Girls’ Generation’s Sooyoung Shares Personal Pros And Cons Of Being An “Idol Actor”
On March 28, Girls’ Generation’s Sooyoung attended an interview for her new movie “Memories of a Dead End.”
“Memories of a Dead End” is a film based on the Japanese book of the same name, written by Yoshimoto Banana. It tells the story of a young woman who runs into a dead end in her life and heals her heart by exploring a new city and meeting new people. Sooyoung plays a Korean woman named Yumi, who goes to Nagoya to search for her lover.
In the interview, Sooyoung shared some of the advantages and disadvantages that came from being labeled an “idol actor.” She said, “A lot of people think that I am given a lot of opportunities because I started as an idol. That can be true. I’m grateful for those opportunities, but I think of this in two ways.”
She continued, “There are roles that are suitable for people who first debuted as singers and roles that are not given to people who first debuted as singers. There were times when the production company or the director would say, ‘Sooyoung is really good but this role is not suitable for someone who comes from a music background.'”
She added, “But there are times when I watch movies and can’t see myself replacing some of those actors who have done nothing but movie acting all their lives. I have to think logically about what choices I need to make to be an actor with lots of different paths open to her.”
Sooyoung also referenced other idols-turned-actors who have deepened their filmography with more serious roles. “Being a singer-turned-actor is both an advantage and a disadvantage. But I don’t think that my singing background is necessarily always going to block me from getting certain roles. There are people like Im Siwan and Do Kyung Soo [EXO’s D.O.]. Acting and characters are something that each person has to figure out on their own.”
“Memories of a Dead End” premieres on Korea on April 4.