[NEWS] Kang Sora “Leeteuk Oppa open his mind/heart first”

Actress Kang Sora challenged herself with animation dubbing. She did a voice acting for Merida the protagonist of ‘Merida and the Magical Forest’. “It was hard but it was fun too,” said Kang Sora.

“Usually, I talk a little faster so it was difficult to lip-sync my words with Merida’s words. There’s a lot of screaming too so my throat became sore.(Laugh) But still, through this opportunity, I discovered many things that I never knew before. I’ve got to know the entire process of producing/creating an animation. It took 7 years for them to put up the ideas for creating this animation itself.”

Kang Sora’s image is aptly matched with Merida’s tough and lively appearance. But Kang Sora said, “I don’t think my appearance is that bright. I think it (the bright image) just emerges in front of camera. It(referring to the bright lively image) wasn’t like that when I’m alone all by myself. I’m truly a type A(blood) person. At first, because I’m introvert, I couldn’t express myself well. People thought I’m cocky due to the fact that I couldn’t even greet them because I was too shy. It’s just my nature that I couldn’t approach people and be friendly first. Nevertheless, all these traits have changed a lot now.

It was the same when she appeared as a virtual couple with Super Junior Leeteuk in MBC’s “We Got Married”. At the beginning, she couldn’t approach him first, but with the help of the other party (Leeteuk), her heart/mind opened little by little.

“Leeteuk Oppa did express himself a lot. After filming ended, I received “It was hard right?” this kind of text message from him. Since he already opened up his heart like that, I wanted to give more to him. At the beginning, if Leeteuk Oppa did the talking for about 85%, I did the remaining 10% by laughing & 5% by talking but later on, it changed a lot.”

Kang Sora became no.1 bride through We Got Married. She gained a lot of male fans by showing her own charms.

“I’m not a pretender, I’am a frank type of person. And when I date, no matter what I will treat my boyfriend with the very best I can. Rather than feminine charm (aegyo), I guess I use more of a friend-like feeling/vibe to approach my boyfriend. The favorite things (hobby)that my boyfriend interested in, I’ll do them together with him. Later when I’m married for real, I think I’ll do the wifely duty very well,” she laughed.

This year is her 3rd debut year. Kang Sora has this “I have reached this far already” kind of look on her face and she smiled. “I’m always worrying about my acting,” she said.

“I never learn anything about acting formally before. I always worry on how to be better in acting. During the breaks of dramas or movies, I feel as if I’m like ‘a frog in the well’ (means she has little experiences and knowledges). Even among my peer actors/actresses, there are lots of them that are good in their acting. I just have to face the facts though.(Laugh) Up until now, I mostly played students role, so in future I want to play more mature roles and get rid of those girl in school uniform kind of roles.”

“I was originally like to study about directing, so I took the opportunity to come to an audition. But I got to make a debut by chance instead and my parents used to stop me from becoming an actress once. Right now, they are rather more keening to know what I do, concerning and worrying about me,” she added.

Kang Sora is a celebrity that diligently communicate with her fans. She communicates with fans via SNS or even directly visits and leaves some posts on fan sites. Before this, she used to send a reply letter to every fan letters that she received. “I use informal/low form of speech to fans,” she said. It conveys different messages to the fans. That way the closeness with the fans can be felt more. “Mind you that it will be a big trouble if you guys (fans) run away from me/turn your back on me, I’m going to tie your ankles or I will flick your forehead,” she laughed.

**Translated by hiedi/@nhb19
**Source: sports.chosun.com
**Please take out with proper credits

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[INTERVIEW] Kang Sora ~ Dubbing for ‘Merida and the Magical Forest’ “A brave daughter.. in the movie, A sweet wife.. in We Got Married”

“Is it strange to eat alone?”

Kang Sora is indeed a tough actress. As soon as she arrived at the cafe where this interview took place, “I want waffle please. Put lots of fruits as well,” she requested for that. As the only daughter, Kang Sora was raised as if she’s the eldest son in the family. Both of her parents are working, so she spent most of her childhood with her grandmother. Even though she was reluctant, she just couldn’t help but to eat or watch movie all by herself.

“I’ve been to restaurants alone. I don’t even feel sorry to spend W10,000 per serving at a meat restaurant. But it will be a big trouble if I get used to it so much…”

There is a strong independent woman behind her bright, pure face. She has a little resemblance with the red curly-haired Merida from the movie ‘Merida and the Magical Forest’ in which she’s in charged to dub for the Merida character itself.

“It is my first time doing this job. I need to rely solely on my voice and I have to scream loudly a lot, so it has been hard for me. I really feel that dubbing job is interesting and has its own charms. It made me realized once again that voice actors are considered as actors too..”

In the movie, Merida had asked a help from a witch to change her mother but the mother was cursed and turned into a bear instead by the witch. The adventure begins when Merida struggles to find ways to save her mother. However, the real Kang Sora is actually quite a “blunt/gruff daughter” she called herself. “And I’m not as outgoing as shown in the dramas,” she added shyly.

In the other hand, she was a sweet wife in the virtual married life that she appeared together with Leeteuk in MBC ‘We Got Married’ Season 3. It has been 8 days since their last broadcast ended. She was crying hard during their parting moment. “My mom and a few other people around me were crying too watching the last broadcast,” she stated.

“I do keep in touch with Leeteuk Oppa sometimes. To ask for his well-being. Will I visit him there after he has enlisted? Yeah..I think I should visit him if I have time.”

When asked about her Chuseok’s plan, “I will go to meat restaurant with my family,” this answer came out. She told more, after she becomes a celebrity, the most frequently question asked by her relatives to her is the present condition of showbiz industry.

“Relatives and some people around me always ask about the untold story of the entertainment world. But the most troubling question is the beauty-related questions. Because I myself don’t even know what are the special routines of those actresses use to manage and maintain their own beauty,” she laughed.

When the waffle that she requested before was served in front of her, she smiled widely. The candid look of a 23-year old college student can be seen out of her at this particular moment. She’s actually taking Film and Drama major at Dongguk University. To her there’s no much differences between her college student life and being a public figure because she never been on a meeting or a blind date till now. When the blind date that she had on We Got Married was pointed out she smiled shyly. In appearance, Kang Sora seems to be a ladylike girl by nature but it is a new surprise to find out that she was once active as a martial arts fiction writer while she was in junior high school.

“Once I start being in a romance or having a hobby life, I will be immersed real deeply into it. Before this my hobby was taking photos. If I have extra money I bought the lenses for my camera. I almost going to sell my camera because it’s not easy to go for an outing since I begin to involve in entertainment activities.”

She’s currently filming for ‘My Pavarotti’ movie together with Han Seok Kyu, Lee Jae Hoon, Oh Dal Soo and a few others. When asked about Lee Jae Hoon, “He is a genuine person,” she praised him. “He’s very considerate too and a kind of actor that I can learn a lot from,” she added. “I think I just simply get along quite well with him. He’s going to army very soon, so he looked slightly sullen and depressed.”

Translated by hiedi/@nhb19 from : http://sports.hankooki.com