The Actress and Writer, Ku Hye-sun
Who doesn’t know about Boys Over Flowers? It’s a drama that gave an enormous impact to the Hallyu wave. Viewers fell in love with the drama, the storyline, and absolutely the actors and actresses. If you watched the series, you know the main actress who plays as Geum Jan-di, Ku Hye-sun. The 34-year-old actress, who married actor Ahn Jae-hyun, is known as for her work in numerous series, including Boys over Flowers, such as Blood, Captain and I, and Angel Eyes.
Besides being active in entertainment industry, Ku Hye-sun is also writing a novel. She published her first novel back in 2009, and recently, the actress has shared what she’s currently working on in her personal Instagram account. She posted a picture captioned with some lines in her novel. It tells about a love story between a man and a woman in their thirties. Would you like to know about her next novel? Check this out!
A Glimpse of her new novel
On January 12, 2019, Ku Hye Sun posted a selfie with the caption, “I’m in the midst of working on a novel entitled ‘Soju’s Sangshik.’” The next day, she also shared a photo of a document detailing her novel’s premise and characters, as well as a brief glimpse of the synopsis.
Ku Hye Sun’s pitch begins, “‘The moment that you were no longer mine, then you truly became mine.’ The desire to possess love only creates fear. Once you get rid of that desire, then you can truly possess [love]. Isn’t that what love truly is.”
“The strange love philosophy of a strange woman named ‘Soju’ moves [the heart] of an ordinary man named ‘Sangshik.’ And it will also move us ordinary [readers].”
The main characters of the novel are described as “Kang Sangshik, an ordinary man in his early thirties,” and “Pi Soju, a strange woman in her early thirties.”
Finally, what is visible of the novel’s synopsis reads, “‘Sangshik,’ an ordinary man, is the friend of a bridegroom who is about to get married. One day, Sangshik accompanies the bride and groom to a meeting between their two families, where he meets the bride’s intoxicated friend ‘Soju’ and shows an interest in her.”
“Soju suddenly proposes marriage to Sangshik and begins to love him. Sangshik attempts to avoid the overwhelming [Soju].”
Journey to her first novel, Tango
Besides being a talented actress, she is also passionate about her writing. She’s already published a novel titled Tango. The novel was published in March, 2009, and on a chance she shared why she chose Tango as the title for her first novel. Not many people knew that she had been working on her novel during her shooting of popular drama Boys Over Flowers.
“One day, I was listening to the song ‘Tango’ by Ryuichi Sakamoto, and a lot of stories went through my mind. That’s why I titled the book ‘Tango’ and how I started writing. The book deals with the loves and breakups that one woman experiences, and her growth through them. The main character is a lot like me.” said Ku Hye-sun.
The novel wasn’t Ku Hye-sun’s first writing endeavor — she’d already scripted a short film she directed, The Cheerful Caretaker, but Tango was be her first book.
Despite the entire cast of the drama series scraping by on minimal sleep or rest, Ku Hye-sun was actually writing her novel during the same time she was shooting Boys Over Flowers. (Not only that, she actually started Tango after starting work on BOF; she had been writing for months in her spare moments. As though she has any!) After being in a car accident during her shoot, her first concern was for her laptop computer, fearing that her work had been destroyed (it hadn’t), and she continued writing as she recovered in the hospital.
After the book came out, Ku announced her intention to put out a “new age album” of music she’s written.
Ku Hye-sun as a Director
This actress has a multitude of talents. She is known for having directed several short movies which have been featured in many films festivals. Ku made her official debut as a director through her short film The Madonna, in 2009. The film which was centered around the topic of assisted suicide, and debuted at the 2009 Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival. The film was featured in several other film events, including the Asiana International Short Film Festival and the Pusan Asian Short Film Festival, where it won the “Audience Award” category. The Madonna also won the “Spotlight Award” at the 12th Short Shorts Film Festival, which was held in Tokyo from June 10 through 20, 2010. She shared why she decided to make the film, saying “It’s not like I dreamed of becoming a filmmaker since I was young. I’m interested in many things, including music, art and literature, and I thought I could incorporate all those things by making a film.”
