“I was in shock when I found out I had been cast in the role. I couldn’t believe it when I went to the filming location,” said Korean-Australian actress Ha Ye- Lin (pictured), the lead role of American drama Halo, in a video interview Thursday with Korean media. Halo, produced by Steven Spielberg, is a drama from the global OTT service Paramount Plus. Since its first release in March this year, the drama has held the No. 1 spot among Paramount Plus dramas in April and May. All nine episodes of the drama were released in Korea on Thursday via T-ving. “It’s an honor that Korean viewers can also watch this drama,” said Ha, who is visiting Korea to celebrate the drama’s release in Korea.
Halo is a sci-fi drama that originates from the X-box console gaming platform game series. It depicts the struggle of humans against alien Covenant species in the 26th century. Ha’s role is Kwan Ha, the daughter of Jin Ha (played by Gong Jung-hwan), the leader of the rebels living on the planet Madrigal. Some of the dialogues between Kwan Ha and Jin Ha are spoken in Korea, such as “Daddy” and “Calm down”.
Ha was trained to do advanced action scenes as she battled the Covenant. “I went through intensive physical training that made me want to vomit. I shaved the side of my hair for the character, and my hairstyle still stays that way,” laughed Ha. “It took a month to film the first episode of the drama, which had a lot of action scenes. It was difficult because I had a thigh injury, but I gritted my teeth and endured it all. .”
Born in Australia, Ha came to Korea to study acting at Kyewon High School of Arts. She received her bachelor’s degree from the National Institute of Drama in Sydney. She made her debut in the ABS drama “Leaf Break” and performed in theater performances in Sydney. She always dreamed of becoming an actress, looking up to her maternal grandmother Son Suk (78), a well-known actress in Korea. “My grandmother told me that I will not be remembered as Son Suk’s granddaughter, but she will be known as Ha Yelin’s grandmother,” she said.
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