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  • adikkeluangmanadikkeluangman Yours truly KL, MYPosts: 12,193Friend of Soompi

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    Gong Hyo Jin’s photo spread in High Cut revealed!

    Gong Hyo Jin’s photo spread for High Cut has been revealed!

    The concept of the shoot was a woman being “reborn”, and Gong Hyo Jin was expected to show off her charismatic charms as a woman. Showing off her glamorous body and long slender legs, she successfully models beautiful poses, while also earning the envy of many women (cough, me).

    In addition, her piercing eyes capture the attention of the viewer ,whilst her bold fuschia colored lips add a much needed pop of color to the photos.

    Gong Hyo Jin manages to pull off a successful shoot, showcasing her chic and charismatic side, along with evoking a dash of sexiness.

    http://www.allkpop.com/2011/02/gong-hyo-jins-photo-spread-in-high-cut-revealed
  • melusinemelusine Ankh MorporkPosts: 2,910Friend of Soompi

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    Looks like the January 2011 issue of VOGUE Girl Korea is star-filled! Other than Park Min Young being featured in a beautiful photo shoot, actress Gong Hyo Jin is also featured in a photo shoot alongside “Excuse Me + Pushbutton” shoes that she had designed.

    Gong Hyo Jin showed her cute and flirty side in this photo shoot in adorable hot pants and mini skirts. In the interview, she mentioned that the best way to match her “Excuse Me + Pushbutton” Fall / Winter shoe collection is to wear it with biker jackets or mini dresses or skirts.

    Gong Hyo Jin is seen wearing apparel and accessories by Marc Jacobs, Miu Miu, Iris by Roliat, Bottega Veneta, VanCleef & Arpels, Nina Ricci, H&M, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Elisabetta Franchi, and “Excuse Me + Pushbutton”.

    Source: Fashion Runway - The K Way
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  • melusinemelusine Ankh MorporkPosts: 2,910Friend of Soompi

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  • melusinemelusine Ankh MorporkPosts: 2,910Friend of Soompi

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    edited August 2011
    February 11, 2011 - At the Late Autumn VIP premiere with favorite movie buddy Shin Mina.

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    (만추 director Kim Tae-Yong also directed Hyo-Jin in the 2006 film Family Ties.)

    Related links:
    [allkpop] Stars attend the VIP premiere of “Late Autumn”
    [A Koala's Playground] A Star-Studded VIP Movie Premiere for Manchu (Late Autumn)
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  • rubierubie hanya tulusnya hati EverythingLBHPosts: 46,804Friend of Soompi

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    melusine wrote on 22 February 2011 - 03:04 AM:
    February 19, 2011, 2pm - '저자와의 대화' (conversations with the author) @ Cinus Theater, Gangnam

    Her book '공책' has sold 25,000 copies so far.


    February 25, 2011

    Encouraging Sales for Kong Hyo-jin's Environmental Book
    Source: englishnews@chosun.com

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    Actress Kong Hyo-jin's "Notebook" about the environment has established itself as a steady seller since it was published two months ago. Some 30,000 copies have been sold and the publisher is printing a fourth impression.

    Publisher Bookhouse in a press release said it expects a sales boost in spring, when people can more easily take part in environmental initiatives such as growing plants, riding bikes, and adopting abandoned pets, as Kong suggests in her book.

    In a conversation with the author in a theater on Feb. 19, Kong said, "I felt that if someone who likes what I do tries to do the same even just a little bit, the world can change. I hope there'll be more consensus about environment protection in Korea so that I can publish sequel after sequel."
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  • melusinemelusine Ankh MorporkPosts: 2,910Friend of Soompi

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    edited March 2011
    ^thanks rubie :)

    February 19, 2011, 2pm - '저자와의 대화' (conversation with the author) @ Cinus Theater, Gangnam

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  • adikkeluangmanadikkeluangman Yours truly KL, MYPosts: 12,193Friend of Soompi

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    Lee Seung Gi, Gong Hyo Jin speculated as lead cast for drama, ‘Discovery of Affection’

    It was recently reported that actress Gong Hyo Jin will partner up with multi-entertainer Lee Seung Gi for the upcoming MBC drama, “Discovery of Affection (애정의발견).”

    Nothing has been confirmed yet, as both sides stated, “We are currently discussing, but nothing’s been confirmed.”

