AO Exclusives: Kim Go Eun on her preparations for the role of Jeong Tae-eul in The King: Eternal Monarch

She once won our hearts as the Goblin Bride and she’s back in the fantasy-romance genre again with The King: Eternal Monarch starring opposite Lee Min Ho!

In this series, Kim Go Eun plays the role of Jeong Tae-eul, a police detective with years of experience in handling violent crimes and known as someone who carries both flair in fashion and her chosen passion. The character seems to exude a strong sense of individualism in her, a type of female role that we don’t usually see a lot in K-dramas.

During the exclusive video press conference of TKEM for Netflix, Kim Go Eun shared her thoughts about her character and on how she prepared for the said role.

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First of all, I took some Taekwondo lessons because I was given the role of a female detective. I didn’t want my role to seem like the sort of a tip character that people think of when they think of a female character.  I looked at interviews done by actual female detectives and I tried to look into what kind of mentality they brought to the job and even understanding what their working environment was like. I wanted the viewers to see me on screen and be convinced that she is someone who have worked in that kind of environment. And as for the rest, everything was written on the script so as far as the personality, the tone of speech or the sort of vibe my character must have, I stayed loyal on the script.”

Accepting another one-of-a-kind role only proves her versatility as an actress. No wonder why she is considered as one of Korea’s A-listers on entertainment.

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This is Kim Go Eun’s first project with Lee Min Ho and her second with writer Kim Eun Sook (Goblin).

Get to know more about Jung Tae-eul in The King: Eternal Monarch available on Netflix beginning April 17.

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