Tuesday, May 17, 2011

[TRANS] Secret Garden DVD Extra - Interview

Thank you for still loving Secret Garden.
I still can't come out of Gil Ra Im's character.
I hope this drama will be a drama that will be remembered even after many years pass by.

Gil Ra Im is a stunt woman who loves action, and doesn't act girly or pretend she's pretty.
She an honest cool woman who likes to be called "cool" more than "pretty."

After the drama ended, I've received about 30 interviews.

I've filmed other projects, and I also went on an overseas trip with my family.
I caught up on all my sleep, and I ate a lot of delicious food.

A similarity with me and Ra Im is that we both like & love action,
we both prefer "you're cool" to "you're pretty" as a compliment,
we both like cappuccino, we're both not very girly, we're both slow/inexperienced at love, and we both scream in the same way ("Gyak!")

Gil Ra Im's charm is that she does action very well and her way of talking is straightforward.
She has an honest and a bit of a pure/innocent charm.

A celebrity that I admired and gave me strength (like RI with Oska) was Seotaji & Kids.
My mom bought me album posters and stickers of them. 

My first fan's dream was to be a writer, so when she/he (gender is not specified) came up to Seoul, I personally took her to bookstores, and gave her/him a tour of Seoul. Right now he/she's a writer for a radio channel.
Like Ra Im (with Ah Young), she's a fan who I still contact and hang out with even after 13 years.

At first, it was hard to act as if my heart was fluttering/throbbing with the eyes.
As a joke, I said towards the end of the drama that my I felt as if my heart was about to explode.
In the beginning, director-nim kept on filming me until my eyes showed that my heart was fluttering.
As the time went by, Ra Im began to like Joo Won so I was able to act it out more naturally.
I think there's some sort of happiness and a strange charm to acting with the eyes.
I was really happy because I was able to look at the eyes of fellow actors as much as I wanted to.

I chose projects based on scenario, then character.
Before the Secret Garden synopsis came out, I thought the idea/theme of fantasy & soul switching was mine, so I decided to do it.
There are times I choose scenarios because the title itself shined.

It was hard to act like a man, but it was fun.
I wanted it to feel more genuine and real, so I thought that
I should act like Kim Joo Won instead of like a man in general.

I thought it'd be really fun if I could soul-switch in real life, so I had a dream where I switched bodies.
I pretended my alarm clock was a bell, and I thought "oh, I'm about to switch bodies" while flailing in my bed.
"Ah~ I changed (bodies)..."

I can only cry if I think/understand 100% that I can only cry only if it is this situation.
I can never cry if I think sad thoughts that are irrelevant.
Even if the staff is quiet or loud, it doesn't bother me (when I have to cry).
I had to film a lot of emotional scenes during the dawn, so it was really regrettable that I had to film when my body was tired/weak.

Hyun Bin's first impression...
I've seen him before in private/informal (사석) occasions, but I only thought "Oh, that's Hyun Bin-sshi" during those times.
I first met him during the script reading, and I thought that he was really comfortable to be around, and I won't feel awkward no matter what I do in front of this person.
I really liked it because I really did feel comfortable around him, and I thought he was a fun friend while I filmed with him.
He's very considerate, and I really liked his eyes (눈빛, 'expression of the eyes'). His first impression was good, but I think it got even better/I liked it even more as time went by.

I hope that people will think I'm the prettiest when I smile/laugh when I'm acting.
I didn't want to ruin the nice feeling of Damo scene (in Secret Garden), so I recorded videos while filming and I practiced a lot to make it look cool. I wanted to bring out the emotion/feeling of the scene to its maximum, so I put in a lot of effort and watched the moniter/recording after every scene.
Even though 7 years has passed, I still want to look young and I worked really hard especially for that scene in order to revive the scene realistically for all of the Damo fans.

I normally smile a lot, but people around me wonder "huh? why is she smiling" and think that something good happened to me, so it made me think that I was weird so I try to stop smiling as often now.
I couldn't stop laughing when Joo Won acted as Ra Im. During the wig scene, I had to suppress my laughter the whole time while I was acting.
It was so cute and funny when Hyun Bin acted as Ra Im, so I laughed a lot.

Towards the second half, I received the scripts late, so I was disappointed for not being able to express (the emotions) to its maximum.
I think I felt more and more disappointed as the second half went by.
Not including the action scene, I has to film constantly while my body was burning,
so I kept on thinking that I could've came out prettier if I slept at least a little.
As the second half of the drama passed by, my condition got worse and I couldn't do anything about it so I was really disappointed.

I didn't think it'd be a happy ending, so I'm glad it was.
I even dreamt a dream like the ending of episode 17, where one of the characters got really sick/injured or never woke up so the other character changed souls for that person.

I want to do all of the fantasy characters that the world can come up with.
The most important thing is that whatever life the character lives, I want to act out the character realistically/genuinely.

Thank you for loving Gil Ra Im, and it hurts my heart to let Ra Im go.
Always be healthy, and even though a long time as gone by please remember Secret Garden for a long time, and whenever you want to re-watch it, I hope you'll watch it through the DVD.
Thank you so much for loving Secret Garden. I love you all.

~ ~

English translations by starcandii (Soompi) [Original Post]
Original summary in Korean came from DC Gallery.


  1. I like Ha Ji Won so much. I really liked this korean drama(Secret Garden) after I watched it. Im hoping for your another team up(Hyun Bin and Ha Ji Won) for another romantic drama. you guys are great actors. keep it up. Ü

  2. luv her to bits...

