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Jang Nara interview excerpts – about FTLY and working with JH

I’m reposting some excerpts Gumi translated and posted on Soompi. They are from the time Fated to love you ended.


Gumi’s note: I’m only gonna translate some excerpts….and they will prob be all JH related, call me biased but then most of her interviews somehow included JH anyways……

JNR was asked to choose between Jang Hyuk who acted Lee Gun and Choi Jin Hyuk who acted Daniel Pitt. She said “That was the hottest topic on the filming site as well. If I were MY, I don’t think I would’ve left without doubting when LG pushed me away. I would have tried to figure out and stay by his side.”

She continued by saying “Because I was acting MY, I was feeling MY’s emotions. Only Gunnie oppa was visible to me.”


“But then Daniel is also a lovely, dependable man. Audience does not know about history of this guy and MY, but he stayed by her side for 3 years. That love also cannot be ignored.”

“If the ‘real’ me were to choose…I would be grateful with either one of them. I wish either one of them could just drop in front of me.”

FTLY Jang Na Ra “A perfect score for chemistry with Jang Hyuk…he is an actor who has a lot to learn from”

Jang Nara was asked to grade her chemistry with Jang Hyuk, who she had reunion 12 years after 2002 SBS drama SSoBG. She answered “A perfect score” and showed her affection by saying “It can be even more. It was only possible because I met such a great sunbae.”


Also JNR commented on JH “He’s got a lot to learn from. He has a lot of things I don’t have. I want to learn from him. I told him ‘I want to learn hyung’s acting,’ after the show.”

“If you act with him, you can see. What that person has. It’s like, changing the weapon in RPG game. There’s so much to learn from watching him. On the surface, too, but also in his life. I don’t know that much about his private life but he adores children and is such a family man. He’s a great person to be a role model in every aspect.”



FTLY Jang Na Ra “Half of my character was created by Jang Hyuk”


FTLY Jang Na Ra “Half of my character was created by Jang Hyuk” (he said something similar about her)

Jang Na Ra called her reunion with Jang Hyuk “precious.” She also mentioned twice was not enough, she is looking forward the third time (they soon reunited again for the one episode drama special “Old Goodbye”).


“There’s no better sunbae than Jang Hyuk. I benefited a lot from him. Half of my character, Jang Hyuk created it for me.”

She said “I really want to work with him again. We actually told each other, let’s do an action genre together. I really love action. I want to do a character like ‘Chuno’ Daegil or ‘Damo’ Ha Ji Won’s character.”

JNR “Chemistry with Jang Hyuk…can’t be better. Want another reunion.”

“Even skinship acting was comfortable and natural.”

“Chemistry with Jang Hyuk was great, it just can’t get better. He was the biggest contributor to my character’s completion.”

80% of romantic comedy’s success comes from chemistry between the leads. Jang Hyuk and Jang Na Ra made a perfect reunion through ‘Fated to Love You’. With deeper acting compared to SSBG and sparking chemistry whenever they meet the eyes, they created sweet and touching ‘snail couple’.


In the interview, Jang Na Ra revealed her satisfaction for chemistry with Jang Hyuk. She also credited him for the completion of her character, and praised highly of his acting.

About her chemistry with Jang Hyuk, she smiled and commented “Can’t be better.” She thanked him by saying “He has chemistry with any other actress as well, but I’m really grateful. Half of MiYoung’s character was created by sunbaenim.”

JNR said “We had good synergy together even during SSBG. We didn’t even talk, but even without discussion prior to rehearsals, it just worked out perfectly between us. This time we talked a lot during filming, and were always in congruence in what we want.”

She said even scenes that require skinship, such as the breast massage scene or bed scenes, were very natural and comfortable.

“I felt comfortable. He naturally reacted. There are some times when you feel super awkward in acting skinship. For example, if I try to link arms and stuff, when I want to act as if it is real, the ‘feelings’ are important. If the partner doesn’t react to it, it becomes cold and stiff. Jang Hyuk reacted very well, it all felt real.” But she added with laugh “But the breast massage scene was indeed hilarious. We were sweating.”


JNR said “Jang Hyuk and I decided to be brothers. I call him ‘hyungnim’. He has a lot to learn from. He has a lot of things I don’t have, so I told him I want to be his brother.” She continued “His acting was very different from mine. It could be his eyes, it could be his way of thinking about characters. In this drama I just went with my own style, but I think I could learn from him in the future.”

Can we expect third reunion from them. She answered “Of course” and smiled. “We told each other we want to do action together. I really love action.”



