Apink’s Jung Eun Ji Speaks Candidly About Prejudice Against Idol Actors
On May 22, Jung Eun Ji sat down with Joy News 24 for an interview ahead of the release of her movie “0.0MHz.”
The new horror film is based off a webtoon of the same name and tells the story of the strange events that befall the members of a supernatural mystery club when they enter an abandoned house seeking evidence of a radio frequency that calls ghosts.
In her first role in a feature film, Jung Eun Ji plays So Hee, who has had the ability to see ghosts since she was young. Born into a family of shamans, she tried to suppress her ability, but due to its immense power, she ends up chasing ghosts with the members of the 0.0MHz club.
With regards to her intense role, Jung Eun Ji commented, “People tend to think of idols as having a bright image, so I had a lot of concerns. I think I was able to show a new side of myself through this project.”
When asked if she felt burdened as an idol actor, she replied, “There was some [burden]. Actors are considered actors because they started with acting, but for idols who act, even if they’re good, they become ‘the greatest idol actor,’ not just ‘the greatest actor.'” She added, “[ZE:A’s] Im Siwan has transitioned to being an actor, but he’s still labeled as ‘the greatest idol actor.'”
She continued, “I would like for actors who started as idols to do really well and become accepted as full-fledged actors. I want to start that change. I hope that many people can make the transition and succeed. I’m cheering for myself, but I’m also cheering for others.”
“0.0MHz” premieres in Korean theaters on May 29.