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IU: "I'm Not Trying to be Sexy For Comeback Single"

October 7, 2013 at 2:00 pm EDT

IU is growing up on her terms. The actress returned to her idol roots during a showcase today for her third studio album "Modern Times". And while her October 7 performance was clearly more raunchy than before, Korea's "little sister" says she is not trying make this a sexy comeback.

VIDEO: IU Ditches Cute Image for Seductive Comeback Video Teaser 

After performing single "The Red Shoes", the 20-year-old told reporters at the K-Art Hall in Seoul's Olympic Park: "I think the producer had the intention [of a sexier image]. I did say that I should show a sexier side, but that didn't mean I wanted to put too much emphasis on sexiness... I don't think 'Red Shoes' is much different from my usual image."

IU turns up the heat on stage at the K-Art Hall in Seoul's Olympic Park on October 7 Credit: Getty Images

IU turns up the heat on stage at the K-Art Hall in Seoul's Olympic Park on October 7
Credit: Getty Images

The singer -- who recently dyed her hair blonde -- was humble when it was suggested she had nailed the sexy makeover. "Do you believe I have the ability to become sexy?" she laughed. "You know, I heard it doesn't work for everyone. But I don't have a strong desire to do it."

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IU revealed she has written two songs for the album, which is already number one on most Korean music charts. "I put in two self-composed tracks," she said. "'Bad Day' and 'Voice Mail'. They're songs I wrote a while ago actually, but... my company doesn't like 'Voice Mail'."

The girl became a woman: IU in a promotional shot for Modern Times Credit: LOEN Entertainment

The girl became a woman: IU in a promotional shot for Modern Times
Credit: LOEN Entertainment

Despite her success in music, IU says she won't be turning her back on acting. "You're The Best, Lee Soon Shin was a great networking opportunity," she said of her time filming with Jo Jung Suk and Lee Mi Sook. "I had such a fun time filming for the drama during those six months. I was so tired, but it was a really happy time because I learned so much. I met many sunbaes [senior actors]."

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