At the press conference for "Gu Family Book" on May 20, the cast of the now-airing drama were present to answer questions from reporters, now that the drama has aired half of its episodes. miss A's Suzy, a singer-turned-actor who plays Yeo Wool, a master of martial arts in the drama, was asked by a reporter regarding her $10 million worth of endorsement deals, which have given her the nickname "$10 million girl."
Upon hearing the question, Suzy could not help but start to choke up as she answered the question. She replied, saying "Because I have received a lot of love, I am filming a lot of commercials. It's good, but the more commercials I film, the more responsibility I feel like I have. I think I am becoming more careful."
Lee Seung Gi, her co-star in the drama, helped Suzy by explaining that he has also experienced something similar, where many people thought that celebrities who filmed a lot of commercials earn a lot of money, when that is far from the truth. Lee Seung Gi also says that he feels sorry for Suzy since she has to film for both commercials and for the drama.
Having shed tears at the press conference, it is no doubt that Suzy is going through a rough time with pressure from the public and the many hats she has to wear as both a rising actress and a member of popular girl group, Miss A.
Although she has received lots of love as a singer and girl group member, she has had rough beginnings as an actress. Her first drama was "Dream High," where she played the lead role of a high school student who was aspiring to be a singer. Her acting skills in the drama were negatively reviewed, and netizens even criticized her body size and asked her to lose weight.
Her next big break did not come until she had a much-loved role on the big screen in "Architecture 101," which gave her the coveted title of "the nation's first love." However, in an episode of Entertainment Relay, Suzy confessed that she is often pressured by this title and feels burdened by it whenever it follows her around.
Now, she is playing the lead role in "Gu Family Book," and not only is she busy with filming for the drama, she has also signed twenty-two commercial contracts and sings for the original sound track of the drama. She is often working solo, without the support of her fellow Miss A members. Having to juggle commercial shoots, drama filming, and music promotions, she is obviously exhausted both physically and mentally. A recent picture of her undoubtedly shows how much she may need a break!
These situations where rising, popular stars are tirelessly working, are evident proof that celebrities are humans too and need to rest once in a while.