Yejin is original Korea’s sweetheart[Happy Together/2019.03.21]On January 26, 2020 by Raul Dinwiddie
Their beauty was unparalleled. Who’s that? – It’s Jaesoon. / – Yes, it’s her. I’ve never seen this photo of you before. Do you remember when you took it? It’s from a movie called “Carnivorous Animal” by Director Kim Kiyoung. – “Carnivorous Animal”? / – Yes. I played a rich man’s wife. I can tell by the chairs and decorations. Check out her sexy gaze. Oh, the good old days. Tell us about the character you played. I was a rich man’s wife who had a struggling marriage because of her cheating husband. She’s pretty angry in that scene. – She’s outraged. / – Yes, she is. “How am I going to get rid of this cow?” She’s shooting lasers out of her eyes. I’m thinking about how I should punish this man. – Your beauty… / – It’s astonishing. You were the original nation’s girlfriend. It’s not like I was adored by the nation. I was just a little pretty. We saw that you weren’t “just” pretty. Her physique from behind is still incredible. Weren’t you asked to enter the Miss Korea pageant? – She’s quite tall too. / – She shot commercials. My school teacher suggested it. The Miss Korea pageant? My parents nearly kicked me out for even thinking of such a thing. I had a lot of men following me around. I’m pretty sure that many boys followed you around. I received all kinds of letters. “I’ll walk in front of City Hall with” “a blue notepad in my bag.” That’s so romantic. – It truly is. / – “Meet me with a red one in yours.” Back then, we didn’t – It’s our national flag! / – have mobile phones. Those are the colors from our national flag. We called each other on our landlines too. Just think of a magnet. We don’t see that anymore now, – but back in the day… / – It’s pretty nice. Weren’t you curious about him? I was. I could see City Hall from my house. So I looked out of the window. A man was coming and going. But I didn’t meet him. You didn’t go out? – You didn’t like the man. / – He wasn’t your type. – You didn’t like him. / – No. You must have looked at him closely. I knew it was him. “Oh, it’s that man.” Then you closed the window right away. You said that you don’t remember. But you remember it so clearly. She’s on a variety show for the first time in 50 years. Yes. Then she shares her love stories. Thank you for that. You happened to dress in red today. I love red. – You like red. / – Yes. – Goodness. / – She’s so cute. Is that Im Yejin? – She’s so pretty. / – That’s me. She was so popular when I was in high school. She was featured in “Love Truly” and she was very popular. She was the best. She was literally a teenage star. Yejin was a teenage star. She was in “Love Truly”. It was a series for girls. Starting from “Third Class” to “Prayer of a Girl”. She was in all the series then. She was so cute and pretty. – She’s original Korea’s sweetheart. / – She was. Her popularity was like IU, Kim Yuna, and Moon Geunyoung’s popularity combined. She was unbelievably huge. – She’s the best. / – You said it in an interview. I’ve never said those things. It’s too embarrassing for me to say myself. Titles like “Korea’s sweetheart” is really embarrassing for me. There are so many talented actresses these days. During my prime, I was the only actress. – That’s right. / – I was the only girl. Everyone went crazy when you got on the bus. I got really famous for shooting student movies since I was in Grade 10. I went to school by bus. – That’s how I commuted. / – That doesn’t sound easy. I wore school uniforms just like the others. My hair was short too. I looked down when on the bus. Sometimes, people noticed that it was me. So I walked to school when I was in Grade 11. I see. – It took me one hour. / – My goodness. Why? Some boys would get down the bus with me when they noticed that it was me. There was a small path to my school. They would follow me all the way there. I couldn’t turn back to count how many were there. I just walked with my face down. So to this day, I still can’t face up. – It became my habit. / – You still can’t face up? It grew into a habit. – So you’re used to it. / – Yes. My back is a bit hunched. – Your back is hunched? / – When people look at me, I can’t stand it. I was like that since young. I can’t face people well. Hwayeon, you were as popular as Yejin. I’m sure you were very popular too. I don’t remember about boys following after me. Most of the hairdresser’s shops were in Myeong-dong. – You’re right. / – They were all there. I couldn’t walk or pass through Myeong-dong. (She was blocked by her fans.) Some would scream, “It’s Hwayeon!” Then they would run towards me. There was a famous hairdresser there. – He’s Mr. Yoo. / – Yes. He came to rescue me from the crowd. Internet wasn’t common then. – My goodness. / – Is that her? She looks like a queen. I was a model for a cosmetics brand. – Is that taken in 1987? / – “Love and Ambition”. She’s so charismatic. That was taken while I was on “Love and Ambition”. That show was just… What was the viewer’s rating like then? – It was about 75 percent. / – What? – 75 percent. / – 75? When I was young, my whole family watched “Love and Ambition”. We really loved the series. There weren’t even cars in the street. – Gosh. / – It’s amazing. Back in the days… – My goodness. / – Who is that? – That’s Hyesuk. / – My goodness. That’s Hyesuk? Who is she? – She’s so pretty there. / – Gosh. She was really pretty. She’s still pretty today, but she was so beautiful. Everyone looks good now too. I was in my freshman year. – Freshman year? / – Yes. – Look how pretty she was. / – Everyone’s hair and dress were as trendy as now. Jaeseok is about to fall. – Gosh. / – What are you doing? – I knew they were pretty. / – What are you doing? They’re so pretty. – Hyesuk was so pretty. / – She was. She’s so pretty. Did you debut in freshman year? I debuted as Ms. Haitai during high school. (She debuted as Ms. Haitai during high school.) It was a sort of beauty pageant. Did you debut as Ms. Lotte? (They both debuted as models for snack brands.) I debuted as Mr. Haitai and an actress on MBC. Both of them made official debuts as actresses. I debuted through that open-recruiting. Were you two rivals? Haitai versus Lotte? – Almost. / – We were rivals. The snack brands were competitors too. (Ms. Lotte versus Ms. Haitai) I worked for a bit during high school. Then I started my career as an actress in college. – She was so pretty. / – We said it earlier… There’s her photo. – Let’s check it out. / – Cosmetics brand’s model. (Hyesuk as a model for a cosmetics brand) – My goodness. / – Gosh! (She looks very sexy.) That’s Hyesuk? She’s sensuous. I was in my freshman year. I was a model for them for five years. But during that time, I mean it’s still the same today, you can be the main cast if you’re a model for it. You can just be the main cast like that. So I got to be the main cast for drama series. I was very lucky. Your pose doesn’t look comfortable there. You’re glaring there. (Glaring eyes) But it suits her so well. – She’s so pretty. / – Yes. You were a cosmetics brand model for five years. We have to watch her commercials. – What’s that? / – My goodness. This looks luxurious. (She looked classy even during those times.) (She’s so pretty.) (A lady of Paris is beautiful.) (She’s a natural beauty.) – She’s still fit today. / – I know. She was so pretty. You’re like the originator of Korean Wave. I’m not sure if that’s the right term. But during the Olympics in 1988, Fuji TV was looking for a host. So they came to Korea. Then I got selected there. The other host for China was Anita Mui. – She passed away. / – Anita Mui. Yes, it was her. So I was in Japan in every two weeks. They needed one Korean host. Then they needed one Chinese host. So I was the host for the show then. – In 1988? / – Yes, in 1988. No wonder her English pronunciation sounded – like Japanese. / – Member. She said it like a Japanese. Do you remember how she said it? She started saying it like a Japanese. She picked it up there. There was a reason. Her pronunciation sounded like a Japanese. (They started talking.) That’s why he’s the host. Did you release an album too? – He’s the best host. / – I released an album. He’s the best host. Did you release two albums? She said yes.