[t/l note: before we begin.. i'd like to note that most of this was translated from korean to japanese first before i attempted to translate to english. i am definitely open to corrections. this is part 1 of the hye ri interview. part 2 continues on another page, and with a different focus.][Interview (1)]'Answer Me 1988' Hye Ri's Choice! If there were only the 'Sangmundong 4' left on Earth
source: Hankyung (Korea Economic Daily)Hye Ri, who portrayed the role of Deok Seon in ' Answer Me 1988'"You can’t say that her feelings towards JungHwan wasn’t love"
It wasn't a 'day' like all the coming days. The day that 'Answer Me 1988' aired was a day of delicacy-filled celebration. The Sangmundong 4, consisting of Jung Hwan (Ryu Joon Yeol), Taek (Park Bo Gum), Seon Woo (Go Kyung Pyo), Dong Ryong (Lee Dong Hwi), received favorable responses from female viewers of the TV drama. Because the four types of 'Fantasy' is an undeniably necessary and satisfactory condition.
The most enviable circumstance would be that of the female lead 'Deok Seon (Hye Ri)'. With broadcast starting on November 2015 and over the next 3 months, we asked Deok Seon for some unknown details. If the “Sangmundong 4” were the only guys left on Earth, who would she choose?
[photo; Caption: 'Answer Me 1988''s Hye Ri feels lucky to have met 'the people of Sangmundong']
"I’ve gotten quite a bit of rest", she laughed clearly. Though her skin is more tanned and the gap in her pure white teeth is wider than before, she couldn’t help but laugh. We finally met with Hye Ri, heroine of tvN’s 'Answer Me 1988' (AM88, from here on out).
After the ‘AM88’ broadcast ended, the entire production staff went on a reward vacation to Phuket, Thailand. Upon arrival, Hye Ri began to lose herself to the murderous schedule. These days, instead of being seen as ‘Hye Ri’ the performer, she is still recognized as the deservedly loved character ‘Deok Seon’. We asked her about the still hot button topic regarding ‘ONamRyu (The husband is Ryu Joon Yeol no matter what)’ and ‘OnamTaek (The husband is Taek no matter what)’.
'Answer Me 1988' with its rich episodes matching the catch phrase 'My last love is family' received ample love from men and women of all ages. However, the main female lead’s, Deok Seon’s, ‘husband-hunting’ led to its record-setting ratings.
Starting with Seon Woo from the beginning of the drama, Jung Hwan in the mid-to-later part, then getting to Taek in the latter half. Deok Seon's heart fluttered for the highest number of guys in the "Answer Me" series. Although she was rebuked as being an 'inconsistent child' at one point, her patience with Taek and the fruition of their subtle love moved half the viewers. On the other hand, there were apparently some people that could not be convinced. These were the viewers that came forward to push for 'OnamRyu'.
Hye Ri started to say, in a troubled manner, "I can't say that 'actually I'm for OnamRyu'. But there's also a part of me that can't deny that the viewers feel this way." One has to understand the 'ambiguous' answer. One has to consider everything in 'Hye Ri' and 'Deok Seon''s position. However, the production staff cleverly left just enough clues through the story.
"I don't think we could have come to an end that would have pleased everyone. If, in the end, it wasn't Taeki, but someone else, then someone out there probably wouldn't like that, either. Wouldn't we somehow just be putting someone else in the same situation?"
Hye Ri emphasizes Deok Seon's 'innocence'. "When Deok Seon expressed feelings towards Seon Woo and Jung Hwan, it was due to people around her telling her, 'he probably likes you.' Her immature and innocent friends would tell her easily lead heart, and she would start going that way even as she's saying, 'Oh, really? Then I'm good with him, too...'," she said.
Hye Ri stresses that one cannot say “it wasn’t love.” It was. Jung Hwannie was a still naïve Deok Sun’s puppy love.
“When Dong Ryong asked, ‘Who is it that you like?’, it seems that Deok Seon was enlightened. When she calmly thought about it, Deok Seon had been conscious about Taek from the very beginning. If you see how she keeps thinking, ‘Why isn’t this kid dressing warmly enough, has he eaten, did he take pills to sleep again’, it seems that Deok Seon couldn’t be conscious about her feelings towards Taek. The viewers were much the same. I regret that I couldn’t completely persuade the audience about the flow of Deok Seon’s feelings.”
[photo; Caption: With regards to the debate over the ending of 'Answer Me 1988', Hye Ri's response is vague, but perhaps she gave the most prudent answer.]
If it was the actual Hye Ri, not Deok Seon, would she have chosen Taekie? If the only guys left on earth were JungHwan, Taek, SunWoo, DongRyong, who would she have fallen in love with?
Hye Ri's expression became a little embarrassed, and said, "I think they made the best choice." When it comes to their story, there's a 'what looks best' among the 'Sangmundong 4' from the viewers' point of view, while for Deok Seon, they were just a bunch of kids full of faults.[t/l note: regarding 'what looks best'... i'm not sure if it's the most accurate translation, but the phrase she used is half of a proverb, 'what looks good tastes good'/'appearances matter'.]
"One friend couldn't even do anything, one friend knew nothing outside of baduk, I can't help but laugh. I like the stronger 'Sung Bora' (Ryu Hye Young). (Haha) Looking at it from Deok Seon's standpoint, they were kids with a lot of touching charm and many faults. From Hye Ri’s standpoint, let's see... could we somehow mix their good points together? If there was someone like that, I could marry them. (Haha)"
Along with having an empathetic story, 'AM88' also makes use of attractive up-and-coming actors, boosting them into stardom. Looking at Hye Ri, who is always surrounded by Ryu Joon Yeol, Lee Dong Hwi, Go Kyung Pyo, Park Bo Gum, we turn to joking around about her 'enviable work environment'.
“Aside from Park Bo Gum, there was a rather large age difference. They treated me like the youngest kid,” said Hye Ri, immersed in reminiscing about the harmonious filming set.
"They've known each other from before, through other circumstances. So I was worried. What if I couldn't match with them, I wondered. But, before the filming, I often met with them during the script reading. So when the actual filming began, it was a lot of fun since we were already pretty close. So much that the staff would tell us, 'Hey, guys~ Stop messing around so much so we can shoot'," she added.
"I was very worried since this was my 'first leading role'. When we were filming, I would ask, 'did I do well?', the oppas who were watching would encourage me, saying, 'our Deok Seon is doing great, the best'. I learned a lot," she continued, without forgetting to express her gratefulness.
While doing this work, Hye Ri had the nicest thing to say with the following words.
"The viewers can also see. They can see our actual closeness through the screen. The chemistry (breath) among the 'AM88' family is the most fun, and it was a work worth doing."
Hye Ri has gained a strong support group, cheering her on in the not-so-easy acting career along with her invaluable career as 'AM88''s Deok Seon.