"Singing? Honestly, I cannot sing very well” -Bae Doo Na
Actress Bae Doo Na will transform into a nightclub singer in the MBC weekend drama “Gloria” (written by Jung Ji Woo, directed by Kim Min Sik and Kim Kyung Hee), which will air its first episode on July 31. The drama, which will be broadcast every weekend night at 7:55 pm, will portray a story of people who live fiercely while working in a nightclub.
Bae Doo Na will portray the female lead Na Jin Jin, who wants to become a singer at the age of thirty. She sings on the nightclub stage in an unguarded moment as a substitute singer, and develops a desire to become a singer. The title of the drama, “Gloria,” is the title of the song that Na Jin Jin sings and it is also Na Jin Jin’s stage name that she uses to make her debut as a singer. As Bae Doo Na will play a singer in the drama, her singing ability will play an important part in developing the story of the drama.
In the production presentation held at CVG Apgujeong on July 27, Bae Doo Na said, “When I first heard the casting suggestion, I was really worried about the singing. Singing ability is the most important part in the drama, and I thought that I should not take the role even though the character was very attractive to me because my thoughtless greed in the role could ruin the drama. I actually thought about giving up the role not to have a detrimental effect on the drama. But I finally made up my mind to appear in the drama and to take on the challenge because making possible something that seems impossible is an actor’s job. Honestly, I am not a good singer, but I am trying very hard to practice singing.”
Right now, Bae Doo Na has been practicing three songs, the song “Gloria,” which is a translated rendition of Donna Summer’s hit song, a duet song with a nightclub singer played by Na Young Hee, and the song “Senoya,” which was originally sung by the singer Yang Hee Eun.
Bae Doo Na said, “While I am practicing singing, it is often pointed out that I lack confidence. Unlike acting, singing is very difficult for me. Maybe I have to learn a competitive spirit from the character Na Jin Jin.”
She explained the nature of the character Na Jin Jin, saying, “She has no direction in her life and no dreams, but she is always putting forth her best effort when doing something. Actually, I am not a greedy person and I usually think ‘let things go their own ways,’ but Na Jin Jin is a very tough woman with a cheerful and positive personality.”
Bae Doo No has expressed an extraordinary trust towards the writer Jung Ji Woo and production staff members including the production director Kim Min Sik. She had already worked with the writer Jung Ji Woo when she appeared in the drama “How to Meet a Perfect Neighbor” in 2007.
Bae continued, “When I filmed the previous drama, I often called the writer and asked about the character’s emotions, and she used to give great help at that time. Right now, every actor and production staff members has a kindred spirit in filming this drama, so I can feel a good energy. I expect that we can also have a good result in the competition with other dramas airing on other broadcasting stations.”
The production director expressed his thoughts on Bae Doo Na by saying, “She is a very responsible actress. When I see her careful concern for other actors in the drama, I thought that she has a good attitude as the main female lead who is ready to lead the story of the drama as the main actress.”