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(Yonhap Interview) Actress Jang Na-ra says recent work brings her to tears over beer

2017/11/23 13:53

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SEOUL, Nov. 23 (Yonhap) -- KBS 2TV's "Confession Couple" ended last week, but actress Jang Na-ra, who played the main character Ma Jin-joo, says she feels as if she was still living the life of Ma.

"At home, I cried a lot, thinking about the drama and drinking beer, even though I am a poor drinker," Jang said during a recent interview with Yonhap News Agency.

"I've never experienced this kind of feelings before. But with this drama, I can't just stop thinking about it. I feel as if the characters were real and were living in a different world somewhere."

  

This photo provided by Lawon Munhwa is of actress Jang Na-ra. (Yonhap) This photo provided by Lawon Munhwa is of actress Jang Na-ra. (Yonhap)

In the weekend series, she plays the married woman Ma, who is about to end her 18-year marriage when she travels back in time to her university years earlier and meets her husband Choi Ban-do, played by Son Ho-jun, all over again.

The 36-year-old single has a relaxed attitude to the prospect of marriage in her own life.

"It is not like I don't want to marry. It is just out of my control. If I am destined to marry, I will. If not, what can I do about it?" she said.

"But if I could meet someone like Choi Ban-do, or someone who is only half as nice as he is, I would do everything to marry him."

   Not only was his character so nice in the drama, Son Ho-jun was a good coworker in real life as well, she said.

"I am grateful that he did amazing in the drama."

  

This photo provided by KBS shows actress Jang Na-ra playing in "Confession Couple." (Yonhap) This photo provided by KBS shows actress Jang Na-ra playing in "Confession Couple." (Yonhap)

The baby-faced actress surprises fans by appearing far younger than she really is.

"I think I can look young because the colleagues on the set who are younger than me treated me as their friend, wife and first love," she said. "To be honest, Ho-jun has much smoother skin than I do."

   Jang is more than happy to have played the role.

"People at my age can relate to her and her story. It was a great decision to be part of the drama."

   She made her debut as a singer in 2001 and soon expanded her career to acting. She has numerous hit dramas, "Successful Story of a Bright Girl" in 2002, "Baby-faced Beauty" in 2011, "Mr. Back" in 2014 and "One More Happy Ending" in 2016, under her belt.

In the mid-2000s, she advanced to China, where she rose to stardom by appearing in many hit TV series, such as "My Bratty Princess," which she's cited as one of her most memorable and fun works in the country.

"My Chinese fans gave me a lot of support for 'Confession Couple.' I spent a long time in China, and I wish I could keep working both in Korea and China," she said, adding she had a lot of happy memories there.

Recently she's developed a renewed interest in singing, she said.

"At some point, I lost confidence in singing. It's been a while since I last participated on drama soundtracks. I want to practice singing at home, but I can't because people living next door might hear me."

   "What if they make fun of me for not singing well. I am thinking about getting vocal lessons," she joked.

This photo provided by her agency Lawon Munhwa is of actress Jang Na-ra. (Yonhap) This photo provided by her agency Lawon Munhwa is of actress Jang Na-ra. (Yonhap)

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