JTBC’s Friday-Saturday drama “My Country” has been receiving much love from audiences for its deep story and exciting action scenes, which make for a high-quality historical drama that recently achieved its highest viewership ratings yet. At the drama’s center is its wide cast of complex characters, and the female stars in particular have drawn attention for the ways they subvert the image of docile Joseon-era women.
Here are three strong female characters in “My Country” that will awe you with their charisma!
A progressive figure who chooses to seize her own power, Han Hee Jae
Han Hee Jae (played by AOA’s Seolhyun) grew up in the Yihwaru courtesan house, but rather than becoming a courtesan, she raised her voice against the evils of the country and has walked on her own path since the beginning. After seeing Seo Hwi (played by Yang Se Jong) being thrown into military service, Han Hee Jae realized what kind of results come from the struggles of powerless people and decided to nurture true strength to not lose anyone again. She displays intelligence and quick judgement in her dealings with others, and her wit and decisiveness even draws the attention of Lee Bang Won (played by Jang Hyuk), who does not easily trust anyone. Viewers can look forward to what voice she becomes, as she is expected to stand in the center of power as a female minister in the new Joseon era.
A woman who grasps the power of information, Seo Seol
Seo Seol (played by Jang Young Nam) emits overwhelming charisma as the head of the Yihwaru courtesan house. Yihwaru is not a regular courtesan house, but rather a central location for the flow of information. Seo Seol established Yihwaru after realizing early on that information would soon become money and power, and thus she holds mighty strength with her grasp on the information that would change the world. In the coming episodes, Seo Seol will continue to play a central role in the unfolding events, as she holds information pertaining to the misconduct that led to the death of Han Hee Jae’s mother.
Ambition that does not lose to anyone, Queen Sindeok
Queen Sindeok (played by Park Ye Jin) carries ambition that is equal to that of Lee Bang Won and Yi Sung Kye (played by Kim Young Chul). She commanded attention with her entrance in Episode 3, raising the tension as she refused to back down in the face of Lee Bang Won’s forceful energy, saying, “Know your place.”
While she was fleeing in fear for her life, Queen Sindeok left her young son Bang Seok (played by Kim Min Ho) in the care of Han Hee Jae and gave her a knife. The meaning behind the gesture was to tell Han Hee Jae to kill her rather than let her live subserviently as Choi Young’s pawn. This exchange indicated that Queen Sindeok is not just the simple wife of a powerful man, but rather a capable woman with great pride. Viewers can anticipate her future developments as she butts heads with Lee Bang Won in a fierce fight for the throne of Joseon.
“My Country” airs every Friday and Saturday at 10:50 p.m. KST.