Actor Kim Seo-hyung has performed indelible roles, together with the evil mistress of her greatest pal’s husband in SBS’s “Temptation of a Wife” (2008-2009) and a spiteful college admissions marketing consultant in the JTBC drama collection “SKY Castle” (2018-2019).
After efficiently wrapping up her first lead function in a tv collection — a police detective in SBS’s “Nobody Knows” (2020) the actor is again on the silver display screen in the horror movie “Whispering Corridors 6: The Humming.”
She portrays Eun-hee, who returns to her highschool in Gwangju to work as vice-principal. Soon she is haunted by the ghost of her greatest pal, who dedicated suicide in the college lavatory. While grappling with her personal previous, Eun-hee stumbles onto one other secret on the college grounds when one of many college students, Ha-young, tells her that her greatest pal dedicated suicide in the identical lavatory.
Although the movie’s most important concern is horror, the story additionally offers with the tragedy of the May 18 Gwangju Democratization Movement, which is a part of Eun-hee’s previous. Despite the heaviness of that them, the actor believes the movie’s message is straightforward.
“I painting a woman who was as soon as a sufferer. She grows as much as be an grownup who doesn’t look away from the identical form of atrocity occurring on the college grounds proper now,” Kim mentioned in an internet interview with the Korea JoongAng Daily on Monday.
“I consider that’s the core message of the movie: Be an grownup who’s not evasive, or who turns away from injustice. I feel Eun-hee has the braveness to face with the scholars and struggle for them as a result of adults didn’t do this for her in the previous. If that’s what the movie is about, then I don’t essentially assume that it’s a heavy matter.”
This isn’t the primary time that Kim appeared in the “Whispering Corridors” horror collection, all of which occur in colleges. She appeared as a music trainer in “Whispering Corridors 4: Voice” (2005).
Ironically, Kim says she will barely watch horror movies, and performing in them was troublesome.
“In ‘Voice,’ I’m hung by a cello string,” Kim mentioned. “I used to be horrified and completely scared to enact that scene. it was actually onerous for me. It’s moments like these that make it troublesome for me to behave in the horror style. In ‘The Humming,’ though every thing was synthetic on the units, the scary scenes had been nonetheless actually scary. I cried loads after filming. I had to spend so much of time mentally making ready myself after I went onto that set.”
In her 26-year profession Kim has largely portrayed highly effective and forbidding roles, like a lawyer, prosecutor, or a police detective. She’s tall and lean, with a low voice, and casting administrators pigeon-holed her.
In latest years, nonetheless, the actor has stretched her range and her sturdy, poised, profitable characters present extra compassion and carry a touch of heat. In the tvN drama collection “Mine.” Kim portrays a daughter-in-law of household operating a enterprise group, who tries to assist her sister-in-law discover freedom.
“The range of roles provided to me nonetheless contains these sturdy characters,” Kim mentioned. “I don’t know what roles I’ll undertake subsequent, but when I’m given one other sturdy character, then for the sake of the challenge I attempt to empty myself. What I imply is that I attempt to go clean, to be regular as I will be in my every day life in order that after I tackle one other related function, it doesn’t repeat what I already did.
“But as I tackle such roles, I feel I do know now, at the very least slightly, the abilities of how I can emit an aura and the way I can look cool and stylish,” she added.
The actor is conscious that it’s troublesome to interrupt a mildew that’s so acknowledged by the general public.
“I can’t wait round eternally for a unique form of function, so I needed to discover my very own breakthroughs,” Kim defined. “Even although they [the roles] could also be related, I carry the accountability of twisting them to indicate a unique form of coolness, a unique form of power from my prior roles. Especially in ‘Mine,’ I had a romance in my character’s narrative. And when such alternatives construct up, possibly someday, individuals would possibly give me a romantic character to do. I do know that leap received’t be straightforward. That’s why the romance in ‘Mine,’ and Eun-hee was so important for me.”
Her roles have introduced the actor many feminine followers through the years, which she says she’s grateful for.
“My roles have additionally allowed me to be this profitable, career-driven ladies in a society,” she mentioned. “Come to consider it, even in this age, I didn’t actually have quite a lot of function fashions, adults to look as much as, and after I was portraying such characters, I used to be performing out these adults I needed to fulfill, these mates, seniors who can grab my hand and lead me. I feel that desperation was introduced out effectively after I acted. And I feel that the preferences of my feminine followers could also be not all that completely different from mine. We’re all considering alongside related traces.”
Eun-hee in “The Humming” was the form of grownup the world may use extra of, Kim mentioned, able to extending a serving to hand to individuals in want.
“I do know that the movie was launched below the style of horror, and the story gives an viewers the passable form of horror they count on in such movie,” Kim mentioned.
“What I needed to say by way of my portrayal of Eun-hee is not all that groundbreaking or severe. We want extra adults who can defend kids. […] I realized by way of Eun-hee that being an excellent grownup does not take all that a lot. Just being there and listening to individuals can carry an enormous consolation to them.”
BY LEE JAE-LIM [[email protected]]