In the hit Netflix series 'Doona!', Suzy took on a role that defied expectations, portraying the emotionally unstable character Lee Doo Na. This character's journey, marked by rebellious behaviour, garnered significant attention and sparked discussions among fans.
Lee Doo Na's penchant for smoking, a behaviour not typically associated with idols, raised eyebrows. Suzy's portrayal of this aspect of the character surprised fans who were more accustomed to her innocent image.
However, Suzy explained that these unconventional choices were essential to the role and held deep symbolism. In an interview with TV Report, she shared her perspective, saying, "I honestly felt really refreshed by the set-up of an idol smoking so openly. I felt that it showed a really human side [of idols]. I think smoking was a tool to express Doo Na’s loneliness. That’s why when she was dating Won Jun, she cut down on smoking but started again when she got insecure. I think how Doona feels can be seen through her smoking."
Suzy also addressed the character's clothing choices, which often veered towards short and uncomfortable outfits. She explained that these fashion choices were a means to express Doo Na's unstable emotions, saying, "This is another tool through which Doona’s unstable emotions are expressed. I thought that it hints at how lonely and cold she felt."
While Suzy faced some initial criticism for her portrayal of the character smoking, she ultimately received acclaim for her performance. It's possible that her wholesome public image initially influenced the perception of these scenes.
'Doona!' proved to be a resounding success, taking the top spot on Netflix's global charts during its launch week. The series is hailed as one of the platform's most successful Korean content pieces of 2023. Suzy's portrayal of the complex and unconventional character of Doo Na played a significant role in the show's success, showcasing her versatility as an actress.