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[Ask an Actor] Jang Nara

If you could ask your favorite actor a question, what would you ask? Here’s your chance! The Dramabeans team is hard at work putting together some great new video content for 2019. Our new content will include interviews with some of dramaland’s rising stars and biggest talents. One of our first interviews will be with Jang Nara, who’s currently starring in the hit show An Empress’s Dignity as Oh Sunny.

If you have any questions for Jang Nara, leave them in the comments! We’ll select some of the most interesting questions and include them in our interview.

Deadline: We will cut off accepting questions on January 7th.

Update: Jang Nara answered some of the questions in this video!

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would like to ask where her fountain of youth is and how i can get my grubby hands on it

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I was about the ask the same thing! She doesn't age at all for the past 20 years!

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How did it feel like going from playing as Lee Yikyung's teacher in School 2013 to his friend in Go Back Couple??

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How does it feel acting in your first makjang? How do you find it in you to pull your costar's hair and shove them to the floor? :D

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OMG JANG NARA! my first kpop username had her surname in it. One of the singer-actress that got me into korean dramas and music. Non-Stop was where I first saw her.

question to Jang Nara : How do you prepare for a character you're going to play especially if it's very different to your personality? Any previous character you played you think you'd be friends with in life? How about a character you played you don't think you'd be friends with?

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I wish she'd sing more. I still listen to her singing ost in DONG YI.

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me too~!

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Yes! I hope she sings again soon! This could be another question for her, will she have a singing project in the near future?

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Q: if you get a thriller/action story, do you think you would accept it? How will you prepare yourself for it if so?

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Actually she played in I Remember You aka Hello Monster starring Park Bo Gum and Seo In Guk in 2015... which was cruelly underrated but very good in which she played a badass cop who wasn't afraid to take some hits... So yeah, already done.

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Ah..I remember now. I did see that one, for SIG! And true, it 's underrated.. but I still want to imagine her in a more powerful, action role - both her and Park Shin Hye...

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Let's say it's a new year wish :-))

Happy 2019 to all - have a happy and healthy year!!

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Hi!!! I know that Jang Nara was an idol before becoming an actress. Therefore I would like to ask what was the most challenging aspect of her transition from her idol days to become an actress? What were her Struggles? What was positive about becoming an actress? Does she miss her Idol days? And her personal view on her growth as an actress. Thank you.

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This is also one that I wanted to ask. In addition, did she reminisce about her idol days when she was filming One More Happy Ending? What would be her advice to idols who would want to get into acting?

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Having worked heavily in both China and South Korea, I'm curious to hear Jang Nara's take on the similarities and differences in the two industries, both in terms of content produced, as well as personal experiences with production.

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An Empressโ€™s Dignity has many shifts in tone and genre, something like 10 different genres, compared to a more typical 3-6 genres/tones.
Is acting in AED more challenging or interesting because of this?

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From the Beanie perspective, a great cast is one thing that attracts us to a drama, but we also have our favorite writers and PDs. What do you look for in a script or production team, etc. when deciding what projects to work on? What are your thoughts on pre-produced dramas? Are you ever concerned that someone is going to find and steal your Philosopher's Stone?

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What's a philospher's stone? Am I missing a reference? LOlll

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The philosopherโ€™s stone is a legendary artifact that people believed could be used in alchemy as well as used as an elixir of life, providing its owner eternal youth.

It was featured in a little-know niche childrenโ€™s fantasy book titled Harry Potter and the Philosopherโ€™s Stone.

Jang Nara should be on the lookout for a Defense Against the Dark Arts professor with a turban.

I hope she has a three-headed dog.

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*BIG RED HOWLER*
"HOW DARE YOU CALL HARRY POTTER SERIES AS CHILDREN BOOK?!!"

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LOL @mindy "little-known niche children's fantasy book"

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whoa! this is amazing!!
I would like to ask : what kind of character do you wish to tackle in the future? how do you build chemistry with your costars?

I'm no good with making questions but here I go xD

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Is there any particular actor/actress that you have not worked with yet but would love to work with on a future project?

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I'm soo curious if Jang Na Ra had ever felt insecure because of her very young look lol because I do (unless she really intended to have that look). People looking about 10 years than they really are may have thoughts like other people will view them as someone who is less in the know of something (because they look immature). So, yeah what does she think about her appearance, I mean she looks 20 years younger than she really is!

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I am really a big fan, Jang Nara. I often change my favorite Korean male celebrities, but top spot is always reserved for you.

