Saturday, August 11, 2012

[INTERVIEW] Koo Hye Sun with Woman Center August 2012-final page

Reporter: You are not even married. How can you sympathize with lives of home-makers?
GHS: I may not be a feminist but I do think a lot about women’s rights. Have you ever heard about  ?miznet community? I visit it frequently. Inside, there are stories of “seaworld” to complaints about husbands, etc. It is so interesting. (laughter) Women post about why they earn an income, raise kids and also clean the house. When the working mothers vent about their stress, I also feel myself become angrier and angrier. I feel like I am just gossiping too much today. Right? (laughter)

Reporter: This year you attended SKKU’s Film School. Did you get your grades yet?
GHS: Ah, that…It was better than I expected; I came on top. Even my agency was considering sending out the information to the media or not. (laughter)  I do feel a different type of responsibility since I entered school after having worked first. I scored some points in attendance because I was never absent or late. Compared to my younger fellow students, my study skill lags behind.

About misperception and rumors as an actress: Few months ago, GHS appeared in KBS’s Star Life Theatre. Wearing T-shirts bought off a mart with no make-up and using the subway to go to school, GHS created news. In reality, GHS has very little interest in making herself look pretty. For our interview, she appeared in jeans and shirts and said that she took good effort to appear presentable. Unlike an eye-catching and sprightly image, GHS is often referred to as “stuffy youngster” or (person who looks older than her age) by the people close to her. She is far from the generally accepted image of actresses.
Reporter: You received much attention because you use the subway and because of your free and easy style.
GHS: I do use the subway a lot to go to school. But, if I am busy, I take the taxi too. But, people still ask me about becoming too conscious of the people recognizing me because I am an actress. When I carry the 5 monwon used bag, people ask me the same question. I do it because I like it and enjoy it. When people constantly link what I do with my being an actress, it becomes a bit uncomfortable. 

Reporter: Do you have any discomfort because you are an actress?
GHS: A lot of people actually ask me why I have short hair when I am an actress. I do often ask them back, why I have to grow my hair. But, I am honestly very curious about their reasons for such an idea. Misunderstanding can occur because of the work I do. You know how sometimes it is no big deal to talk about it but it becomes a big deal when it comes out in print? What I joked about is written seriously in print and then people start to view me as 4-D or as someone with mental problems. After experiencing these incidents often, I realized that misunderstandings happen. Many people still comment that it is impossible that I do variety of work (netizens must accuse her of cheating and others helping her with her work??) So, my conclusion is that I just need to consistently show what I do for the next 10 to 15 years. Of course, there is no need to live with such pressure. But, I feel that it is better to show directly than to make any excuses. 

Reporter: Maybe that is why I felt that you were extremely cool about the rumor with Suh TaeJi and you. (cheerkoo-my comment: The reporter actually used the word ‘cool’ in her question to GHS. I realized that Koreans in Korea have a slightly different take on that word. “Cool” seems to be used in Korea as, being objective and temperature ‘cool’ in dealing with situations.)
GHS:  Of course, I suddenly got up from sleep when I heard the news: "What is this! I never even met him!” I was angry. I immediately wanted to refute the rumor.  But I realized that, albeit a simple false rumor in my case, it is a critically important issue in those two people’s lives. I agonized over the problem a lot. However, even after some time, the rumor refused to subside. At least, I felt the need to reveal my truth. Even so, I did not ever mention their names as I was worried that some other types of talk may ensue. Not that there is anything to hide, but I also felt that there was no need to bring it out either.  (The rumor made GHS the central character in the Suh TaeJi and Lee JiAh’s divorce. Among the netizens, the rumor continued to proliferate. GHS tweeted her position: “It seemed like a story from another world far away that I merely watched over and prayed from far. It is a matter that belongs to the two of them only. It is about their lives. Only the two of them can take care of it. We all must admit that the issue belongs to them only.”)

Reporter: Don’t you feel victimized?
GHS: I believe that explanations are made when one has actually done the wrong. At age 20 when I just made debut, I explained everything. There were so many misunderstandings popping up here and there that I felt I had a mission to reveal the truth. But, it only created even more misunderstandings. I realized that what is needed is time. For now, I need to look at it as some other person’s incident. Whatever happens today becomes tomorrow’s past. When I enter my basement studio, it is forgotten. 

