There she takes great personal risks to protect a 14-year-old girl from her abusive stepfather.
"It was extremely difficult to suppress my emotions, because my character in goes through so many infuriating situations.
The actress said yes just three hours after first receiving the script by first-time writer/director July Jung, in spite of how she usually "takes forever" to choose projects.
She also turned down the guarantee for the project produced by Lee Chang-dong, the Cannes-winning filmmaker of , Bae plays the role of an elite police officer who, following painful personal troubles, is transferred to a small seaside village.
Read all about it below, and see Doona Bae in Cloud Atlas in theaters now. Lana and Andy directed you as Sonmi and Tilda, and Tom Tykwer directed you as the Mexican woman.
You recorded an audition tape with your brother, right? When you read the script and saw that you would play Sonmi and several other characters, was that an exciting challenge? I didn't know that i was going to play Tilda or Mexican woman or some other characters when I first got the part of Sonmi. Did it feel like you were working on two different movies, working with both of them? Actually I worked with Tom for just one day, as Mexican Woman.
How did they describe the role to you when they asked you to audition? When I went to Berlin for a makeup test and some other things, Lana and Andy told me that I would play some other characters. I think 98% of the shooting I worked with Lana and Andy.
They just asked me to read some of Sonmi's part, and they didn't say anything when I took the audition. Did you realize how complicated it was when you auditioned? And Lana and Andy are so, they're so amazing, they're just geniuses.
CJ Entertainment also scored an early deal with France's Epicentre for the drama and expects to close more deals. CANNES PHOTOS: The Complete Official Selection "I'm so happy to be returning to Cannes with a Korean film. I'm truly grateful for the invitation, because my colleagues and I really threw ourselves -- our mind and body -- into the film," Bae said.
It was a lonely process having to portray someone that acts tough but is deeply hurting inside and is unable to express that," Bae said.
PHOTOS: Cannes' Best Daytime Looks The actress was actually inspired by her experience on the set of [when I received the script], and I think I was very lonely.
I emptied myself, and filled my heart with her thoughts and feelings and everything. With Jim Sturgess, you have a romance in two different times-- as Tilda, Adam Ewing's wife, and as Sonmi. So I asked Lana to give me a key to open Tilda's mind, Tilda's heart. Did you and Jim Sturgess build a relationship off-screen that helped that? There was one line, when I talk to Archivist, where I say "it was the first time a pureblood had shown me kindness." jim was like that on set.
How did you build those two different relationships? She told me some of Tilda's history with Adam, their love story, or what Adam said to her.