Current state of drama affairs #5: Gong Hyo Jin

This is one of my favorite photos I’ve ever taken. It was shot during Gong Hyo Jin’s brief New York visit when she and So Ji Sub came to accept their “Rising Star of Asia” awards given to them by the New York Asian Film Festival.

Anyway, I’ve been a complete fangirl over Miss Gong the last few weeks. I managed to watch a good portion of “Thank You” for her (terrible drama, so circular in logic, really heavy-handed with the AIDs theme) and she’s a stunningly graceful actress. What I love about her is that she feels so natural and at ease. “Thank You” is a melodrama, so a lot of angst and tearing were expected, but Gong Hyo Jin has that quality about her that lessens your fear of melodramas, lol. Her expressions and her speaking don’t stress me out. Characters in melodramas, regardless of actor/actress, always have the tendency to act like the end of the world is coming, but watching Gong Hyo Jin act, I just felt like I was calmly observing a woman living her days peacefully, despite turmoil.

Right now I’m watching her in “Pasta,” and she makes watching a chef cook the same dish of pasta 75 times very watchable. Did I mention that I LOVE her speaking voice? There’s something soft and hard about it at the same time and her line delivery is always perfect.


  • cranberrysheep

    It’s hard for me to be rational about her, since she was the star of one of the only dramas I’ve ever really hated (Hello My Teacher). She did an admirable job… I just despised her character.

    Is Thank You really no good? Pasta looks cute, but I don’t know if I’ll ever get around to watching it.

  • tracee

    Gong Hyo Jin is gorgeous!

    And “Pasta” is such a cute drama. I love watching it! Her character is adorable.. and when she says “Chef~” .. haha.