"The Package", which recently ended its 12 episodes, allowed Lee to blossom in the role with compliments for her acting.
"I felt drawn to a real life story that viewers can easily relate to", said Lee in an interview in Samcheong-dong, Seoul last week. "When I was in my 20s, I was often pessimistic about myself and my life. But after I turned 30, I started to enjoy everything, and I value teamwork and harmony. Many negative thoughts disappeared, and I no longer get stuck in a world of my own. I let my guard down while at work, and I try to meet a lot more people".
Asked how she felt as she got compliments after enduring years of criticism over her acting since her debut in the early 2000s, she said, "It felt so good because I got a lot of praise".
"I went on a trip all by myself for the first time four years ago, and I thought a tour guide is such a charming occupation", she added. "I could feel how much they love the job and how passionate they are about what they do. Before filming the series, I went on a package tour to prepare for the role, which helped me to better portray the role".
When asked if she actually believed in a perfect match made in heaven, she said, "While doing this TV series, I learned that I should cherish and care for people around me more".
"A person who passes me by could turn out to be fate or destiny", she explained. "You never know when you will meet that person and where. Whether such an encounter can be meaningful depends on how we treat every person we meet and each moment we embrace".
If she had not become an actress, what would she be doing now?
"I think I would be running a B&B in France", she said. "Paris was the first place I traveled during my first solo trip, and I was captivated by the charms of France and always longed to live there. I still dream of that. I want to spend half the year in France and the other half in Korea".
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