Ahead of the grand finale of tvN’s “Vincenzo,” Kim Yeo Jin took half in an interview to share her ideas on her character, the ending, and extra.
The tvN drama stars Song Joong Ki as Vincenzo Cassano, an Italian lawyer and Mafia consigliere who’s of Korean descent, however was adopted by an Italian household at a younger age. When he strikes again to Korea as a result of a battle inside his group, he winds up crossing paths with sharp-tongued lawyer Hong Cha Young (Jeon Yeo Bin). Together, they be part of forces in utilizing villainous strategies to take down villains who can’t be punished by the court docket of legislation.
Kim Yeo Jin performs Choi Myung Hee, the formidable and ruthless lawyer of Woosang Law Firm.
Choi Myung Hee is a unique form of villain from those that always seem in Korean dramas. On taking part in the function, Kim Yeo Jin commented, “Of the characters I’ve played until now, this was the hardest one to approach. It was a villain I had never seen anywhere else. It’s hard to call her a villainess. She’s genderless. Not feminine nor masculine, like a middle-aged woman at times and like a middle-aged man at others. While acting, I focused on the fact that she has to be despicable. In many works, a villainess is sexy and captivating, or a certain incident or accident that causes her to carry out evil deeds is portrayed so that viewers can empathize with her. But for Choi Myung Hee, all of these were stripped away, and I had to show a balance between her mundanity and her evilness.”
Choi Myung Hee’s sturdy Gyeongsang dialect added character to the function. Because Kim Yeo Jin grew up in Masan, the dialect felt pure to her. She defined that she acted with out the dialect when was chatting with Jang Jun Woo (2PM’s Taecyeon) and that she spoke with a stronger accent when she was addressing characters she seemed down on or needed to struggle.
Another defining attribute of Choi Myung Hee is her love for zumba dancing. Kim Yeo Jin revealed that though she had by no means realized zumba, she had realized to salsa. Analyzing her character, she shared, “It may be a stereotype to think, ‘Can someone who loves music and dance so much be a bad person?’ she is a new kind of character who meshes her daily life with her terrible crimes. That’s why she was a very interesting character who seems normal until she suddenly makes your skin crawl.”
The method that Choi Myung Hee introduced loss of life upon others whereas going about her bizarre life made her wickedness seem much more pronounced. When she ordered her subordinates to kill lawyer Hong Yoo Chan (Yoo Jae Myung), she was consuming a mouthful of ssam (wrap) and gave the order nonchalantly like she was speaking in regards to the climate. Kim Yeo Jin agreed that this was an important scene, sharing, “Before this scene, many viewers were unsure whether she was a bad person or a good person, but this scene showed a twist. I was also shocked when I read the script. I think the way she was eating depicted her hunger and greed. I thought it was a symbolic scene that portrayed Choi Myung Hee’s world where the strong prey upon the weak.”
Asked to choose a favourite scene or line, Kim Yeo Jin mentioned with fun, “Please watch the last episode.” She additionally mentioned she preferred the current scene on the bar with Hong Cha Young (Jeon Yeo Bin) and that she wished they’d extra scenes collectively. She recounted, “At the time, I looked at Cha Young and thought ‘You and I are alike. In 20 years, you’ll become like me,’ and that made me laugh. I thought of myself as creepy for thinking that. It was a scene with depth that made me think a lot.”
Viewers might surprise what Choi Myung Hee’s final objective is, however in response to Kim Yeo Jin, she doesn’t have one. “It’s her way of living. All she has in her life is a desire to win and a desire to be acknowledged. She lived in a world where you live if you win and die if you lose, and that’s what she believes.”
Kim Yeo Jin shared that the actors had nice teamwork, saying, “I’m comfortable with Jo Han Chul (playing Han Seung Hyuk), so we could freely talk about acting. Same goes for Taecyeon. With Song Joong Ki, we tried new things almost every scene.” The actress commented that she naturally laughs rather a lot and had bother holding in her laughter and concentrating due to Jo Han Chul and Kwak Dong Yeon.
The actress mentioned about Choi Myung Hee, “I think she will be a turning point in my acting career. My mindset has changed a lot while playing this role. I think ‘Vincenzo’ is a work that has never been seen before. Unimaginable things happen all the time, and there’s a very serious, cruel, and deep darkness to it, but it’s very funny. It has every genre in it. It’s confusing until the end, but that’s the charm of this drama. Isn’t that how our lives are?”
In response to a request to drop a spoiler in regards to the ending, Kim Yeo Jin revealed, “Whatever you’re imagining, it’s probably going to be even greater that that. You should absolutely not miss it.”
Lastly, she shared just a few phrases for the viewers of the drama. She expressed, “When I read the script, I was worried about how people would receive Choi Myung Hee. I wondered how people would take the way the cases are solved and the comical and fantasy-like stories, but my worries were baseless. The viewers enjoyed the novelty and unfamiliarity. It made me think that the level of our audience is the force that makes Korean dramas grow. Because you didn’t reject the novelty and quickly absorbed and became a fan of it, I think that Korean dramas will be able to portray new stories endlessly. I was impressed by the viewers. I also enjoyed ‘Vincenzo’ as a viewer, so I am sad [to see it end]. ‘Vincenzo’ and Choi Myung Hee will stay in my memory for a long time. I hope they are a drama and a character like that to the viewers as well.”
The ultimate episode of “Vincenzo” airs on May 2 at 9 p.m. KST.
In the meantime, take a look at Kim Yeo Jin in “Meow, the Secret Boy“:
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