Actress Seo Ye Ji is among the most versatile Korean actresses on the small screen, seeing that she rarely repeats the same roles.
After almost 1 year of absence due to her gaslighting scandal, actress Seo Ye Ji finally returned to the small screen in the female-centric K-drama “Eve”. This will be a super important work in Seo Ye Ji’s career, seeing that the public’s reception to this project will reflect whether the actress can fully return to Korean showbiz.
Whatever the outcome is though, Seo Ye Ji’s dedication to her craft is still praise-worthy, and her versatility truly stands out amid the Korean acting pool. Below are some iconic works of this madly talented actress.
Potato Star 2013QR3
9 years ago, it was “Potato Star 2013QR3” that kick-started Seo Ye Ji’s acting career. In this series, the actress assumed the role of Noh Soo Young – a rich young lady who has lived in luxury her whole life, only to give up her wealth for her beloved.
In this legendary sitcom, Seo Ye Ji never failed to crack up the audience with her childish bickering with actor Go Kyung Pyo – who played her on-screen brother. In fact, the two’s “chemistry” was so good, people believed that they were actually siblings, and kept in their mind this outstanding rookie actress.
Moorim School: Saga Of The Brave
If in Potato Star, Seo Ye Ji was loud, childish, and arrogant, then the actress’s role as Shim Soon Duk in “Moorim School: Saga Of The Brave” is kind-hearted, hardworking, and positive. In the series, this character had to work hard to take care of her visually impaired father, but despite that, never failed to be a good person.
However, this 2016 series did not manage to gain much attention, and most of the public never realized Seo Ye Ji’s talent here. For Seo Ye Ji’s fans though, “Moorim School: Saga Of The Brave” would be a must-watch to see the actress’s clear improvement.
“Save Me” is probably the heaviest work of Seo Ye Ji as of the moment, as her character, Im Sang Mi, was entangled in a religious cult with the leader controlling every aspect of her life and grooming her to be his wife.
In fact, the role was so heavy and complicated that Seo Ye Ji struggled from insomnia and trauma while filming for “Save Me”. The series was truly a haunting and thrilling, yet meaningful piece.
4 years ago, Seo Ye Ji collaborated with Lee Jun Ki in the action-filled K-drama “Lawless Lawyer”, and did a spectacular job at portraying the headstrong female lead Ha Jae Yi.
While “Lawless Lawyer” is less complex than the actress’s previous work “Save Me”, it did require Seo Ye Ji to deliver a wide range of emotions, from cheeky and arrogant to stone-cold. In addition, the actress exuded mad chemistry with Lee Jun Ki, making for an intense K-drama that won’t leave you bored for even one second.
It’s Okay To Not Be Okay
Her role as the female lead Go Moon Young in “It’s Okay Not To Be Okay” helped Seo Ye Ji become a top star after 7 years in the industry, and extended the actress’s popularity to beyond Korea. Therefore, it was Seo Ye Ji’s most impressive performance commercial-wise.
However, this is not an easy role either, as the actress had to pull off an arrogant and unempathetic Go Moon Young, while still letting it be known that this character was severely hurt in her past. Seo Ye Ji’s portrayal of such a complicated personality ended up bringing her a nomination for the 2021 Baeksang Arts Awards’ Best Leading Actress.
Finally, Seo Ye Ji recently returned as the female lead Lee Ra El of “Eve”, after getting canceled for her gaslighting scandal. Lee Ra El is a vengeful woman who has lost everything she loved, and is set out to pay back everyone that played a hand in her tragedy.
Since this K-drama is extremely focused on characterization and revenge, Seo Ye Ji’s acting ability will be of utmost importance. Hopefully, the actress will be able to deliver a mighty, yet still somewhat fragile Lee Ra El.
Throughout her acting career, Seo Ye Ji has gone through a huge variety of roles, from dark to bright, from kind to downright cruel. It is no exaggeration to say that the actress is among the most versatile on the Korean small screen.