In case you haven’t heard, South Korean drama It’s Okay To Not Be Okay has been all the rage these days – and we can see why.
Besides the captivating and heartwarming storyline and starring heartthrob Kim Soo Hyun, the show also stars Seo Ye Ji.
Keep scrolling as we tell you more about her with some facts that could surprise you about this elegant beauty.
She Became An Actress By Chance
Born on June 4, 1990 (a Gemini!), Seo was relatively unknown internationally before It’s Okay To Not Be Okay aired. Many even though she was a newbie. In fact, Seo debuted in 2013 and has been in showbiz for seven years. Some productions you can catch her in include Moorim School: Saga of the Brave (2016), Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth (2016), Save Me (2017), and Lawless Lawyer (2018).
Her debut story began when she was discovered after she returned back to Korea from Spain where she was studying to get orthodontic surgery. Seo’s initial ambition was to be a news anchor. Coupled with not being mentally prepared to be an actress and her family’s wish to complete her studies, she returned back to Spain and only went on the path of an actor in Korea after graduating.
She Finds It Difficult To Gain Weight
With a height of 169cm, a weight of 43kg, and a waist size of 22 inches, Seo’s lean and long body is literally born to be a clothes hanger. This is why Seo looked elegant, sharp, and pristine in the drama’s wardrobe. Many have complimented her figure with terms such as ant waist, palm-sized face, chopstick legs, and crane neck. Seo has once revealed that she has a body type that is difficult to gain weight. Her mother and sister also have a similar slender build. To make things worse (for us), she doesn’t skip meals to lose weight and had even gained two kilograms for the role.
She’s Noted For Her Elegance
Propelled to the ranks of being a South Korean goddess, popular variety show host Yoo Jae-suk once praised Seo for possessing an unconventional beauty. Her cool, noble temperament exudes a unique charm on-screen, together with her polished movements, can actually be attributed to her dance training. When she was younger, Seo learned ballet, while her current favourite exercise is yoga. Over time, it is no wonder that she has trained her disposition to be graceful and elegant.
She Has Many Hidden Talents
Seo has a wide variety of hobbies and interests. She had once revealed on a show that she has accomplished eight different professional certifications ranging from teaching English to children, origami to balloon art. Her most notable achievement is actually being certified in sex education. She had clarified that this certification wasn’t because she was interested in sex, but rather to educate herself and learn how to protect herself.
Her origami skills have since become a stress-relieving hobby. She added that she has loved origami since young, which prompted her to procure the cert. And when she is feeling stressed, she would fold her troubles and worries into roses. We reckon this is worth a try when we feel stressed too.
She Speaks Fluent Spanish
Seo studied abroad in Spain for three years and graduated from Complutense University of Madrid’s Journalism faculty. In 2013, Seo debuted in the sitcom Potato Star 2013QR3 and she had a scene with a Spanish actor where she showed off her mastery of the language without a sitch.
The reason why Seo took up Spanish had to do with her low vocality. She once revealed in an interview that she had hated her voice as it is low and lacked femininity. The bass quality, however, was perfectly suited for the European language.
She Is A Bare-Faced Beauty
In the show, we see Seo sporting light, natural makeup. In reality, she rarely wears makeup. She had once revealed that she takes a minimalist approach to skincare, unlike the 10-step Korean skincare routine we’ve all heard of. She focuses on removing makeup and hydration while ensuring that the skin isn’t excessively cleansed. There are three major steps to her routine: the use of toner, serum and moisturiser, besides cleansing of course. Outside of work, she uses as little makeup as possible with the belief that piling it on with harm and suffocates the skin.
In addition, her jet black locks are also a result of meticulous care. Seo insists on not dyeing her hair for years and gets a trim every three weeks to ensure it looks smooth and lustrous.
She Has History With Kim Soo Hyun
It’s Okay To Not Be Okay isn’t the first partnership between the actress and Kim Soo Hyun. In fact, the two had collaborated on a pudding dessert commercial in 2015, when Seo’s image was the pure and shy girl-next-door.
She Has Worked With Other Famous Male Artistes
Besides Kim, Seo has worked with many notable male celebrities. These include Lee Joon-gi (Lawless Lawyer), Ok Taecyeon (Save Me), Park Seo Joon (Hwarang) and Kim Jae-wook (Another Way). Seo has also starred in Big Bang’s Let’s Not Fall In Love music video where she played the female lead and had many sweet moments with G-Dragon.
After working together on Lawless Lawyer in 2018 with Lee Joon-gi, Seo started gaining some fame internationally. Lee even stated that he had a great impression of Seo and that while he was worried about working with her at the start as he felt that she was one to keep a distance, he eventually discovered that she was a lively and deep person. Despite their eight years age gap, the two get along as though they are of the same age.
She Had Troubles Filming Her First Intimate Scene
In 2017, Seo starred opposite Kim Jae Wook in the movie Another Way. The film followed the two-person as they are about to commit suicide. Here, Seo faced her with the challenge of her first large-scale sex scene where she shyly recalled how she stiff as a block. The filming of the scene took over 11 hours and eventually a small drink calmed her nerves and she was able to overcome her mental block and finish the scene.
She’s A Warm-Hearted Person
While we see Seo as a steely and cold person in the drama, she’s actually a warm-hearted woman who loves to laugh. In her debut production Potato Star 2013QR3, Seo and Go Kyung-pyo played bickering siblings and there were many hilarious arguing scenes that showed off her comedic side.
In the same production, Seo had gotten close to veteran actor Lee Soon-jae, who played her grandfather. In the variety show Grandpas Over Flowers, he had revealed that after learning that he was heading to Spain for a vacation, Seo had written a 10-page long guide to the Spanish language to prepare him in case of emergency. This move moved him deeply.