[Interview] Singer Joo Returns as Musical Actress in ′Full House′
Joo has made her return as Jung Min Joo.
After having caught attention with her unique singing voice in 2008 with her song Because of a man, Joo suddenly disappeared from the television screen.
Then Joo made TV appearance again in 2011 through KBS 2TV’s Dream High Season 1. Since then, Joo continued to walk down her own path, acting in musical Catch me if you can in 2012 and movie Marriage Blue in 2013.
And now, in 2014, she is on stage as Jung Min Joo in musical Full House.
In a recent interview with Newsen, Jung Min Joo shared her thoughts on living as a musical actress, a career quite different than the one in her past.
“I’ve been enjoying performing for the musical Full House,” she said. “I’ve been watching other musicals and taking lessons on my days off.”
She also explained on choosing the musical Full House when she could have chosen to return through a drama, which tend to be more popular among the general public.
And why did she choose Full House when there are countless musicals to choose from?
“It was a drama that I really enjoyed watching as a student,” she said. “I was also attracted to acting as ‘Han Ji Eun,’ which became so charming after Song Hye Kyo sunbaenim acted it out in the drama. Of course I really liked the numbers too. Also, unlike Catch me if you can, the female character has a bigger role in Full House. I felt pressure to be leading in the musical but I’m also happy every time I’m on stage because it has a cheerful storyline.”
Another thing that helped her to enjoy performing on stage was going through a gap period. Intended or not, she had to go through a gap period, which makes standing in front of audiences that much more precious to her.
“I took a long time off. I focused on attending school. I majored in theatres so I worked on many school projects…I think I spent time focusing on my studies. So I was able to receive scholarships too. I enjoyed learning many things about acting. I was also able to make memories with the people at my school. But the best part about studying acting was that it made me want to work on a new project as soon as possible.”
She continued, “I’m very very happy that I can be on stage for a good project. Every time I finish a performance, I feel regretful and sad that I don’t have many times left to perform…I have many thoughts. But I am thankful for the audience for watching for two and a half hours. I’m really happy to make my return.”
Jung Min Joo also added, “I hope that people who come to watch Full House will see me as ‘Han Ji Eun,’ not as singer Joo or actress Jung Min Joo. That’s what would make me the happiest.”
Meanwhile, musical Full House starring Jung Min Joo is based on the comic series of the same title that was also made into a drama. The other cast members include Kim San Ho, Seo Ha Joon, B2ST’s Yang Yo Seop, VIXX’s N, A Pink’s Jung Eun Ji, Kwak Sun Young and more.
It started showing on April 11 and will continue until June 8.
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