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Hyun Bin’s tears are 100% all-natural

While promoting his drama The World They Live In in Yokohama on September 26, Hyun Bin mentioned the topic of crying scenes. He explained that he’d been advised early on that “Your tears should be produced of your own accord. I believe that means you have to become that immersed in the emotions. That’s why from the beginning of my acting career, I’ve never used eye drops to make tears.”

The statement caught my eye not because it’s remarkable for Hyun Bin to think that, but because it makes me super curious to know who HAS had to resort to eye drops. It’s a practice I’ve heard about jokingly but haven’t really heard actors refer to as a serious thing, so now I wonder how common it actually is. (Who else began mentally compiling a list of possibilities when they first read his comment? The first two faces that popped into my mind were Han Ga-in and Yoon-ah. Don’t kill me, SNSD fans!)

Hyun Bin’s last drama was MBC’s Friend, Our Legend, but now he’s busy with Japanese promotions for World. I believe the main reason the drama is drawing belated notice is because his romance with co-star Song Hye-gyo went public after the drama had wrapped in Korea. No doubt his Japanese fans will be watching with eyes focused on the romance between their characters.

Hyun Bin also held a fanmeeting-cum-birthday party in Yokohama on the previous day, September 25. The event was sold out and attended by a crowd of 5,000.

Via Star News

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oh wait, he's going out with song hye gyo? since when?
wow, i didn't know this :p hehe.

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I think sometimes when you have to retake a crying scene over and over and over again, you'd probably have to end up using eyedrops because 1. the scene's been done to death that you can't really feel it anymore and 2. you've run out of tears. And I bet some of those scenes where the actors/actresses are supposed to tear up beautifully and silently probably involve eyedrops too. Crying is an ugly and noisy business.

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Happy birthday Binnie!

And watching his work thro the years, it's easy to see how much he's grown, he had a really hard time making real tears in MNIKSS.

I doubt the interest of WW is due to their recent leak of their romance, this event has been planned, and allow me to be a bit politically incorrect, I doubt the obasans have interest in their fantasy's real-life romance and they make the bulk if not all of the broadcast's audience. There's no mention of SHK in his bday fanmeet (which by some first hand fan acct in attendance, very welcomed) and it's oddly not mentioned as well at the WW promo.

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omg he's soo hot!!!!
lol

i liked WW, cutest couple
ya i bet after repeated crying scenes it could get hard

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haha, using tear drops probably takes out of the "emotional" scene. it'd be hard to be all teary right after eye drops have been put in! or at least it would be for me.

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Oooh a Hyun Bin article! Here's another reason to love him. ;)

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hmm... does it matter if they use tear drops or not? as long the end result rocks? well as for yoonah, i think that girl needs to STICK WITH singing, although some say she can't even do that...(no comments in that area) as for HA GA IN! man i just got done watching her in super rookie! (yeah i'm late :p) but she's great! plus she's so pretty! & a good actor...

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For me, the first face is Kim Tae Hee.

The second is Han Hyo Joo. In HHJ's case, I don't think she uses it tho because sometimes I barely see tears coming out anyway. I really do like her and I've seen her crying scenes in recent times to be a lot better, but yeah definitely still has room to improve.

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Haha it's understandable to think that a rookie like Yoona was made to cry in practically every scene she had in You Are My Destiny, but it's all real :) She was reprimanded many times because she couldn't cry on cue, but the tears should be all hers. That's what makes it admirable in my part (I am not a die hard fan and the drama... omg talk about long winded) and made me believe that she did deserve the newbie award for her hard work.

I wonder who uses them though, I've heard about it before but can't really pin point to any one person. But lack of tears definitely say something about your acting, so I guess people do resort to that kind of alternative. Knowing who though will be a real treat ^^

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Well it actually doesn't matter to me whether their tears or natural or induced by eye-drops. Since it differs from person to person, not everyone can command themselves to actually cry on spot. Some would take ages to develop that emotion or feeling, some could cry on spot without even having to try. It all depends on the individual and his/her sensitivity or emotional control.

So for me, as long as the actors/actresses are able to deliver their scenes, and we as audience are able to feel what they're trying to convey, eye-drops or not, it's okay.

