Actress Lim Ji Yeon, who recently made a stellar performance in The Glory, has recently faced more controversies in her new drama with Kim Tae Hee, Lies Hidden in My Garden. So, what happened to Lim Ji Yeon in her new drama? Read on for a more detailed story and discussion.
THE GLORY Actress Lim Ji Yeon Faces More Controversy in New Drama, LIES HIDDEN IN MY GARDEN
Following her magnificent portrayal of Park Yeon Jin in Netflix’s first-class series The Glory, actress Lim Ji Yeon made a stunning return in a different character for a new drama with Kim Tae Hee, Lies Hidden in My Garden (previously House with a Yard).
During the early episodes of the Korean drama, Lim Ji Yeon once again captivated the viewers’ hearts with her intense depiction of the character Choo Sang Eun.
From a horrifying remorseless school bully, Lim Ji Yeon demonstrated a complete transformation into a woman struggling to escape from domestic abuse. Her powerful and dedicated performance drew both praise and concern from fans. That is especially after Lim Ji Yeon seemed to have lost a significant amount of weight specifically for this role.
Still, this praiseworthy performance does not keep Lim Ji Yeon from becoming the center of controversies.
What Happened: A Meal Set Went Viral Thanks to the New Drama
Episode 2 of Lies Hidden in My Garden new drama showed a scene where Lim Ji Yeon’s character, Choo Sang Eun found out about the death of her husband. At the time, she was 5 months pregnant with her child.
Upon learning of her husband’s death, Sang Eun immediately visited a Chinese restaurant. She then ordered a full set of mouthwatering meal set consisting of jjajangmyeon, tangsuyuk, fried mandoo, and coke.
Once the meal was ready on her table, Sang Eun hurriedly enjoyed them without even a slight pause. With expressions full of comfort and relief, Sang Eun devoured her meal as if she was afraid someone might steal them. And considering how much pain and suffering she endured from years of abuse, this scene gained huge sympathy from viewers.
가정폭력하던 남편 죽고— 징 (@fzzzzzaaz) June 20, 2023
행방감에 짜장면 먹는 추상은ㅁㅊ
임지연 연기 압권이다.. pic.twitter.com/YbTYQuMrjm
Lim Ji Yeon’s eating scene in Lies Hidden in My Garden new drama immediately went viral on social media. The perfect combo of jjajangmyeon, tangsuyuk, and fried mandoo, topped with Lim Ji Yeon’s demonstration as if it was the most delicious meal in the world, resulted in a new trend.
Immediately after the scene circulated on the internet, the scene emerged along with trending keywords: ‘Husband’s Death Meal’ on various social community platforms.
Afterwards, netizens began posting photos of Sang Eun’s full set meal: jjajangmyeon, tangsuyuk, fried mandoo, and coke. This image prompted a surge in posts featuring the same menu on social media, utilizing the trending keywords. As a result, ‘Husband’s Death Meal’ became a new trending topic on various social media platforms, including Twitter.
남편사망정식 pic.twitter.com/ArrUpJPh90— 🥦 (@mukgiwihaesanda) June 22, 2023
본인이 남편임에도 남편사망정식을 드시는— 도비 (@woori_dobby) June 24, 2023
More Viral Eating Scenes
In addition to the ‘Husband’s Death Meal’, Lim Ji Yeon managed to bring one more viral menu from her new drama, Lies Hidden in My Garden.
After enjoying the ‘Husband’s Death Meal’, Lim Ji Yeon’s character demonstrated another satisfying eating scene in Episode 3. During the episode, Lim Ji Yeon’s character Choo Sang Eun visited another restaurant after her husband’s funeral. At the time, she ordered a bowl of gukbap, placed kimchi on top of her rice-full spoon, and ate it wholeheartedly. This scene once again triggered the viewers’ appetite.
Moreover, there was also a scene where Sang Eun reminisced about the night of her husband’s death on the rooftop. She then took an intense bite of a red apple and chewed the piece with a sound so tempting it made your stomach growl.
Media outlet Insight revealed a bowl of gukbap and a red apple combo is now famous as ‘Husband’s Funeral Meal’.
마당집은 임지연의 먹방쇼가 분명..— 밤새 (@gcda_v) June 26, 2023
남편사망정식에 이은 남편발인정식 pic.twitter.com/pp9rCx54nO
The Viral Eating Scenes Resulted in Controversies
Following these viral eating scenes, both ‘Husband’s Death Meal’ and ‘Husband’s Funeral Meal’ became trending topics among Korean netizens.
Xports News reported that Lim Ji Yeon’s viral eating scenes in Lies Hidden in My Garden new drama gained protests, specifically from Korean male netizens.
According to the report, the netizens raised their concerns about the scene because of the viral keywords: ‘Husband’s Death Meal’. They believed these keywords were extremely provocative and made them uncomfortable. As a result, issues of ‘gender conflict’ began emerging. These male netizens then started protesting and criticizing broadcasters for using the terms for promotional approaches.
While fresh viral trends may help promote new projects, negative connotations might backfire instead, resulting in more controversies.
THE GLORY & LIES HIDDEN IN MY GARDEN: Proof of Lim Ji Yeon Commitment and Dedication!
Nevertheless, these viral issues and controversies were only possible due to Lim Ji Yeon’s spectacular dedication to her performance. Reports revealed that while filming this scene, Lim Ji Yeon had eaten approximately 4 bowls of jjajangmyeon with large-size tangsuyuk.
Granted, she might not have finished all the food on set. Still, the audience clapped at her effort and the amount of jjajangmyeon she had to eat for the scene.
What’s most interesting is that Lim Ji Yeon has always been popular for her ability to eat well. Her former co-star in The Glory, Cha Joo Young, even once revealed that Lim Ji Yeon was a big eater. Both of them once finished 20 to 22 side dishes during their hangout.
On top of that, Lim Ji Yeon has reportedly put more enthusiastic efforts into performing the eating scene in Lies Hidden in My Garden. That is why these scenes managed to come out perfect that it went viral immediately.
At the end of the day, Lim Ji Yeon has become the most crucial factor that defines the success of both The Gloryand Lies Hidden in My Garden.
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