“Okja” Actress Ahn Seo Hyun Talks About Working With Bong Joon Ho And His Historic Oscars Win
On February 10, actress Ahn Seo Hyun appeared on KBS’s “News9” to talk about working with Bong Joon Ho. The acclaimed director had just made history when his film “Parasite” took home four awards at the 92nd Academy Awards, including Best Directing and Best Picture.
Ahn Seo Hyun had starred in Bong Joon Ho’s 2017 film “Okja.” She said, “Personally, I had expected this. I didn’t know that it would win so many awards, but I predicted that director Bong Joon Ho would win an award. I wasn’t able to watch the ceremony live, but I had to contact him after seeing headlines. Through the news, I was able to congratulate him first.”
She also talked about her experience working with the director and said, “He gives off a sense of comfort and stability. He describes his directing style as ‘free-range.’ He sets up big fences and lets us loose to express ourselves freely within. He is a very dependable person. When the director trusts the actors, and the actors trust the director, there is a synergy that arises.”
She continued, “When you see him on set, you can’t help but admire him. You understand why people say that he’s very detailed. But he says that that makes him feel pressured. When he is filming, there are certain scenes and points that he becomes obsessed with for a reason. I think that those things end up creating the ‘Bong Joon Ho genre.'”
Ahn Seo Hyun worked with Bong Joon Ho when she was still an elementary school student. She said, “We were filming in the Hollywood style, but it was the standard to adhere strictly to sleep and meal times. Because I was a student, he also set aside time for studying. He even set up a private tutor for me. He took care of things that I wasn’t able to myself.”
She added, “Only he knows whether I will be able to work with him again, but if there is ever an opportunity to do so, I couldn’t ask for more.”
Meanwhile, Ahn Seo Hyun is currently in talks to star in “School 2020” alongside Kim Yo Han.