Rica Peralejo seems to be so absorbed in watching the Korean drama series “It’s Okay Not to Be Okay” that she has observed the big difference between Kim Soo-hyun’s Gang Tae character against Oh Jung-se’s Sang Tae role.
Weighing in on the characters, Peralejo believes Gang Tae’s character had more weight than that of Sang Tae’s, as per her Instagram post today, Oct. 1.
“Not a popular opinion but I think that Gang Tae was the harder role than Sang Tae,” she said.
The difference, according to her, lies on “subtlety.”
“It is easy to see the trajectory and difference between Oh Jung-se and Sang Tae but Gang Tae is a character who carried so much in the drama and it did reflect so much in his acting even when he was not allowed to be overt about it. He carried them all — at work, in lunches, dinners, in his sleep,” she explained.
Calling Kim Soo-hyun a “master of details,” Peralejo is so inspired by his portrayal that it made her miss acting again.
“I miss the craft, not the working hours haha. But excellent delivery of character and also, the writing! I have whole and complete characters in this drama which really made me understand every turn and decision each of them makes,” she said.
Another laudable thing in the series for her were the crying scenes, which to her did not look forced.
“They were classy AND real,” she noted. “Naiiyak habang kumakain. Habang nagbabasa ng libro. And lahat sila ‘lumalabas’ lang bigla, hindi parang ‘dyan ka tapos patulo ka ng luha.’” (They cry while eating and reading a book. And these tears just appear, not like the actors are told to just stay at one place and cry.)
“Napakaconsistent saka ang lala nung mga baggage nila in life na kung saan saan at walang pinipiling oras yung mga iyak nila,” she added. (It is so consistent. Their baggages in life are heavy, that’s why their weeping do not choose any occasion.)
Peralejo admitted she was also so absorbed with another Korean series, “Reply 1988”. She explained why she feels it is harder to portray a character with subtlety.
“[Sometimes], it is harder to portray something more subtle than something more overt because the difference between self and character is not so obvious and personally, I find that harder to deliver as an actor myself,” said Peralejo. JB