Seo Hyun Jin told behind-the-scenes stories of how she was cast in “Cassiopeia” and prepared to play an Alzheimer’s patient.
At the press conference for “Cassiopeia” held at Megabox COEX at Gangnam, Seoul today (May 17th), director Shin Yeon Sik and actress Seo Hyun Jin were present and talked about the movie. Actor Ahn Sung Ki was originally scheduled to attend but had to be absent because his acquaintance caught COVID-19.
Seo Hyun Jin, who plays the main character Soo Jin, a talented lawyer who loses her memory due to Alzheimer’s, said, “I first received the script from the director two years ago. When I read the script back then, I remember crying a lot from the middle part because it was so good. I didn’t read the script thinking as an actor, this would be hard. My biggest thought was ‘I want to do it’,” she recalled the time when casting for the “Cassiopeia” took place.
She continued, “At the time, I didn’t expect filming would be so scary. After a year, I became afraid and thought I wouldn’t be able to do it. But again, another year passed and I thought I could do it, but after the script reading, I got scared again.”
Seo Hyun Jin said, “I remember calling the director and crying a lot because I thought, ‘Why did I think I could do it without fear?’ He then told me, ‘I think you’re going to have a good time, trust me, and follow me.’ So eventually I trusted him and went for it.”
When asked about what it was like portraying an Alzheimer’s patient, Seo Hyun Jin said, “It would have been nice if I had the opportunity to meet real patients because it is a role that required me to show symptoms, but while social distancing due to COVID-19, I learned a lot through videos. Also, one of my acquaintances had Alzheimer’s, so I applied what I saw to acting.”
“Cassiopeia” is a movie about Soo Jin (Seo Hyun Jin), a woman who tries to lead a perfect life as a lawyer, mother and daughter. But after losing her memory due to Alzheimer’s, she starts living a new life with her father In Woo (Ahn Sung Ki). The movie will be released on June 1st.