Uee Dishes On Portraying A Fitness Trainer For Her New Drama

Actress Uee sat down to talk all about her new drama “Live Your Own Life.”

“Live Your Own Life” is a story that centers around the warm-hearted and caring Lee Hyo Shim (Uee), who has devoted her entire life to taking care of her leech-like family. Deciding that she needs to break away, Lee Hyo Shim musters up the courage to begin pursuing her own life, forcing her family to also begin living independently.

The drama marks Uee’s return to a weekend drama for the first time in four years, and she commented on how she feels both excited and nervous at the thought of her comeback.

“I’m excited to show a new side of me,” she commented. “But on the other hand, it’s also a somewhat heavy burden on my shoulders since I’ll be leading a 50-episode drama.”

When asked about what drew her to the role of Lee Hyo Shim, Uee picked Lee Hyo Shim’s “healthy” personality.

“I find her cheerful and bright personality appealing,” she said. “She loves her mom and has a strong sense of responsibility, so she’s very dedicated to her mom and family. But even so, she’s also a very dignified and filial person who says what’s on her mind.”

Uee is known for being diligent when it comes to her health and fitness, which no doubt came in handy when playing Lee Hyo Shim who is also a fitness trainer. Even still, she talked about how she worked tirelessly to make her performance even more realistic.

“I did personal training five times a week and learned how to utilize different muscles,” she shared. And her blood, sweat, and tears paid off in the form of the character Lee Hyo Shim, an ace fitness trainer with a fit, muscular body.

Uee also mentioned how she observed real fitness trainers and their teaching methods. “I studied what kinds of areas to focus on and what kinds of cheers and praises I should be giving to encourage students. I learned that timing is also key when giving praises and encouragement,” she said.

Uee is also quite passionate about the independence that her character craves so badly. “True independence is when you and your family live your own lives by means of your own strength,” she commented. “If I were Lee Hyo Shim, I’d want to live a life that didn’t force me to make any sacrifices or commitments and allowed me to prioritize myself, think about what I truly want, and take responsibility for my choices.”

Finally, when asked about what she thought of the term “self-reliance,” Uee answered, “I think it’s a life where you can prioritize what makes you happy and take responsibility for your choices without the words and actions of others dictating you.”

“Live Your Own Life” premieres on September 16 at 8:05 p.m. KST and will be available to watch on Viki.

Until then, catch Uee in “Ghost Doctor”:

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