[CELEB] Seo Yea-ji returns in revenge thriller series 'Eve'
After over a year of a scandal-induced hiatus, actor Seo Yea-ji is back on the small screen with revenge thriller series “Eve.”
The series, which aired its first two episodes on June 1 and 2, revolves around Lee Ra-el, portrayed by Seo, who seduces the CEO of a powerful conglomerate, Kang Yoon-kyum, played by Park Byung-eun, causing him to go through a divorce lawsuit costing 2 trillion won ($1.7 billion) — all part of a revenge plan she had put together for the past 13 years to get payback for her father’s death.
Actor Yoo Sun portrays Yoon-kyum’s wife Han So-ra, the daughter of a powerful politician who is obsessed with her husband. Lee Sang-yeop plays Seo Eun-pyeong, the youngest member of the National Assembly receiving spotlight from the media. He is depicted as having a scarred past and willing to do anything for love.
Episodes one and two of "Eve" saw local ratings of 3.6 percent and 3.7 percent respectively, according to Nielsen Korea.
The episodes included highly erotic and violence scenes, albeit for a Korean drama, which is getting mixed reviews from locals who say it must have just been hoping to get many online clicks with the provocative scenes, as the drama's plot is lacking.
Episodes one, two and four, the latter of which is yet to be released, are rated 19+, while rest of the 16-part series is rated 15+.
"Eve" airs every Wednesday and Thursday at 10:30 p.m.
After debuting as an actor in 2013 with tvN sitcom "Potato Star 2013QR3," Seo rose to global fame with the drama series “It’s Okay to Not Be Okay” (2020). The series was nominated for the 2021 International Emmy Awards in the TV Movie/Mini-Series category in September 2021, and The New York Times named the drama one of "The Best International Shows of 2020."
“It’s Okay to Not Be Okay” tells the story of romance and mutual healing between a caretaker in a psychiatric hospital, played by actor Kim Soo-hyun, and a children's book writer who is rumored to have an antisocial personality disorder, played by Seo.
But in April 2021, the actor went off the grid in the entertainment industry after she was belatedly embroiled in claims that she was mentally abusive in her previous relationship in 2018 with actor Kim Jung-hyun. Seo was alleged to have told Kim he was allowed to engage in zero contact with other female cast members on set and, later, forced him to quit the drama series he was involved in at the time. After claims of her controlling and manipulative behavior gained online traction, Seo admitted to having had a romantic relationship with Kim but denied that Kim pulled himself out of the drama because he was told to do so by her.
More allegations about Seo's past unethical actions, such as school bullying, rude treatment of staff and falsification of academic records, followed. She pulled out of all dramas that she had been slated to take part in and faced multiple lawsuits against brands which she modeled for, that sued her for damages.
Despite all the controversies surrounding her, she renewed her contract with her current entertainment agency, Gold Medalist, and announced her return to the acting industry late last year.
In February, the actor spoke directly to the public for the first time regarding her actions in 2021, stating that she is "truly sorry to everyone for all the worries that [she had] caused and for letting so many down," and added, "All my actions stemmed from my immaturity. In the future, I will strive to be more mindful and mature."
Date of birth: April 6, 1990
Zodiac sign: Aries
Debut: 2013 tvN sitcom "Potato Star 2013QR3"
Agency: Gold Medalist
Seo Yea-ji, 32, debuted in 2013 through tvN sitcom "Potato Star 2013QR3." She landed her first role in a film in 2015 through "The Throne." The actor has since starred in seven more films and 11 drama series. Her breakthrough role was as a children's book writer with an antisocial personality disorder, in 2020 tvN series "It's Okay to Not be Okay." The show saw not only local but also global success as it was nominated for the 2021 International Emmy Awards in the TV Movie/Mini-Series category and was named in The Best International Shows of 2020 by the New York Times. In April 2021, Seo was belatedly embroiled in a controversy for which she was accused of gas lighting her actor boyfriend, leading her to take a break for one year and two months. She ended her hiatus and returned to the small screen through tvN series "Eve" in June.
This information was confirmed by Gold Medalist on June 3, 2022.
BY LEE JIAN [firstname.lastname@example.org]