Actress Kim Tae Hee, the heroine of the SBS Monday-Tuesday drama ‘Jang Ok Jung, Live in Love’, revealed her thoughts about the drama that she safely finished filming for.
In the last episode of ‘Jang Ok Jung’ that aired on the 25th, Kim Tae Hee perfectly expressed the tragic situation where Ok Jung drinks deadly poison, capturing interest from the viewers. In a situation where she valued the life of her lover over her own while expressing the pain of an unfulfilled love, she earnestly acted like no one else could have.
On the 27th, Kim Tae Hee was at the Asia Economy office where she stated that “this is the first time that I was this anxious while filming a drama.”
Kim Tae Hee has received recognition for popular dramas such as ‘My Princess’, ‘IRIS’ and ‘Stairway to Heaven’. However, the average rating for ‘Jang Ok Jung’ was 9.4%, falling short of expectations.
Kim Tae Hee’s potential shines in the midst of a crisis. The drama received its highest ratings during episode 17 during Ok Jung’s childbirth scene, and the drama finished with double digit ratings at 10.3%.
“This was the first time that I was this anxious while filming for a drama. It was like a brand new environment. Since I was the only one, I matched up my schedule with a convenient time slot for myself and used the “watch the drama again” service finding out that viewers had many ways to watch the drama. During that time, I felt lucky. I wasn’t too hung up on ratings, I was focusing on acting well enough to bring in good numbers. I realized how hard it was to break the 10% barrier through this drama, and I gained valuable experience from it. I came to believe that I must repay the viewers through a good project.”
‘Jang Ok Jung’ is an important drama to Kim Tae Hee in various facets. She chose the sageuk ‘Jang Ok Jung’ as her comeback drama two years after the MBC drama ‘My Princess’. Kim Tae Hee hadn’t attempted a sageuk at all since her debut, making this a huge challenge for her as an actress.
As soon as the covering of ‘Jang Ok Jung’ was removed, Kim Tae Hee’s acting in a sageuk shined. There was a part that arose worry because it was different, and that was the fact that Kim Tae Hee was going to express the Jang Hee Bin we all came to know through a new interpretation where she would become a bedroom court lady after being a Joseon fashion designer.
In the drama, Kim Tae Hee showed off her appearance as a woman who ceaselessly loved her man, her maternal instincts after she lost her child, and her ambitions to protect her own status. There were various scenes that showed off Kim tae Hee’s diversity, such as the childbirth scene that seemed real.
Although the ratings couldn’t reach a satisfactory result, the ‘rediscovery’ of Kim Tae Hee in her first sageuk role is something that couldn’t just easily go unnoticed by the viewers.
Although we must say goodbye to ‘Jang Ok Jung’ in disappointment, the one thing we can confirm is that Kim Tae Hee’s development through this drama is a great present for her fans.
Translation: The Real CZ @ Hallyu Interview