Reporter: Like drama characters, you seem to be brave and strong.
GHS: No, not really. But I realize that the very fact that I am affected (allow self to become affected) by such situations hurt my pride and self-respect. Since very young age, I had very little interest in clothes. My mother once bought me a 5000 won ?-=jjol?pants from a street vendor.  I wore that pants for 365 day, I wore it so often that holes had to be patched up. Suddenly one day, I became extremely embarrassed by that jjol-pants. But, what is so interesting is that when I met these childhood friends as an adult, nobody remembers my jjol-pants. It was just me who was embarrassed. It is the same now. Whatever happens to me is not that important to other people. We may gossip today about someone divorcing and then such news also passes. So, I deal with the situations by telling myself that “People are busy living their own lives. This will just be for now.”

Criticisms about acting: In one way, it is a good feeling.  Few months ago, her drama, Please Captain finished up with regrettable ratings. After BOF, GHS acted in few “candy-character” roles. But now, the issue of her acting talent is up on the cutting board. The reason is that her expressions in acting are the same as before. Although she may do many other things, her original job is an actress. Shouldn’t such criticism give her stress?

Reporter: Is it disappointing to hear that your acting roles after BOF are similar?
GHS: If the public finds it hard to understand/ sympathize with the acting roles that I played, then it is my fault.  If the actor was not able to concentrate on her drama character, it means that the actor allowed herself to emerge. I get confused too. Do I want to live as GHS or as an actress? But I do want to say that it is possible for the actor herself and the character to coexist. In one way, people’s criticism about my acting kind of makes me feel good. They may not have cared as much about my eye movements or behaviors as a rookie, but it means that they know me very well now. I am not that upset that people refer to my other roles as similar to Geum Jandi. Geum Jandi is a role of a life time that does not come often to actors. Many dramas become DaeBok, but it is rare for the actor to become a big news in association with her character role. 

Reporter: Daring nudity is receiving much attention among actresses. Are you thirsty for any image change?
GHS: I don’t have any big desire to change. It may not be obviously noticeable, but I do make appropriate and fitting changes for each of my role. It is hard to ignore the limit of one’s face. I do have to live with one face and one body for the rest of my life. (laughter) If there are actresses who dazzle the audience with their beauty, there are actresses who are like me as well. Nudity for acting is still uncomfortable for me. Those actresses who can must find it fitting for their acting. I applaud them. However, it is not right to say that one is not an actor just because one does not do nudity in acting. 

Reporter: You have a radiant skin. As you age, do you find that you have to take care of it?
GHS: Yes, I do. I feel it in my skin as I age. But I have not thought about taking care of it.. I normally do not exercise regularly and am kind of lazy. It might be nice to maintain youthful beauty as one age, but I also want to be natural. When I see Yoon YuJung-teacher (actress who played her future mother-in-law in Pure Heart of 19) I realize that women are not beautiful just because they are young. 20’s beauty in some part comes from the sexual appeal. The older and experienced actresses have that ?범접할수없는?=inimitable beauty. That is what I want to resemble.
Reporter’s comment: Exemplary GHS has an unexpected part of her that I did not know before the interview. She seems to be a bit of a skeptic who does not get too hung over by everything that happens to her. On the other hand, she also seems like a cute ajuma. After the interview starting the next day, her tweeter became busier. She announced her school top ranking even though she was embarrassed by it in the interview. She also announced that she plans to give her scholarship away. She also announced that she plans to write a script that not only is she going to direct but also appear as its actress. She is a 29 year old who has a lot to show. She is busy as usual. 

English translation by cheerkoo @GHS thread soompi page 993  

photo credit : Bambi
From cheerkoo - My 2-cent: I think I felt sad for her when I read this interview because I realized that she really has dealt with a lot. She gets angry and frustrated and depressed like the rest of us. I am guilty in thinking that GHS is so tough and wise that no negativity can affect her. But, I see that it does affect her. She is, after all, a human being. But she deals with all the negativity like a super duper tough woman and with such patience and wisdom.  That is what I want to resemble. She is also searching for ways to find balance and to clear the confusion about men, relationship and marriage and having children. Contrary to what the reporter said, I don’t think GHS is a skeptic. I think she looks at the world with careful analysis, logic, detailed observation and so much understanding for the human condition including herself. Bravo! She made me laugh and cry and be inspired all over again. Thanks meow13 and Bambi for giving us access to the magazine article!!

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