Gong Hyo Jin Talks About What She Enjoys About The Romantic Comedy Genre

Gong Hyo Jin talked about her experience with the romantic comedy genre!

Recently, Gong Hyo Jin has been receiving much love for her roles in the romance film “The Most Ordinary Love” (literal title) and her current drama KBS 2TV’s “When the Camellia Blooms.” Recently, the film surpassed 1 million moviegoers while the drama achieved over 13 percent in viewership ratings.

“The Most Ordinary Love” tells the story of Jae Hoon (played by Kim Rae Won), who was hurt by his ex-girlfriend, and Sun Young (played by Gong Hyo Jin), who was betrayed by her ex-boyfriend, as they embark on an honest relationship between two people who just experienced breakups.

On what she liked about the film, Gong Hyo Jin said, “I liked the realistic scenario that made me clap as I related with the story. Sun Young seems ordinary, but she’s charismatic because she’s a complex character who isn’t actually ordinary.” She also added, “Recently, I didn’t have any interest in romance films, but the scenario for this piece was so fun.”

Gong Hyo Jin explained that she enjoyed that the film had an open ending, which made it more interesting because of how realistic it was. She shared, “Romantic comedy genres [generally] glamorize characters a bit, and the ending is basically decided. [The characters] run to hug each other while saying, ‘I love you,’ making a happy ending. It gives viewers the heart-fluttering thought, ‘I want to love like that once.’ However, the script for this film was different. It was cool and strong. There was nothing more to take out or add, and the ending was especially good. I liked the ending in which you could imagine a lot of things.”

While talking about the character Jae Hoon and the way he drank to forget the pain of his breakup, Gong Hyo Jin shared an experience when she texted someone after drinking but got worried when she saw that the other person didn’t read the text, making her search online if the other person had blocked her. She said, “I think love is the emotion that makes people the most laughable.”

The actress also talked about choosing strong characters who can laugh and cry about love while working hard rather than a character who only relies on love. She also talked about her concern of acting too similarly in all her project, saying, “I focus on trying to show different kinds of acting. I’ve tried a different type of project [in the past] because of the review that my acting was too similar [across all my projects].”

Finally, she shared, “‘When the Camellia Blooms’ is a really good project I want to give strength too, and ‘The Most Ordinary Love’ is a project viewers can relate to that shows a love life that’s similar to everyone’s, which is not special but not ordinary either.”

“When the Camellia Blooms” airs every Wednesday and Thursday at 10 p.m. KST.

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