On October 2, KBS 2TV’s “Hello Counselor” aired a Chuseok special where celebrities appeared as guests to talk about their concerns. Actress Lee Tae Im was one of the celebrity guests and spoke about being misunderstood as being mean due to her past controversy involving Kim Yewon.
Lee Tae Im said, “Even when I want to get close to someone, I’m afraid that person may feel burdened by me or not like me. So, it’s hard for me to approach and befriend others. I’m very shy in front of other people. I take medicine because I get symptoms of an anxiety attack when I’m at a drama table read.”
She further revealed how a scene from her drama “Please Marry Me” exacerbated people’s negative image of her, and explained that her manager had said a crew member asked if she was angry during filming. “I was just standing still at the time,” Lee Tae Im added.
Lee Tae Im also opened up about other having challenges with her mental health. The actress revealed, “[Something] keeps calling me. When I respond, I can see a ghost. It’s been eight years [since this started happening]. After the controversy [with Kim Yewon], it’s gotten worse. I went to the emergency room because I went into shock. These days, I’m a lot better after taking medicine, and I’m still taking medicine to treat it.”
The MCs of the show asked her if she tried to make any changes to improve her situation. The actress said, “When I was working on ‘Woman of Dignity,’ I really liked Kim Hee Sun but was too shy to ask her for her number. At the wrap party, I asked her for her number and she gladly gave it to me. That alone took a lot of effort for me [since] I’m an introvert.”
She expressed how she thought her career as an actress was over after her controversy with Kim Yewon, until she was given the opportunity to appear on the drama “Woman of Dignity.” At the end, she addressed the public, saying, “I will work hard. Please don’t hate me too much and love me.”