1. Your role as Cha Ji-An in I Remember You (Hello, Monster) for me was really memorable because you engaged in action scenes, which I rarely see in your past productions (except for Chinese ones). What preparations did you do in order to prepare for that role? Are you up for action genres in the future? It was also in that project that you had an accident just before the last day of filming. Glad it wrapped up well.
2. What do you usually do after finishing a project? What are your hobbies? --or have you developed one? Because you mentioned in your interview before that you had a dull lifestyle. I wonder why you think it's dull.
3. You met Choi Jin Hyuk in a drama before (Fated to Love You). How does it feel working with him again?
4. In your past projects, you worked again with lead actors, like Jang Hyuk, Choi Daniel and now with Choi Jin Hyuk, which actor or actress do you want to work with again? and why?
5. Which actor or actress (you haven't worked with before) do you want to work with in the future and why?
6. You had an interview with Healing Camp in the past (which I think was one of your best interviews because I got to know more about you personally), you mentioned that you had stomach ulcer, how is your health now?
7. How is your dating life? I won't mind if you wouldn't want to answer this. I think, just the way you are now, happy, regardless if you are single or not or even you're past 37, is more important than anything else. I'll support you nevertheless...
8. What dating scandal in past you find most baffling or absurd?
9. How is your mental health? When I first watched your interview, I wished that I could be your psychologist or friend to help you through your recovery or just be there to listen your concerns. I just hope you're doing well.
10. I'm glad that you sang an OST recently and performed at Sugar Man. It was a touching moment for me. Are you going to sing for An Empress's Dignity OST?

I'm happy that your latest project is doing well. You were recognized recently as one of the top buzzworthy trends in TV dramas according to Good Data Corporation. Congratulations!

I'm looking forward to your future plans and projects! Happy New Year and stay healthy in every aspect!

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Out of all of the dramas she has been in, which character did she personally feel the closest to ? (who did she identify with the most?) and why

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Wow, this is great news! It's great to see dramabeans teaming up with industry professionals!
My questions for Jang Na-Ra
1. Your character Oh Sunny in The Last Empress is a musical actress, is there a theatre production (play/musical) you would like to star in, or a particular character you would dream of playing?

2. I'm interested to know your thoughts on the Me Too movement and what changes you would like to see in the industry.

3. Do you have any desire to direct in the future?
4. Is there a particular story that has moved you and you would like to share with the public?

5.I can only imagine how daunting it must feel to walk onto a set with hundreds of people, what is your go-to tip to break the ice?

6. How do you unwind after a stressful day?
7. What advice would you pass onto to someone in the very early stages of their career? Is there anything that has stuck with you?

8.Do you keep any of the costumes from the dramas you have started in?

9. Do you have any plans to release more music? What songs are you enjoying listening to at the moment.

10. Can you share some of your goals for the new year?

11. We all have fangirl moments here at Dramabeans! Is there anyone or a drama character that you have fan-girled over?

12. I really enjoyed your performance in I Remember You, it was a drama that stuck with me for a long time. What made you take on that particular role?

Good luck filming The Last Empress, I'm rooting for Oh Sunny to get justice and stay alive!
Wishing all the best for the upcoming year! Jang Na-Ra, Fighting!

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Did you know how crazy Empress' Dignity would be when you agreed to do it?

Was it hard to keep a straight face when filming it?

How many times did they have to do extra takes because someone couldn't keep a straight face?

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Whatโ€™s your favorite snack to have on hand between filming scenes?

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I love Jang Nara! She's in my Top 3 Favourite Actresses, I'm so excited! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

Which of the characters you've played in the past did you like the most? Which is closest to your personality?

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waaat this is awesome!

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Hi! I want to start out by saying, Im loving the Last Empress. Hope it gets more wild and sunny has a bigger role as it goes on!

My question is: what emotion or thoughts do you channel to cry in dramas? (because you're really one of the best at it!)

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Do you have any plans on doing movies? What are your favorite shows/movies?

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This is so interesting!

My question will be if she has a chance to reunite with her previous co-stars, who will she choose? I love her with Jang Hyuk to pieces, but is is nice to hear other co-star(s) she wants to reunite with. Maybe Kim Rae Won or Kim Jae Won?๐Ÿ˜‰

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What kind of tv show/movie genre have you not done yet that you would like to do?
What do you like to do during your free time?

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Jang Nara-ssi, who is your most memorable co-star? And if given opportunity, do you want to act with him/her again?

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Personally, is it more difficult to prepare for characters with a fantasy/outlandish flair to them or characters grounded in reality? And, why?

