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Lim Soo-jung on the role of mothers and more

Apr 13,2018
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While filming the upcoming movie “Mothers” actor Lim Soo-jung has been mulling over the idea of what kind of mother she will eventually be. In the film, which is set to hit theaters on Thursday, Lim plays a widow named Hyo-jin who is asked to raise the child of her late husband, whom she had no idea even existed.

In the movie, Hyo-jin lives alone while running a small study room in her neighborhood after she lost her husband in an accident two years prior. Then, out of the blue, her brother-in-law brings a 16-year-old boy to Hyo-jin and tells her that he is the child of Hyo-jin’s late husband. She asks Hyo-jin to take care of him as the boy doesn’t have anywhere else to go. At first, Hyo-jin wants to say no, but she ends up deciding to take him despite concerns from her mom and friends. The two, who have never met before, have troubles from the start and the boy even runs away from Hyo-jin’s home.

The movie shows many different mother characters including Hyo-jin and her own mother, who worries about her daughter taking on the challenge of raising a boy. There are also other mothers in the movie, such as a mom who wants a child, but can’t have one, or a mother who has given birth, but doesn’t want to raise a child.

Lim held a press conference with the cast of the film Wednesday to talk about how the movie has caused her to think about being a mother, having a family and her lifestyle. The following are edited excerpts from the event.



Q. How does this movie inspire you in regard to motherhood?

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As I filmed this movie, I thought about my mom. I also started to think about what I would do if I became a mom. There are things I need to think about, because [being a mom] is only possible when I get married and have a kid. I don’t know when I will get married and when I will give birth.



Do you want to get married?

People say you meet someone that you naturally come to think as your future life partner, but I haven’t had that moment. I never think that I would live alone for life, and I never have thought that I need to hurry to get married. Time has just happened to fly by and I haven’t met that life partner yet.



What kind of mom do you think you want to be?

I don’t know what mom I would be. I don’t think I will be able to sacrifice as much for my family and kids as my own mother has done. I think I will try to follow in her footsteps.



Why did you decide to become a vegan?

For my health. I took a food allergy test, and it turns out that I had an allergic reaction to animal protein. I had the strongest reaction to milk, cheese, yogurt and eggs, so I became vegan and now I don’t consume any animal protein. Sometimes I fail to keep up with the diet when I am on the job, but it’s been three years and I’ve become used to it. I think my body is more balanced than before. I will continue doing this as long as I find it enjoyable.



Are you worried that your movie will compete with big Hollywood blockbusters like “Avengers: Infinity War?”

“Mothers” and “Avengers” are quite different in size. “Mothers” is a low-budget art movie and “Avengers” is made with a big budget for entertainment.

BY PARK JUNG-SUN [summerlee@joongang.co.kr]



임수정 ”훗날 어떤 엄마? 여자로서 현실적 고민”

영화 '당신의 부탁' 개봉을 앞둔 임수정은 11일 오후 서울 CGV 명동역 씨네라이브러리에서 진행된 인터뷰에서 결혼 계획을 묻는 질문에 "자연스럽게 이 사람과는 결혼할 것 같다는 사람을 만나게 된다는데, 다만 그게 없었다"고 답했다.

이어 "평생 혼자 살아야지 생각하지도 않고 결혼을 빨리 하려고 생각한 적도 없다. 시간이 흘렀다. 동반자를 못 만난 거다"며 "그 사람이 나타난다면 언제든 결혼할 수도 있지 않겠나"고 이야기했다.
"이 영화를 찍으며 저희 엄마도 생각이 나고, 내가 엄마가 된다면 어떻게 할 수 있을까를 차차 생각하게 됐다"고 말했다.

이어 "여성으로서는 현실적 고민도 하게 된다. 당장 결혼해서 애를 낳아야만 가능한 건데, 그게 아닐 수도 있지 않나. 언제 결혼하고 언제 혈연의 아이를 낳을지 알 수 없다. 현실적 고민도 진지하게 생각하기도 했다"면서 "앞으로 어떤 엄마가 될지는 모르겠다. 저희 엄마만큼 가정과 자식에 헌신하고 그랬던 엄마는 못 될 것 같다. 엄마를 따라가려고 노력은 해보겠다"고 이야기했다.
배우 임수정이 건강 문제로 채식을 지키고 있다고 밝혔다.
"처음엔 채식을 건강 때문에 시작했다. 푸드 알러지 테스트를 했었는데, 동물성 단백질에 알러지가 있더라"고 말했다.

이어 "유제품, 치즈, 요거트, 달걀 이런 데서 가장 크게 반응이 있었다. 그러다보니 비건(완전 채식)을 시작했다. 일체의 동물성 단백질을 섭취하지 않는 것이다"고 설명했다.

또 임수정은 "일하다보니 실패할 때도 있었다. 이제 한 3년쯤 적응했다"며 "아직까지는 스스로 즐겁게 하고 있다. 이전보다는 건강 밸런스가 잘 맞다. 즐겁게 할 수 있을 때까지는 채식을 하고 싶다"고 덧붙였다.
임수정은 "'당신의 부탁'과 '어벤져스: 인피니티 워'는 규모가 다르다"고 말했다.

이어 "우리 영화는 저예산의 예술 영화고, 그 영화는 돈을 많이 들인 흥미 위주의 영화다. 분명히 어벤져스가 몰려와도"라며 웃었다. 또 임수정은 "톰 히들스턴 멋있더라"고 이야기해 웃음을 자아냈다.

'당신의 부탁'은 사고로 남편을 잃고 살아가는 32살 효진(임수정) 앞에 남편의 아들인 16살 종욱(윤찬영)이 갑자기 나타나면 벌어지는 두 사람의 좌충우돌 동거 이야기를 담는다. '환절기' 이동은 감독이 메가폰을 잡았고, 임수정·윤찬영·이상희 등이 출연한다. 오는 19일 개봉.