It’s been 22 years since Kim Sun-a made her debut as an actor, but she hasn’t stopped taking acting lessons in order to keep up with her work. From her most recent appearances in the SBS drama “Shall We Kiss First,” which wrapped last month, and the 2017 JTBC drama “The Lady in Dignity,” the veteran actor still remains a hit maker just as she was in the 2005 TV drama “My Lovely Sam Soon,” widely known as “My Name is Kim Sam Soon.”
Though she has ideas on how to make characters come alive, she always wants to hear stories from actors who are more experienced actors, she revealed during an interview with Ilgan Sports, an affiliate of the Korea JoongAng Daily.
“It was my first time playing a character named An Sun-jin and I don’t know who she is,” said Kim, explaining why she needs to keep up with her acting lessons. “If I continued to keep on acting with the tone I already have, there are some things I miss and those things are difficult to be found and pointed out while filming.”
In the drama “Shall We Kiss First,” Kim played a divorced flight attendant who finds a new love, who learns that he will die soon after being diagnosed with a fatal disease. The following are edited excerpts from the interview.
Q. “Shall We Kiss First” tried to show how people in their 40s and 50s fall in love and make new relationships. How is that different from other love stories?
A. As you become older, the pain people have inside is bigger than any [scar] that shows on the surface. Although cliche, the fact that the drama has a character who is facing death shows how deeply hurt these characters are. It was difficult. I didn’t think about it much in the beginning, but as time went by, it became more and more difficult.
Are you still overwhelmed by the drama?
Isn’t it weird if I’m not? It’s [surreal] that the drama is over.
Did you really decide to take part in the drama after only seeing the title?
As soon as I heard the title, I felt excited for the first time in a very long time. I said I would do it even without reading the script.
What were some of the most difficult things you experienced while filming the show?
The drama shows a man who will die soon and also the legal battle [that my character fights.] It also depicts how people are connected and how they feel about one another. My character goes back and forth in her emotions in the beginning of the drama, so I debated over which side I needed to focus more on. Since we filmed scenes from the present and the past, and also filmed separate epilogues for some episodes, I sometimes got confused about which time frame my character was in.
Do you think that you are having a second round of success in your acting career?
The character I played in “The Lady in Dignity” [left a strong impression]. I don’t know if you could say that I am having another round of success. I just hope that I can film happily and work in the field for a long time. No one can have every moment as their moment.
Do you think you know more about acting now with 22 years of experience?
I still don’t know much. It feels like I never get full. Like when a person enters a new society – being a member of that society is never easy. Acting is the same. Experience doesn’t make things easier. But things do get harder as you get older.
BY KIM JIN-SEOK