In light of Seo Ye Ji‘s skyrocketing popularity following the premiere of It’s Okay to Not Be Okay starring Kim Soo Hyun, a past clip of veteran actor, Lee Soon Jae revealing Seo Ye Ji’s true character has resurfaced in online communities.
So what’s Seo Ye Ji really like?
In a 2014 episode of Grandpas Over Flowers – Spain Special, Lee Soon Jae showed off a Spanish phrasebook that Seo Ye Ji made for him herself.
At the time, Seo Ye Ji confessed,
When I heard that ‘sunbae’ was going to Spain, I wanted to help him. My filming that night finished at 3 in the morning, so I created a phrasebook on A4 paper staring at 4 in the morning.
– Seo Ye Ji
I wrote down all sorts of different phrases that filled 10 pages.
– Seo Ye Ji
It was later revealed that Lee Soon Jae was so touched by her gesture that he gifted her with pearl jewelry from Spain in return.
Seo Ye Ji shared in various TV appearances that she was insecure about her deeper voice, but that she later realized her voice was well-suited for the Spanish language, motivating her to study abroad for 3 years.
Fans who heard this story for the first time are so touched that they’re praising Seo Ye Ji with comments such as “She’s so caring when he didn’t even ask for her help“, “Lee Soon Jae must’ve been so touched“, and “She’s so kind“.
It’s Okay to Not Be Okay is currently streaming on Netflix.