[HanCinema's News] Oh Hye-won Enjoying Dual Visibility With Wildly Different Roles
By William Schwartz | Published on
While many minor performers in the South Korean entertainment industry are typecast, this is not the case for Oh Hye-won, who has recently been noted for her noteworthy appearances in two very different roles in two very different genres. Oh Hye-won appears as an autonomous sensory meridian response (ADMR) creator in the romance drama "Dinner Mate", and as a police officer in the popular zombie movie "#ALIVE"
The stage makeup alone is enough to emphasize how Oh Hye-won is nearly unrecognizable between the two roles as the same actress. In "Dinner Mate" her character gives off a deliberately cute, therapeutic, and eccentric air as both a work partner of and friend to the lead character played by Seo Ji-hye. The offbeat design of Oh Hye-won's character has led many fans to see her a scene stealer excelling in both voice and mood-setting.
But in "#ALIVE", Oh Hye-won serves a very different purpose as an exhausted police officer struggling to stay alive during a zombie apocalypse. Her scene is among the tensest in the movie, serving as a stark reminder and contrast to Yoo Ah-in's character of what fate likely awaits him should he choose to leave the safety of his apartment. Oh Hye-won also effectively communicates the menacing chaos of the scene without dialog, relying chiefly on expressions and physical energy.
Oh Hye-won is fairly recent to acting, with her first named role coming in "Children of Nobody" in 2018. This is in spite of her being relatively old to start such a career shift, having turned thirty-four this year. Nevertheless, the model has quickly proven herself to be more than a pretty face. Many are curious what her next project may end up being.
Written by William Schwartz
Staff writer. Has been writing articles for HanCinema since 2012, having lived in South Korea since 2011. Started out in Gyeongju, then to Daegu, then to Ansan, then to Yeongju, then to Seoul, lived on the road for HanCinema's travel diaries series in the summer of 2016, and is currently settled in Anyang. Has good tips for utilizing South Korea's public bus system. William Schwartz can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org. He also has a substack at williamschwartz.substack.com where he discusses the South Korean film industry in broader terms and takes suggestions for future movies to review.