** First airs: October 10, 2009
MBC's latest weekend drama "Creating Destiny
" has a new heroine Eugene
who spoke up about her latest project.
The official poster shoot was on the 13th. Singer-turned-actor Eugene
showed up with a clean, bright smile and captivated everyone on the set.
Her character Sangeun immigrated to Australia at a young age and is a promising law student. She has a fiance in Korea, Yeojun (Ki Tae-young
), with whom she initially develops a love-hate relationship a la Tom and Jerry. Their love story will be light and entertaining.
Following is the interview with Eugene
Q : How does it feel to make a comeback in the MBC weekend drama timeslot after 3 years?
A : "Really Really Like You
" was in the weekend drama timeslot but it had more of a miniseries feel. There were a lot of outdoor scenes and its target audience was a younger crowd. In comparison, "Creating Destiny
" feels more like it fits the weekend drama mold.
I'm working with a lot of big veteran actors like Ban Hyo-jung
, Im Hyun-sik
, Kang Nam-gil
and Yang Hee-kyung
, and we're shooting in a huge studio with three cameras. It's all making me very nervous.
It's a drama that focuses on family relationships, so I recommend the whole family watch it together.
Q : Was there a particular reason you chose this project?
A : This is director Kim Seong-jun's directorial debut. I worked with him in 2007's "Really Really Like You
" when he was the assistant director. That experience definitely helped me to decide on this project.
Also, I read the script and found it refreshing. The trend these days seems to be extreme dramas that force the tears, but "Creating Destiny
" will join the competition with something fresh. Even a trite plot point like an arranged marriage will be completely innovative in our drama. A lot of dramas in the past played with the idea that two young people would fall in love and face the opposition of the parents. But this drama starts off on the opposite foot. This story about two people being tied together in an arranged marriage will go against the ordinary and turn things upside down.
Q : How do you feel about this type of romance drama?
A : I really like it. See, I still like boy-meets-girl comic books. Seems the teenager is still very much alive in me. I like bright and light stories. And since I like those types of stories, Sangeun is the perfect character for me.
Q : Tell us a little about Sangeun.
A : She's definitely no ordinary girl. She knows what she wants, she's bright and lively. Having lived abroad since ten, she has developed a thick skin. She's like a foreigner. We have a lot in common, particularly that we both immigrated when we were young. When reading the script, I didn't think anything was too unfamiliar. In fact, I kept thinking, "Wow, she's a lot like me". We're alike in both the environment we grew up in and in personality. Seems the time I spent in Guam when I was younger will help me out with this role.
Q : This must be the first time you have lines in English. How is it?
A : English is still hard for me even after living abroad. I'm going to have to practice a lot. I kept getting the feeling that I was sounding monotonous. I'll have to read and reread the lines and make them more familiar to me first. I also practice by speaking in English with a friend.
Q : Of all the roles you've played so far, who is the most like you? How is Sangeun similar to you? How is she different?
A : In "Creating Destiny
" Sangeun lives with her father and grandfather. Other than that family setting, we're very alike. Maybe it's because we grew up in such similar environments that we have similar personalities as well. She's independent and speaks her mind, and I feel like I'm just being myself when I'm her.
Q : What was your first impression of Ki Tae-young
, your love interest?
A : A comfortable guy? Gentle? Kind? Very shy?
Q : Have any resolutions? What would you like to say to the viewers?
A : I'm returning to the small screen after a year. Weekends at 7:55PM, the perfect time for families to gather and watch TV together. You can watch our drama, which is unlike any other in the past. It's suitable for viewers of all ages, so please give us a lot of love and support.