    “Discovery of Affection” was written by the Hong Sisters, known for their past works including “My Girlfriend is a Nine-Tailed Fox“. It will be directed by Park Hong Gyun PD, who in the past has worked on the drama, “Queen Seonduk.”

    The drama is scheduled to air its first episode in the Wed-Thurs slot sometime in June, after “Royal Family.”

    http://www.allkpop.com/2011/02/lee-seung-gi-gong-hyo-jin-speculated-as-lead-cast-for-drama-discovery-of-affection
  • melusinemelusine Ankh MorporkPosts: 2,910Friend of Soompi

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    edited July 2011
    Gong Hyo-jin in the next Hong Sisters drama?

    [...] Oh, right, so the story: Gong Hyo-jin is being named as the top contender for the starring role in the next Hong Sisters’ drama, The Discovery of Affection, about a has-been starlet’s romance with a younger actor who’s at the top of his career. Lee Seung-gi is slated to be the co-star, and though reports on the two actors are not final (nothing signed yet), the studio is reportedly calling it, and gearing up for a massive production. The PD will be Queen Seon-deok‘s Park Hong-kyun, and this will be the Hong Sisters’ seventh drama, slated to follow Royal Family on MBC this summer. [...]

    Source: E Daily via Dramabeans

    OH! EM! GEE!

    Am I a leeeetle disappointed that she's chosen another lightweight drama again so soon after Pasta? Sure. But I'm starting to see a pattern where Hyo-Jin does more commercial projects for TV, while making more arthouse/auterial films. Which seems to be working for her so far. And if you're gonna do a trendy drama, it might as well be from the Hong sisters. I'm quite fond of their writing, they're practically a brand when it comes to hilarious, romantic trendy dramas. Plotting isn't their strong suit (and I do hope they cut down on the third act angst), but they always write memorable characters for the lead couple. Can't help but look forward to this.^^ (Have a sneaking suspicion that her BFF Shin Min-Ah <previous costar of Lee Seung-Gi in the last Hong sisters' drama My Girlfriend is a Gumiho> might have had something to do with this casting, hee.)

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    Cha Seung-Won?! :w00t:
  • melusinemelusine Ankh MorporkPosts: 2,910Friend of Soompi

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    Angel with Pink Wings Part 1 Part 2

    The charity photoshoot titled Pink Wings Campaign garnered a lot of attention for the participation of some of Korea’s top actresses and singers last year. And now, it’s back for the second time around.

    Hosted by Vogue Girl Korea, and the Shinsegae Department Store’s Kangnam branch, a new batch of gorgeous actresses have enlisted their support to the aforementioned campaign in order to support young people who are bread winners of their respective households. Actresses Kong Hyojin, Choi Kanghee, Lee Hana, Yoon Seungah, Kim Soeun, Kim Minjung, Seo Hyorim, Park Soojin and Jang Heejin gathered together for this pictorial. Both Min Hyorin and Park Minyoung who participated in last year’s shoot have lent their support for this year’s special cause again.

    In addition to the aforementioned actresses, a few girl group members have also graced this pictorial as well. The list includes Dal★Shabet, Jewelry, Miss A’s Min and After School’s Lizzy and Nana. It was reported that the images from this pictorial will be published in a 50-page special for Vogue Girl magazine’s March edition which will in turn be out Friday.

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    March 4, 2011 - GHJ and veteran actor Kim Young-Chul were awarded a presidential citation as model taxpayers at the annual 45th Taxpayers' Day. In commemoration of the event, she was appointed as a civil servant for a day and worked at the Yeongdeungpo District Tax Office in Seoul.

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    Related links:
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  • melusinemelusine Ankh MorporkPosts: 2,910Friend of Soompi

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    10asia_logo01.gif [INTERVIEW] Actress Kong Hyo-jin

    10Asia Part 1 Part 2 Gallery 2011.03.02 (Korean) | 10Asia Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 2011.03.04 (English)

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    Actress Kong Hyo-jin's book is named after herself, showing that is how much she reveals herself in the publication. It explains things such as how she came to grow a puppy since living in Australia when she was young to how she sometimes is in conflict with her boyfriend. But the book is not about herself but rather about the environment. She talks about the environmental issues she thought of through her daily experiences. Or rather, you could say that the book takes a glimpse into Kong's life while handling environmental issues. Nonetheless, she constantly reveals her daily life and talks about herself in her book. Kong explained that she started to write the book out of concern of her job being an actress. 10Asia talked with the actress who has decided to talk about herself through stories of how to wash the dishes and throw away garbage rather than herself as a fashionista who sometimes designs her own shoes.

