Korean drama series, Hold Me Tight tells a story about a married couple revisiting their jaded relationship after experiencing a life and death situation. Thanks to Oh!K, we had a chance to interview the the main casts; Han Hye Jin and Yoon Sang Hyun!
Han Hye Jin is a well-known actress who made her breakthrough in 2005 when she starred in Be Strong, Geum-soon! as a young widow working as an outgoing hairdresser. Other notable roles include Jumong, Jejungwon, and 26 years. She has also hosted the talk show Healing Camp, Aren’t You Happy between 2011 and 2013.
Meanwhile, Yoon Sang Hyun is an actor and singer, making his acting debut In the 2005 television series Marrying a Millionaire. His breakout role was in the 2009 drama Queen of Housewives, and he has continued to star in many popular films and television dramas, including Secret Garden, I Hear Your Voice, Gap Dong, Ms Temper & Nam Jung Gi, Shopping King Louie, and Perfect Wife.
Without much further ado, check out the interview below!
To Han Hye Jin : What drew you to this drama? If the scenarios in this drama were to happen to you in real life, what would be the last thing you would like to do?
Han Hye Jin: After going through the script of the first four episodes, I felt that it was deep yet simple and it reminded me of Japanese dramas. I really felt that as an actress, I had to do this. I knew it was going to be difficult, but I wanted to challenge myself, and that was what motivated me to take on the role.
As a mother myself, I don’t think I would be able to spend my last moments alone, focusing on just myself. I think if the drama were to happen to me in real life I would be spending my last three months preparing for my daughter’s future.
Q : Some people might take what happened in the series as adultery or an inappropriate relationship. What are your thoughts on that and how would you feel if someone from your partner’s past came back into their life?
Yoon Sang Hyun: If someone from your partner’s past shows up in their life and they go through emotional turmoil, there’s nothing you can do. However, you should stay firm, stand by your partner and not be emotionally unstable.
Han Hye Jin: Since we are only human, I think it’s understandable if we become emotionally unstable and have some feelings when someone from our past came back into our life. However, we must have a sense of responsibility to not cross the fine line into adultery.
To Han Hye Jin : How does it feel to be acting once again? Did you notice anything different?
Han Hye Jin: The crew is too young. Our director is young, and so are the people on set. It’s a bit embarrassing that staff call me ‘noona’. (Laughter)
I was really nervous at first as it felt unfamiliar. However, as we continued filming, I have begun to adapt and the young energy is starting to inspire me. I also see a lot of new equipment and cameras on set, so I believe that our drama is going to be visually outstanding.
To Han Hye Jin : Did your husband say anything to you upon your return to the screen?
Han Hye Jin: Since my pregnancy, I’ve spent a lot of my time overseas raising my daughter, so it’s been difficult to leave that behind. However, my husband has been very supportive and said, “You must do it. You were an actress before you were a mother, so don’t settle for just the present. You must go back out and act.”
The timing for the series is also perfect as the World Cup will take place after this drama is over [she is married to South Korean football player Ki Sung-yueng]. So, here I am.
To Yoon Sang Hyun : You’ve previously done a lot of characters that are relatively light. How does it feel to be in a more serious drama for the first time in long time?
Yoon Sang Hyun: Yes, my previous roles have been very light-hearted. I feel that I have been able to adapt myself to the script for ‘Hold Me Tight’. I actually prefer to play a character with both a light-hearted and a dark side. However, in ‘Hold Me Tight’, I cannot draw from my past experience alone, and I have to really draw from my inner personality. I practiced a lot before filming.
As it is my first serious drama in a long time, working with Han Hye-jin and a young director was challenging at first. However, as we continue to film I am really able to focus on playing my role on set. It is also my first serious drama after getting married so I am more emotionally stable and it feels great to be able to be a part of this drama.
To Han Hye Jin : The concept of a brain tumour is quite popular in Korean dramas, along with cancer. There have been a lot of actors and actresses who have played the role of a terminally ill character. How did you prepare to act as a terminally ill patient?
Han Hye Jin: The focus of this drama is actually around love and not brain tumours. I really needed to do my research in preparation for this role, so I watched a lot of documentaries on the illness. Although we have started filming, I am still watching these documentaries and practicing to ensure that I understand and play my role well.
Hereditary brain tumour is a very rare disease so it is never easy. I really needed to work hard to ensure that the viewers accept and believe that both the mother and the daughter are suffering from the same illness.
And that’s the end of our interview. Don’t forget to tune in to Hold Me Tight which airs on Oh!K (Astro Ch 394), within 24 hours of the Korean telecast, every Thursday & Friday at 7.50 pm.