|▲ Yoo Sun (Photo=Little Big Pictures)|
[Zenith News=Hyerin Lee] The modifier, 'Queen of thriller'? I think I get acknowledged in one genre"
Actress Yoo Sun consolidated her position as the queen of thriller with the movie 'The Culprit.' 'The Culprit' is a story about the victim's husband, Young-hoon (played by Song Sae-byeok) and the suspect's wife, Da-yeon (played by Yoo Sun) who investigate together to find the truth right before the last trial. The two investigate the incident of that night, hiding the suspicion towards each other.
In the movie, Yoo Sun raises the tension between characters with scenes that contain deep emotion and explosive energy. She infuses the emotion of the character through the scenes in which she struggles to find the clues from the mysterious incident and the scene in which she appeals with tears for the judgment of acquittal of her husband. The curiosity towards the real culprit of ‘The Culprit’ and the truth is amplified hereupon,
Zenith News and Yoo Sun met for an interview about ‘The Culprit’ in a cafe located in Jung-gu, Palpan-dong, Seoul on the afternoon of the 2nd. She has played in several thriller movies, such as ‘Black House’, ‘Moss’, ‘Don't Cry, Mommy’ and ‘The Chosen: Forbidden Cave.’ Regarding the modifier ‘Queen of thriller’, she said “I think whatever is good if it’s a queen,” with smile. We deliver the talk we had with her here now.
|▲ Yoo Sun (Photo=Little Big Pictures)|
Q. We are curious to know why you decided to star in the movie. What made you do so?
I received the scenario around March last year. Since I was traveling with family for my child’s spring vacation, I had to read it with my smart phone and I kept reading it to the point of having pain in the neck. I really read it at once. Since I usually read a lot of detective stories, I thought I am better at reasoning than others but I couldn’t grasp the ending. So I thought ‘it would be great if it's made into a movie.’ And since Song Sae-byeok was already cast, I had anticipation to collaborate with him as well. I thought it would turn out to be a great thriller.
Q. This work’s story is unfolded in a limited space called 'Young-hoon’s house.'
Shooting was done in around April and May and it took about a month and a half. It all proceeded in Daejeon and since the space was limited, we had to film 90% of the shooting inside. Due to the small number of characters, we could film at once by focusing.
Q. It is impressive to see the background that switches from the past and present.
‘The Culprit’ goes back and forth from the past with the base called ‘today.’ That’s why we crammed up the shooting for today's time point and filmed other times by dividing it. Because of that, I had to film an emotional scene for the first scene. Another emotional scene was followed after that. It wasn’t easy.
Q. It must have been hard to be immersed in emotion, but also connecting yourself was hard as well.
All actors had to arrange the time again. They had to arrange their acting according to the emotion. Also, they couldn’t keep on acting intensely. If so, the audiences get tired so we had to control it.
Q. You are said to have been to a MT lead by Song Sae-byeok. Unlike the genre, was the field mood bright?
Even while going to the MT, I was worried if it’s right or not. I thought maintaining a proper tension would be helpful in focusing on acting. This time I realized that it is not. I felt that it gets comfortable if understanding and trust are gained amid the pure familiarity. Usually, I hardly get close to people from the beginning. But now that I got closer to him, I could trust him more when acting and the collaboration itself got comfortable as well. I wanted to be more considerate to people. I was able to know the feelings of making the work with team work through this movie.
Q. It is your first time to collaborate with Song Sae-byeok through this work. Do you have any memorable scenes?
In the beginning of the movie, I go to the motel where Song Sae-byeok is staying to ask him to testify. Even though Song Sae-byeok ignores my appeal, he suddenly throws the bag while packing. He was collecting the emotional energy inside his heart. And then he screams at me, I could feel the anger, sadness and the complex feelings that the gaze gave. I really loved the energy that we exchanged. The director told us a behind story where he had time to laugh on the rooftop by himself after filming that scene. We felt like that as well.
|▲ Yoo Sun (Photo=Little Pictures)|
Q. Da-yeon is the character that dedicates herself for the innocence of her husband. It must have been hard to understand the character.
Actually, I couldn’t empathize with the character on why she dedicates herself to her husband like that at first. But after while reading the script, I got to realize that she is acting not for the innocence of her husband but for the motherhood to protect the role of the father. After that, I could accept every story. Da-yeon grew up in an imperfect family and had a longing because she was not loved by parents. That’s what aroused her motherhood.
Q. If you were in a situation like ‘The Culprit’, how would you act?
I would like to give my child a happy family as well. I want my child to laugh the most and if they have any troubles, I wish for them to get healed inside the family. So the biggest goal for me is to make a happy family and doing my best for the relationship between the parents and child. Family comes first after marriage if I placed an importance on work achievements for the happiness of my ego. So I think work shouldn’t overwhelm family, that’s why I only change my clothes and cook and clean with make-up on. The moment I regard housework as stress, my family will be lower than work in importance. I am trying to protect the order of priority in that.
Q. It must not be easy to tune the two things.
There are things that I try only with will. A family’s happiness is a child’s happiness. And I have lucky and thankful support from my family. It is impossible to raise kids and work at the same time. We cannot be superwomen. I could do my best since my parents and husband fill my absence. My mother helps me three times a week and my child spends the rest of the 2 days with me. My husband’s parents helped me until the child became 3 years old. Now that they are old, my mom is taking care of the child. They were so family-oriented and devoted that I could get a lot of help from them. I thank them.
|▲ Yoo Sun (Photo=Little Pictures)|
Q. It’s been 20 years since you debuted with the movie, ‘Mayonnaise’ in 1999. How do you feel?
If I calculate correctly, it’s been 18 years. When I was a rookie, I had to write literally anything to expand my career in my profile. I only appear in two scenes in the movie. What was worse is that I am out of focus in the scene. That’s why I cannot call it my ‘debut film.’ Practically, ‘The Uninvited’ is my real debut film.
Q. You are showing various images through the films and home screen. Which image do you prefer?
I think my image is different depending on the work they remember. I have both sides inside myself so I think I can enlarge such parts. Actually, my inner part is weak and I get hurt easily and I am cowardly. I rather long for the strong roles because I really want to be like that. That’s why I sometimes feel satisfied vicariously and prefer that.
Q. You’ve performed mostly in thriller works on movie screens, such as ‘Black House’, ‘Moss’, ‘Don't Cry, Mommy’ and ‘The Chosen: Forbidden Cave’ to ‘The Culprit’. Is there any reason?
The clash of roles has nothing to do with it. I wouldn’t do it if the role and emotional line and role were clashing. But even if the genre clashes, I thought I could give new energy and feelings to the audiences if the role is different in the work. I don’t think Da-yeon from ‘The Culprit’ and the roles that I played in the previous works don’t clash either.
Q. I think you got the modifier, ‘Queen of thriller’ because of that. We are curious to know how you think about it.
I appreciate it. I think it’s good if it’s all kinds of queens. I sometimes think ‘did I film too many thriller movies?’ but when I come to think of it, the result was good and everything went well. I feel that I am recognized in the genre of thriller so I feel good.
Q. We would like to know about your upcoming plans.
I think the shooting for the drama ‘Mother of Mine’ will continue till autumn. And the movie ‘Cruel Kindness’ will be releasing. I don’t play a big part but I am trying to meet the audiences with a totally different character. I would like to be recognized as an actress who always challenges new things.
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