From her movie [Sunny], many audiences came to love a lovely loyal ‘big sister (leader of girl group), [Dream High 2] everyone saw a girl deeply passionate about music, in WGM we saw a ‘humble girl’ (woman who lets the guy lead) blessed with great care by SJ Lee Teuk. Her popularity soared even more, she is Korean actress Kang Sora.
A few days ago, Kang Sora had an interview with Sina. She expressed during “last kiss” with Lee Teuk she was very reluctant (to part with him) and felt more regret/pity that she was not able to ask him to “take care” before he enlisted. She also expressed she liked Chinese actors like Tony Leung, Tang Wei, Zhang Ziyi, while Sora’s mum is a big fan of Chinese kungfu shows.
Sina: Let’s first greet our friends online
Sora: Sina friends, how are you? I’m Kang Sora.
Sora: Hello, very happy to meet everyone. Sina friends, it’s my first time meeting you, my name is Kang Sora.
Sina: Many Chinese fans know you through [Sunny]. Does this movie have any special meaning to you?
Sora: This movie ranks above all the works I wanted to do. It is also a very unique/special work. As there were actresses in the movie, more so all the girls are the same age group, it was very enjoyable during filming. This movie gave me many memories.
Sina: In this new movie [Paparotti], your role is a high school student. What’s the difference between this role and your role in [Sunny]?
Sora: In [Sunny], Chunhwa is different, she is a loveable who likes guys but there is no love line. [sorry i don’t know how to phrase this] This role exceeds all of my expectations, a lively, lovely role.
Sina: Which role describes you most?
Sora: Talking about my lively character, my role in [Sunny] is most similar. But if you are talking how ‘unexpected’ or caring I can be, my role in this new movie is more similar.
Sina: In [Dream High2] and [Paparotti] both of your roles are music students. Do you think the roles are repetitive (duplicative) and how do you rate your singing (ability)?
Sora: I love to listen to music. A common thing in both shows is that both characters are terrible in music however hardworking she is. As both characters had no ‘achievement’ in music, I felt they were similar to me: that is, love listening to music.
Sina: Last year you received the Best Couple for Variety for WGM, do you keep in contact with LeeTeuk after his enlistment, how/what are your feelings?
Sora: [WGM] is different from other variety as it does not have any script, it’s ‘live improvisation’. We only expressed as how we like it. I think we received the Popularity award because I let down my fears (burden) and was able to express ourselves comfortably. Also I’m very thankful to Lee Teuk because it is also due to his good fortune/blessings. Thank you. ^^
Sina: [WGM] How did you feel when LeeTeuk gave you the kiss in the final episode. It moved many people.
Sora: Then, I only after 4 seconds, realised ‘this is a kiss ah’. At that moment, I thought this screenshot can’t be uploaded to the internet! My hands then was like that (gesturing). Because my hands was like that, I looked very silly. In reality, during the last episode I was very reluctant and sad, to add LeeTeuk would enlist after filming “WGM”. I felt more regretful because we also didn’t had time to drink and the chance to tell him “to take good care of yourself”.
Sina: Do you still keep in touch with LeeTeuk who is in army now?
Sora: We occasionally contact each other by phone. Recently, I watched [The promise]. He became more masculine, if he was like this earlier, wouldn’t be it be good/lovely.
Sina: Since your debut, you received the Best New Actress Award, Popularity Award, also worked with Hallyu stars like Lee Teuk, Kim Hyun Joong, Won Bin, do you feel that you were very fortunate/lucky?
Sora: I believe it’s 99% due to luck. As I worked more I feel as if that I am very fortunate. Although being hard work is important, having the opportunity/luck cannot be overlooked/neglected. I do not know how long it (good fortune) will run, so I will continue to work harder.
Sina: You acted in roles in movies, dramas, even been hosts. Which role did you like most?
Sora: Whatever it is, without a doubt, I love acting in movies the most.
Sina: How different it is from filming a drama?
Sora: In Korea, the preparation work for dramas is comparatively complex/more cumbersome/tiring, with more continuous nights of filming. Skilled/Capable actors are very efficient as they could absorb (digest) the day’s script on the same day. However, I lack this skill. I’m not saying that acting in movies is more interesting, but I do feel I need more time to adjust to prepare for a role. In comparison. there is ample/more time when preparing/filming a movie.
