July 21, 2021 11:00
Actress Jeon Ji-hyun is returning to the small screen after a four-year hiatus in a special episode of Netflix's Korean zombie series "Kingdom."
"Kingdom: Ashin of the North," the 92-minute "sidequel" to Season 2 of "Kingdom," airs on Friday.
Since her appearance in the 2017 TV series "The Legend of the Blue Sea," Jeon has focused on raising her two sons.
"When I met script writer Kim Eun-hee, I asked her to cast me [in any role], even just as a zombie. I was thankful to be given the title role. There was no reason to hesitate to accept the offer, as I'm a big fan of hers," Jeon said during an online press event on Tuesday.
"Kingdom," which incorporates a zombie theme familiar to Western viewers against the backdrop of the Chosun Dynasty, became a hit when it was first released in 2019. Season 2 was aired in March last year.
The special episode revolves around Jeon's character Ashin's encounter with a group of people who travel north to discover the origin of a plant that turns people into zombies.
Jeon is well known for performing intense action scenes herself in her projects.
"The action scenes were not as hard this time, as my character Ashin can subdue a zombie just by shooting an arrow," she said. "I work out every day because I want to eat as much as I want [without worrying about weight gain]. So I was physically well prepared [for the role]."
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