Scream queen

South Korean ac­tress Park Min young is quite the screamer in Th­e­cat:twoeyes That­seedeath.

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MAK­ING her big screen de­but in South Korean hor­ror flick The Cat: Two Eyes That See Death, ac­tress Park Min Young set out to be­come the sum­mer’s hor­ror queen. And, based on the movie, Park may well be this sea­son’s scream queen. The pretty lass was said to have screamed 51 times in the movie – so much that she lost her voice.

Helmed by Byun Se­ung-wook ( So­lace, 2006), the film (known in Korean as Goyangyi: Jookeumeul Boneun Doo Gaeui Noon) also stars Kim Dong Wook, Shin Da Eun, Kim Ye Ron and Kim Min Jae.

In an e-mail in­ter­view, Seoul­born Park spoke of her very first movie role: “I play So-yeon, a pet shop em­ployee who takes care of a cat af­ter its owner meets with an ac­ci­dent.

“She has night­mares as she suf­fered claus­tro­pho­bia in her early child­hood, and is try­ing hard to over­come the pho­bia. Af­ter her en­counter with a lit­tle girl, a se­ries of hor­rors en­sues.”

The 25-year-old Park is an an­i­mal lover who has two dogs of her own and she was good at han­dling the fe­lines on the set.

“Cats are con­sid­ered fresh ma­te­rial in the movie. I can feel the charm of this pro­duc­tion. Per­son­ally, I love an­i­mals very much. I love the idea of us­ing cats as a medium of com­mu­ni­ca­tion with spir­its. The mys­te­ri­ous in­ci­dents along with the psy­cho­log­i­cal trauma de­picted in The Cat is what at­tracted me to ac­cept the role in the first place.”

Un­like her re­cent TV se­ries Sungkyunkwan Scan­dal (2010) and City Hunter (2011), The Cat posed a dif­fer­ent chal­lenge for Park.

“There weren’t many phys­i­cal chal­lenges but the emo­tional ones were quite de­mand­ing. Since I did not have any­one to in­ter­act with when shoot­ing the scenes, I had to de­pend on my own emo­tional dis­play. I think I will be able to play any lead­ing role in any sit­u­a­tion af­ter that,” the ac­tress teased.

What does she love most about her ca­reer?

“I have worked on eight projects, but there haven’t been any re­peat­ing gen­res. I ap­pre­ci­ate ev­ery role that I play. I started work­ing on a new drama soon af­ter the se­ries City Hunter with­out tak­ing any break. But, I felt happy.

“The most mem­o­rable project would be Sungkyunkwan Scan­dal. I had been through a dif­fi­cult pe­riod at the time, and Sungkyunkwan Scan­dal had put me into a sit­u­a­tion where I had to think as an authen­tic ac­tress.”

In Sungkyunkwan Scan­dal, Park played a girl who dis­guised her­self as a boy and took on her sickly brother’s iden­tity to study at a pres­ti­gious univer­sity. Her ef­forts won her the best ac­tress in a drama se­ries, Ne­ti­zens award, and best cou­ple award with Park Yoo-chun at the 2010 KBS Drama Awards.

In City Hunter (2011), she played a body­guard in the Blue House, the of­fice and res­i­dence of the Pres­i­dent of the Repub­lic of Korea.

“I feel ex­cited work­ing on ev­ery project, but there’s dif­fi­culty leav- ing the char­ac­ter be­hind. Af­ter film­ing Sungkyunkwan Scan­dal, I im­me­di­ately moved on to shoot City Hunter.”

On her back-to-back projects, Park said it was a bit dif­fi­cult for her to ad­just to two dif­fer­ent char­ac­ters.

Her char­ac­ter in The Cat is claus­tro­pho­bic but her char­ac­ter in City Hunter is a bright and cheer­ful girl.

“So it’s quite hard for me to shift be­tween the ‘ mood swings’,” shared Park.

Even so, the hard-work­ing lass has al­ready em­barked on her next project – a tele­vi­sion drama. “I’m pre­par­ing for the se­ries Man Of Honor for KBS2TV. I play Yoon Jae- in, who has an en­er­getic per­son­al­ity and aims to live hap­pily. One who is bright and warm de­spite the tough environment.”

Af­ter tak­ing on ro­mance, ac­tion and hor­ror, Park is rar­ing to ex­pand her reper­toire. “I would like to try some­thing more com­i­cal next time. Some­thing which al­lows me to ex­press my­self. There are too many roles that I want to play. As an ac­tress, I re­ally hope to hear some­thing like, ‘she acts well in any char­ac­ter’ from the au­di­ence.” – Se­toK­itYan n Th­e­Cat:TwoEyesThatSee Death opens in lo­cal cine­mas on Thurs­day.

Sixth sense: Pet groomer So-yeun (Park Min young) finds that there is more to Silky the per­sian cat in the byun Se­ung Wookhelmed Korean hor­ror flick Th­e­cat:TwoeyesThatSeedeath.

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