But she revamped that image in the 2007 romantic comedy Two Outs in the Ninth Inning opposite Lee Jung-jin, playing a 30-year-old foul-mouthed, disheveled and jaded single woman struggling with life and love.Soo Ae in reality was known for her a husky, neutral voice, which helped her tomboyish performance feel so natural. She said, "I've been told many times that my voice would be a detriment to my career.
She said she decided to challenge herself by choosing the role of a strong female character fighting against a villain.
In 2016, she made her romantic-comedy drama comeback in KBS2's Sweet Stranger and Me.
Soo Ae nearly became a member of a K-pop idol group.
Her commitment to the film paid off, and Soo Ae received multiple Best Actress awards for her performance.
Her 2009 film The Sword with No Name depicted a desperate romance between the last queen of the Joseon Dynasty and her bodyguard.