Sina: In [Strong Heart], you said you authored/published a martial art (kungfu) novel online, why did you write this genre?
Sora: Well, when I working part-time in a comic bookshop, I started to read kungfu books when I ran out comics to read. To add my mother loves movies like [House of Flying Daggers], [Curse of the Golden Flower], [Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon], recently watched [Reign of Assassins], she also loves [The Lost Bladesman], [Red Cliff] etc. Ah, also watched [The Promise]. She will bring me along when she watched movies, my first movie was Disney’s [Mulan]. Since young, I found it interesting and naturally I wrote about it. Even till now, I love kungfu (movies/shows).
Sina: Do you still write short stories?
Sora: Currently I love reading novels, so I honestly couldn’t write short stories any longer. When writing Kungfu (martial art), it must be long in order to be rich/interesting, as such if I seriously wanted to write one I wouldn’t have enough time.
Sina: We heard that your work was very popular, how do you feel about it?
Sora: I wrote it when I was in primary school not in high school. It’s a purely passionate piece of work/ literature. If I read it again now, I feel I read it somewhere before, maybe it’s because I researched other work/stories when writing then.
Sina: Did ever dream of being an author, before you being an actress?
Sora: I loved both writing and acting. As such when I enrolled in University, I wanted to work towards this area/direction as my career. While I was in ‘drama course’, I wanted to transfer out as my results was not good. But, unconsciously I’m here where I am now.
Sina: Currently many Chinese movies are adapted from internet stories/novels, have you dreamt your work will one day be adapted into a movie? And to personally act in it?
Sora: If I had the chance, but after watching how directors produced/worked, I won’t be able to do it with my present skills. Perhaps when I’m 40 when I have improved my skills/accumulated enough skills, I think I will take on this challenge.
Sina: Do you plan to write and direct your own work (movie)?
Sora: If I can, I would after I build/collect (bit by bit) my social network and slowly seek actors and singers who will act in my show for free.
Sina: What’s your future expectations as an actress? What’s your ultimate dream?
Sora: My aim? Not forgetting my dream is my aim, really. My dream is to be an actress with character, determined, an out of an ordinary/different from the rest.
Sina: Among the actors/actresses, who are your friends? Do you meet often? What do you do?
Sora: I usually meet up with fellow actors from [Dream high 2] Jinwoon, (and 2 more actors, sorry can’t figure out the names). We became drinking friends naturally/unconsciously. We are like brothers and sisters, no feelings of love.
Sina: Do you keep in contact with [Sunny] sisters?
Sora: As they are more busy than myself, we can meet up only after my long pleading, can contacting via phone be considered?
Sina: What is your ideal man?
Sora: As I’m tall, I prefer strong/muscular man with a shaped/pointed chin. Also, I’m a bit rounded, that’s why I like guys with the same physical (shape) like foreign actors like Chris Hemsworth from [Thor], Mark Walberg.
Sina: Are you familiar with Chinese directors and actors? Have you watched any Chinese Movies? which one?
Sora: I love [Lust, Caution] with Tony Leung (senior)? Tony Leung and Tang Wei. I loved it so much that even bought its DVD. I also love [Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon], I also watched the movie [MeilanFang], really love the actress Zhang Ziyi.
Sina: Is there any Chinese actor/actress you want to work with?
Sora: All of the actors are great professionals. Recently I watched [The Thieves] and found the actor, Simon Yam, very stylish/handsome. Chinese celebrities are very good-looking with very good facial features. If I have the chance, I love to work with anyone of them.
Sina: Do you plan to debut in China?
Sora: If I’ve the opportunity, I love to do a drama/work like [Return of the Pearl Princess] which I loved watching when I was young.
Sina: What is your future work/plans like?
Sora: Later part of 2013, I may film a drama though I do not what role I’ll take on. But I will work harder to meet everyone. Also I will continue to learn mandarin.
Sina: Your last wish for our Sina friends!
Sora: Even though this is my first time greeting you, my Sina friends, I hope you again and will work harder bring you better work. Meantime, please don’t forget about me. Springtime is coming and the weather is getting warmer, please look after your health. Hope you can visit Korea! I also hope to visit China. Thank you. Springtime, thank you everyone! Bye! Little sister going back to Korea stop (stand)!
Translated by luvallkorea, English from Chinese article
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