Jeon Jong-seo Proves Her Versatility in New Rom-Com

  • By Park Don-kyoo

    November 27, 2021 08:30

    Actress Jeon Jong-seo has delivered impressive performances in the films she has appeared in, bringing a different quality to each role.

    Jeon shot to stardom in 2018 playing the role of a mysterious girl in her debut film "Burning," a psychological thriller that was invited to the Cannes Film Festival. In 2020, she played a psychopathic serial killer in the thriller "The Call" and won the Best Actress gongs at the Baeksang Arts Awards and Buil Film Awards.

    Jeon Jong-seo

    Her new project is the romantic comedy "Nothing Serious," and there are high expectations about what new sides of herself she will reveal this time.

    In "Nothing Serious," which hit theaters on Wednesday, she plays a woman in her late 20s who struggles with a job and relationships and decides to try casual dating. She meets a man through a dating app and the two go on a date without knowing anything about each other.

    "I felt uncomfortable about the romantic comedy genre because I worried that it would show the real me," she said. "I followed my instincts playing the role, and I was relieved after watching the final edit of the film."

    Instincts seem to be what she relies on most in acting. Asked about how she approaches her characters, she said, "There is no set method. I just follow my instincts."

    Early this year Jeon was cited by a film magazine among top three actresses to watch for the year, after Kim Tae-ri and Jeon Ji-hyun.

    She once said she did not have a model when it came to acting styles and tried to create a unique performance in the process of filming. She admitted that this has changed somewhat, however. Previously, "I just acted in the way that pleased me, but now I think about what others would like, too. Acting is pointless without an audience," the actress said.

    What is she like in real life? Asked what she does when she feels lonely like her character in the film, she said, "I work hard and fall asleep exhausted. Loneliness doesn't go away even if I'm with someone, so I just try to concentrate on my work."

    "I don't fall in love easily. I think many women are like that. I wait until I am sure [about the relationship]," she added.

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