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[Interview] ‘Angel Eyes’ Nam Ji Hyun Makes a Jump From Being Child Actress

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2014.04.27 11:00 Newsen Lee So Yeon Translation Credit : Yeawon Jung

Angel Eyes is a turning point for Nam Ji Hyun, who is transitioning from being a child actress to an adult actress.

Acting out romance with ‘Park Dong Jun’ (Kang Ha Neul) in SBS’s Angel Eyes, Nam Ji Hyun is a freshman at Sogang University this year. Having built her career as a child actress, she is also well known to be a hard working student, who has even ranked number one in her school.

“I got used to acting and studying at the same time because I’ve done it since I was young. I worked with my mom without an agency, so most of filming took place during school vacation. I didn’t face many difficulties in going through school. I didn’t miss so many classes and if there was a meeting scheduled, I asked to attend after my classes. I didn’t always rank number one in my school either but I was embarrassed when the articles were written about it.” (laughter)

[Interview] ‘Angel Eyes’ Nam Ji Hyun Makes a Jump From Being Child Actress

About choosing to study social science at Sogang University, Nam Ji Hyun said, “Psychology is included in the social science. I want to pursue psychology. When I analyze a character I get curious about why the character does certain things and how they might feel in certain situations. So I naturally got interested in psychology. I love acting but I also want to study and research more.”

Nam Ji Hyun has been building her career as a child actress by starring in various projects, including MBC’s Queen Seon Deok, SBS’s Will It Snow for Christmas?, movie Hwayi: A Monster Boy and more.

Having acted alongside Nam Ji Hyun in Will It Snow for Christmas?, Kim Soo Hyun commented, “She knows her character’s feelings so well, it’s almost scary.”

[Interview] ‘Angel Eyes’ Nam Ji Hyun Makes a Jump From Being Child Actress

Turning 20-years-old this year, it is finally time for Nam Ji Hyun to move forward from being a child actress.

“I never thought that acting as a child and adult are different. As time goes by and as I age, I tend to choose the project that suits my age and something that I can do well. My role in Angel Eyes is also not exactly a child role. I want to take small steps forward.” (laughter)

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