At the ripe old age of 22, Korean actress Go Ah Sung seems cynical and worldlier than her years – perhaps a result of making her showbiz debut at the tender age of four.
Having grown up in the limelight, notable works under her belt include box office hit The Host (2006), Korean drama Master of Study (2010) and even Hollywood’s Snowpiercer (2013).
Choosing to challenge herself by exploring different genres of acting, her latest role in Heard It As A Rumour is revolves around a common girl getting impregnated by her wealthy boyfriend. With his parents vehemently opposing their relationship, Han In Sang (Lee Joon) is torn between his love for Seo Bom (Go Ah Sung) and meeting his family’s expectations. Seo Bom, however, is determined to grit her teeth and endure anything in order to give her child a bright future.
The black comedy drama satirises the presumptuous and materialistic Korean upper-crust mentality, whose power and wealth is passed down generation by generation.
While still filming for Heard It As A Rumour, she opened up in an interview about her thoughts on love, her insecurities and thoughts on her career.
Heard It As A Rumour airs every Monday & Tuesday, 8.55pm on ONE (SingTel mioTV Ch 513/604/ & StarHub TV Ch 124/820/823).
Read on for Go Ah Sung’s earnest answers on her life and future plans.
Tell us something we don’t know about you.
Although you see my often on the red carpets and events, I am actually very shy.
How do you act or survive in the entertainment industry if you are shy?
Oh right, ‘shy’ isn’t exactly the best word to describe me. It is more like a lack of confidence. I am not good with expressing myself.
How would you prefer to express yourself then?
Through the acting roles I get, drawing and singing too. I used to draw a lot more. But lately, since I’ve started working on this drama, I have been too overwhelmed to dabble with them.
What kind of photos do you take?
I love taking portraits of people. I take a lot of pictures of my friends, not those of them looking into the camera though. I take it behind their back. (Laughs)
What fascinates you in life?
I am always fascinated by people who are masters of their trade, for instance a watch repairman who has 40 years of experience and is so good at his craft. I want to be a master of my trade and that would be acting.
Why did you tattoo a pair of glasses on your wrist? Do you have bad eyesight?
No. (Laughs) I received an Elliott Smith’s photo book as a gift and the publisher’s logo were glasses. And when I was planning to get a tattoo, those glasses came to mind.
You started your career at 4 years old. Was it hard making friends, since you are easily recognized?
Yes, it is hard making friends. But I do have a group of close friends and I am close to my mom. She follows me everywhere; she’s just like my manager. She loves taking behind-the-scenes photos of me during shoots. It’s great cos I can keep them as memories.
What do you do with your friends, when not filming?
We would spend the day at the amusement parks or just hang out at each other’s place and talk all night long!
You’ve done both Hollywood & Korean movies and Korean dramas. How are they different?
The truth is, you will need more acting skills when you film dramas. There are more scenes and there is a lot of room for you to develop your character. Budgets and crew aside, I think the essence is the same – do a good job with the role and deliver the lines earnestly.
How do you pick your scripts/ which drama to work on?
I get my mom’s opinion on things but I make the final decisions.
Is acting something you want to do for a long run?
Acting is not exactly a stable profession; you can’t really control how your career will go. So you end up feeling very insecure most of the time. Once, I asked Kim Soo Ro Ahjussi about this and he said that he has this feeling too. He’s so good and established yet he feels this way. So I won’t restrict myself to just acting, I hope to explore other opportunities such as photography and singing.
Do you regret becoming an actress then?
No, not at all. I am very happy, especially when I receive positive feedback and comments from the director. I do have a problem of overreacting after hearing the praises though. (Laughs)
You don’t really like going on variety shows, do you?
I was on ‘Intimate Note’ once, but I don’t I am suited for variety shows. I am not someone who takes initiatives and I don’t like to talk much. I will try not to go on variety shows in the future.
How has it been like filming <Heard It As A Rumour> with Lee Joon?
The hours have been very long, so I have very little sleep. About 1 -2 hours a day? But that is very common for dramas. I hope that fans will enjoy this drama as much as we are filming it.
Do you like travelling alone?
Yes I do. I want to see more of the world. My dream is to earn enough money and move to a place like Swiss, where no one recognizes me, and start a new life. (Laughs)
Do you want to have a boyfriend?
Everyone craves for love. And because I am considerably young, I think I still do not have enough life experience, so it can be difficult to ask me to draw emotions from life experiences. Most of the time, I can only imagine how it feels like, but that can never be compared to life experiences. Such as the scene where I ‘gave birth’ in Heard It As A Rumour, it was really challenging to act. And to answer the question – yes, I want to experience love.
What is your ideal boyfriend like?
Someone who loves me enough.