On February 10th actress Cho Yi-hyun participated in an interview about “All of Us Are Dead” in which the twenty-two year old actress stars in a major role. The series is based on the webtoon of the same name, and was released worldwide on Netflix this past January 28th. In it, Cho Yi-hyun plays the role of Nam-ra, the student class whose aloof exterior is put to the test via a crisis situation with her fellow classmates.
Cho Yi-hyun made her debut in 2017 with “Witch’s Court” and “Revenge Note” although in both cases the roles were minor ones. Her first debut as a lead was in School 2021 as the leading role, but “All of Us Are Dead” has been her first leading role to gain wide attention. According to Cho Yi-hyunfilming for “All of Us Are Dead” took place over eight months and production was often eerie due to COVID-19 restrictions on personal contact.
Cho Yi-hyun said she wasn’t sure she would join the project after first meeting director Lee Jae-gyoo. At that time, he had just finished “Intimate Strangers” which had proven to be a strong, uenxpected box office success. When asked why she wanted to join “All of Us Are Dead” Cho Yi-hyun said that she was interested in trying something bloody. after passing the initial audition, Cho Yi-hyun did a script reading for the lead character On-jo- and was so nervous she was convinced she’d failed.
But some months later Cho Yi-hyun was informed that director Lee Jae-gyoo had personally requested her for the role of Nam-ra. Apparently, Cho Yi-hyun‘s previously hypercompetent first impression crumbling under stress was exactly the feeling that Lee Jae-gyoo wanted for the character. Cho Yi-hyun herself saw that other actors were similarly cast for their own closeness to that of the characters they played, and felt herself seeming more similar to Nam-ra over the course of production.
Cho Yi-hyun also mentioned more about how she had done seventeen takes for a kiss scene with Lomon in a behind the scenes video. According to Cho Yi-hyunthis was because she was exhausted at the time and needed ten minutes to recover from each failure. Cho Yi-hyun credited Lomon for making their chemistry work, due to his patience and consideration of her situation.
Written by William Schwartz
Staff writer. Has been writing articles for HanCinema since 2012, having lived in South Korea since 2011. Started out in Gyeongju, then to Daegu, then to Ansan, then to Yeongju, then to Seoul, lived on the road for HanCinema’s travel diaries series in the summer of 2016, and is currently settled in Anyang. Has good tips for utilizing South Korea’s public bus system. William Schwartz can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org. He also has a substack at williamschwartz.substack.com where he discusses the South Korean film industry in broader terms and takes suggestions for future movies to review.
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