Song Ji-hyo’s busy year has offered her more than one opportunity to reflect on the meaning of family. The Korean actress played a mysterious long-lost sister in the film Intruder and now plays a single mom struggling to raise her daughter in the TV drama Was it Love? She celebrated the tenth anniversary of the variety show Running Man, a show which she describes as being like family.
“This was such a meaningful and purposeful year for me in so many ways,” said Song. “It was a time of learning, growing and gaining insight.”
It was the love she felt for her own family that convinced her to play Noh Ae-jeong, the main character in Was It Love?
“I believe that aspect—love for family—is what I feel in common with the Ae-jeong character,” said Song. “Family is a top priority and a motivating factor in my life, and I too feel that I can go through pretty much anything for my family. I also think we share perspectives on the surrounding situations and people.”
That doesn’t mean the actress is exactly like her character.
‘If I were to look for a difference, it would be that I’m not so certain if I can be as gritty as Ae-jeong in doing things,” said Song. “While portraying her I felt empathetic, comforted and inspired by her energy.”