The life story of the "nation's mother," Kim Hye-ja
Kim Hye-ja is one of the moved beloved actresses in the nation, who has been in the industry for 52 years. She has earned herself the title, the "nation's mother," for her impressive portrayal of nurturing, loving mothers in numerous dramas and films including the longest-running drama series of all time, "Lifetime in the Country."
She recently returned to stage with a one-woman show, ending her 6-year hiatus from the theater. This production is based on the French novel, "Oscar et la Dame Rose (Oscar and the Lady in Pink)," an inspiring story of a young boy with a terminal disease that she wanted to share with the rest of the world. In order to play 11 different characters, she memorized the entire script, which was literally the size of a book, and even learned how to wrestle and sing chansons. Despite being a veteran actress that she is, she says she was under immense pressure and couldn't afford to make any mistakes since there would be no one else on stage to come to her aid.
She also revealed how she felt a sense of burden with everyone looking up to her as the "nation's mother," explaining that she was never the ideal mother to her own children. But today, she is a loving mother to countless children worldwide who are living under dire circumstances. She began her charity work some 20 years ago when she took part in a relief effort in Ethiopia. There, she realized how she could use her fame and influence for the greater good and she has been setting an example for others to follow ever since.
Join us on The INNERview to meet the iconic actress Kim Hye-ja and learn more about her life as a successful actress and a loving mother.