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1. If you could pick any era from the beginning of mankind to the future with anything in between, what would be your dream era for a drama with you in the lead role?
2. Fans are always very excited, when a pair from one drama reunites for a second one. You have your own experience with that. If you got an offer to work with someone, who was already your drama love interest before, would it be and advantage for the drama, disadvatage or it wouldn't affect your decision at all?

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You did several chinese historical dramas before. Do you have any plan to do a korean historical drama? If you can choose the era/kingdom in korean historical drama, which era do you want to act in? And why?

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I'm just so excited about this!! and I wish her all of the best since I love her work :D :D

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์Œ... ์ „ ํ•ญ์ƒ ์—ฐ์˜ˆ์ธ๋“ค ํ•œ๋ฐ ์ด ์งˆ๋ฌธ์„ ๋ฌผ์–ด ๋ณด๊ณ ์‹ญ์—ˆ์–ด๋Š”๋ฐ, ํ˜น์‹œ ์œ ๋ช…ํ•ด์ง€๋Š”๊ฒŒ ํ›„ํšŒ๋ฅผ ํ•œ ์  ์บ๋‚˜์š”? ์‚ฌ๋žŒ๋“ค์˜ ์‹œ์„ ๊ณผ ๊ด€์‹ฌ๋“ค์ด ๋‹ค ์–ธ๋‹ˆ๋ฅผ ๋‹ค ๋”ธ์•„๊ฐ€๋Š”๋ฐ, ๊ทธ๊ฒŒ ๋ถ€๋‹ด์ด ์•ˆ ๋˜์„ธ์š”? ์ „ ์—ฐ์˜ˆ์ธ๋“ค ๋ณผ ๋•Œ๋งˆ๋‹ค ๋ฏธ์•ˆํ•˜๊ณ  ๋งˆ์Œ์ด ์•„ํŒ ์–ด์š”.. >.<; ๋ญ”๊ฐ€ ์ž์œ ๋กญ์ง€ ์•Š๊ณ  ์ธ๊ฐ„๋‹ต๊ฒŒ ๋ชป ์‚ด์ž–์•„์š”. ์•”ํŠผ ์ œ ๊ฐœ์ธ์ ์ธ ์ƒ๊ฐ์ž…๋‹ˆ๋‹ค ^^ ์ „ ๋‚˜๋ผ ์–ธ๋‹ˆ ํ•ญ์ƒ ์‘์›ํ•  ํ…Œ๋‹ˆ๊นŒ, ์œผ์ด์ƒค ์œผ์ด์ƒค ํŒŒ์ดํŒ… ํ•˜์„ธ์œ !~ ^^

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P.S sorry I know my question is more serious than other people's. If you want, you can just ask the first question :) But again, it's your pick :)

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P.P.S I'm sorry for the spelling mistakes, I'm actually a ๊ตํฌ ใ…Žใ…Žใ…Žใ…Žใ…Ž

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When did you know you wanted to be an actress? How did the people around you react?

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I've always wondered why her cats look angry in her selfies... :D

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Maybe because they are annoyed that they canโ€™t be cuter/ adorable than their โ€œ Omahโ€ no matter how much they tried :)...I havenโ€™t seen her cats closely...but are baby-faced too like their Mother? :)

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What does she do in normal day to day life it she isn't working?

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I am a new fan after watching โ€œGo Back Coupleโ€ 4 months ago...and try to watch all your dramas and interviews I could find...and listen to your music everyday....( I wish iโ€™ll see you in dramas every year and that youโ€™ll go back into singing as well...I am still debating if I wish you to married or not...if you marry, it may mean youโ€™ll stop making dramas for a while...but I want to see you having your own family and your babies too)..... I am amazed at your humility despite your many achievements...I canโ€™t help but pray for you everyday...May the Almighty bless you more! My question : who are the people in the industry you look up to? Why? What are your future plans?

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Does it seem strange to be interviewed by an international drama fan site?

What are your thoughts on the impact of global licensing changes on Korean drama production? For instance Netflix is now funding dramas with the intention of them airing abroad from the start.

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not sure if she's going to read all the comments on this piece, but do extend my luv for her. she's one actress that i really like coz i can feel her vulnerability through some of her scenes. most especially when she played the mom in go back spouses. her scene in the bus felt so real. so the question goes:

How did you connect to being a mom in GBS (although you're really good as a rom-com actress. i luv you best in this role)? Would you be more open to playing mommy roles in the future?

All the best for 2019! and i'm really digging TLE, crazy stuff & all, hahahhahahaaa...

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This is so exciting.Can't wait to watch this interview. I love her so much. I would want to have her answer which is her favorite scene in the Last Empress

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Why am I just noticing this now hahahaha :-D also wahhhhh :-O

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