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The hidden jewel of the Movie world: Jo Yeo-jeong“Radiate youthfulness

   
 
   
 
She is earnest, passionate and beautiful and while she has a refreshing smile, she can be just as serious when she means to be.  Her name is Jo Yeo-jeong.  Although Yeo-jeong was highly praised for her role in the ‘Hidden Jewel’, it was her movie ‘A Life of Bangja’ earlier this year where she began to grab the attention of viewers.   In Bangja she starred as Chun-hyang and gave a wonderful performance, which only added to her new profound attraction.  She is now considered one of the top Korean actresses.    


For this reason the Post sought out Jo Yeo-jeong for an interview. She was graceful enough to agree for the interview because she thought it would be helpful for Dongguk juniors. The Post met Jo Yeo-jeong at the end of autumn. Due to her busy schedule this took place at a poster shooting.  She gave no indication of her busy schedule, however, and talked to me with a bright smile.   
Jo Yeo-jeong was a normal student, like you or me, who dreamed of becoming a teacher or announcer.  She had plans to major in the Department of Mass Communication.  Then one day, she was accidentally chosen to model for CECI magazine.  As fate would have it, this was the beginning on her road to success as an actress.  Her mother suggested that she enter the Department of  Theater and Film and she followed her advice at Dongguk.   
The Starting point for acting


Her first role was a lively high school student in the SBS sitcom ‘How do I look?’  Her first experience with acting was that it was really enjoyable.  And as roles became bigger and more responsibility was needed, she concentrated more on university life and enhancing her acting ability.


She now feels very happy and satisfied as an actress. This really happened with her role in ‘A Life of Bangja’.  She selected her role in this movie because the story was well written and she really took to her character of Chun-hyang.  “During the making of this movie, I rarely had a hard time.  I went through the entire process step by step.” She added that everyone was very professional which made the experience a really comfortable one. “An important part of acting is not carrying a heavy burden on your shoulders.  Acting is all about being creatively free.  So, if  I feel pressure when I am acting, then it is hard to express myself the way I want it to be.”

Another dream of  Yeo-jeong

 

   
 
   
 

 

Jo Yeo-jeong also has a passion for study.  She studied for a Master’s degree in the Department of  Performing  Arts at Dongguk graduate school of  Digital Image and Contents.  The curriculum may have been difficult but she also earned a scholarship.  When I asked her why she wanted to study so hard? She replied.
“When I was a high school student,I dreamed of being an educator.  Whether I became an announcer or an actress, an educator was always important too. So, the dream of becoming an educator was another dream of mine.” She also added that doing well in studies and acting at the same time could be difficult because of balancing out schedules. “In order to overcome the hardship, I needed a clear goal when I studied.” 


When I asked her about how she balanced out the creative parts of acting with the theoretical parts she was learning in school, she answered, “In school we don’t learn how to play a part. If we just did that then all actors would express themselves the same way, instead we learn about the power of analyzing dialogues so that we can learn to express ourselves uniquely. When a student grasps that concept each student can learn to express their characters in their own special color.”  She finished her four-year course at Dongguk and is happy to have a strong foundation in her acting. 


Jo Yeo-jeong's story in Dongguk

Thinking back to the time when she was a junior in university, Yeo-jeong recalled the youthful Theater festival. The festival is a competition among many junior university students in the Department of Theater and Film. During the festival Yeo-jeong had an important role in a play but was experiencing difficulties because of her inexperience as an actress and of managing her school work and classes.  She said that this situation was extremely difficult because of the seemingly endless hard work.  “That experience had a strong influence on the present.  Everybody undergoes fierce times in his lives at one time or another but getting through those times can definitely produce good results for the rest of his life.  It certainly takes determination to succeed, so don’t quit simply because things get rough.”
Looking back on those days she can now smile because she is now a seasoned actress. She added some further advice for juniors. “You can do everything if you strive for your dreams.  You’re in your 20’s now and you have a lot of energy so put it to good use, don’t waste it.”
In the future, even Yeo-jeong wants to expand her own roles to show she has no limitations. “I would really like to play the role of an ingenuous person, or an unrealistic minded person and for that matter even a scary woman.”                       
We can all look forward to watching her play these parts in the future and we should all remember her passion for acting while we strive to reach our own goals.

Bang Hye-jung  bhj9154@dongguk.edu

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