After a 4 year absence from the small-screen, Song Hae Gyo’s return in her new drama The World They Live In this past week has come under fire from viewers for her somewhat awkward articulation of her lines.
Song Hae Gyo ditched her former innocent girl image, appearing as a blunt, straightforward character in The World They Live In as PD Joon Young who is talented but inexperienced. She also sported a short bob hairstyle.
The World They Live In has been highly anticipated because of Hyun Bin and Song Hae Gyo’s participation plus the production team of director Pyo Min Soo and screenwriter Noh Hee Kyung. But after the first two episodes were aired, the headline was Song Hae Gyo’s poor acting which was hotly disputed.
Viewers pointed out that Song Hae Gyo’s delivery of her lines especially for those that sees her speaking at fast speed was extremely awkward. Although Song Hae Gyo’s potrayal of her character left a deep impression, many also criticized her acting, “I really can’t understand what she is saying from her many scenes. This is especially if she is talking very fast, her articulation isn’t accurate at all and thus unable to convey the meaning at all.”
According to a staff in charge of promoting the drama, “It might be a little awkward in the beginning but this will improve from episode 4 onwards. So, everyone, please wait in anticipaton.” Screenwriter Noh Hee Kyung also expressed, “Song Hae Gyo didn’t deliver her lines properly in some areas. She herself understands that. But Song Hae Gyo’s acting in the earlier and latter half of the drama is vastly different. This will be evidently seen from episode 5 onwards. She has already made some changes to her acting.”
Episode 1 and 2 of The World They Live In only clocked 7.1% and 5.8% respectively this past week as it clearly didn’t meet their (KBS) initial expectations. But that is expected since they were going up against competing dramas East of Eden and Tazza that has already been airing for a while.