With the recent success of Crash Landing On You, one of the lead stars Kim Jung-hyun could not help but be grateful.
Kim Jung-Hyun started his career in dramas like Don’t Dare to Dream, The Rebel, Overman, KBS2 hit teen drama School in 2017 and JTBC youth series Welcome to Waikiki, but it was Crash Landing On You that really helped him become a global star, like Crash Landing On You achieved the second-highest rated Korean drama in cable television history.
His acting in Crash Landing On You was so memorable and critics describe it as a breath of fresh air. He gave his role in-depth and showed his versatility as an actor.
Kim Jung Hyun was cast for Crash Landing on You on July 15, 2019, alongside Hyun Bin, Son Ye-jin, and Seo Ji-hye. The Korean drama series proved itself and became a worldwide success, it was able to top the ratings throughout its run and became the second-highest rated Korean drama in Cable television history.
During an interview with Sports DongA, actor Kim Jyung Hyun spoke about tVN’s Crash Landing on You, and what it means to him. The actor described it as a turning point for him. He was grateful for the drama, because of it he was able to get past a 17-month period where he was physically and mentally unwell. Crash Landing On You gave him a chance to reconsider his life and love himself. In 2018, the press was particularly harsh on him during a press conference for MBC’s ” Time”, he left the drama early because he was suffering from an eating disorder.
He said, ” It was a time when I had been berating myself as both a person and actor. I was really having a hard time then, to the point where I thought, ‘ Why am I living? Every moment was like I was stinging at the edge of a cliff. One day, I suddenly realized that I was being too hard on myself. I felt that because I wasn’t able to live well at the moment, I would continue to feel like I was at the edge of a cliff in the future. Once I realized that, I tried to focus on the present and the people around me.”
Kim Jung Hyun said that Crash Landing On You was a drama that allowed him to find hope. ” What I’m most thankful for is that I learned that I’m someone who can be loved as well”. I regained a lot of self-esteem. PD Lee Jung Hyo told him, ” Let’s have fun,” and that gave him the strength to go on. I’ve never been contacted so much from friends, or parents asking me to come over for dinner.
His next goal for this year is to study English. Kim Jung Hyun said that ” One day, I will be able to relay the energy that I feel when watching movies to people from countries all around the world.”
“I want to improve my English beyond just conversational skills to being able to act in English.” Laughing, he added, “Actor Park Myung Hoon, who appeared in ‘Parasite,’ told me to prepare in advance.”
In an interview with Segye Ilbo a Korean news outlet, Kim Jung Hyun also praised the professionalism of his co-stars. He told them that Hyun Bin and Son Ye Jin were the ultimate definitions of professionalism.
“When they were rehearsing, there weren’t any of the rosy, romantic vibes that the media talked about in articles [about their dating rumors],” he shared. “But as soon as the cameras began rolling, they would gaze at each other lovingly, with honey dripping from their eyes. When I saw that, I thought they were really cool.”
“It made me think that I was working together with really amazing senior actors,” he continued. “They were cool to the extent that I thought, ‘This must be what a real professional looks like.’”
He also spoke of his on-screen partner Seo Ji Hye and commented that “Seo Ji Hye helped me a lot so that I could act comfortably. When I first saw her, I thought that she looked very cold and untalkative, but she was so nice to me that it made it easy for me to prepare for my scenes.”
“During rehearsals, she would share her opinions with me, and she was also great at listening to my own ideas,” he recalled. “So there weren’t any difficulties in working together on scenes.”