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    10: I think a lot of people are surprised that you have released a book on the environment. They probably thought you would've done something related to fashion because of your image.
    Kong Hyo-jin:
    I needed time to think about myself. One of my jobs as an actress is to do interviews and when I do them, I get to organize a lot of the thoughts that are in my head and that’ll lead to times I’ll organize them completely, as if overturning my desk. And that’s how I came to decide that I should release a book like this. Actors in particular don’t have a workplace to go to everyday so we become bored or feel empty at times. It’s not like people are always looking for us.

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    10: It says in the foreword of the book that you started writing about environmental issues because of the concerns you have as an actress.
    Kong:
    The simple reason is that because of my job, I go overseas often so I get to compare Korea with other countries a lot. It makes me sad to see Korea’s grey skies when I come back from countries where the air is clean because unclear air wears down people’s bodies and lose energy. So my body felt the effects of the environmental problems and another thing is that I have a lot of time to think random thoughts. (laugh) I have the time to take off the vinyl of laminated covers, grow flowers and own a dog. But the bigger reason is that it helped me overcome the sense of isolation I get from being an actor.

    10: What sort of isolation do you feel?
    Kong:
    Contrary to people’s understanding, actors don’t get to appear in the projects that they want to. Sometimes we do but sometimes we don’t. Sometimes there won’t be good projects, no matter how long we wait, and many times, the directors I want to work with will want to work with other actors. (laugh) It’s not like we can sit with our nose in the air and say, “I won’t do it.” That won’t be the end to the ordeal. That leads to quite a lot of situations where you’ll get alienated. And if on top of that I read bad comments about me on the Internet, I sometimes just want to die. So I needed things to look after and turn my attention to in such situations. I think I came to place plants and animals close to me after thinking what there is that would want me and that I could look after anytime. That’s also why I wrote the book. I wrote it for fun rather than having a particular reason for it.

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    10: So you’re saying you started thinking about the environment after looking after plants and your dog. I think you must’ve thought a lot about giving and receiving affection while writing your book.
    Kong:
    I had been very sensitive. There are so many things for me to do in this world but I had been looking only at what’s right in front of me and reacted sensitively to people’s perception about me. There are things like Twitter now so if people see me doing something while I’m out, they can write about it real-time. And it could be a fun thing but it’s also true that I need to be more careful so I became more sensitive. That’s why I needed to do something that would reveal my true self. I’m also just not the type that is good at being secretive and less expressive. That’s why I wanted to do something that I could reveal my life the way it is while making me a more attractive person.

    10: What do you mean make yourself attractive?
    Kong:
    I had actually wanted to be a woman who people will think is a ‘bad woman,’ like Angelina Jolie. (laugh) But I came to realize I’m not that kind of person. I’m the one who talks the most and is sometimes the only one talking when I’m with other people. (laugh) I thought whether releasing a book like this would be fitting for my character. But I decided that it could be a good thing for me and a learning experience.

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    10: Well maybe that’s why but it seemed like you were thinking, “Do I have the right to say this?” a lot while writing the book.
    Kong:
    What I really thought about a lot was whether I would be able to convince my readers of what I’m trying to tell them because we’re in different situations. I have time to look after plants and my dog, and I have my own space. But there are a lot of people who need to just rest when they get home from the work they have to do everyday so I felt that telling them, “Try raising a dog, try growing a plant” wouldn’t make sense. I was careful in writing a lot of things because I was taking my readers into consideration. (laugh) It wouldn’t make sense to write my book in a way that makes my lifestyle seem ordinary because I definitely don’t have a normal job. The good thing is that I made this book with a housewife and a female employee at a company who is slightly younger than me so I think we were able to come up with something that everyone could relate to.

