Shin Hye Sun Compares Herself To Her Character In New Film, Her Relationship To Her Family, And More
Shin Hye Sun recently sat down for an interview to promote her new film, “Innocence.”
“Innocence” is about a lawyer named Jung In (Shin Hye Sun), who tries to prove her mother’s innocence and uncovers the secrets of a small village with the help of the local mayor (Heo Jun Ho). Her mother, Hwa Ja (Bae Jong Ok), was accused of murder after the rice wine was poisoned at her husband’s funeral, but she is suffering from memory loss and cannot defend herself. The film was scheduled to be released earlier this year, but was pushed back due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
After starting her career in minor supporting roles, Shin Hye Sun rose to popularity in the KBS drama “Five Enough.” She took on her first lead role in “My Golden Life” and went on to star in projects like “30 But 17,” “Angel’s Last Mission: Love,” and “The Hymn of Death.” “Innocence” is the actress’s first starring role in a film.
About being called a “rising star,” Shin Hye Sun said, “I can only think that I was lucky. I was able to show a new side of myself every time because I got offers for diverse characters. Because I was able to show the contrast in my acting, I suppose that’s why I was called a ‘rising star.'”
She continued, “It felt different seeing my face appear so big on the screen. My family and I were waiting for the film to be released. My maternal grandmother loved to see me act, but a week ago, she passed away. It was… regretful. We were looking forward to the premiere, but it was unfortunately delayed twice.” She teared up as she spoke of her grandmother, but added calmly, “I am still a rookie actor in many ways, but I really felt like a rookie actor when I saw the completed film. I felt my heart pounding. Thankfully, the completed project flowed better than expected, so I felt reassured.”
Shin Hye Sun also compared herself to her character in the film. “Unlike Jung In, I find it difficult to tell people when I dislike something. I don’t want people to dislike me. So I end up complimenting things even when I don’t feel anything in particular.”
She added, “I’m the youngest daughter in the family. I still live with my parents, so I’m sure it’s still hard for them. I sleep a lot and there are times when my mother has to wake me up at dawn because I slept through the alarm. I’m still a baby to my parents, so they take care of me a lot. I decided to be a better daughter to my mother after shooting this movie, but I haven’t been able to express it in words.”
The actress concluded, “[I hope that as an actor] I stop feeling nervous on sets. I still feel anxiety when the cameras start rolling. No matter the project, I find the ‘first script reading’ and the ‘first filming’ difficult. I’m someone who gets nervous around the word ‘first,’ so I hope to become an actor who can overcome that trauma.”
“Innocence” premiered on June 10. Meanwhile, check out Shin Hye Sun in “Angel’s Last Mission” below!