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Tatler sits down with Cho to find out what her pre-filming rituals are like as well as working with her castmates on High Class

With an average nationwide viewership rating of 5.7 per cent, according to Nielsen Korea, it’s no secret that High Class, one of the more recent South Korean dramas to grace our screens is one worth watching. 

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Directed by Choi Byeong-gil, High Class stars Parasite’s Cho Yeo-Jeong as well as Kim Ji-soo and Kim Young-jae. The drama revolves around the lies, secrets and mysteries that lie behind the seemingly perfect lives of South Korea’s most powerful women. 

In the series, viewers are introduced to different women such as Nam Ji-seon who is a popular mother at the international school attended by children of the elite, Danny, a former ice hockey player and Cha Do-yeong, a failed actress and more.  

In the show, Cho plays the role of a former lawyer who is a suspect in her husband’s murder after he disappeared during a trip on a yacht where she was the only one present. 

The show premiered on TvN on September 6 and quickly gained a sizable fanbase with its 16 episodes.

Tatler had the opportunity to speak to Cho to find out what it was like to film the series, what her castmates were like and the most challenging part of her role. 

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What has been your favourite thing about filming High Class so far?

Cho Yeo-Jeong (CYJ): The director, the cast and crew, as well as the atmosphere on set and the working environment, were all fantastic.

What has it been like working with the cast of High Class? Is the cast tight-knit?

CYJ: Whenever I start filming with Kim Ji Soo, I always feel like the filming will go well. Hence, I have always felt grateful while filming. In the drama, the scene where my character had a confrontation with Ji Sun, I feel, was very well captured.

As for Ha Joon, this is only our second time acting alongside each other but he was just like a younger brother to me. I could understand what he was saying without any explanation and the atmosphere between us was good.

Park Se Jin and Gong Hyun Joo are on the shy side, but they work really hard and are good at what they do and also look pretty. I had a good time filming with them.

Can you tell us the most challenging thing that happened on set?

CYJ: The weather on Jeju Island made it challenging for us to film. I was worried about my hair flying around in the wind. However, I still had an enjoyable time filming and above all, I like how the beauty of the island was well captured in our takes.

What was it like filming High Class in the middle of a pandemic?

CYJ: We all had a very strong sense of responsibility and everyone kept to the measures very well. Hence, we were able to trust one another in a sense during the filming.

You have done many television series shows, movies and variety shows in the past, how has this drama stood out?

CYJ: My character this time was very different from the ones I've played in the past. Hence, it was a challenge for me. Of course, I wasn't 100 per cent satisfied with my performance, but I am glad that I took up this challenge.

Do you have a pre-filming ritual that you have to complete before you start filming each day?

CYJ: I always drink a mouthful of water before we begin.

What did you do to prepare for the role of Song Yeo-uol?

CYJ: I took into account whatever I knew about the mindset of a mother and also how strong and brave they can be. I also put a lot of thought into the attitude of a woman who has experienced a lot of great things throughout her career while dealing with the hardships of life.

What does a day in the life of filming High Class look like for you?

CYJ: On days where filming only begins in the afternoon and I feel up for it, I would cycle on an exercise bike while thinking of the scenes we would have to film for the day. Besides that, I also try to arrive on set early to chat with the other cast members.

What makes High Class different from other K-dramas and why should the audience watch it? 

CYJ: The audience should definitely watch the drama as it depicts how each character would go about dealing with the challenges they face in their daily lives, and the process of them maturing over time.

If you are hoping to watch High Class, check it out on Viu.

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