“The Penthouse” Star Han Ji Hyun Dishes On Season 2, Her Co-Stars, And Hanging Out With The Other Kids In Real Life
Han Ji Hyun is currently starring in the popular SBS series as Joo Seok Kyung, the wayward daughter of Joo Dan Te (played by Uhm Ki Joon) and Shim Soo Ryeon (played by Lee Ji Ah). Although the privileged teen appears to have every advantage on the surface, the character has her own hidden wounds and emotional turmoil on the inside.
“Looking at the character of Seok Kyung, I thought that she was very honest about her feelings,” said Han Ji Hyun. “In a way, she might seem like someone who is different on the outside versus the inside, but I saw her as a kid who, even when she tries to hide her feelings, is unable to hide her duplicity. I thought of her as an affection-starved child with a lot of greed—like a wounded hunting dog.”
When asked what she thought of her own performance as Joo Seok Kyung, the actress humbly remarked, “I feel that I’m very lacking [in terms of skill]. I should deliver each and every line with meaning, but I’m still nervous on the filming set, so I don’t think I was able to accomplish that. My performance also should have been more detailed, but I’m still not used to the camera, so my gaze and gestures weren’t fully executed. When I saw that, I thought to myself, ‘I still have a long way to go.'”
Han Ji Hyun went on to speak highly of her co-stars Lee Ji Ah and Uhm Ki Joon, commenting, “Both of them are such warm people. When I’m practicing my lines in the dressing room, they’ll casually help by reading lines with me, and if I make a mistake by messing up a line or my pronunciation during rehearsal, they’ll often give me good advice like, ‘How about trying it this way?'”
Mentioning Kim Young Dae, who plays her twin brother Joo Seok Hoon in the drama, she added, “Young Dae and the staff often buy us delicious food during lunch. They’re so considerate that I’m full of nothing but gratitude.”
Han Ji Hyun also shared that the kids of “The Penthouse” have become good friends in real life and that they hang out together outside of filming.
“We joke around with each other on set, and we also help each other with our acting,” said the actress. “When things get hard, I think it’s a huge source of comfort and help that we’re all together.”
When asked which of her co-stars she was closest with, Han Ji Hyun chose Lee Tae Bin, who plays the character of Lee Min Hyuk. “We’re the same age,” she explained, “and we both enjoy having a drink, so we’re the ones who took the initiative to plan get-togethers [with our co-stars]. So after filming, the actors would gather to hang out, and that’s how we all became close.”
“They’re really good at memorizing lines, and they also know which key points will be caught on camera,” said Han Ji Hyun. “They’re both so talented that when the camera pans over to them, I often think, ‘Oh, so that’s what I’m supposed to be doing.'”
Finally, Han Ji Hyun talked about the highly-anticipated second season of “The Penthouse,” teasing, “An even more entertaining and tightly-written story awaits. The plot will become even more fun as it unfolds, so please look forward to it a lot.”
She added, “As we enter Season 2, I too will do my best to show you an upgraded performance as Joo Seok Kyung. Thank you to all the viewers who have been giving their love to ‘The Penthouse.'”
Watch Han Ji Hyun in “The Penthouse” with English subtitles below!