Hwang Jung Eum Shows Her Affection for Her Character Wol Joo from ‘Mystic Pop-Up Bar’

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Credit: JTBC

Hwang Jung Eum expressed her feelings about the end of Mystic Pop-Up Bar, which was well-received by viewers.

Mystic Pop-Up Bar tells the story of Wol Joo, a tough auntie from the underworld, Chief Gwi, and human part-timer Han Kang Bae listening to and solving the problems of the customers. It is receiving much love in many countries, including Malaysia, Singapore, Japan, Thailand, the Philippines, and Hong Kong, remaining in Netflix’s Top 10 charts.

Hwang Jung Eum played the role of Wol Joo, who is on the mission to relieve the guests’ resentments, drawing both laughter and tears. She gave courage and consolation to the viewers by providing warm comforts to those who have heartbreaking stories and penetrating blows to those who like to power-trip.

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Q1. How do you feel about the end of the drama?

A1. It was such a warm drama that I felt a deep afterglow after filming it, but watching the drama again, I felt another sense of happiness. Thanks to everyone’s hard work, we were able to shoot in a pleasant atmosphere. Also, I was so happy to be able to play a unique character. I sincerely thank the viewers.


Q2. What kind of person is Wol Joo to Hwang Jung Eum?

A2. Wol Joo is a righteous character who is strong in front of the powerful and affectionate in front of the weak. I tried to express the emotions of Wol Joo, who had lived with sadness in her heart for 500 years, realistically yet in a fun way.


Q3. What messages does Mystic Pop-Up Bar want to deliver?

A3. In episode 4, there is a line that says, “So everyone needs to get a hold of themselves and live a good life. When I say something kind and help someone wholeheartedly, it comes back to me one day.” Like this line, it conveys the message that every little action of mine comes back to me. Let’s live with a good and kind heart, I think there was this lesson in every episode.

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Q4. With the release on Netflix, the drama has received a lot of positive responses from overseas fans. It shows many Korean elements, such as cart bar and hanbok fashion.

A4. The fate and relationship that cross the world of life are people’s interests, even if the culture and languages are different. After agonizing with the stylist team about how to portray the character of Wol Joo well, I got to wear a lot of modern”style hanbok. It was very different from my usual style, so it felt fresh and fun.


Q5. Why did you challenge the fantasy drama?

A5. It’s true that I was attracted to Wol Joo’s story and charms, but the fact that it unraveled the different worlds that ordinary people do not know was very attractive to me.


Q6. Any last words for viewers?

A6. I’d like to say thank you once again to everyone who watched Mystic Pop-Up Bar. I heard that many people were comforted through Wol Joo. You all are living the life of gap (the one who holds power). I hope everyone thinks positively and confidently and lives a happy life believing that I make my own world.


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