Many people thought Bae’s stage actress mother, Kim Hwa-young, influenced her career choice. However, her mother’s success actually planted doubt in Bae; she thought only people with extraordinary talent could become actors because she saw many famous actors working with her mother.
In 1998, as a Hanyang University student, Bae was scouted by a modelling agency in Seoul and started her modelling career. One year later, she switched to acting before graduating from university.
She rejected award-winning director Wong Kar-wai
While she was modelling, Bae caught the attention of Hong Kong director Wong Kar-wai, who invited her to develop in Hong Kong. She turned down the opportunity because she thought “the timing was premature”.
Bae wasn’t optimistic about The Silent Sea script at first because of the genre; there haven’t been many space-themed shows in South Korea. After watching the short film The Silent Sea is based on, she changed her mind. Created by Choi Hang-yong, who also directed the series, the short film instilled confidence in the actress to take up the role.
She’s highly disciplined on set
During the production of The Silent Sea, actors wore 10kg space suits. Despite the intense working conditions, Bae remained highly disciplined throughout seven months of filming– she’s notoriously strict with her diet and workout regime.