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    10: The part where you talk about buying a fur coat was fun… the fact that you wrote so honestly about the experience while writing a book on the environment and how you described the entire process of how you were conflicted as well. It was to the point that I felt that you didn’t need to tell so much.
    Kong:
    I couldn’t help it because it weighed on my conscience. (laugh) It’s not like I won’t wear that fur coat in the winter and I’m sure that someone who has read my book will see me wearing it. I’m ashamed of it but I’m only human so I felt it would be better to be honest and show people that I worry over similar things as them. I also made a lot of effort to cut down on spending on such things after going through that thought process and also think of whether I’ll use what I’m buying a lot. Before, I used to buy clothes thinking, ‘Who knows when I’ll come across something like this again?’ but now I just walk by thinking, ‘I’ll see this again if it’s meant to be.’ (laugh)

    10: Is that why a lot of your book is focused on how you’ll spend on what?
    Kong:
    I started on this book by talking about a lot of very small things with an environment expert who helped make the book. Things like how much water is used every time we brush our teeth and what the proper way is to wash dishes. And we reached the conclusion that we should start by not creating trash. That made me run out of steam though because it’s impossible to do that and no matter how well people separate their trash, there are still a lot of problems to recycling and disposing it. But the expert told me we still have to make efforts to create trash because that’ll improve the situation and there are new recycling technique being invented even at the moment we’re making our book.

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    10: But just like we need new recycling techniques to be invented to protect the environment, these issues aren’t things that can’t be resolved through a single person’s efforts.
    Kong:
    I actually did start thinking that in the end, it’s up to the government to solve environmental problems. For example, with recycling, they need to start by fixing the law on how they only fine people who throw away trash so that it can’t be recycled. I want to handle these issues in more detail in my next book. But for now, I felt that it’s important that I at least bring slight changes to the lifestyle of my readers. And that’s why I came to write about spending. The most people who will read this book are people in their twenties who will be spending the most because they have just started to make money. A lot of people relieve their stress by spending money on Internet shopping malls and I felt that the reason we make money may be to spend, and that we live to buy the things we want.

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    10: So you ended up going from environmental issues to consumption, then to living. (laugh)
    Kong:
    In a book called “No Impact Man,” there is a part that says your daily wage would be higher if you work during the time you spend two to three hours cooking for yourself at home. But you’ll buy food since you can’t make it which means you’ll make more to spend more and create more trash. At first I thought, ‘What’s he talking about?’ (laugh) but I ended up relating to it quite a bit. If you work for longer, you’re more likely to take a cab instead of walking or taking the bus and you’ll spend more money to make up for how tired you are physically. It’s just a vicious cycle. So I started having very complex thoughts while writing the book but it’s a difficult issue for me and my readers so I want to handle it in my next book.

    10: So you’re going to write another version?
    Kong:
    I left out a few things in this book on purpose because I wanted to save them for book 2. In a way, I’m also worried that it’ll be less popular than the first book. (laugh) It’ll be more complicating and the more I go into detail, the more depressing it’ll be because there isn’t quite an answer to the issues I’ll be talking about. Readers may think, ‘So what does she want us to do? There’s nothing I can do about it.’ But I guess I can’t help it. That’s why environmental issues in particular are about convincing others. I’m going to have to make them take interest, as if trying to seduce them (laugh), ‘This is what is good’ or ‘That’s what is cool.’

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    10: In that sense, I think you did well in dealing with environmental issues by talking about your own experiences because I felt very strongly about not using shampoo when taking a shower after reading your book. (laugh)
    Kong:
    I think nagging people actually helps. (laugh) Even my friends who had used to say they couldn’t be bothered have started telling me they’ve changed their ways because of me. I believe that everyone subconsciously regard themselves as kind people and want to be good people. When I do interviews like this, people may think, ‘She’s probably talking about it to sell more of her books’ (laugh) but I believe that it’s important that someone keeps saying these things. It may stimulate people to restart things they had been hesitant about doing. Having the thought that one person can make a difference will help both yourself and the world.

    10: Don't such thoughts end up changing how you live life? There was a part where you wrote about how you exchange books and clothes with friends but you have to know how to not compare the value for such things to do that.
    Kong:
    Well I think I took an interest to the environment because of my personality. I'm very timid and am always trying to figure out what the other person is thinking. (laugh) I'm always trying to think of how the other person feels and constantly think of things like, 'Maybe she's hungry now?' or 'She said she had another appointment to go to' when I'm with my friends. That's why I'm in complete agony when I have birthday parties (laugh) because I'm always wondering how everyone is doing. I think that's why I have those thoughts for my plants and dog... I observe them to see whether the plants need more sunlight or the dog needs to go out for a walk.