  3. Thank you for this interview, HJW is really a pretty girl inside and outside !

  4. thank you for this i really love hajiwon she is really a good person,i can feel her sincerity.

  5. i love her ...... she's so cool.... i want to see her personally but i can't because i'm a student so i should study hard for me to be successful and to meet her even if she retired for being an actress......

  6. HJW &HB is really a good couple in real life. Wish them all best and Good luck!

  7. I see here that the translation for SG DVD Commentary for Part 5 of 6 is 99% complete. Where/how do I get the translation? I really love HB&HJW couple and SG is the best Korean drama ever.

  8. oohh.. im sad that Ha Ji Won need to let go of Gil Ra Im.. but i know there will be a lot of Ha Ji Won characters that will surely love her.. I love you Unnie Ha Ji Won sshi.. I hope i can see you in person and can visit our country, here in the Philippines.. You're so cool.. Fight fight.. Sengil Chuka Hamnida.. God bless you always.. :-)

  9. Thanks for posting this interview; i hope she won't be too hard on herself given that the drama came out great. It kind of hurts to see that she was "disappointed" in herself for not acting with her maximum potential. I will most certainly remember her character as Gil Ra Im for a very long time. 화이팅!!

  10. ohh..i really love this amazing person!..i first got to know her after watching Love & Devine...but she stands out in SeGa..couldn't resist the perfect chemistry of HJW & HB..they are in deed very talented actors!I started to admire HJW so much..she's so down to earth..very rare to get to know amazing actress like her..she really is AMAZING YEOJA!

  11. yes!!!!!! HJW me i don't know how many times i been watching it,,in a you tube,,,or an amazingYeoja...i search all the interview tranlated in eng...specilly a commentary,,i watch and learn your action the way you talk both of you two..but only both of you know's what is the real score in your hiding heart..ha,ha,ha..you are the best couples in real life..hope soon IN 2012 there's a second secret garden in the real life !!!!A REAL WEDDING CEREMONY!!!!GO!GO!GO!

  12. wahhh u r a very great women ha ji won.keep up[ smilling.your smile is so beautiful.

  13. tnx for posting this interview ..hope and pray that they wil end n each others arms loving ..each other ..we love u hyun bin and hjw...god bless..

  14. thanks for posting this interview and for making this blog, i really admire HJW, she's gone a long way but she remains humble. more power and hopefully after HB's service in the military the two of them will do a movie and not only a tv drama. SeGa is definitely unforgettable.

  15. love ha ji won unnie sooo much !!!!

  16. i've been totally hooked with SG drama. I laughed, cried, smiled and felt the flutter that HJW and HB have. I know it's been a long time since it has come to an end, but I still can't get over the SG fever. Kudos to the director, scriptwriter, staff and the actors for this drama! Kudos too for the person making this blog and for the translators! thank you so much! I always visit this site. It just makes my day! Keep up the good work! Thanks a lot! :)

  17. Keep being regal, lovable, pretty, humble & intelligent Ha Ji Won! Truly, SeGa is unforgettable, much more if Ha Ji Won & Hyun Bin will end up with each other as husband & wife!!!

  18. where i can watch this interview...online or its better if u just can upload it at youtube...with engsub...i just need to seeing the way she make this interview...

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  20. From what i can see and hear, Ha Ji Won is a beautiful lady inside and outside. She's down to earth although she's been to the sky. i admire her tenacity and discipline. Both Hyun Bin and her should be together in life because Hyun Bin is the same kind of person. They both work hard till they became ill at the end of the shoot. Ha Ji Won will understand Hyun Bin's career since that's what he's looking for as a wife, someone who understands his career as a professional artiste. Let Cupid pierce his arrows through their hearts and let this be a match made in heaven for both of them, the amazing yeoja and namja...lots of love

  21. I am a fan club of Koreaseries from Thailand.I watch almost every koreaseries but I don't crazy because I think IT's drama or action.when I watch SG oh.I change my mind IT's not action but It true life and true love.Hjw and Hb are made me fall in love again.IT's reason that many people love and crazy SG and want HJW and HB should be real couple in real life.Please HJW Hb
    made fanclub dream come true.thank a lot

  22. thank you for sharing this interview..
    youre amazing ha ji won!

  23. it seems late to see this post, but late better than never. Thanks for sharing this. I really enjoy watching and reading everything relate to SG. One thing I want to say and hope jiwonnie see is that don't stop smiling or laughing. I really love it and energize when I saw it. And I know that every fan think the same. Love you!!!

  24. OMG...thanks a lot for sharing this interview...ha ji won really cool and so pretty,has a perfect smile too!!hoping for the next project together with hyun bin..they are perfect match..

  25. HJW is a great actress indeed!
    I watch her all movies & i was so amazed that every role that she portray is really fits her! She's so amazing! :)

    Kekeke! HJW Fighting !! :D

  26. Ha ji won is very beautiful.She is my crazy girl.

  27. I love SEGA. It's still my number 1 K-drama.I hope to see them together in the drama when HB gets out of the marine and hope to see them together in real life.

  28. i'm sorry that i'm late to know this page! but there's a saying that it's better late than never, so i will post my comment regarding on this. this woman is really amazing! and secret garden will remain forever in my heart! i watched this on DVD more than ten times! i hope that they will end up together in real life. i love you very much ha ji won shi! you're always in my prayers! i always pray for your good health and happiness! God Bless you always!

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