When asked about what she thinks of singer-turned-actors, Gong Hyo Jin said, “I’ve acted with singer IU and now Ahn So Hee. Although Ahn So Hee is now a full-time actor, she still started off as an idol and I noticed a difference when working with them [compared to other actors].”
She explained, “The first difference was that I had more than a 10-year age gap with them. I had a 13-year age gap with IU and a little less of a gap with So Hee. I think there’s a difference between getting to know a young rookie actor and getting to know a singer who has had her career since her teens.”
Gong Hyo Jin thought back to the time when working with IU, saying, “Before filming began, I was worried that she may be hard to approach or seem more mature than me. IU was actually a grown-up child. In my opinion, she was even more patient and controlled than myself. If filming didn’t start on time, I would fret around wondering why it wasn’t beginning, but IU would just be sitting and waiting quietly as if she was listening to music. I wondered if this was what it was like to be experienced since your teens.”
About her film co-star Ahn So Hee, Gong Hyo Jin said, “So Hee was different from IU. She was full of consideration. IU was also considerate, but So Hee was a bit more hesitant and careful that she almost seemed uncomfortable, even when we were eating. I felt like her politeness was very innate.”
She added, “So Hee might’ve had a hard time hiding her nervous self. Sometimes I could sense her thinking, ‘Does she feel uncomfortable because of me?’ As time went by, though, she seemed to think to herself, ‘Oh now she’s more comfortable with me.’ On the other hand, IU was very unpredictable [in terms of her thoughts]. She has a pokerface. She’s very dignified. Meanwhile, So Hee had a side to her that seemed very playful just like any girl her age.”
What do you think about her descriptions of IU and Ahn So Hee?