Kim Bo Ra Talks About Always Playing Student Roles, Life After “SKY Castle,” And Publicly Dating

On July 17, Kim Bo Ra sat down for an interview with Xportsnews to promote her new film “Goodbye Summer.”

“Goodbye Summer” is a movie that tells the unique love story between a terminally ill boy who can only think about the present (ONE) and a girl who is worried about her future (Kim Bo Ra).

Kim Bo Ra shared, “I filmed this movie last July. While working on this project, I put on the school uniform again to audition for something else, which turned out to be JTBC’s ‘SKY Castle.'”

Although Kim Bo Ra is now in her mid-20s (she was born in 1995), she continues to play student roles. She said, “I think that I have a ‘baby-faced’ image in people’s minds, so it would be difficult to play more mature roles at this stage. That’s why I think people keep casting me as a student.”

She added, “I’ve always played teenage roles, so about two years ago I was under a lot of stress about whether I would be able to evolve in my career. But there will be a day when I can’t wear the school uniform even when I want to. I thought to myself, ‘I will be an adult until the day I die,’ and that changed my thinking. There are also a lot of different roles you can take on as a ‘student.'”

Kim Bo Ra was also candid about the changes in her life after the success of “SKY Castle,” where she played the role of Kim Hye Na.

She said, “I’ve been acting for 15 years, but the number of people talking about me definitely increased after ‘SKY Castle.’ I am still the same as I was, but there were a lot of people who came to conclusions about me just based on what they saw in the drama. That could be hurtful at times. But I would talk things out with my older sister and work it out. I think that that’s a burden that I have to bear from now on. If I really disliked it, I would quit this line of work, but when I thought about it, I realized I love my job.”

Back in February, it was revealed that Kim Bo Ra and her “SKY Castle” co-star, Jo Byeong Gyu, were in a romantic relationship. They went public with their relationship after photos were released of the two on a date, and the two have since gone on to continue going on dates in public without covering their faces.

She said, “I notice things quickly so I felt that the reporters were nearby. But I couldn’t say, ‘Let’s go look at bags for a bit.’ I wasn’t mentally prepared or anything, but I felt that something was off. After that, I became able to tell [when photographers were nearby]. The two of us don’t usually [cover our faces in public] anyway.”

She added, “I don’t feel any pressure [about publicly dating]. We agreed to date each other, right? I want to date naturally like people in their 20s do.” When asked if her boyfriend was jealous about her romantic scenes in the movie “Goodbye Summer,” she said, “I filmed that before I even started ‘SKY Castle,’ so there was no jealousy.”

“Goodbye Summer” premieres in South Korea on July 25.

You can also check out Kim Bo Ra in the first episode of “SKY Castle” below!

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