Styled in Celine’s resort ’21 collection, and with jewels by Chaumet, actress and K-drama phenomenon Song Hye Kyo is captured by photographer Hong Jang Hyun for Vogue Hong Kong’s December cover story. In an exclusive interview inside, the actress reveals her inspirations, how she unwinds amid a hectic schedule, working with Wong Kar-Wai and the enduring appeal of K-dramas.
What was it like working with Wong Kar-wai in The Grandmaster? Are there any other producers, directors or actors that you would like to work with?
I have always been a fan of his movies since I was young and I am very fortunate to have worked with him. I had an amazing experience as an actress working with Wong Kar-wai on The Grandmaster. As you may already know, The Grandmaster shooting period was very long so I was able to spend a good amount time to think to myself. Now looking back, it was such a precious memory for me to have all that time to think and reflect. There are so many great producers, directors and actors these days. I am always looking forward to meeting directors or actors that I can connect with and I’m excited to find out who they will be.
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What is your favourite type of role to play?
Rather than a favourite type of role to play, I would like to try a role within a mystery/thriller genre in the future. I worked shortly on an independent film which was mystery/thriller and it was very interesting so I thought it would be nice to experience the genre in a Korean production. I hope to one day be able to fulfil this desire to be in a a good production in the genre.
How do you approach taking on a new role and getting into character?
In the beginning I always start off as myself, Song Hye Kyo, and as I live day to day as the character during production, I become more and more like the character until in the end, I find myself immersed in the character. Because there is a good amount of time living as the character during production and because I think only about the project at hand and the character itself, I find myself naturally immersed in the character.
Why do you think there is such universal appeal and love for K-drama?
I think that K-dramas have a strong story-line, great directing and are played amazingly well by many talented actors/actresses. When these three things come together, you cannot help but to fall in love with the work. Also, I think K-dramas tend to have quick pivots in the story-line which makes them exciting to watch.
Are there any other languages you hope to learn?
I am always striving to learn English and Chinese. I never learned them properly as a child so I try to learn English and Chinese whenever I get a chance.
What do you do to unwind in your free time?
Chatting with my close friends, taking language lessons, travelling, and walking my dog.
Can you share your skincare routine with us?
Generally, I have dry skin so I always use a moisturising cream and I often use a face mask to help with the dryness.
Who are your biggest inspirations in acting and also more generally in life?
My mom. She’s an amazing woman and I learn so much from her. She shares her wisdom that she’s gained from living her life and always influences me to become a better person and to go down the right path in life. My mom will always be the biggest inspiration to me and the greatest woman I know.
Creative Director: Sean K
Photographer: Hong Jang Hyun
Videographer & Video Editor: Song Tae Jong
Stylist: Kim Hyun Kyoung
Hair: Shon Hye Jin
Make-up: Jo Eun Jeong
Executive producer: Lee Kyung Kim @ BL Creative House
On Set Coordinators: Park Hee Young, Seo Kang On
Cover Wardrobe: Celine
Cover Jewellery: Chaumet
EditorVogue Hong Kong