The answer to the popularity of the Korean drama Coffee Prince is Yoon Eun-hyes brilliant performance as the main character, a girl disguised as a guy. The way she wears her hair, talks, walks, and eats in the drama is far from girly. Her acting is so convincing that Dong-A was tempted to ask if she used to be mistaken as a boy when she was a baby.
Not once, she replied. I am actually the eldest daughter. When I first got the part, many people were worried whether I would make a good boy material. In order to be Eun-chan (the main character), I tried to learn male gestures. I am not just talking about hand gestures. I even observed the way men use their finger tips, finger nails, hair and eyebrows to express their thoughts. When I studied their everyday life postures, I noticed that they kept their legs apart when sitting down and walking. I also noticed that they let out heavy breath in between words when they speak. I emulated a laid-back type of a guy instead of a gentleman.
At a time when young actresses eschew roles that do not appeal to their beauty, Yoons confidence as an actress is truly admirable.
If I was afraid of the part, I wouldnt have done it in the first place. I feel loved by many fans even if I dont try to look pretty and girly.
Yoon, in person, is not even close to resembling a guy. Would many fans still enjoy watching the drama if the actress really does look like a man? The drama is a success not because it has a character who pretends to be a guy, but because Yoon plays the part so well. Her large and kind-looking eyes coupled with her amiable and cute facial features add up to create a good-looking Eun-chan, loved by many viewers nationwide.
Her fashion in the drama is dubbed as many young women worship tomboy fashion consisting of a shaggy haircut, loose-fitting shirts, and casually worn sneakers. It is also regarded as backlash to the society which puts too much emphasis on looking feminine, sexy and glamorous.
I think its not that I am wearing them that the style looks good, but that the style is so natural and comfortable. I usually wear jeans and T-shirts too, but I have my own secret of pulling out a feminine image with casual items. Obviously, Eun-chan doesnt know my secret.
All the dramas she starred in became big hits such as Princess Hours (MBC) and The Vineyard Man (KBS). Although she is regarded as a hit-maker nowadays, some point out her lack of acting skills. Others even pointed out that her success is attributable to her ability to pick a part that is just right for her.
No actress is perfect. I believe my strength is the ability to immerse in my character. Whenever I finish shooting for a drama, I still dream about acting the character since it is so grown on me. Acting skills are important, of course, but I think understanding and becoming the character is more vital in being a good actress. I only think about the character, what she is like and what she can do in the story.
When Dong-A told her she seemed confident as Eun-chan, she immediately softened up and brought up the crying scene story.
Do you remember the scene where Eun-chan cries on a bus? That was a difficult scene. I wasnt as immersed as I should be and I didnt really know how to control emotion at that moment. I ran out of tears after taking the same scene over and over again. I cant really say what kind of parts I want to play because I dont have much experience yet. But I know that there are many opportunities waiting for me out there.