One of the most versatile and sought after actors Kim Go Eun has an impressive filmography to showcase for her decade in the industry.
Though many labelled her debut in and as ‘Eungyo’ in 2012 as ‘bold’ portraying a teenager who becomes the object of an aging poet’s desire in the adaptation of Park Bum Shin’s Novel ‘Eun Gyo’, it proved her ability to skilfully get under the skin of her character with ease.
Her breakout role in K Drama’s came with ‘Cheese In The Trap’, playing the amiable and relatable Hong Seol caught in an emotionally complicated relationship.
From her sensitive portrayal as the orphaned teenager whose life gets entwined with the immortal Goblin in the mega popular ‘Goblin’ in 2016, to taking on a double role as the feisty cop and a hardened criminal caught between a parallel universe in’ King, The Eternal Monarch’, Kim Go Eun says her approach towards her craft is uncomplicated. The actor has also starred in several critically acclaimed films such as ‘Canola’ and ‘Tune Into Love’.
She further added, ‘At first, I look at the written script to see how the characters speak, and their habits. Then, I form the character’s personality and attitude according to the flow of the entire plot as a whole and the choices my character makes within’.
If you like me resonate with Yumi and how those tiny unitard clad Smurf’ like creatures process and influence her every thought, decision and action, then we have to unanimously agree how well actor Kim Go Eun brings to life the simple and introverted Yumi as she deals with work, heartbreak and opening herself up to the many possibilities life could offer.
After her emotionally traumatic break up with Woong (Ahn Bo Hyun ) in Season 1, Yumi has found love and happiness in the comforting presence of the ever reliable Yoo Ba Bi (Jinyoung) and even quit her job to fulfil her writing ambitions.
‘I could naturally immerse myself into my character, the fact that we were at a similar stage in life – in terms of age – was relatable regardless of the differences between our personalities and situations’ says 31 year old Kim Go Eun in an exclusive interview to Hello India ‘The ordinariness of Yumi drew me, she is a regular girl looking for her significant other, breaks up and tries to move on dealing with her heartbreak and then meets someone new in the process, it’s ‘living the ordinary, mundane life” aspect of this drama, is what’s resonated with the audience as well’.
Kim Go Eun and Jinyoung’s crackling onscreen chemistry is nothing less than swoon worthy leaving fans asking for more. Kim Go Eun is all praises for co star Jinyoung, ‘I think we were able to have great chemistry because Jin Young approached me entirely as his character, Yoo Babi. We also get along well, its easy to work with him, he is focussed and there is no awkwardness’.
As K Dramas continue to top global viewing charts and South Korean actors top search engines making headlines across platforms Kim Go Eun says its exciting times for the South Korean Entertainment Industry. ‘Growing global audience had allowed us to have a better shooting environment, and led to greater investments to produce new dramas. Through this, we are able to guarantee more challenging, and higher quality work.’
As she turned a year older on July 2 we asked her if she is anything like her character and who would she like to designate as her dominant cell. ‘I actually thought the prime cell would be the ‘love cell’, but then there are so many emotions and I think we can collectively learn to love them all. Like me you too will also be able to see the ‘love cell’ learning and growing with Yumi’ she answers thoughtfully But I definitely want to be the ‘Housekeeping cell’, because he seems to be hanging around all the time instead of working’.
With a season 3 anticipated in the many adventures of Yumi , Kim Go Eun will soon be seen as Oh In Joo in the much awaited ‘Little Women’ where she plays an accountant and one of the three sisters pitted against a wealthy family. The actress on playing her character in the new drama had said ‘Oh In Joo is a complex and three-dimensional character and the script was fun to the point that I read it in an instant.’ Little Women will be out this September on Netflix.