Gong Yoo opens up about the backlash he received for starring in his upcoming movie!
Gong Yoo has been relatively away from the spotlight for the past two years. Following the success of “Goblin,” Gong Yoo took a break from activities and when working focused on advertisements and photoshoots.
It was only natural for fans to miss him after his break, but his comeback project took many by surprise and caused some backlash.
On September 30, Gong Yoo and Jung Yu M attended a press conference for the upcoming film “Kim Ji Young, Born in ’82,” which is scheduled to premiere sometime in October (exact date hasn’t been decided yet).
Gong Yoo talked about the criticism they received for starring in a movie based on the feminism novel, feminism is a highly divisive topic in South Korea, with many either completely for or heavily against.
Gong Yoo said,
“I accepted the offer without even thinking about it much.
After I finished reading the script, I began to think a lot about my family. It is very rare for me to cry while reading a script, but I cried while reading this script.
It is not often that I feel like I am in the situation whilst reading the text. I knew I had to it because I was immersed in Dae Hyun (Gong Yoo’s character name) and became emotional.
My family came to my mind and I called my mom. I called her to thank her. I thanked her for raising me, and although she was slightly taken back, she seemed happy because she laughed.”
Gong Yoo also thinks that it’s a good film to watch for his generation, his parents’ generation and even the next generation, he says there was no reason for him to hesitate.
“Kim Ji Young, Born in ’82” is about an ordinary wife in her 30s named Kim Ji Young, she suffers from depression and faces sexism in her society. The novel was a huge success and sold over 1 million copies. However, the book itself faced backlash for becoming the representative of feminists in South Korea, which is still a sensitive issue and has revolved around many controversial topics in the past.
Previously, Red Velvet Irene and Seo Ji Hye were criticized for reading the novel. Irene was heavily attacked for stating that she read it while on vacation, this even led to some male fans burning her merchandise.
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