Hanyang Welcomes Kim Hyang-gi!
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Gathering more than 20 million viewers with her recent movie series, ‘Alongside With the Gods' (2017, 2018), Kim Hyang-gi (Department of Theater and Film, 1st year) received the title of a ‘ten-million actress,’ a term used to refer to actors and actresses who have gathered over ten million viewers in one movie. Her achievement has led to her becoming the youngest actress to receive the ‘Best Supporting Actress Award’ at the ‘2018 39th Blue Dragon Awards.’ Turning 20 years old in 2019, Kim has been admitted to Hanyang University's Department of Theater and Film, becoming a freshman for the upcoming semester beginning in March. Putting a period to her teenage life and embarking on her new chapter of life in her twenties, Kim shared her impressions as both a university student and as a soaring actress.
Becoming a student of Hanyang
Q. What led you to apply for Hanyang University?
Kim: During my high school years, I long desired to pursue my studies in the field of film and theater. After the deliberate process of asking for advice and comparing the available options, I was able to make the final decision of applying for the Department of Theater and Film in Hanyang University.
Q. Do you have any fantasy of being a university student?
Kim: From an academic perspective, I am really looking forward to taking the courses offered at school. It is those related to ‘playwright’ that I am excited about the most, as it has a distinct intellectual benefit for actors. As it is something that I have never encountered before, the curiosity and interest towards the field have naturally grew in me. As for the expectations related to my school life as a university student, I want to participate in extracurricular activities. However, it is not certain yet which type of activity I want to participate in, as every activity has a different vibe that I may not be familiar with. I do not think it would be too late to choose after adapting to the school atmosphere first. Additionally, although it may seem as a trivial thing, I really want to try eating at the school cafeteria.
Q. Your teenage life is over and you are turning 20. When do you feel it the most?
Kim: To be honest, I am not feeling anything yet. I think it will take about a year before I actually acknowledge that I have truly become an adult. As for now, I want to concentrate on adapting to my school life as a freshman.
Q. Is there any remark that you would like to share with your fellow freshmen?
Kim: To my fellow freshman, I believe we are all having the nervousness and excitement that every freshmen must go through. I hope that we all have a meaningful and healthy school life together, sharing enjoyment when we can and pursuing our studies when we must!
Q. Kim also improvised an acrostic poem to the school philosophy ‘Love in Deed and Truth(사랑의 실천)'
사: 사자와 함께 (Alongside a lion)
랑: 낭낭한 마음으로 (With a pleasurable heart)
의: 의젓한 대학생으로서의 생활을 힘내봅시다 (We should keep the efforts of living as mature university students)
실: 실천의 중요성 모두 알고 계시죠? (You all know the importance of acting in deed, right?)
천: 천만배 더 멋진 사람이 되기 위해 노력하는 한양인이 됩시다 (Let us all become students of Hanyang that can shine ten-thousand times brighter)
Kim's career as an actress
Q. What is your most meaningful movie?
Kim: Although every single movie throughout my career is important and meaningful to me, I believe that it is ‘Heart Is' (2006) that is the most meaningful, considering that it was the movie that allowed me to first set foot in my career as an actress. As I was only six years old at the time, I do not have very clear memories, yet a lasting one is that my mother read me the script as if it was a fairy tale because I was too young to read it myself and understand it.
Q. Is there any specific role that you would like to play in the future?
Kim: In the past, when I had that same question, my answer was that I wanted to perform a character with a multiple personality. However, having more thoughts now, I believe it is hard for me to name one specific role. It is because, rather than focusing on the role itself, it is more about how the character is shaped within the plot, with various emotions and situations guiding the formation.
Q. Do you know your strength as an actress?
Kim: As I like acting, I act every character with full sincerity, which I believe is my main strength. As for my specific philosophy of acting, I do not have one, yet I do like the saying, ‘in-hyang-man-li’ (인향만리, a four-character Chinese idiom that has the meaning of ‘a person's scent lasts over a long distance’). Even apart from the fact that the idiom is associable to my name (the word hyanggi means 'scent' in Korean), I also like the meaning itself in that I want to become an actress that always remains nearby.
Q. How would you define the term 'acting'?
Kim: I believe that acting is similar to creating a mind-map. While having a certain model as an actress that I desire at the center of my mind, I have to spread numerous branches from it to fit myself into that certain model. With no limitations in its growth, every experience and every lesson that I learn can be linked together within the mind-map, eventually all forming into the model actress that I desire to become.
Q. Can you introduce your newly-released movie, ‘Innocent Witness' (2019)?
Kim: ‘Innocent Witness’(2019) has the main story of Yang Soon-ho (played by Jung Woo-sung), a lawyer assigned to a murder case, meeting the only witness of the case, Lim Ji-woo (played by Kim Hyang-gi) who has an autistic disorder. Planned to be released on February 13th, 2019, it is a heartwarming movie that is getting the attention of many.
Q. What are your future plans?
Kim: Rather than looking far into the future, I want to concentrate on my near future, which is my life as a university student and a freshman of Hanyang University. As an actress, I would like to learn and improve step by step, while pursuing my acting career.
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