AOA‘s Seolhyeon has been starring in JTBC‘s drama My Country: The New Age, in which she plays the character Han Hee Jae.
In advance of the broadcast’s end, Seolhyun posted two short videos to her Instagram Stories that said, “It’s the last time” and “Today’s ‘My Country’“. In the videos, Seolhyun is seen wearing a black down coat while crying. People around her said, “don’t cry“, but her eyes were already filled with large tears. Seolhyun was able to muster up a smile at the end of the video.
It’s understandable that Seolhyun would be sad about her drama coming to an end. My Country: The New Age has been very well received by fans, and Seolhyun has been passionate about promoting it, even reminding fans to watch it with posts to her social media accounts.
Seolhyun also posted a beautiful farewell note to the character, showing the strong bond she formed with the role she played.
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안녕하세요 나의 나라에서 한희재 역을 맡았던 설현입니다. 희재를 알아가기 위해 고민하고 연구하던 시간이 엊그제 같은데, 어느덧 희재를 보내줄 시간이 됐네요. 나의 나라 현장은 항상 따뜻하고 많은 것을 배우고 느낄 수 있는 현장이었어요. 감독님, 작가님, 그리고 모든 현장 스태프분들 덕분에 희재라는 인물이 멋지게 그려질 수 있었고, 언제나 진심으로 바라봐 주던 선배님들과 동료분들 덕분에 희재를 만들어가는데 더 집중할 수 있었던 것 같아서 정말 감사하다는 말씀드리고 싶습니다. 9개월이라는 긴 시간 동안 함께한 희재를 보내려니 아쉬운 마음뿐이네요. 희재가 성장할 때마다 저도 함께 성장하고 있다는 생각이 들어서 뿌듯했습니다. 어떤 시련 속에서도 단단하게 자신의 목소리를 낼 줄 알았던 희재를 오래도록 마음 깊숙이 간직해주세요. 그동안 나의 나라와 희재를 사랑해주셔서 감사합니다. 지금까지 한희재였습니다.
Her tribute to her character read as follows:
Hello, this is Seolhyun who played the role of Han Hee Jae in My Country: The New Age. It feels like yesterday I was studying to understand Hee Jae as a person, but it’s already time to let her go. My Country: The New Age production site has always been welcoming and so full of things to learn. The director, the writer, and the staff all contributed to portraying Hee Jae as a wonderful character. And the sunbae-nims and colleagues who were sincere in their support made it possible for me to really focus on creating Hee Jae. I am truly grateful. For 9 long months, I’ve lived as Hee Jae. So now that I have to let her go, it saddens me. It made me proud, as whenever Hee Jae matured, I felt like I did too. Please remember Hee Jae for a long time, she knew how to voice herself in the most difficult times. Thank you so much for watching My Country: The New Age, from Han Hee Jae.
While we’re sad for Seolhyun and for fans of the drama, we know it’s just a matter of time before she picks up another lead role!