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    10: When you think of the environment, don't you start realizing that everybody on this planet is just as precious as I am and that I'm not someone who is special in particular nor can I use whatever I like however I please. But actors are people who are at the center of what goes on on set and they sometimes have to assert their opinions. So don't the two conflict?
    Kong:
    That's true. There are times when an actor will look a bit pathetic if he or she isn't assertive about certain things on set. (laugh) In a way, acting brash sometimes looks cool and it'll make people think, 'What makes him so fearless? I guess he's just that great of an actor.' And that's actually the type of actor I was striving to be. (laugh) I'd ask for a cup of coffee with gusto, then not finish it. (laugh) But I realized I'm not that sort of person. I tried to look like I'm confident when I'm acting, no matter what, but I suddenly started thinking that it's very mean of me. I have a job which places me in the spotlight so people think I'll be a spender but I actually take a shower in ten minutes and use the same towel several times so I started wondering why I hadn't shown that side to me.

    10: I guess there was a big gap between who you really are and who you want to be.
    Kong:
    I actually wanted people to see me as a wilder person up till my early twenties. You know, there are always kids like that in school. Those who think the No. 1 delinquent in school is cooler than the class president. And that it's cool to spit, chew gum and kick what you could just use your hands to push. (laugh) There was a time I wanted to be like that. Of course, that's no longer the case (laugh) although there are times I want to seem more brash. And over time, I've come to think that thinking of the environment and becoming a meticulous person is much cooler. I also think there will come a time when the fact that my serious attitude toward other things and people will be received well by others as well.

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    10: Do you think having such an attitude influences your acting as well? It looks like you act your roles with more precision in your more recent projects, particularly in "Pasta" alongside actor Lee Sun-kyun. It seemed like you were paying more attention to how you guys work with your scene partner or the overall space of the kitchen rather than trying to make yourselves stand out.
    Kong:
    Once you start taking an interest in these sort of issues, it becomes difficult to play characters that spend recklessly. I may decide that it won't fit me to play the daughter of a rich family. Of course, I'll probably take it if the project is a good one (laugh). I also think an actor's job involves getting many people to like me. You'll meet from 50 to up to 100 people on the crew per project, then go your own ways but meet again later. And of those people, there will be people you meet for the first time but you can only work well with them by talking to them, getting them to like you and exchanging each others feelings. I think that's how I came to pay attention to relationships on set or how I work with the project in general so that may be my strength when it comes to acting.

    10: It seems that you think a lot about your relationships with others and people's perception of you.
    Kong:
    Since young, I've been the type that tries to get along with my friends. (laugh) Someone who is good at noticing how others feel and knows what's going on. I've been the type that has always made the effort to maintain good relationships with people rather than lead others or be in the center of attention.

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    10: I think that's why you've played a lot of roles that involve taking care and looking after others. Even in "Pasta," Lee Sun-kyun's character Hyun-wook started depending a lot on your character Yoo-kyung.
    Kong:
    It just turned out that way. (laugh) I came to realize one day that I was controlling chef (Hyun-wook). (laugh) I was watching one of the episodes on television one day with the crew and they kept saying that Yoo-kyung is so sly. (laugh) I know I'm the one who did the acting but Yoo-kyung truly did look sly in how she controlled Hyun-wook with her expressions.

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    10: Hyun-wook is extreme when it comes to principles and Yoo-kyung does well in giving him advice in ways that won't hurt his feelings. I think you must've had to come up with a lot of the details for your character to show this naturally.
    Kong:
    The director at first wanted my character to be someone who has a strong fighting spirit. That's why in the first scene that my character appeared, she was singing with a bandana around her head like a rapper. She was someone with a personality so boyish that you wouldn't be able to tell whether she is male or female and she came off as someone who would have the perseverance to succeed no matter how much Hyun-wook tormented her.

    10: But in the end, she turned out to be someone who is extremely attractive in a feminine way.
    Kong:
    Because I had wanted to play someone who is very likely to exist somewhere after "Crush and Blush." And the script to "Pasta" was very simple without too much detail regarding my character so I felt that I could do a lot with it. But after I had my first meeting with the director, the scenarist came up with details for Yoo-kyung which all made her seem wild. So I told the director that I'd like to show the feminine side to my character this time and that I'd try to make something out of her if such details were left out. I also didn't want to show people just the wild or determined image people already had of me.

