[Staff Spotlight] Get to know girlfriday
Explain your username (and/or avatar).
I love ‘30s and ‘40s detective noirs, and my favorite character was the girl friday—the detective’s sassy, quippy assistant who always got overlooked when the detective stupidly fell for the (obviously evil) femme fatale. I just identified with that girl and wanted her to get the guy and solve the case. The avatar is from My Girlfriend Is a Gumiho. *finger guns*
What is the first drama that you watched (or the first drama that made an impression)?
Jealousy (1992) is the first drama I remember being more eager to watch than my parents were, and Feeling (1994) is the first drama I made VHS copies of and passed around to everyone I knew like a crack dealer.
Tell us about a job or two that you’ve had in the past.
Bartender. College lecturer. Guess which one paid more.
Have you ever lived a moment that you thought belonged in a drama?
The moment after a breakup, I walked out to the street and right on cue, it started pouring down rain. It was one of those picture-perfect drama moments where the rain hides your tears, and I distinctly remember thinking as I walked to the train that it only needed a ballad soundtrack and I would’ve been convinced I was in living in The Truman Show.
What’s your favorite drama that you recapped?
I have warm fuzzy feelings for The Woman Who Still Wants to Marry, the first show I ever recapped, and I have a lot of fun with supernatural rom-coms, so My Girlfriend Is a Gumiho and I Hear Your Voice stick in my mind as personal favorites. Oh, and The King 2 Hearts was an unforgettable show because of the Beanie fandom for it. It’s too hard to choose one favorite!
What drama genres do you especially like?
I love supernatural shows—anything from the frothy rom-com kind to the dark thriller kind. Mysteries are also a favorite genre. And I’ll likely try any rom-com you throw at me.
What drama genres do you especially dislike?
I tend to avoid the conventional melodrama or makjang family drama, the kind where evil mothers-in-law and chaebol CEOs make nice, downtrodden characters suffer in quiet for 50 episodes, and then they get cancer and everyone’s sorry. Who’s got that kind of time?
Is there a drama character you’ve ever strongly identified with, and why?
Jung Eun-ji’s character in Answer Me 1997. It was just one of those dramas filled with unnervingly familiar snippets from my own teenage past: Dad ripping idol posters from my walls, threatening to lop off my hair if I sneaked out of the house one more time, me spending way too many hours on the perfect mixtape and plotting my next rebellion. I saw my past self in her to an embarrassing degree.
What drama character would you want to be?
Yoo Seung-ho’s cat in Imaginary Cat. Exhibit A:
What was your major in school?
Film studies, psychology.
Favorite non-Korean movie and/or TV show?
Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Veronica Mars.
Which Hallyu celebrity would you actually want to meet and spend an hour with?
Na PD. Mostly because he seems cool to hang out with, and I could ask him all sorts of geeky questions. Plus, there’s the off chance that he’ll kidnap me and drop me off in a foreign country, and I’d get a vacation out of it.
Which of the 7 deadly sins would be your undoing? (Pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath, or sloth.)
Gluttony. I have a shopping problem and I could actually imagine the slippery slope where I shopped myself out of house and home. I would be the best-dressed hobo there ever was though.
Your favorite drama has an unholy alliance with your most hated drama and produces a mutant baby drama. Describe the plot.
A fangirl goes up to Seoul to see her oppa in concert, and ends up being kidnapped and taken to North Korea. Years later, she returns to South Korea as a doctor, and the only person who doesn’t believe she’s a doppelganger is the boy who grew up next door, who also became a doctor. They fall in love, so naturally spies are sent to kill them.