FTLY Jang Na Ra “The rice-and-barley scene, it was really an innocent intention…”

JNR said “I was so embarrassed for the rice pounding scene filming. But the rice-and-barley scene, we just enjoyed it, we filmed it at once without an NG.”
She commented on the rice-and-barley scene, “I love it that the scene turned out cuter than I thought.”

She added “When we were filming it, we were told the game going in only one direction is boring so we changed the direction. But then there were some other interpretations. I was thrown off too.” She laughed embarrassed laugh and added “I mean when we were filming it, it was an innocent intention…I gasped later.”


To prove that I did read her interviews non-related to JH as well..

Jang Na Ra “Always the same character? I tried to make them different.”


“I don’t choose projects based on whether they overlap with my past projects or not. If you see it from that point, maybe you can say my characters are all the same. Kind, goes through troubles, receives a man’s love. All of them are basically that character except the teacher in ‘School 2013’. But I tried to make those characters that look similar all different. To be honest, I was also never offered a super different character from what I’ve been doing (laughs).”

“Irreplaceable actress? I don’t think so (laughs). I just wish to be an actress who can get on the flow. I want to change little by little, and eventually be able to act something totally different. I don’t care too much about whether my character is same or different. I focus on what I can do at that moment. Every time I act, I wish I can improve. But that’s not an easy task (laughs). I really hope I can continue to grow as an actress.”

“Some people think we got lower ratings than expected, but we got better ratings than I expected. Before the premiere, actors and staff members made a bet with the ratings. We each bet 10,000 won. A lot of people were willing to throw away 10,000 and bet on 20%. I almost nailed the answer, was only off 0.1%. (laughs). Of course it would be nice if our drama gets popularity, but that’s something out of control. My concern is how well can I do my own role. Fortunately our drama had friendly and cheery atmosphere on filming site, where even the youngest staff member with the most work can all smile together. It was a happy experience.”


“MiYoung is an ordinary girl, and it wasn’t easy to express ‘ordinary’-ness through acting. I was worried that when audience sees MY, they won’t see MY as a modern female character. I was worried I won’t be able to deliver MY’s emotions well. So I was a little cautious in acting. I pondered about MY when seen by guys, seen by girls, seen by the production team, and seen by the audience.”



“MY’s emotions was overwhelming, from the beginning to the end. Acting her was a happy experience, but she was too nice that it made it a little hard. When hardships recur, the one acting it also gets tired. Actually, in choosing FTLY, the fantasy of MY played a big role. A woman innocent like a young girl becomes a mother, and loses a child, and gives up everything…I thought I could act variety of emotions there. MY, in reality, would be called a fool. This is a world where a non-fool is the ‘correct’ one. When I had my first meal with directors and writers, we talked about whether it is right that in this world the non-foolish one is the ‘right’ one. The world where a nice person doesn’t get taken advantage of, let’s make that kind of fantasy. That’s what I bear in mind as I acted.”

“To those who say they can feel MY, I’m really grateful. Almost feel like bowing to them. Honestly, in the beginning, I couldn’t sleep from worries. I was very concerned. I tried my best to love MY, and tried not to act anything fake. I’m not a very ‘skill’ful actress to begin with, but I tried not to use any ‘skill’ in acting MY.”

And then some more thanking and praising Jang Hyuk that I already translated in previous posts…

JNR in some ways is already past the marriage age. She is already in mid-thirties. Not a young age covered by her baby face. When asked about marriage she shyly laughed.

“Haha. I didn’t expect myself to be alone by this age either. On the filming site, Jang Hyuk sunbaenim, the director, and my manager–they are all born in 1976. Those three became my mentors. Every day my thought changes. Sometimes I want to marry, sometimes I don’t even want to date, sometimes I want to date. Those three are giving me some life counseling and making me feel comfortable. Honestly, I don’t want to date right now. I don’t know what to do about marriage either. Acting is fun. I was always happy acting, but recently it became even more fun. I guess I’m not too into marrying right now (laughs). It’s a groundless plan, but I want to marry at 37. That’s only a plan.”

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Sometimes, ordinary can become extraordinary. Like Jang Na Ra.
(excerpts, not the whole interview)

“Kim Mi Young was different from my personality, could get loved because of JH sunbae”

Q. I think Kim Mi Young and Jang Na Ra would have a lot in common
A. Not really. (laughs) She was so different from me, it was hard. I can be pretty mean sometimes, you know. I do also ‘calculate’. It was hard to act someone different from me, but on filming site everyone was treating me like they would treat MiYoung, so I could naturally become MY. Our director said that our filming site is something he wouldn’t be able to see again in 50 years, the atmosphere was just that good.

