Posted by Susan-Han 15 days ago

'The Red Sleeve' star Lee Se Young describes how hard it was for her to gain 7 kg for her role as Deok Im


In light of the successful conclusion of her MBC historical romance series 'The Red Sleeve', lead actress Lee Se Young took part in a press interview as she looked back on her journey, playing the role of Sung Deok Im.

First, Lee Se Young reflected on the tears she shed as she filmed the last episode of 'The Red Sleeve'. She revealed, "Every scene in episode 17 made me spout tears. During the ending, I just couldn't stop myself from crying. I cried all throughout the episode, even though I wasn't supposed to. It was difficult to get through it because I was crying so much."

Previously, Lee Se Young confessed that she had gained weight as she prepared for her role in 'The Red Sleeve'. During her press interview, the actress was asked what efforts she made to gain weight. She answered, "I am a 30-year old actress who starts out playing the role of an 18-year old girl. I did my best to stop doing anything that older women typically do. When I started filming, I had gained about 3~4 kg, but because of the number of scenes, I eventually ended up losing the weight I gained."

She then continued, "If I worked hard and gained about 1 kg on a day off, I would lose 3 kg at the end of the next filming. Then, as Deok Im went from a palace servant to a royal concubine, I felt that I needed to show some greater change. Every day, I ate two slices of cheesecake. That's after eating three big meals a day, of course. Even as I dosed off in the waiting room, I topped my kimbap with mayonnaise and kept eating. I constantly snacked on bread during filmings, and when I went home at the end of the day, I ate a late night meal that I'd ordered in advance, then go straight to bed. That's how I gained about 7 kg (~ 15.4 lb), and how I became the character Deok Im."

What did you think of Lee Se Young's performance in MBC's 'The Red Sleeve'? Did she make you fall in love with Sung Deok Im?

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Lee-chen7 pts 15 days ago 3
15 days ago

It was my first time watching her in a drama.. her acting is really great and far better than many known actresses..I'm a big fan of her now.i started watching her another drama named kairos and it's also good..she is really a hard working underrated actress who needs recognition..


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Elijah892225 pts 15 days ago 0
15 days ago

Very smart, as a court lady can be "super thin" and with a thin face, it makes a lot of sense that she gained weight to play the character, I had already watched Kairos with her and I noticed that her face was a little different, I thought it was the makeup but it was her weight that had increased, The Red Sleeve is one of the best Dramas of 2021



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