Article title: Jo Hyun Jae said, “Melodramatic acting was probably more difficult for Jung An nuna (older sister) than myself.”
[Daily News Star Today Park Se Yeon, reporter] 2015.10.05.17:03
Actor Jo Hyun Jae spoke about his melodramatic acting with Chae Jung An in the drama “Yongpal”.
On the afternoon of October 5 at a local cafe in Nonghyun, Gangnam, Seoul we interviewed Jo Hyun Jae regarding the SBS Wednesday-Thursday drama “Yongpal” that just finished. During the interview he expressed his thoughts on the short-lived but intense melodrama with his co-actress Chae Jung An.
In the drama, they each played the roles of Han Do Jun and Lee Chae Young. They portrayed a typical “show window couple” (a relationship for show only, or just a relationship on the surface). However, starting from the middle of the drama, Han Yeo Jin (Kim Tae Hee) begins to attack Han Do Jun, then Do Jun and Chae Young changed into becoming comrades that are pretty much on the same boat. Especially when Han Do Jun was dying Lee Chae Young expressed her feelings in a fierce manner and this evoked strangeness.
In relation to this, Jo Hyun Jae said, “Even though it was short, I felt that it’s part of an expression that needed to be done and so because of this, I was lost in the whole process. Do Jun really loves Chae Young but he doesn’t receive the same kind of feeling from her so it’s almost like a love-hate thing. That is how I was able to bring that kind emotion while acting.”
Jo Hyun Jae continued further, “This goes for Yeo Jin as well. This was so because, during my character’s childhood, everything was so good. However, ever since his young years, he always felt left out and compared a lot to his younger sister, so the character felt that he had to somehow survive from this rivalry. I think this was the reason why I was able to turn bad without hesitation. The people around me just wanted to use me which resulted in Do Jun becoming cold-hearted too,” he said by way of explaining his love-hate relationship with Yeo Jin.
Partially, the unfolding of the story is ‘going up the hills’ (things getting worse and worse) and this was part of the criticism for Do Jun and Chae Young’s melodrama. This was the substitution of the level-headed analysis.
Jo Hyun Jae said regarding this, “Actually, Jung An had a hard time with this. Do Jun is in a position where he actually likes Chae Young but she doesn’t like him in return. But, somehow she has to immediately come up with the way to express her new feelings for her husband, that must have been difficult. However, in such a short amount of time we were able to interact very well together and I think she was able to immerse in herself nicely too.”
Jo Hyun Jae added further, “It’s too bad that the melodramatic element wasn’t so plentiful but I think of this as a positive thing in the end because I got a lot of support from fans.”
Credit: Photo as labelled. English translation by Jenny Park. Thanks! Editing by Prissymom.