Actress Kim Hyun-joo of 'Hellbound' says global sensation for S.Korean works is natural

연합뉴스 / 2021-11-26 16:38:03
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▲ This photo, provided by Netflix, shows actress Kim Hyun-joo. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)



SEOUL, Nov. 26 (Yonhap) -- Actress Kim Hyun-joo (44), who plays one of the leading roles in Netflix's latest Korean-language series "Hellbound," expressed her feelings about the show's global popularity. 

"It's true that I was afraid of 'Hellbound' not meeting the high standards set by South Korean sensation 'Squid Game,' but I'm so grateful that the show is showing great results," Kim said in a video interview with Yonhap News Agency on Friday.

"Hellbound," which depicts a hell-like chaotic situation after people are sentenced by figures from hell, became the most-watched TV program on Netflix after its release, pushing down the global sensation "Squid Game" to second place.

Kim, who will be marking her 25th debut anniversary next year, mentioned her thoughts on the recent craze of content made in Korea, saying, "These trends were created based on the 'Korean wave craze' that had existed for a long time now."


"Since I've closely witnessed the sincerity and enthusiasm of actors and production teams for a long time now, I have always been proud of Korean works. I believe the effects are greater because more people have access to watch (Korean content) through Netflix," Kim added.



▲ This photo, provided by Netflix, shows actress Kim Hyun-joo. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)


In "Hellbound," Kim plays Min Hye-jin, who is a lawyer struggling to reveal the truth about a cult named "Saejinrihwe," and presents a charismatic appearance as well as a never-before-seen action sequence.

"I thought Min Hye-jin was one of the weaker human beings like the rest of the people," Kim explained. "I tried not to portray a very strong and just character from the beginning because I knew the only way she could change was if she was able to be swayed by others."

Kim, who worked with director Yeon Sang-ho for the first time through "Hellbound," decided to star in director Yeon's next film as well.

"At first, I had a preconceived notion that director Yeon would be stubborn because I knew he had his own outlook and a so-called 'universe.' However, to my surprise, the director had a very wide perspective and a sense of humor, so it was always fun to film. In fact, everything was amazing and new to me when I was filming Yeon's next film. Like a kindergartner, I started learning new things one by one while breaking away from all of my past framework of acting," Kim said laughing.


▲ This photo, provided by Netflix, shows actress Kim Hyun-joo. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)


Kim, who still can't quite grasp how popular "Hellbound" is, said, "Even if I did realize how popular 'Hellbound' has gotten, it still wouldn't impact my actions or attitude I have created as an actress over the years."

"For my debut work, I was able to act with actresses Youn Yuh-jung and Na Moon-hee," Kim said. "I have always had such admiration towards them because their presence alone has given me so much strength. If I could also become an actress who can give such strength to someone else, there would be nothing more to wish for."



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