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@2 asianromance: I think that's the difference between a natural and professional vs. one who needs to work hard and acquire vast experience to achieve the same results. Granted, certain circumstances can prompt many retakes, but I think usually, those who're natural and intuitive actors can get an emotional scene right with relatively few NGs. So if a crying scene can be done within several cuts, tear drops shouldn't be needed (permitting there are no eye/health conditions). If, however, the actor can not get the emotional transition down early on, it can result in dead-pan feelings and lack of tears as you mentioned.

@ deeta: Funny, that was my first thought too! Perhaps because of IRIS so her name was fresh? lols...maybe not. Haven't seen much of HHJ, but I take it you're referring to her protrayal in BL? Hmm...I keep going back and forth whether I should watch the drama or not.

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"Crying is an ugly and noisy business."

Unless you're Choi Ji Woo. Then it's just normal business. ;)

Prettiest tears for me go to So Ji Sup and Soo Ae (i.e. see "Once Upon a Summer" promotion.)

Binnie's one helluva cryer. But then again, Binnie has one hellujva temper too. He can be so volatile in his performances.

Teardrops mar a performance though, because you can kinda still pick up whether somebody is really feeling the sadness or is trying to approximate it.

@deeta,

"In HHJ’s case, I don’t think she uses it tho because sometimes I barely see tears coming out anyway."

HHJ's tears are definitely real. When she was doing Spring Waltz, her face started swelling up due to her crying scenes.

@mookie,

"I doubt the interest of WW is due to their recent leak of their romance, this event has been planned, and allow me to be a bit politically incorrect, I doubt the obasans have interest in their fantasy’s real-life romance and they make the bulk if not all of the broadcast’s audience"

Yeah, I'm inclined to agree. WW is a true superstar Hallyu project, and Binnie's very popular in Japan and CRAZY LOVED (only behind Lee Jung Ki and Rain) in China.

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@ mookie, agree with you. The event has been planned and it isn't right to say the main reason of the belated draw is because of their romance.

Happy birthday to Binnie

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Happy belated birthday, Binnie!

I had no intention of watching Worlds Within initially due to the lackluster reviews of its early episodes but after Binnie and SHK's romance went public, I read about their sizzling chemistry in WW. Now I'm curious about the drama and have added it to my to-watch list.

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I heard that its not eye drops but a special kind of dust they blow into your eyes so it makes it water within a minute and you have to do is blink and you have two lovely streams of tears coming out the the middle of your eyes.

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What?! He's dating Song Hye Gyo?? How'd he manage that?

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Kim Seung Soo of Job Well Done aka Good Job Good Job used eye drops in his crying scene with Chae Rim. It was written in someone's blog (an asst. cameraman of that show).

I was surprised since he's a veteran actor already, I also thought that it was just a running joke among celebs, I mean using eye drops.

@ Raina, yes he's dating SHK.

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i don't think so there's anything wrong with using eyedrops, as long as the act of crying is good and believable. They are actors afterall. why would they force themselves to get so emotionally involved for some fiction world?

Happy Birthday, Hyun Bin!

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The Eyedrop matter reminds me of those scene of Kim Ha Nuel character in On Air. she can't make her tears come out and used eyedrops. maybe those actress who can't cry are bitchy like KHN character. for the case of actors, it's much harder for them with ego and everything.

Choi Ji Woo is the most beautiful actress while she's crying. year no wonder they call her Queen of Tears.

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I think actors and actresses should be able to shed real tears. If you can't, however, doesn't that mean that you're not fully capable to relate and feel and act the emotions of your character? And that's what acting is about... to be the character.

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i agree. choi ji woo is seriously mastermind in crying.

u should see kmm cry in closer to heaven. man, that was heartbreaking. T.T

re: eye drops. i think it's all those actors/actresses when tearing, only see wet cheeks and nothing else. XD though i'm curious, how does one apply eye drop and make it look as if it fell naturally on screen? u know, like when the camera capture the tear falling from one's eyes. that has to be natural, if not, seriously, how do they do it??? how bout those tears that get stuck at the eyelashes? real? eye drops? XD

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I won't copy the epulets, but everything else is styling.

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@chajjye : If anyone has watched I'm Sorry I love you with So Ji Sup, there is a scene where a tear drops as he kisses. I saw a clip of them filming... his head is up before they take the scene, and now I'm wondering if he actually put a drop in... o_o

And yes, like peachys2sleep said, there is a dust you can blow in your face (it's like blowing menthol in your face), or a tear stick (it's like rubbing menthol on your face).

