Rookie actress Jo Soo-hyang was a bundle of happy viruses.
She turned out to be bubbly and cute girl who is far from the evil Kang So-yeong she played in the KBS 2TV drama "Who Are You - School 2015" which ended on the 16th. We asked her what she thought about the criticism she got for her role.
"I don't know if I'm getting famous or not because I'm in the middle of filming the drama and I don't go out much. Looking at articles or comments on the articles, I feel more interest than being upset. I have been preparing to be an actress for a long time, but I haven't had much success yet so the pure fact that they recognize me for anything is a great thing. It's funny seeing people say that I was born nasty, but I take that all as a compliment and it gives me responsibility to do better".
"Who Are You" is based in an educational background. Jo Soo-hyang played the role of Kang So-yeong who conflicts with the twin sisters Lee Eun-bi and Ko Eun-byeol (Kim So-hyun). The reason why So-yeong bullies Eun-bi from Tongyeong to Seoul isn't clear. She's just a nasty girl who likes to bully people. Jo Soo-hyang put her years of experience from plays and theaters into this drama. She showed much affection for So-yeong.
"Everyone criticizes So-yeong but I empathize her. She's just a victim of the wrong teachings. She was told by her prosecutor father that she won't succeed if she doesn't use someone as a stepping stone. She's still a child. If someone took her hand warmly and guided her to the right way, she wouldn't have turned out half bad".
If you'd seen "Who Are You" then you might've wondered what the real Jo Soo-hyang is like. She's so mean in the drama that it's hard to imagine what she'd be like in real life. She enjoys this attention but sometimes it hits her. "In the next movie "The Priests", I am a nice girl. She's very different from me or Kang So-yeong".
"I am playful and cheerful. I am sentimental and I cry a lot. At first when I auditioned for "Who Are You - School 2015", I tried out the innocent Si-jin role first. Then I read So-yeong's line and they must've liked that lot because that's what I played in the end. Maybe I was good at it because I gritted my teeth learning how to act in high school. I also played a lot of aggressive roles in independent films. Many people worry that the 'bad' image would stick to me but it's something I need to work on as an actress.
"If I didn't appeal so strongly then it would lead to NGs and doing that again would really be bullying her. So I tried to go for it at one shot. Thankfully, So-hyeon is very mature so she understood. She's so kind, too. She approached me first and smiled and talked to me. She was worried about me being tired. Seong-jae and Joo-hyeok are also younger than me but they are so mature. I was the childish one. They took care of me and not the other way around".
Jo Soo-hyang joined art school with a friend and started her way as an actress thanks to a play. Ten years later, things weren't exactly the way she wanted them to be. She had to go through several moments of rejection and despair. She worked harder and landed with the lucky chance to be in "Who Are You - School 2015".
"I don't think anything has changed. It's only the beginning. I just took the first step in life as an actress. My parents are very happy to see me on TV and not just independent films. I am working hard to make them happier".
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