Actress Lim Ji Yeon is receiving favorable reviews for her portrayal of the villain Park Yeon Jin in Netflix’s new drama “The Glory”.
“The Glory”, which marks the reunion of Song Hye Kyo and screenwriter Kim Eun Sook after “Descendants of the Sun”, has drawn keen attention since before its official release. After being introduced to global viewers through Netflix on December 30th, it is still rising in popularity and even reached No.1 on Netflix Korea chart.
According to its description, “The Glory” tells the story centering around Moon Dong Eun (Song Hye Kyo), who begins her revenge against the gang that broke her soul in the past with school violence, and Park Yeon Jin (Lim Ji Yeon), the leader of the bully gang.
Unlike her previous works, which were mainly melodramas, “The Glory”, which is nearly a real thriller, Lim Ji Yeon plays one of the villains that create the tension in the story. In fact, Park Yeon Jin is also Lim Ji Yeon’s first villain in her career.
Lim Ji Yeon is an actress who always tries to transform herself through every work. She appeared as Ga Heun, who owns an innocent image and willingly throws herself into an impulsive love, in “Obsessed”, and con artist Young Mi, who has a bright and lively personality, in “Tazza: One Eyed Jack”. However, she had never played a villain until writer Kim Eun Sook cast her to take on the role of the evil woman Park Yeon Jin.
Regarding the reason why she cast Lim Ji Yeon for that character, Kim Eun Sook said, “Thought I should be the first to mess it up if anyone thinks she would ruin the drama because she hasn’t played a villain before, I made the casting offer”.
Writer Kim Eun Sook made this half-joking answer at the press conference, but the result she brought with that decision was a huge success. Lim Ji Yeon convinced the viewers by she perfectly portraying Park Yeon Jin, a school bullying perpetrator who is now a famous weather forecaster and married to a wealthy man.
Introducing Lim Ji Yeon, Kim Eun Sook said, “She suited the image of a weather forecaster and pulled off the expressions of a person with an angel face but an evil heart very well”.
In response to Kim Eun Sook’s compliment that she has an angelic smile, Lim Ji Yeon said, “I can play a villain well”.
Viewers are raising high expectations for Lim Ji Yeon’s presence as a villain in Season 2 of “The Glory”, which will be released in March.