Chae Soo Bin Dishes On Her Role In “The Fabulous,” Working With SHINee’s Minho, Her Acting Career, And More
In a recent interview, Chae Soo Bin the time to delve into her new drama “The Fabulous” and the many stories that came from working on the drama!
“The Fabulous” is a drama series about the work, passion, romance, and friendships of young men and women who have thrown themselves into the fashion industry. It portrays their struggles to survive in the competitive fashion world and their flamboyant and passionate daily lives in the nation’s trendiest industry.
Chae Soo Bin takes on the role of Pyo Ji Eun, the manager of a PR agency for luxury brands. She stars opposite of SHINee‘s Minho who plays freelance photographer Ji Woo Min. The two characters are friends but also exes, sharing a relationship that is founded on a very deep understanding of one another after having been through so much. With Ji Woo Min, Pyo Ji Eun maintains a friendship that also borders on something romantic, leaving viewers to wonder just what exactly will come of this complex relationship.
“Filming was so much fun, and it was great to be able to watch the series one year [after filming],” she said as she looked back on her time on set. “I feel like we were filming just yesterday, so I’m not sure how time passed so quickly. It was like taking a trip down memory lane. I had such a great time watching it,” she added.
When asked about her first impression of Minho, she revealed, “His eyes are so big,” were her first thoughts. “I think Minho is a person who is famous for having a lot of passion. To be honest, Ji Woo Min is a rather cynical character, so I was curious as to how he would pull off the role. But after actually filming and watching the show, I think Minho portrayed the character in a much more three-dimensional way,” she said. She also praised her fellow actor as being very kind and considerate and someone she had wanted to work with on a project.
Delving more into the relationship between their two characters, both Chae Soo Bin and Minho were in agreement that exes couldn’t really continue as friends after being in such an intimate relationship. “Do exes really have to proceed as friends afterwards? I’m not saying it can never happen or that it’s impossible, but I don’t think it’s something that has to happen,” she explained. “Between Pyo Ji Eun and Ji Woo Min, one of them still has feelings, so there is a relationship that is possible. But I think that if there are no lingering feelings, then there’s no need to try and hold onto that thread.”
When talking about her own character, Chae Soo Bin reflected on the differences between her real life and Pyo Ji Eun’s life that is filled with demanding work, noting that the difference between them lies in how often they are recognized and praised for their hard work. “I am in a position where I must show results after many staff help me prepare, but Ji Eun is a character who works in the transitional phase and doesn’t receive any spotlight. I thought to myself that it must really not be easy for her.”
She explained how Pyo Ji Eun’s line, “It’s okay if people don’t know what I do because at least I know how much I love my work,” really resonated with her, saying that it is a line that best represents her character and is something she could learn from. “I think that being a celebrity is also a line of work that receives a lot of judgement,” she said. “There are people who will say they like it and people who say they don’t, but I think it’s important not to let such judgements sway you or dominate you,” she explained.
But Chae Soo Bin’s acting talents aren’t just reserved for the small screen. She has also been taking the stage for theater productions including “The Student and Mister Henri” and “Shakespeare in Love.”
“The charms of plays, dramas, and films are distinctly different,” she explained. “In the case of plays, I feel like there’s a lot to study when it comes to plays. You’re repeating the same scenes countless times while going up on stage and collaborating with others, and as you repeat it over a couple months, the feelings are always different. Then there’s the fact that you’re directly interacting with the audience. So I feel like I am studying a lot, and that’s why I’ve continued doing theater acting.” In regards to films and dramas, she commented on how she is able to self-monitor, with her own observations and inner thoughts becoming her method of study.
Although she is a seasoned professional in acting, Chae Soo Bin won’t be calling it quits anytime soon. “Acting in itself is so enjoyable, and I hope to be able to greet the public in more diverse roles and projects in the future,” she said determinately. “Up until now, I’ve mainly played roles that are very bright, energetic, and full of vitality, so I hope to be able to find a project where I can show a different side [of myself],” she added.
“The Fabulous” is now streaming on Netflix.
Also watch Chae Soo Bin in “Young Actors’ Retreat” below: