Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Moon Geun Young Compares ′Goddess of Fire Jeongi′ to ′Painter of the Wind′

Moon Geun Young will be returning to the period piece genre for the first time in five years. In MBC′s Goddess of Fire Jeongi, which will air its first episode on July 1, the actress will act as Joseon′s first ever female porcelain maker.

With her new role, she will again be depicting a female artist, one similar to the role she put on in 2008 through Painter of the Wind.

Goddess of Fire Jeongi is set in Joseon of the late 16th century, and talks of how Joseon′s first female porcelain maker, Yoo Jeong, paves her way toward success with her porcelain works.

In Painter of the Wind, Moon Geun Young appeared as Joseon′s genius painter Shin Yoon Bok.

Her appearance in the new period piece has especially been drawing interest as she won the SBS Drama Daesang with her last appearance.

Yoo Jeong was born with great senses, and she uses her innate abilities to make porcelain pieces. She later falls in love with the Crown Prince Gwanghae (Lee Sang Yoon), and works hard to become known as the first female porcelain expert.

Some showed concern over her new role, as it and her role in Painter of the Wind both worked in art and were born geniuses.

Moon Geun Young said on the issue, "Yoon Bok of Painter of the Wind and Jeongi of Goddess of Fire Jeongi share a lot of common factors. They were both born with talent, but they are hindered in their attempts to realize their dreams because of the situations they′re set in and their status in society."

She emphasized, however, that Yoon Bok and Jeongi are completely different.

"Yoon Bok tries to hide everything and works hard alone, but Jeongi is more candid and bold, and she steps forward as she learns. Jeongi is more positive and energetic," she said.

To add more realism to the drama, Moon Geun Young has even been learning how to make porcelain.

"I practiced at least two hours a day for three times a week over the course of two months," she said.

"I thought it wouldn′t be that hard, but when I tried I came to realize I had to imprint the knowledge on my body," she said. "My teacher also said, the more you work and the more time you pour into it, the better you become. I worked hard so that it wouldn′t look like I was merely imitating the work. Please look on with kind eyes even though I may look clumsy."

She added, "I was proud after Painter of the Wind because many more people started showing an interest in traditional paintings and related events started to take place. I found that people don′t pay much interest to traditional porcelain works. I hope they come to show more interest in them through this drama."

Photo credit: Hea Jung Min