With the high popularity of variety shows in recent years and the notable exposure that one gets when they are on it, it has now become a stage after dramas for artistes to build up their image among viewers. Yoon Eun Hye performances in SBS Xman won her a role in Goong/Princess Hours and the rest is history. Although a variety star was lost, an acting star was born.
But what are the consequences if someone tries to appear on both a variety show and a drama at the same time and having 2 totally different images? Park Ye Jin whose popularity has grown thanks to SBS Family Outing, is currently filming a KBS mini-drama, Hateful But Once Again simultaneously.
Park Ye Jin carefree and brave (catches chickens with her bare hands without flinching, knocks out fishes and cuts them up with gutso) behavior on Family Outing had left viewers with a straightforward, pure image of her. Kim Su Ro often remarked that she was someone who would become a virtuous wife.
But following the broadcast of her new drama Hateful But Once Again on the 4th, Park Ye Jin’s entirely different image from that shown in Family Outing has viewers doubting whether she can do well in her acting role. Viewers expressed that because they are too used to Park Ye Jin’s image in Family Outing, they are unable to adapt to her vicious and unscrupulous role, Choi Yoon Hee.
While most artistes uses variety shows as a platform to other things, Ye Jin is trying to handle both variety and drama at the same time. Although time is most often the reason for artistes leaving variety shows for their acting or singing commitments, another reason is probably trying to discard their variety image and build up a new one for their new works. It will be interesting to see how viewers will take to differentiating Ye Jin when they watch her now.