Lee Bo Young On Wanting To Be An Actress Her Daughter Will Be Proud Of, And More

Ahead of her return to the small screen, Lee Bo Young participated in a photo shoot for Cosmopolitan’s April issue.

Two years after appearing in 2018 drama “Mother,” Lee Bo Young is making her return with the upcoming tvN drama, “When My Love Blooms.”

When asked whether the drama has an association with the film of the same name, Lee Bo Young answered, “It is not associated with the movie. It holds the literal meaning of the drama title, ‘The happiest and most beautiful moment in life.’ It tells the story of a couple madly in love in their twenties who had to break up due to unforeseen circumstances but meet again later in their lives. After meeting with their first love again, they get to reflect on their memories of their youth.”

Lee Bo Young, who plays Ji Soo, stars opposite of Yoo Ji Tae, who plays Jae Hyun, and their younger counterparts will be played by Jeon So Nee and GOT7‘s Jinyoung, respectively. She commented, “They are both so healthy and fresh that I’ve thought it would’ve been fun to have seniors like them in school. I asked the younger staff members whether they had seniors like Jae Hyun at school right now but they said people like him were all taken to JYP,” ending her story with a laugh.

She continued to explain the drama, saying, “There will be lots of fun elements involving items that were new in the nineties. Since I also experienced the nineties, it reminded me a lot of those times and made me share, ‘Back in my day…'”

Lee Bo Young also explained the difference between dating now compared to the nineties. She shared, “People didn’t vaguely date like they do now and rather went headfirst if they liked someone. Now you can send one text and meet up, but back then you had to work at it for awhile to meet up just once. By calling and paging, a little more direct exchange was required compared to how people lose contact these days after texting back and forth for a bit. Since there weren’t cellphones, you could only call through the house phone. But, if you were calling their house phone, that meant you already had a pretty established relationship.”

When asked how her nineties were, Lee Bo Young replied, “Since there weren’t multiplexes, I watched many Disney movies at the Jongro or Seoul theatre. These days, I’ve begun to rewatch many Disney films because of my daughter, but I feel our generation has changed quite a bit. After rewatching, I realized the princesses are very passive. All they need to do is meet their prince. In Mulan, they even sing lyrics like, ‘You have to marry well, you have to get the attention of men.’ Snow White just sings while her animals clean for her, and while she’s sleeping, a prince comes and kisses her. When she wakes up, the two take off on a horse. In a silent forest, a princess just sleeps and sings but wakes up with a kiss. That’s why I’ve been careful about showing these to my daughter.”

Lee Bo Young also discussed the bond she felt with the return of many of her fellow veteran actresses, like Kim Tae Hee and Kim Hee Sun. She explained, “While watching Kim Nam Joo in ‘Misty,’ I had this thought. I want to promote long enough so that when my daughter is older, she can say, ‘My mom does that kind of work.'”

She added, “Regardless of gender, the genres that an actor can portray decrease with age. However, since there are many good examples to follow, even if I age, I’ve gained confidence that I can do it too. In the past, it was honestly thought to be too difficult. Since there are many role models doing it well now, I expect that I can act for a long time too.”

Lee Bo Young married actor Ji Sung in 2013. The couple has a daughter born in 2015 and a son born in 2019.

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