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