Actress Song Hye Kyo, writer Kim Eun-sook, and director Ahn Gil Ho attended the GV for Netflix’s “The Glory” Part 2 on March 8.
Song Hye Kyo said, “This is the first time I’m having a GV for a drama after debuting,” and added, “I’ve been at home most of the time lately, so I haven’t really felt the popularity. I can feel it now that I’m here,” she said.
When asked, “There must have been a lot of questions about Part 2,” Song Hye Kyo said, “Before I released Part 1 of ‘The Glory,’ I was worried. I could only see my shortcomings, but after the release, I was overwhelmed by the good responses. It was the first time in a long time that a drama did well,” she said, adding, “It felt really good. It was my first genre drama, so everything was difficult and hard. I was worried about whether every scene was right or not. I’m grateful that it was a good response for all my hard work.”
Writer Kim Eun-sook said, “I’m so excited that I’m scared of what’s going on,” adding, “I read the script again for Part 2 because the response was still good. It was even scarier. It was well-written after all.” She answered in a funny way.
At the production presentation, Kim Eun-sook revealed that ‘The Glory’ started with a question from her daughter. “She asked me, ‘Is it better to be beaten to death or beat to death?’ I was looking for an answer while writing ‘The Glory,’ and I realized that there is a solution to be beaten to death. I have the money to take the perpetrators to hell and back. So I thought, “I’d rather be beaten to death,” but that’s not the case for our ultimate Dong-eun. They don’t have parents with money or a family environment like that. I wanted to cheer for those people, so I tried to go a lot towards Dong-eun’s revenge being successful. You’ll have to watch the ending for yourself.”
The scene in the trailer where she says, ‘Don’t smile like that,’ is an important part,” Song Hye-kyo said of her impressive performance in Part 2. “In Part 1, she was expressionless, but in Part 2, there are parts where all her emotions explode. That’s probably why it resonated with me the most in the trailer.” She continued, “In the beginning, I start out as Moon Dong-eun, but I’m a person before I’m an actress, so there’s Song Hye-kyo in me. Toward the end, she becomes 100% Moon Dong. I was able to naturally play the character. It’s when you have 120% chemistry with your co-stars. That’s when we were able to give each other good energy as actors, and I think that’s why the emotions came out so well.” “There’s a scene called ‘Torn’. In Part 2, all the actors have a lot of ‘wow’ moments,” she said, raising expectations.
Meanwhile, regarding the episode involving her dog, Song Hye Kyo said, “My dog was a bit of a lightweight scene, so I took her to the set once in a while. Once, Mr. Lee Do Hyun’s dog also came to the scene to say hello. But my dog didn’t like Mr. Lee’s dog. Later on, he didn’t like Mr. Lee either, so later on, Mr. Lee kept my dog away from him,” she said with a laugh.
When asked how she spent the time leading up to the release of Part 2, Kim Eun-sook said, “I had so many people contact me that I made up rejection texts to send,” and shared her honest feelings, “I watched a different drama every day, and I was afraid it would be more interesting than ‘The Glory’.” Song Hye Kyo also said, “At first, I felt the same way as the viewers. I wanted it to come out quickly, but as time went on, I was worried that I would forget,” she said.
For Song Hye Kyo, the most memorable moment on set was the special makeup for the burns. “Dong-eun has burn scars, and it took a long time to make up the scars. I was naked for four to five hours,” she says, adding, “I dieted hard for that scene, eating only bananas for three days beforehand, and the day before, I didn’t even drink water. I felt like I was going to die before filming. I think the scene actually looked better because my body was tired. I had a lot of skin problems because I was wearing that makeup so often. I cared about my appearance the most, so that situation is very memorable.”
She also thanked her overseas fans for their support, saying, “It’s a great honor to be able to empathize with everyone and to share my feelings with them,” and “I was grateful and happy to be entrusted with the character of Moon Dong Eun. It was a painful and difficult time expressing Moon Dong-eun, but it was a meaningful time because I was able to show through my acting that ‘something can be done’ and ‘there is hope’ even for a character like Moon Dong-eun. She said, “I was happy while acting,” and expressed her gratitude for being able to work with great actors and staff on set.
Finally, she said, “Thank you for loving the drama so much. It’s the first time I’ve had a time like this while doing a drama, so it will stay in my memory for a long time,” and asked, “Please love it as much as part 1 and spread the word.”
Meanwhile, ‘The Glory’ Part 2 will be released on March 10th.