Actress Bae Doo-na making a splash among viewers in Gloria
Bae Doo-na, the star of the MBC TV miniseries “Gloria,” receives
rave reviews from viewers.
Playing the role of Jin-jin, who is a young woman down out of
luck and barely eking out a living as she juggles a string of dead-end
part-time jobs, Bae Doo-na makes her character “convincing and down-to-earth”
according to one viewer of the show.
After Jin-jin loses her parents at a young age when they got killed in a car
accident, she supports her brain-damaged sister, Na Jin-joo (actress Oh
Hyun-gyung). One day, Jin-jin gets a lucky break at a nightclub, where she works
at the baggage check-in counter, when she’s asked to fill in for the lead
singer and sing on stage for the customers.
In the episode that aired on August 8th, Jin-jin seeks
out nightclub owner Jung Woo-hyun (actor Lee Young-ha) to tell him that she definitely
wants to become a singer.
Jin-jin becomes consumed with the idea of becoming a nightclub singer and sees
it as her only hope to escape her humdrum life.
However, Woo-hyun tries to talk Jin-jin out of becoming a
singer because in his words, “Nightclub singers are people who can’t live a
single day without singing.”
Jin-jin replies that, “I’ve spent more than half my life supporting my sister
by working like a dog and it looks like I’ll keep living like that until she
dies. But I think my true calling is singing. When I’m on the stage, I feel
alive.” Her words impress Woo-hyun. So Woo-hyun decides to give her a big break
and tells her, “From now on, your stage name is Gloria.”
Yeo Jeong-nan (actress Na Young-hee), a former singer and friend of Woo-hyun,
helps Jin-jin with her dream of becoming a singer after she sees that Jin-jin
So Jeong-nan starts to offer all the help she can provide to
Jin-jin so that she can reach her dreams. In this episode, Jeong-nan and
Jin-jin take a poster shoot together to print out posters and flyers to promote
their duet act at the nightclub.
Many viewers of the show commented on how “earnest and dedicated Jin-jin is
portrayed in her pursuit of a singing career.” One viewer said, “I watched the
episode just to hear Bae Doo-na sing again.”