[K-Star’s Best Character] Seo Ye Ji and Her “Demented” Performances in ‘Save Me’

Edited by Hwang Hong Sun

Translated by Kim Hoyeun

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Seo Ye Ji, who has an attractive low voice, officially started her acting career when she joined the sitcom Potato Star 2013QR3 in 2013. After giving a big laugh by playing the role of Noh Soo Yeong, who showed “tit-for-tat” brother-sister chemistry with Go Kyung Pyo, she made her face known by performing big and small roles in various works, including movie The Throne, and dramas Moorim School and Hwarang. She then marked the turning point in her acting career when she starred in OCN’s Save Me in 2017.

Based on a popular webtoon, Save Me depicts the struggles of the four neighborhood friends to save their first love imprisoned by a pseudo-religious cult. Seo Ye Ji played the role of Im Sang Mi, who moved to a rural village following the failure of her father’s business, and performed a character who never gives up hope despite various misfortunes.

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Seo Ye Ii added to the drama’s fun by flawlessly digesting Sang Mi’s complex mind with delicate acting. Especially her inspired performances in the scene where she falsely testified to deceive the “Spiritual Father” of the pseudo-religious cult just might be the highlight of the entire work. It is said that the script did not have many explanations about the scene, but Seo Ye Ji mixed up bizarre ad-libs at the scene to create one intense scene with her own strength.

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Seo Ye Ji’s acting career can be divide into before and after her appearance in Save Me. Thanks to her impressive acting in the drama, she has grown from a potential rookie to an actor who can fully be trusted. After Save Me, she starred in various projects, such as drama Lawless Attorney, films Warning: Do Not Play and By Quantum Physics: A Nightlife Venture, and showed solid performances.

This year, she is starring in Kim Soo Hyun’s comeback drama It’s Okay to Not Be Okay, and is drawing more enthusiastic responses than Save Me. She plays the role of Go Moon Young, a fairytale writer with an antisocial personality, showing off her perfect chemistry with Kim Soo Hyun. She also fully displays the unique characteristics of her role, captivating the hearts of many viewers. Seo Ye Ji is already receiving keen attention from all around the world, and has achieved the new modifier “rediscovery of Seo Ye Ji.” Fans are already looking forward to her next moves.

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