In Under the Queen’s Umbrella, which marked a fabulous start with viewership that almost reached up to 10% in the first week, Kim Hye Soo plays Queen Im Hwaryeong with stern yet cheerful charms.
With her elegant and dignified appearance, she convincingly portrays Hwaryeong, the busiest person in the entire palace who’ll go to all lengths to protect her sons. In every episode, the actress impresses the viewers by showing the character’s various charms with her well-balanced performance.
In episode 4, Hwaryeong is seen going all out to save the crown prince (Bae In Hyuk) who’s now at death’s door, all the while digging into the mystery behind Prince Taein’s death. Moreover, her tense conflict with Queen Dowager (Kim Hye Sook) doubled the tension.
The sight of Hwaryeong touching the crown prince’s face after he vomited blood brought the viewers to tears. Her conversation with Prince Sungnam maximized the sadness with her restrained feeling of remorse. However, she returned to the angry yet pleasant queen when she was with her troublemaking sons, showing a glimpse into her bright and courage side.