Q. It’s your second time working with Jang Hyuk after SSoBG. How was the reunion with JH
A. He treated me so well, it couldn’t possibly be better. He taught me a lot, as well. I’m so thankful. I think Jang Hyuk created MiYoung’s character for me. With him, our acting just matched together even without prior discussion. We decided to be brothers. He has something I don’t have, I want to learn more from him as I treat him as my big bro. I want to do action genre with him next time. (laughs)

Q. I know you met with Choi Jin Hyuk before as well. How was it to work with him.
A. CJH is a friend-like dongsaeng that I knew from long time ago. He came over to our home and played go-stop together before. There were a lot of hardships during filming as well, but he endured it so well, I was impressed. It was fun to act with him.

Q. What is the goal JNR wants to achieve as an actress?
A. I want to do a role that I can shine as an unmarried woman. If I marry, there will be different emotions I can understand, so I hope I can get fitting role at that time. I don’t have a specific goal, but I want to do acting that goes beyond my limit. For roles I want to try, there’s Ha Ji Won’s role in ‘Damo’ or Go Hyun Jung’s role in ‘Hit’. My characters so far required me to get rid of energy, I want to try some roles that are brimming with energy.

Q. Korean fans always couldn’t get enough of your presence. Do you plan to continue working in Korea?
A. I don’t have decided project in China right now. I think what’s more important than where I work is what can I do. Working in China was definitely a good experience. Since I don’t speak the language, it allowed me to focus more on acting itself. Even though I don’t understand the lines, if I focus on other actors’ eyes and expressions, I could get what they were saying. Acting is all about reading others’ eyes, so I think it was helpful.

Q. Jang Na Ra experienced a lot of changes after debut, but they say her face looks the same.
A. Not true. There was a lot of changes in terms of my face as well. It took me so long to look like a woman. I hope by next year I would look more feminine. Before, I looked fresh but unripe. As I age and lose baby fat, I think my face is fitting my age. What I felt especially grateful about during filming this drama was hearing that I looked feminine. I earned some confidence. (laugh)

Q. You’ve been acting for 13 years already. Any know-how for your mind control?
A. My motto is to ‘give my best’. When I was young I patted myself, telling myself “this is enough” but later I realized it was very arrogant. ‘Enough’ is my own standard. I try to set the bar high and give my best. Give my best, but I hope my acting always improve every time I do it. Before I easily complained and didn’t know how to be grateful. After I aged, I realized it was such a grateful thing that I was kept given opportunities to act.
(Here, I realize how similar Jang Na Ra and Jang Hyuk are……most famous quote by Jang Hyuk is “I was keep failing auditions, and I couldn’t understand why. I was working very hard in my standard. And one day it struck me, ‘Ah! I need to get rid of ‘in my standard” I just need to work hard, give it all I can.”)

Some more quotes from JNR interviews…some of them were already mentioned but are in different phrasing, or are in more details.

“Seeing Jang Hyuk, I felt like seeing someone in RPG game who has many different weapons and could easily switch between them.”

“I don’t know much about his private life, but looks like he’s a great father and husband. He adores children, dotes on his wife, he fits to be a role model in every aspect.”


-Jang Hyuk’s UMHAHAHAHAHA laugh was a big hit. Didn’t that comic laugh cause some NG?

“Jang Hyuk is a really funny person. It’s like he hid is comic soul in his intestines. If you just leave him alone, he could fill up a full hour with his ad-libs. In the beginning, I broke out in laughter and caused some NGs, but later I tried desperately to focus.”

-Wasn’t it hard for an unmarried woman to act motherhood including pregnancy and miscarriage?

“I already acted a mother of twins twice in China. And mother’s instinct is something what all women can relate to even if you’are unmarried, so it wasn’t acting motherhood that was hard, it was hard to endure all the things happening to MY. When she had miscarriage, I felt like the world was breaking down on me.”

“I really enjoyed being at our filming site. It was said to be ‘a filming site you won’t be able to see again in 50 years’. Everybody was happy and affectionate. Every one of them adored me and treated me as MY. I did try actively to love this character, but because everybody else loved her, she could be completed.”


