With her drama (Arang and the Magistrate) nearly over, Shin Mina’s probably going to be busy on the interview circuit in the immediate future, and that includes the one she did for lifestyle magazine @star1. (Ugh, that name. Does nobody use proper punctuation or spelling anymore? Get off my grammatically correct lawn!)
Inside the interview, which features these photos, Shin Mina talks about filming Arang (which, by the way, seems to have flown by, which is not something I often feel of dramas I’m recapping), with the tight schedule, lack of sleep, and the usual drama-shooting craziness. (She was nursing a cold at the time of interview, having lost much of her voice.)
The press-release bits mostly focus on Shin’s secret to keeping in shape, which is too bad since there are a dozen more interesting topics I’d rather hear her talk about. Like her thought process behind creating the Arang character, or how it’s similar/different to the gumiho of her last drama, or how she feels about this revival in her career in the past year or two, or working with Lee Jun-ki, or what she thinks of the creative and fantastical world of Arang.
Sigh, but I guess we’ll have to settle for questions about maintaining her figure, to which Shin answered that “diet is essential,” although she also copped to loving to eat. Then again, Arang and the Magistrate did allow for some dieting wiggle room, so to speak, since she spends the entire show dressed in hanbok, which is more forgiving on the figure. “I gained a ton of weight,” she confessed, “because I relaxed a bit. You can’t tell very much because of the hanbok, but I’m a bit worried for when I’ll have to take it off.”
Shin describes feeling her age now—don’t we all, sigh—and how filming a drama is a lot harder physically than it used to be. I kinda wish I could hate her for sighing about gaining weight and growing old when she’s still basically a goddess, but I just like her too much. I’ll miss her sunny presence onscreen when Arang and the Magistrate finally ends its run this week. Episode 20 airs Thursday.
- Behind the scenes of Arang and the Magistrate
- Arang and the Magistrate: Episode 1
- Introduction to the mythical world of Arang and the Magistrate
- More promos and character stills from Arang
- So Ji-sub and Shin Mina as a jet-setting couple
- Shin Mina holds her first ever fanmeeting
- The girl behind the gumiho: Interview with Shin Mina
- My Girlfriend Is a Gumiho: Episode 1