Jung Ryu Won braves the cold for Princess Ja Myung Go

Jung Ryu Won submerges herself in ice water

Jung Ryu Won (정려원) plays the lead role Princess Ja Myung in the SBS drama Princess Ja Myung Go (자명고). Jung had to film a challenging scene recently where she appeared to be calm and unaffected while soaking in freezing ice cold water! “Appeared to be calm” i say because the girl is so skinny that she does not have an ounce of fat to shield her from the cold. Who ever said being an actor is easy?

Before venturing into the cold water, Jung yelled “Fighting!” and proceeded to bravely submerge herself in the cold water, in wintry weather, clad only in a thin white cotton mourning dress! After the director filmed the scene, a very brave Jung got out of the water and (probably with teeth chattering) kept repeating the words “It was really cold“. The actress was quickly covered with thick blankets to warm her half frozen body. Staff and crew were around to rub her down and a space heater was held close to warm her up faster.


Before and After: Jung Ryu Won screamed “Fighting!”
before entering the icy pond and the crew warming
her up after the torturous scene.

The ritual of entering icy cold water in the gassho position (serene position with palms together) is a test ordered by King Daemusin of Goguryeo (hey! Isn’t that Song Il Gook‘s role in Kingdom of the Wind too) for Princess Ja Myung to cleanse her body.

Princess Ja Myung Go will start airing in South Korea on 9th March, 2009.


It’s freezing in here…where’s Daniel Henney when i need him!



Princess Ja Myung (Jung Ryu Won)
in mourning clothes

Source: Chosun.com, Hanfever

Pics credit: Chosun.com





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