Song Ji Eun Talks About Why She Went Through A Slump After Debut, Dream Acting Roles, And More
Song Ji Eun marked the end of her hiatus with a colorful pictorial with BNT International.
On October 18, the publication released photos of the singer-turned-actress posing in three different concepts for fall.
In the accompanying interview, Song Ji Eun began by giving an update on what she’s been up to. She said, “I had a break of about two years and was able to do various things after joining a new agency. I recently portrayed a character named Young Sun in the tvN drama ‘Melting Me Softly.’ Because Young Sun and Song Ji Eun are very different people, I worked hard to change my tone. I wasn’t aware because I was acting on set, but I really regretted it while monitoring. I also had regrets because I could’ve done better. If I could give my acting a score, I’d give somewhere around 40 points. I even regret that.”
In 2018, the singer-actress was wrapped up in dating rumors with her “My Secret Romance” co-star Sung Hoon. She explained, “I don’t have a lot of experience on drama sets, but I became really close with the actors since I saw them more often than my family for about two to three months. But we naturally lost contact after we went back to our individual lives after filming ended. My relationship with the cast, including Sung Hoon, is that we only get together for events and meet up once in a while.”
Song Ji Eun began training at a young age after graduating from middle school. She revealed, “I wasn’t able to properly attend school during my high school years. Because I began to have a society of my own since I was young, it became a habit to always be careful and endure. After a while, I realized that only a controlled Song Ji Eun remained. I felt as if I was being healed of the things I had suppressed while taking on characters and acting.”
As for future roles she hoped to play in the future, Song Ji Eun said, “I’ve portrayed a lot of candy-like roles until now, so I want to try something that’s the total opposite. I heard that my personality was like that of a boy since I was young. I thought Nam Gyu Ri‘s role as a detective in ‘Children of Nobody‘ was cool, so I like that kind of character. I want to transform into a tough character and bring out a new kind of appearance.”
When asked if she had a role model as a singer, Song Ji Eun replied, “When I was promoting as a singer, I started to blame myself while comparing myself to other singers about things I didn’t have, so I got rid of having a role model. I hated my voice, so I didn’t like singing and began to cower. It was to the point where I experienced a slump as soon as I debuted. I didn’t like my voice while recording and cried after singing every line because I didn’t like my voice.”
After choosing Paul Kim as her hopeful duet partner, she shared plans for her upcoming YouTube channel. She said, “I thought about doing it as fan service because I have a break now unlike in my promotions in the past. I plan to show behind-the-scenes footage from filming and my everyday life.”
“I’m still getting along well with the Secret members,” stated Song Ji Eun. “We still have our group chatroom.” She named Jung Yoo Min, Joo Ah Reum, and the group Rainbow as her close celebrity friends. She explained, “Jung Yoo Min is one year younger than me and Joo Ah Reum is two years younger than me. All of them are working as actresses, and they’re just friends who I feel affection for and want to take care of for no particular reason. I feel oddly drawn to them in a human way. I see them often and we share our concerns. I’m close with [Rainbow] since they debuted around the same time. We sometimes go to see exhibits and they’re a group that I really like.”
Speaking about her future promotions, she concluded, “I started as a singer, but don’t think that I need to see it through as a singer. Anyone can dream of new things and attempt new challenges. Getting the opportunity to act was like a gift, and I had fun doing it so I want to work hard whether that’s as a singer or an actress. I think that a critical perspective towards idol-turned-actors is inevitable, but I hope you’ll watch me with a generous mind.”
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