BUSAN — After a string of leading roles in Hong Sang-soo films, Moon So-ri is one of the best known Korean actresses, both locally and internationally. Now she is being criticized as too down to earth by the local media. In Korea stars are supposed to be gorgeous but aloof. Her short, “Actress,” being screened Busan, reflects such pressures.
As actress, director and host of the opening ceremony, you’re going to busy at Busan
I was born in Busan and my film career began when “Peppermint Candy” was screened here. So I’ll do anything the festival asks of me.
You missed a sex scene with Ryo Kase in “Hill of Freedom” because you didn’t wake up in time. So Hong Sang-soo just cut it?
How unlucky is that? Hong Sang-soo made me drink too much for the scene before, so I overslept and missed out. Things like that happen regularly on a Hong film. He accepts accidents as fate and changes the script accordingly.
How much of your personal experience does “Actress” reflect?
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The actual premise is fictional, but it’s a melange of things that have really happened to me. I made it as part of my grad school course, so I feel slightly embarrassed that it’s at BIFF.
How will you react if your 3-year-old daughter, decided she wants to be an actress?
I’d be against it, only because I know I’ll interfere with her life more as a fellow actress. I’ll be nosey.
You’ve been vocal on several social issues, why?
When filmmakers fought to keep the ‘Screen Quota’ system for Korean films, many groups not related to cinema came out in support. We owe them and society at large.
What would you be if you weren’t an actress?
An alcoholic, probably. Without the outlet of acting, I’d have turned to drink.