Park Shin-hye said happiness is her first priority in a recent interview for the August issue of the Hong Kong edition of fashion and lifestyle magazine Elle.
"My first priority is happiness and (a) sense of achievement, not necessarily from the work alone," Park said.
The actress with 13 years of experience said she used to be very careful about what she did, worrying what others might think.
However, she realised that she was locked up in her own image of a quiet, polite, cautious girl.
"Now as I look back, it seems that I didn't really need to be afraid of (others) and I can enjoy my life more freely. I (also) often think maybe I can be more of myself," she said.
Park recently finished filming for the upcoming crime-thriller film tentatively titled "Silent Witness."
She is currently on her Asian fan meeting tour in Hong Kong. She will donate all proceeds from the tour to Korea Food for the Hungry International.