Practical empress in modern-day fantasy

In her role in The Last Empress, South Korean actress Jang Nara takes inspiration from past empresses who faced many obstacles

Most people would never know what it feels like to be royalty, but South Korean actress Jang Nara got to experience it twice.

In 2006, she played a snobby blue blood in My Bratty Princess and now in The Last Empress, she plays the girl next door, Sunny Oh, who goes from chasing her dreams of becoming a musical actress to marrying the emperor.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 22, 2018, with the headline 'Practical empress in modern-day fantasy'. Print Edition | Subscribe