In 2011, Ku established her own company, Ku Hye-sun Film, under which she would produce and film her projects. Her second directorial feature, The Peach Tree, was the first film made under her newly-established production company. She also wrote the theme song and novel version of the film. On October 25, 2012, she was awarded the Minister Commendation at the 14th Annual Republic of Korea Design Award for The Peach Tree.
In 2013, Ku directed a short film for Samsung Galaxy S4, as part of the project “Story of Me and S4“. The same year, she served as part of the jury for the 9th Jecheon International Music and Film Festival.
In 2014, Ku released her fifth directed film, Daughter. Not only did she take part in producing, writing, and directing of the movie, she also played the main character as a mother who gives her daughter an oppressive corporal punishment. The film aims to address and make known to society the problems of child abuse. Daughter was invited to Busan International Film Festival.
On July 14, 2018, Ku Hye Sun attended the 22nd Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (BIFAN) and held a special V Live broadcast to talk about her career.
Talking about the fact that other actors and staff members have happily agreed to work on her films in the past, Ku Hye Sun said, “I try to film movies quickly, so I think they react favorably the next time I do a project. I don’t know if I’ll continue directing in the future, but I think I’ll continue to be indebted to them.”
She also shared the differences between her working styles when it comes to acting and directing. “I’m somewhat sensitive while acting, but when I’m directing, I do it like I’m one of the nicest people in the world,” she said. “When I was an actress on set, I developed a manual for the kind of director I didn’t want to become. So I direct while thinking to myself, ‘An actor is a person, not an object.’”
Ku Hye Sun also mentioned that she hoped the public would take her more seriously as a director, explaining, “For now, I still lack credibility as a film director, and I’m facing difficulty because of repeated failures. I have the ambition of wanting to meet many moviegoers [through my work].”
When asked whether she’d spend a lot of money on casting if she had access to a big budget, she replied, “Instead of [spending more money on] actors, I think I’d pay more attention to equipment, filming beautiful landscapes, and the staff’s wages.”
As an Ambassador
In recognition of her versatility and talents, Ku was voted as the Best Female Artist in the Entertainment Industry in 2012. She also received the Korea Fulfillment Award, and the Ministry Award for “sharing happiness” for her charitable acts. What a generous heart!
From August 17-31, 2013, she held exhibition entitled “Anything That Leaves Yearning Is All Beautiful”. The same year, Ku attended the Hong Kong Contemporary Art Fair. The illustration poster of her cat, ‘Mango’, was sold at this exhibition, and the profit was donated the charitable organization ‘Community Chest Hong Kong’. Ku was also appointed as the 2013 Cheongju International Craft Biennale (CICB) ambassador, as well as the ambassador for ArtisTree, an organization to encourage arts.
Ku Hye-sun on Instagram
Here are some best moments from Ku Hye-sun’s personal Instagram account! Check them out!
It’s a closer look for her face and skin. Such a goddess!
It’s a glimpse of her upcoming novel, Soju and Sangsik. Are you excited to this?
In 2018, Ku hasn’t been as active, but she directed a short movie called Mystery Pink. She also held a solo exhibition for Mystery Pink.
Besides her work in movies, she was also known for her contributions in volunteering for UNICEF Overseas.
On December 10, the popular actress shared images of herself at a project site in the country of Chad, Africa, captioning the set with: “Thank you so much for letting your guard down and welcoming us.”
In the images, she seems to be enjoying her time spent with local children, holding a sleeping baby in her arms, and posing for another photo where she is accompanied by children with big, bright smiles on their faces.
In response, her Instagram followers left her plenty of impressed comments regarding her humanitarian work:
“A beautiful heart,” one commented.
“Humble actress, Goo Hye Sun,” another wrote.
Check her pictures below!