Child star Seo Shin-ae takes on new role, new adversities
The little girl who stole viewers’ hearts as the precocious HIV-stricken Bom in last year’s Thank You, ten-year-old Seo Shin-ae, is returning to television in KBS’s new daily drama Glory of Youth, playing the youngest child in a family growing up in the 1960s.
In the drama, Seo is the youngest (11-year-old) daughter to a bus driver, who has twin sisters and a slightly dim-witted brother. Although she has a loving father, she also receives the brunt of her stepmother’s frustrations.
While child actors don’t usually grab headlines when they are cast in drama series, Seo Shin-ae is one of the newest crop of scene-stealing kid stars. After debuting in 2004 in CFs, she already has several movie roles under her belt and worked with some high-profile adult actors, such as Park Shin-yang in Shiny Day and Jang Hyuk, Gong Hyo-jin, and Shin Goo in Thank You. Add her to the list of young actors to keep an eye on, joining others like Yoo Seung-ho and Shim Eun-kyung of Legend, Park Bo-young of King and I (although she’s growing out of the “child actor” label), and Kim Hyang-gi of When Night Comes.
Daily dramas really aren’t my cup of tea, but they tend to be good learning experiences for young or inexperienced actors since they shoot every day and offer more chance for growth than, say, much shorter miniseries. The drama will take to the airwaves after Big Sister finishes in mid-November.