I guess I wouldn't really want to call out who is fake and who is not. When some people cry it's a hot mess, so maybe if they use drops (etc) it comes out uh.. prettier? And I can't believe people point out that stuff but they do... o_o

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@15 peachys2sleep,

i noticed that too - tears coming out from the middle of the eye. one time i was crying while watching a drama, i ran to the mirror to see if my tears came out from the middle of my eye - it didn't. it dripped thru the duct near my nose bridge.

besides, don't anyone notice that when we cry our voice changes and we have red eyes and runny nose? that's what i look for when i watch crying scenes to detect the real emotional tears vis a vis the crocodile tears which usually falls from the middle of the eye and which they never wipe it off because they have to finish their dialogue while the tears continue dropping LOLZ

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I've never been surprised about using the eyedrops to cry thing because I think its way more common in Hollywood actors. Ive read alot of articles and interviews where they use it.

So Im always impressed if an actor/actress has the ability to portray such intense emotions naturally. It seems in Taiwan dramas its very common. Whenever I watch BTS you always see them mentally preparing and 'getting in the zone' to cry. Many actresses like Barbie Hsu and Chen Qiao En are particularly good at natural crying.

I think with Koreans its kinda a mixed bag, sometimes it can be obvious whether they're genuine tears or not.

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Omg, that's why Hyun Bin's nose and eyes turn red during his crying scenes! It's all natural! Kwon Sang Woo too. During that scene in Stairway to Heaven where he was sitting outside a cafe CRYING. His eyes, and nose were all so god damn red and his nose was even running too. You could even see mucus. That was natural man!

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@25 EM: You have to give credit to Qiang Yao, the Queen of Romance in the 80s and 90s, for writing in so many crying scenes for her characters that the whole industry had to learn how to cry or they wouldn't fit in. lolz...Granted if her works hadn't been so overwhelming popular with the Chinese-speaking population world-wide, she wouldn't haven't gotten that much sway.

@24 nen: I agree - lots of signs to know if it's real or not. Usually it's the expression in the eyes, the facial twitchings, swollen/red eyes, and the red nose to know if it's for real.

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The first thing that came in mind when I saw Binnie is, "Ha! Samsooki should see this!!!"

@Belleza
"Unless you’re Choi Ji Woo. Then it’s just normal business. ;)"
I agree, she's really good with crying scenes. She really cries but still manage to look all pretty, not messy..."

Han Hyo Joo and YEH are also good! Their eyes and noses would really get red....

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i started watching Worlds Within and most of it is boring. i quit after episode 4, it seems to take itself too seriously at some points. i might watch the rest just cause of the 2 leads, but it is kind of painful.

about Yoona, she needs to drink soju in order to act drunk, sorry but that sounds silly, cause then it wouldn't be acting would it?

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This crying thing reminded me of something I once read about Gong Yoo during the filming of Coffee Prince. When he had a scene where he was crying while driving the car, he cried so hard he couldn't stop. I am already getting curious about what his first project will be when he returns.

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Hyun Bin hasnt had a good drama since Sam Soon. He was lucky enough to have the coincide with his other hit "a millionaire's first love". He needs to go back to projects like these. Just like Song Hye Gyo. Go back to the stuff that made you famous.
I understand that they want to branch out and not become typecast, but there's nothing wrong with sticking with what fits you best. After their recent drama disappointments, I hope they realize that.

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Waoooo What a great match, they are so damn good looking.

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Han Hyo Joo's tears are very much real. In Spring Waltz, after every cut, she'd have to go calm herself down from all the crying and she mentioned how exhausting it was for her.

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He is so freaking. GAH. I love him.

I'm glad his tears are real. You can totally tell which actors use fake tears and which do not. Kwon Sangwoo is a real cryer, in Stairway to Heaven. Dear god, his eyes were so bloodshot that I would cry like a baby just watching him.

I absolutely loved Worlds Within. Despite the slowness at times, I'm so sick of cliche'd dramas that this was really fresh. It wasn't over the top. It was real. And I am a sucker for Hyun Bin and Song Hyekyo as well. (:

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can't think of anyone who would be using eyedrops for tears ... But my vote for the best goes to Kang Ji Hwan... man, he can really cry and deliver such an intense performance.

