to see so many lines etched into his face.

This particular daughter was never much interested in studying. She often tormented her father with her 밻xtracurricular ambitions뾲o join a dance group, to become an actress, and so on. The most recent acts of filial devotion that she could recall included making him a home-cooked meal about 10 days ago, and buying him hiking shoes 밼or his health. But these days, her father is the one that always tapes the TV dramas that his 뱎rodigal daughter stars in.

● 밒 was fighting back tears all through the shoot

Suae made the decision to take the role in 밊amily upon her first reading of the screenplay뾞fter shedding copious tears over it.

밢n TV shows, I cried because I was torn between two men. But this film has no 몀en in it besides the father and a younger brother. My character, Jeong-eun, cries over the misfortunes of her family, but she뭩 independent and strong. The tears she sheds are of a different shade, so to speak.

However, the shoot was a constant struggle against the urge to cry: the director, Lee Jeong-cheol, had asked the actors to be frugal with their own tears, as the film itself was heavily saturated with sorrow.

밠y eyes were dry, but I뭗 cried so much on the inside that my whole chest felt hollow and echo-y.

● 밒 don뭪 look pretty onscreen, but that뭩 okay

Tackling her first movie made her give up her desire to look attractive. To reflect the tough and hardheaded character of Jeong-eun, she never even used lipstick, let alone eye make-up. She couldn뭪 even wear a skirt.

밒 don뭪 come across as very pretty onscreen. It upset me at first, but now I뭢 indifferent.

Suae, who considers her ears to be her best feature, is far more attractive in real life.

밪eol Gyeong-gu뭩 멟asis and Maggie Cheung뭩 멌omrades: Almost a Love Story are the two best movies I뭭e ever seen. I want to convey a character뭩 inner world with as much intensity as they do.

밊amily opens on September 3. For audiences 15 and over.

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