Actress Seo Ye-ji made an official apology about 10 months after her controversies.
It is the first time in more than 10 months that Seo Ye-ji apologized after a storm of so-called gaslighting controversy, staff abuse, and forgery of academic background. Seo Ye-ji apologized through her agency Gold Medalist on February 27th, emphasizing that it was because of her immaturity.
There are people who view the apology delivered ahead of her return negatively, but on the contrary, it is also true that it is Seo Ye-ji’s responsibility to point out the situation ahead of her return. What about the industry’s view of this apology?
Entertaining officials have another opinion, which might be different from the public’s. Although Seo Ye-ji became a hot topic and was criticized, and there were direct and indirect victims such as the filming staff, the prevailing issue is that her controversy is not a common case. Of course, that an actor has to act well and have a good personality is increasingly emphasized, but many assume that Seo Ye-ji returning to the industry is a natural step as she went through self-reflection time and renewed her contract with her agency last year. The agency said, “Seo Ye-ji is an actress who has been with us since the establishment of the company, and we decided to continue to work together based on mutual trust.”
Above all, it can’t be denied that fans can trust in her acting skills. An official from a drama production said, “The role and Seo Ye-ji go so well together that it gives me goosebumps.” tvN’s new drama “Eve” (written by Yoon Young-mi, directed by Park Bong-seop), starring the actress, is a work about life-threatening revenge. Seo Ye-ji plays the role of Lee Ra-el. After carefully designing revenge after the shocking death of her father when she was young, Lee Ra-el wins a 2 trillion won divorce suit.
Regarding Seo Ye-ji, the production team explained, “I think a strong acting skills and work emergence is important as ‘Eve’ contained the process of meticulously preparing for revenge,” adding, “Seo Ye-ji is an actress with a strong image and energy to portray Lee Ra-el. She has been analyzing the script more thoroughly than anyone else since our first meeting. Her high understanding of the character and extraordinary affection for the work are the main reasons for us to confirm her casting.”
There has been no big disagreement with Seo Ye-ji‘s acting skills. It was widely believed that her acting skills should be recognized as much as in the movie “Recalled,” which was released at the height of her controversy. “I will repay you with good works and good acting” is indeed the best answer one celebrity can give after apologizing for her controversies. It is predicted that if Seo Ye-ji shows successful character portrayal and firm star quality, she may turn the crisis in her career into an opportunity.