Lee Sung Kyung: ‘Kim Bok Joo was so lovely and I’m grateful to play such role’

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Lee Sung Kyung has continued to express how thankful she is to play her role in “Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo.”

The 26-year-old model-turned-actress shared in an interview with Ilgan Sports, how was the experience of playing the character of “Kim Bok Joo.”

“It was like a dream for me. It felt as if I had lived in a fairy tale world that I didn’t want to come out from,” the actress shared. “Bok Joo was so lovely, and I’m so grateful to have been able to play such role. I tried to act realistically. I thought it would seem too much if I tried to look funny. So I put effort into becoming Bok Joo in reality by following her routine, speech and attitude, which made me feel more comfortable while ad-libbing.”

The actress also shared her concerns before she accepted the role saying, “I was surprised at first at the thought of myself playing a weight lifter since I’m a model. Before reading the script, the director explained that the story revolves around a weight lifter and that I should gain weight [to play the role].”

“Although I told the director about others expressing concerns [about me landing on the role], the director told me to first read the script. And once I started reading it, I found it so intriguing,” the actress added. “I ended up reading the whole thing and found myself wondering how I should pull off the role. I found the character extremely attractive. The director told me that he saw potential in me after seeing me in “Cheese In the Trap.” He believed that I would be able to play Bok-ju in the loveliest way, and I feel grateful towards the director for his belief in me.”

The actress was also asked if she was afraid of gaining weight for the drama. The actress said she gained four to five kilos and started to gain more afterwards. She revealed he has a lot of stretch marks and lost shape in which upsets her as she worked hard in order to achieve her slim figure before.

Though the viewership ratings of “Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo” is not as impressive as other dramas, Lee Sung Kyung said her goal was to present the drama with pride, in which she believe she achieved it.