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f(x)'s Victoria steps out of star's shadows in 'My New Sassy Girl'

All Headlines 15:10 April 06, 2016

By Park Sojung

SEOUL, April 6 (Yonhap) -- Victoria of the South Korean girl group f(x) has stood up to a challenge no actress in her right mind probably would have: succeeding the legendary "My Sassy Girl" actress Jun Ji-hyun as the next sassy girl.

The original 2001 romantic comedy was watched by 5 million people in South Korea, an impressive record then, and caused countless women here to ask their boyfriends to wear high heels in their stead, mimicking a classic scene in the movie. It is also what established Jun as the strong woman symbol in South Korean pop culture.

Victoria says the South Korean was indeed a hard act to follow, but she is confident she has successfully stepped out of her shadow in "My New Sassy Girl," which is coming to South Korean theaters next month.

"It's true I was intimidated by the task since the original is so famous. It was a huge hit in my country, too," the Chinese actress and singer told reporters at a press conference in Seoul on Wednesday. "But my character is a different person and is from China. The director and other actors helped me stay confident, so I was able to do my job rather comfortably."

In "My New Sassy Girl," the original heroine, known only as "the woman," leaves Kyeonwoo (Cha Tae-hyun) to become a nun. Heartbroken, poor and unemployed, Kyeonwoo returns to being his loser self until his childhood crush (Victoria) swoops in from China to marry him.

"My New Sassy Girl" opens in Chinese theaters first on April 22 and will open in South Korea on May 5.

sojungpark@yna.co.kr
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