Exclusive: Jeon So Nee On “Our Blooming Youth”, Park Hyung Sik
A woman on the run for a crime she did not commit. As she bravely dodges her adversaries with her impeccable fighting skills, you can’t help but recall this is the Joseon Period, with its highly regulated rules and norms for men and women.
The latest K Drama “Our Blooming Youth” has been winning rave reviews for its strong female narrative and giving its female characters the agency they deserve.
Produced by Studio Dragon “Our Blooming Youth” stars singer and actor Park Hyung Sik as Crown Prince Lee Hwan, who is under a mysterious curse.
Jeon So Nee plays Lady Min Jae Yi who is engaged to be married to the prince’s friend but tragedy strikes. Her family has been poisoned and investigations lead to her being the main culprit.
Jeon So Nee one of the rising stars in Korean entertainment has had to her credits hit dramas such as “Encounter” opposite Park Bo Gum and “When My Love Blooms” with Jinyoung. Her portrayal of Min Jaye has won the young actor tremendous applause.
In an exclusive conversation with Good Times, Jeon So Nee speaks about Our Blooming Youth, her style quotient and plans.
GT. Hello and Namaste from India. Congratulations on Our Blooming Youth’ what drew you to your character Min Jae Yi, a genius who is also prime suspect. What was most challenging about playing her?
Jeon So Nee: Min Jae Yi is a woman with intelligence and grit. She tends to get attracted to people who follow their heart. Also, I had to put lots of effort in trying to perform her because the character has many abilities like martial arts and horse riding to get through difficulties herself. It was challenging but also exciting.
GT. What was it like working with Park Hyung Sik? Any moments from the set which you can share.
Jeon So Nee: All of the scenes were great, but there is a scene that is most memorable. The scene of opening up to the prince seemed difficult, so I was worried. However, looking into his eyes and doing the lines were much easier than imagined, thanks to his amazing acting. I felt proud and happy for us both being fully concentrated in that moment. That day, as I headed home, I left a message thanking him about how fun it was working with him, and how I will put more effort as well for us to make other scenes likewise.
GT. K Dramas have very strong female characters, what is the one thing you look for in a role when its offered to you? Do you have a dream role?
Jeon So Nee: The thing I consider most important is whether or not my heart is moved from the character. When I want to stand up for someone, I also feel the want to become that person. Therefore, I don’t have a dream role for I do not feel moved by any specific conditions or backgrounds. I always look forward to new stories because I believe I can fall in love with any character, beside my past roles.
GT. You are very stylish, your sense of fashion seems easy going yet trendy. What is fashion for you and how would you describe your style? Any favourite outfit?
Jeon So Nee: All I ever was interested about was acting and movies, but as I stepped into my twenties, I got to know more about fashion and started enjoying it. I feel interested in the clothes that make me look different more than clothes that looks fine on anyone, so I like clothes that seem ordinary but have unique details. Instead of basic items, I tend to buy without hesitation when items have certain features like no other. Same clothes but different combinations create variety of looks, so I do not have any favorites.
GT. What are your favorite activities if not working? Thank you we hope to see you in India someday.
Jeon So Nee: I mostly enjoy watching movies in theaters. The unchanging feeling from when I was young and now, of engaging into the movie through a big screen, completely forgetting about the reality is what I love so much. Other than that, I love reading, photography, and traveling.
Jeon So Nee will be next seen in the coming of age film “Soulmate’ alongside Kim Da Mi.
“Our Blooming Youth “ is currently streaming on Viki.
Picture credits: Studio Dragon