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    10: I think that's what was unique about Yoo-kyung. She didn't try too much to appeal to men with her femininity yet it's not like it was concealed on purpose. It just felt like you portrayed women as they are in everyday life but I think you must have thought a lot how to go about this.
    Kong:
    I try not to play the same roles. That is why I try to convince producers straight up of the sort of roles I want to play everytime. And I put in a lot of effort in the beginning of the project to show that I didn't make the wrong judgement. The director did say I seemed too feeble at first. (laugh) And he worried over whether I'd be able to stand up to Hyun-wook when he'd always be shouting at me. But I told myself that I wouldn't act it out even if I know how to because I've done it before. I just wanted to show an ordinary girl who is scared enough to cry when Hyun-wook is being scary and be slow at a lot of things. It was after the first two episodes that the director said I should continue portraying Yoo-kyung the way I was.

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    10: It must've been important that you have good chemistry with Lee Sun-kyun to convince viewers of such details of your character.
    Kong:
    I did think about how I should portray my character but never based solely on her. If I had been stubborn about not wanting my character to seem pitiful, when it is only when my character has become weak enough that she'll draw the emotions from the male actor, there would be no reason for him to act the way he does. He's only overlooking the problems she causes because he feels sorry for her so I can't stop that. It's just that it would've been boring and cliche to play her in the way I had with acting that people are used to in order to explain what sort of person she is in the beginning. That's why I want to become very ordinary people in projects these days.

    10: Ordinary people?
    Kong:
    So many different types of people exist in the world these days and they all live in different ways. But if we express something excessively or try to seem too pitiful, it becomes difficult to express the details to each type of character. I want to make new rules to my acting by avoiding going with obvious setups because I think that's the only way I'll improve. So I think the synergy was great between the director, scenarists and actors in "Pasta" in particular and that's why Yoo-kyung turned out to be who she is.

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    10: I was impressed by how Yoo-kyung revealed her various charms to Hyun-wook by working with him so naturally instead of suddenly turning up all pretty one day.
    Kong:
    What I was very worried about was that I couldn't make Yoo-kyung seem like a troublemaker. She's someone that could've easily made viewers think, 'Who's she to always cause trouble and have the man sort out her mess?' She was always causing all sorts of trouble in the kitchen, then crying about it everyday because she wouldn't know how to deal with it and the chef would let her off the hook which would come off as distasteful to anyone. That's why I kept running about here and there when I was in the kitchen, even in the parts that I didn't have any lines to say. She's skinny so she looks like she would be weak but she would keep trying and try twice as hard as the men to overcome her limitations. The director chased me around for six hours to show that as well, and showed it through single takes as well.

    10: That's why I'm curious of the next step that you'll take. Actresses become limited to the roles they can play with age but it seems like you're just increasingly getting better at finding the roles you want to play.
    Kong:
    Up until "Pasta," I think used to believe my strength laid in how I was good at making women think I'm cool or wild. But for the time being, I want to play characters like I did in "Pasta" although of course, I'd make sure there are different things that are charming about her. I think that now, actresses have longer heydays and they have more time than they did in the past. I just think that we need to be better. We have to extend our life as actresses by constantly working hard instead of waiting to make it big by coming across a great project by chance. You need to competent to captivate people. Acting isn't just about working on a good project and a good director. Projects that may have seemed slightly hopeless turn into good projects with good acting and I'd like to become an actress who can be of help to the people who make that project. I'm trying to become an actress liked not only by people who watch my work but also those who make them. I think that's probably how I'd be able to stay in this industry for a long time. (laugh)

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    10: How would you like to live your life when you're past your thirties, not as an actress but as a human being.
    Kong:
    Well it may have already started for me but actors have defined characters as actors. For example, that one may seem 'feminine' or 'kind.' But I think I need to push that aside and look for who I really am when I'm back to being my real self. When actors get a set image, they try to magnify that aspect of them as much as they can and push ahead with it in a way that will be most well received by people. That also sometimes makes them worry whether they might mistakenly show their true selves. That's why when they play characters that deviate from their set image, they say things like, "I played a character completely different from me" or "The person you see on screen is just the character." (laugh)

    10: So are you not going to do that anymore? (laugh)
    Kong:
    I know that I have the image of being a fashionista who is honest, confident and outspoken. And it's true that I don't deny it nor try to change it. But that's me as an actress. I want to show people who I am as myself. I'm actually more careful and I'm hoping to be someone who can see the entire forest instead of just a single tree. That's why rather than adopting my image as an actor to my actual life, I don't know how this will be accepted, but I want to be someone who is two-faced. (laugh) An actress on the outside but I think what I've written in my book is closest to who I really am. That's what I want people's perception of me to be.

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