Cr. - Chosun Ilbo
Actress Lee Young-ae, who disappeared from the limelight after surprising fans by suddenly getting hitched in 2009, recently moved to a countryside home in Yangpyeong, just east of Seoul, built to raise her twins in a clean, natural environment, and started a business specializing in infant-care products.
Lee said she and her husband are enjoying their life in the countryside. Her spouse is particularly fond of the rural surroundings as it reminds him of the neighborhood on the outskirts of Chicago where he grew up.
"I'll resume acting if I see a script I really like," said Lee, who gave birth to a boy and girl in 2011. However, she said her children are currently the main focus of her life.
"As an actress, I used to think it was important to have a wide-ranging spectrum of experiences," she said, adding that she is now more selective and socially responsible. "Now my desire to help create a better world for children to live in has become my main criteria for choosing a script."
"In the past, I focused only on the character I was set to play, but nowadays I'm very concerned about the impact the film will have on my children and on society."
Lee said her fans should not expect to see her starring in violent movies or playing villainous characters anytime soon. She said she discussed with her husband what she could do to create a better world for children, drawing on her popularity from starring in the Chosun dynasty court cook story "Jewel in the Palace," and decided to open a business dedicated to organic products for infants.
As well as promoting environmentally friendly products for young toddlers, she hopes to share her child-rearing experiences with other moms.