Lee Sung Kyung Talks About Her Innocent First Love Experience
During an interview on January 13, actress Lee Sung Kyung reminisced about her own personal love life, and revealed, “I had my first love when I was 21 years old.”
Her actual experience with her first love was different in some ways from that of her character Kim Bok Joo, from “Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo.” She explained, “I never really had a one-sided love and never experienced hurt from [the relationship]. I didn’t approach anyone first or flirt. Even if I had feelings for a guy, I was scared and didn’t contact him.”
About her first relationship, she said, “I met my first boyfriend when I was 21 and started dating him when I was 22. When it was about three months into our relationship, I felt very comfortable next to him, just like family. I thought, ‘Is this what love is?’ and told him ‘I love you’ for the first time. I, too, experienced love in an innocent way like Bok Joo.”
Lee Sung Kyung continued, “I don’t have a boyfriend right now. I have a trait that single people all have. I like spending time alone. It excites me. I feel very happy when I’m at home with the music turned on and I play with my cats while drinking some tea.”
Meanwhile, “Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo” finished its 16-episode run on January 11.
Lee Sung Kyung Thanks Lee Jong Suk And Yoon Kyun Sang For Their Support During “Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo”
Actress Lee Sung Kyung’s close friendship with Lee Jong Suk and Yoon Kyun Sang is pretty well-known, and it seems like her friends were a huge support during her recent drama “Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo” as well.
During an interview on January 12, Lee Sung Kyung said, “They gave me strength and compliments about how Bok Joo is so cute and lovely.”
Lee Sung Kyung, Lee Jong Suk, and Yoon Kyun Sang often get together and post group photos on social media. Lee Jong Suk even made a special appearance on “Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo” in support of his close friend.
Lee Sung Kyung explained, “They’re my trustworthy colleagues. They could’ve given me a just a straight, cold opinion but they gave me strength by complimenting me instead. I was thankful for [Lee Jong Suk’s] support. I felt like I was using him way too much because he was photographed so much on set [for his cameo]. I was sorry,” and laughed.
She talked more about her friends, saying, “We’re the same as anyone else when we play together. We go bowling sometimes. We also share worries about our projects. They even read the script with me. They would even told me, ‘That’s not it,’ when I acted out a certain part.”
Lastly, she said, “Bok Joo could’ve come off as Baek In Ha, so it was my duty to shed some feminineness off of my character. When I lowered my voice, [Lee Jong Suk and Yoon Kyun Sang] praised me.”
The infectious joy of ‘Weightlifting Fairy’ Lee Sung Kyung
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When Lee Sung-kyung put on a few kilograms for her role as a weightlifting trainee, she was “a little depressed” to find patches of dry skin and stretch marks on her body. “The best way to put on weight was to eat late at night and go straight to bed,” said the model-turned-actress at an interview at a cafe in Hapjeong-dong, Seoul, Thursday. “My face would be puffy the next morning.”
But the toll of the extra weight was forgotten once she began filming “Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-joo,” said Lee. The drama’s 16-episode run ended Wednesday on MBC.
“I found happiness in the innocence of the show. I felt like all of my complicated thoughts were filtered clean, and I was left only with the nicest feelings.”
A youthful tale of an on-campus romance between two athletes in training, the series gained a devoted following among viewers who found respite in the freshness of puppy love and the sincerity of the dialogue, penned by Yang Hee-seung and Kim Soo-jin.
“(Writer Yang) did such a great job in capturing youth,” said Lee, 26. “She herself is very gentle. That sensitivity shows through.”
Lee plays spunky university student Bok-joo, whose daily routine consists of little more than eating and lifting weights until she falls in love for the first time. Unexpectedly, her object of affection is the lean-bodied swimmer Joon-hyung, played by Nam Joo-hyuk, who has a track record of dating only the skinniest, “most attractive” girls. But he, too, soon falls for the loveable, round-faced Bok-joo.
“Everyone has a youth. It’s a time when people shine more brightly even if they stumble,” the 24-year-old Bok-joo says in a voiceover in the show’s finale. “Right now, with nothing to lose, and everything to gain, more excited than ever. ... I’m still imperfect but in some way, couldn’t be more perfect.”
At times, Bok-joo wonders if she and athletes in similar sports are destined to “give up their lives as women.”
“The social perception is that people are in awe of such women, but they’re not regarded as traditionally beautiful,” said Lee. “In this show, I was so happy to see how charming and loved Bok-joo is.”
Lee began modeling in 2008 before shifting her focus to acting in 2014. After experiencing two nearly opposite worlds in terms of her body figure, Lee said both modeling and weightlifting appear to be intense careers that require passion to overcome their difficulties.
“In modeling, you have to be scouted for shows. In weightlifting, you have to win medals,” said Lee.
“There can be stress amid the competition.
“But as a professor says in the show, ‘You have to feel sheer happiness by lifting up that piece of metal.’”
“Weightlifting Fairy” is available outside Korea on streaming sites DramaFever and Viki.
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