“With Jang Hyuk, we had good team work even back in SSoBG time. We didn’t share a single word of private chat, but Jang Hyuk was so good in reacting to me. This time we had plenty of conversations about the drama and what we want, so it was even better team work. We decided to be brothers after the show, I want to stay close with him and learn from his character analysis, the expression of his eyes, how he delivers lines, and other things.”

“Honestly, kind characters, characters who succeed in both love and career, I’ve always been doing those. Except for ‘School’ I’ve been doing pretty much similar roles without huge change. But I tried to make them slightly different. I do want to act something totally different, but I’m not too obsessed for that change.”

“In my early 20s, I was perplexed by comments saying ‘she always does same roles’. I was rushed and stressed. Now that I know I will continue acting, I’m more at ease. It’s not like I’m the hot trendy star now. If I risk a total transformation, I think my strength can also be ruined. ‘She is doing this project now’ I hope people would just think that and watch me with patience. Then, I do have confidence that I can do many things.”

Fated to love you: Princess Snail and her odd prince – Spoilers Finale


I remember when the Fated to love you posters were released, this one was the most difficult to interpret for me. It felt like a reference to The Jangs first drama, Successful Story of a Bright Girl, where she was his maid at the beginning, but I wasn’t sure that could be all. It still works as such, but it turns out, it had a lot of meaning related to Fated to love you.

During their honeymoon, while dancing with Geon, Mi Young tells him she used to do the same with her father. She remembers how her father used to call her princess, but she never felt like one, she always felt like a “maid”. A maid is someone whose job is to “serve” and help others. Once again we are reminded of one of the important personality issues of our heroine, who always saw herself as a disposable “post it” girl.

Geon reminds her that she is a princess who conquered his impenetrable heart, I guess, that’s what the poster above is about. At the same time it seems an obvious reference to Romeo and Juliet since our Snail Couple was also referred to as “Gunmeo and Milliet” in the drama 🙂

The final episode emphasized various points the writer had been trying to make throughout the drama. The idea of enjoying the present and not worry so much about the future, the idea of Fate Vs Choice, ultimately bringing home the message that choice can change and make our fate.

But it also spoke of the healing power of the words Thank You, These words were  repeated more often than the words I love you. Mi Young and Geon thanked each other all the time, and spread the same positive vibe among others. These words that Mi Young, the “post it girl” had been waiting her whole life to hear. The beauty of Mi Young is she didn’t need to turn selfish to become stronger.  Even though she was passive, we knew from the beginning that Mi Young was always on the right track and did not require a major transformation. She wanted appreciation and she wanted to become more assertive, so people wouldn’t push her away easily. So that she could take control of her life. Through determination, she accomplished all of this and became a stronger person, while retaining her essence as someone, who will not give up on those she loves. Which is beautiful, because that was never a flaw, in the first place.

So later, Geon tells his children the story of how a princess who was not good in math (I loved Mi Young’s not amused expression and him noticing  and trying to pass this segment of the story quickly) but was great in healing damaged hearts, saved the odd “Prince in distress” just by sticking to him, slowly slowly, but surely and strongly.

“Princess Snail” (copied from Soompi. The person who translated it, please tell me so I can give her credit)

Once upon a time…
there was a princess who lived on a little island.
The princess wore big, round glasses.
She wasn’t good at studying, especially with math.
She was the worst in her class.
The princess had an illness.
She had a strange illness that kept her from ever refusing a stranger’s request.
It also kept her from abandoning anyone once she had accepted them.
She doesn’t even know that she’s a princess but thinks of herself as a maid.

There was also an odd prince who lived in a neighboring country.
At first, the prince called the princess Princess Snail, or just snail.
“Where did the snail go?”
“Have you seen the snail?”
That’s how he talked.

little by little…
The princess approached the prince…
and made him fall in love with her.

One day…
The prince eventually became addicted to the princess.
He also had an illness that meant he couldn’t live without her.
People worried about the prince and felt sorry for him.
But the prince wasn’t scared at all.
It’s because the princess was with him.
As long as the princess stays with him…
and as long as the princess loves him…
the prince will never be sick again.

The princess and the prince have twins…
and live happily ever after.
Now they’ll be happy forever and ever.
They’ll be happy forever…

Help us make a FTLY Director’s Cut DVD come true!

Dear international fans of Korean ‘Fated to Love You’

We have started a demand survey to estimate demand for FTLY Director’s Cut DVD!
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Director’s Cut will include not only the broadcasted scenes, but also the unreleased cuts that were edited out due to time limit. Also, it will additionally feature BTS film, NG cuts, and interviews of actors, writers and the director.

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