I know it seems like most of the attention for My Fair Lady is squarely focused on the three main leads, leaving out fourth wheel Moon Chae-won, but she’s not really being overlooked in the greater scheme of things. (I do think her presence in the story is markedly less important than the other three, however, which makes her more of a second-tier character thus far.) Here’s an interview with the rising star:
“I want to show my smile more often”
This is a golden time for Moon Chae-won — dramas, advertisements. She has to smile broadly at the feeling that she’s hitting one home run after another.
Following the popular SBS Brilliant Legacy, which drew in ratings surpassing 40%, her recent drama My Fair Lady also feels like it’s headed for success. Furthermore, she is pleased to be acting the character of “Yeo Eui-joo,” which is a role that suits her perfectly.
She says, “The Eui-joo character is like a blood sister to the drama’s main character Seo Dong-chan (Yoon Sang-hyun). She’s the one friend or younger sibling everyone ought to have, who has a bright personality even as she is also tenacious. She’s similar to me.” Until now, she’s mostly played calm, composed characters in dramas like SBS’s Painter of the Wind and Brilliant Legacy, and there are big expectations for her to show a cheery personality that viewers sympathize with. That’s why she chose to do another drama right after Brilliant Legacy ended, without taking a break.
Moon Chae-won says, “So far, I’ve played characters who have been hurt a lot, so I haven’t been able to smile much. This time, Eui-joo is a bright girl who I think will be able to laugh a lot. I’d like to show my smiling expression often.” When she filmed Painter of the Wind and Brilliant Legacy, whenever the cameras were turned away from her, she was always laughing loudly and chatting with her co-stars like Moon Geun-young and Han Hyo-joo, but she was never able to show that side onscreen.
In My Fair Lady, she comes out as an aspiring shoe designer. Perhaps it’s because Moon is actually majoring in art at university that she explains with confidence, “I feel familiar with the profession. I think I’ll be able to act naturally in the scenes when I am sketching and designing.”
She is also being treated as something of a “blue chip” in dramas and now also advertisements. Following Brilliant Legacy, it was dermatological cosmetics line Dr. Jart. With her selection as model for womenswear brand Sally, she is poised to become the next-generation CF queen. Moon Chae-won is enjoying herself to the fullest: “This summer, I’m either shooting for a drama or an advertisement every day without rest. Last weekend I didn’t have to film for the drama so I shot an ad instead. I can’t even think of taking some personal time. Thanks to that, I’m not even aware of the summer heat and I’m passing the time busily.”
Via Sports Seoul
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