Lee Bo Young Dishes On Her New Drama “Agency” And Its Vicarious Thrills
Lee Bo Young has shared her thoughts on her tough-as-nails character in JTBC’s upcoming drama “Agency”!
Set within the fiercely competitive world of one of Korea’s leading advertisement agencies, “Agency” will star Lee Bo Young as Go Ah In, the first-ever female executive of VC Group.
After being abandoned by her parents when she was young, Go Ah In was raised by her aunt, who openly resented her for getting better grades than her own children. As a result, she even had to give up her admission to Korea’s top university in favor of a full scholarship from a public college outside of Seoul. However, despite her unprivileged background, she has managed to climb the ranks at her company due to her burning ambition and desperation to succeed.
“Go Ah In was born with nothing, and the only thing she could believe in was herself,” explained Lee Bo Young. “So she is brutally hard on herself as she climbs the ranks one step at a time to reach the position of executive. I think her special talent is the grit with which she has survived and endured, which makes her tougher than others.”
The actress also revealed that she was immediately drawn to the character while reading the script for the first time.
“The character caught my eye because I’d never played such a tough and fierce character before,” she recalled. “So when I was reading the script, every single scene had a moment that I really wanted to try acting out. That’s how fun the script was.”
However, Lee Bo Young noted that Go Ah In’s ruthless drive to succeed isn’t all there is to the character, remarking, “Should I describe her as the tsundere type? She has a lot of affection and loyalty for those she considers ‘her people.'”
“I’m acting out things I would never be able to do in real life, which feels cathartic,” continued Lee Bo Young. “There’s a lot of dialogue that’s fierce and refreshing, like a fizzy drink. I think viewers will find it both thrilling and stress-relieving, just like I did.”
The actress concluded by telling viewers, “If you focus on how Go Ah In has lived her life and managed to survive up until now, you’ll be able to [vicariously] experience the joy and fun of her success.”
“Agency” will premiere on January 7 at 10:30 p.m. KST. Check out a teaser for the drama here!
In the meantime, watch Lee Bo Young in “When My Love Blooms” with subtitles below!