miss Aâ€˜sÂ MinÂ recently sat down withÂ Movie WeekÂ for an interview on her upcoming acting debut with â€˜Countdownâ€˜.
She began,Â â€œIâ€™m really an honest person.Â Iâ€™m not afraid of showing my true self to people.Â Iâ€™ve never once thought of having to act a certain way just because Iâ€™m an idol.Â I just want to break the stereotype that people have of us.â€
Check out her interview below!
Q. â€œâ€˜Countdownâ€™ will be your first time acting.â€
Min: â€œThe only acting lessons Iâ€™ve had was when I was little and had to audition for childrenâ€™s TV programs while in the States.Â When they told me to act, I thought it was just that â€“ acting.Â I realized soon after, though, that it was understanding your character and feeling the situation with your characterâ€™s heart.â€
Q. â€œHow did you come to understand your character â€˜Hyunjiâ€™?â€
Min: â€œHyunjiâ€™s mother abandons her after giving brith to her at the age of 17.Â After being adopted to another home, she lives an average life and begins working part time at the age of 17.Â Then suddenly, her mother, â€˜Hayeonâ€™, comes to see her.Â I wondered to myself whether Hyunji would feel both hate and love after seeing her birth mother, especially since she mustâ€™ve missed her but wasnâ€™t able to see her.Â That and the fact that she was thrown away would make her hate her.â€
Q.Â â€œYou worked with the â€˜Queen of the Cannes Film Festivalâ€™, actressÂ Jun Do Yeon.â€
Min: I wasnâ€™t able to sleep the night before at the thought of being able to act with her.Â My heart was beating, but once I actually got to the set, I felt more at ease.Â I was in the waiting room when Jun Do Yeon senior stared into my eyes.Â I wondered what I should do and was a bit intimidated but still met her gaze.Â I didnâ€™t know it was so hard to stare into someoneâ€™s eyes.Â At that moment, I felt like I was staring at Hayeon, and naturally, I began to feel, â€˜Wow, so this must be what Hyunji feels.â€™â€
Q. â€œDonâ€™t you sometimes lose yourself while living the life flashy life of an idol?â€
Min: â€œYouâ€™re talking about stars that start to believe the image theyâ€™re portrayed as in the public is actually their true selves, right?Â I try not to end up like that by always reminding myself of who I am and where Iâ€™m from.Â I donâ€™t want to lose myself.Â I still donâ€™t know who I am.Â Iâ€™m still young and have so much more to learn.Â For now, I just want to focus on who Lee Min Young will become and just gain experience in a little bit of everything.â€
She continued, â€œWeâ€™re always being judged by the public.Â Because of that, I donâ€™t judge the people around me.Â I think you begin to lose yourself once youâ€™re sucked into the standards and rules set by others.Â Iâ€™m just true to myself.â€