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^ OH MAN watching Kang Ji-hwan cry makes MY eyes hurt! There's a scene in Hong Gil Dong when he's watching his father die that keeeels me, and his eyes looked like they'd be puffy for weeks. Okay, days, with lots of cucumber treatments.

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I think in any case of emotional scenes, you can usually feel it from the actor themselves if they are truly crying or not. If you believe in what's happening enough to feel like crying yourself, the actor's done their job right.
I remember seeing once on a drama on TV one actor was crying so real, snot was leaking from his nose (so of course, he was REALLY crying! lol)

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Crying is one way to emote. But one does not always have to shed tears to show emotion. It's equally effective, to me, if an actor/actress can drive me to tears without them crying. It's more the overall facial expression and body language.

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@23 ohgeeze: Geez, was WW criminally underrated. It was completely original, didn't have cliche shots, and had so many character developments, smooth transitions, and great acting/chemistry, I was astounded at it's greatness, and bravery in defying ratings/superficialism. Seriously, I thought this drama was revoluntionary. It may not have the bandwagon, fangirl-y moments, but it was fresh to feel like you're not watching a typical Kdrama.

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Natural crying with red eyes and runny nose? I'm instanty reminded of Moon Chae Won in MFL recently.

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Best crying scene - Gong Yoo in Coffee Prince after saying goodbye to Eun Chan on the phone. Very raw and very messy. All that emotion was real as he apparently could not stop crying during the filming of that scene. Another fantastic 'crier' - Kim Sun-ah. I always thought her emotional scenes in MNIKSS were very realistic. The red nose was always a giveaway that the tears were real.

Worst 'crier' - Han Chae Young in Delightful Girl Chun Hyang. She looks really good but cannot cry convincingly to save her life. Prime candidate for eyedrop use. I thought Jae Hee invested far more emotion into his scenes than HCY. When he teared up, his eyes reddened, nose went red etc. When SHE cried, it was always an itty-bitty tear pooling or just sliding down the cheek and nothing else looked out of place. No red nose, no snot etc. Bleh.

Oh and I agree with JB - Kang Ji Hwan - great emotional scenes in Hong Gil Dong too!

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I'm not that curious whether it's real tears or not, because for me even if the tears r clearly real, they sometimes dont do a thing for me. I think binnie is just saying in the context of this is how he personally approaches his crying scenes. That said, CJW... yes, the prettiest crier on earth and she has a certifiable super power in that dept, but imo what she's doing is not emoting, it's more a physiological feat that as amazingly beautiful as it looked, I don't nec see an emotional depth she's pulling fr for the character....sometimes it's the nonsensical plot that's not doing her flavor, ie StH, but I still rem my hubby seriously pondering, 'I bet if you cry every other min for every other blip in life, u MAY really get eye cancer fr it.' I didn't cont that convo with him, because even though I should know better, I wonder IF a person really cry in that ease and quantity, is it an abnormality in its own right.

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Thought about this some more and I realized the true Queen of Tears HAS to be Jo In Sung. Whether he's crying with a rueful smile or crying with a fist in his mouth, his tears glitter like diamonds. Diamonds I say!! :D

"it’s more a physiological feat that as amazingly beautiful as it looked, "

Yup, Choi Ji Woo is the premier athlete of lachrymal dysfunction. In a few episode of STH, I think she cried through 35-40 minutes of the entire episode, demonstrating everything from bright talking eyes to full-on 4-year old hysteria to 2-year old wailing because the eye cancer is blocking out the sun!! At one point, I just started emphasizing with the show and stood up and clapped at the sheer athleticism at display. She is to weeping what Kim Yuna is to the triple sozchow.

Another actress who's impressive with public displays of mental breakdown is Jung Ryeo Won. When she loses it, she goes full-on fetal position with her awesome, awesome sadness.

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@ Kgrl #27

kekeke :) I remember watching Qiang Yao series with my mom when I was younger. Those were all such tearjerkers that I would always go to school the next morning with puffy eyes!

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Another vote for Yoon-ah as an eye-drop user! (Don't stone me!)

Just that it looks so unnatural that it noticeably irritates me...

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ohhhhhhh, Hyun Bin always the prefect artist he is really wonderful^ . ^

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Has anyone see how Im Ju Hwan cried when Beo Jin bid him goodbye?? She left with William and Yan. He cried until his body shook. Man, I cried too.

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