Netflix‘s new zombie K-Drama, All of Us Are Dead, has a colorful cast of characters, but one is getting under viewers’ skin.
Actress Lee Yoo Mi plays Lee Na Yeon, a wealthy Class 2-5 student who isn’t above guilt-tripping her classmates. Her barbed tongue and arrogant attitude don’t win her friends on-screen, and viewers love to hate her too.
bro every zombie show/movie has that one INSUFFERABLE character that u wish died first and that character is lee nayeon in all of us are dead
— kris ★ 4/6 eeveelution party (@applejuice_stan) February 5, 2022
bitches be like “i’d die for this character” and it’s the most insufferable and mean one in the show. i’m bitches and lee nayeon is the insufferable one.
— lee yoomi archive (@yoomiloop) February 3, 2022
Lee Yoo Mi, however, came to Na Yeon’s defense in an interview with Cosmopolitan Korea. She sees Na Yeon as a person who stays faithful to herself and speaks truthfully even when that truth is painful.
Na Yeon is someone who’s really faithful to the emotions she feels. If you dwell on it again, there are aspects you come to understand about why Na Yeon acted that way.
— Lee Yoo Mi
The actress also pointed out that Na Yeon is acting under pressure, in an extreme situation. People behave differently when they are desperately trying to survive.
She has no choice but to be in a rush because she has to survive. Her desire to live was just expressed in a different way.
— Lee Yoo Mi
Viewers might not sympathize with Na Yeon, but they have nothing but respect for Lee Yoo Mi as an actress. Her characters in All of Us Are Dead and Squid Game are so different that some viewers didn’t know they were played by the same person!
i didn’t even realize that nayeon from all of us are dead is jiyeong from squid game!!! THE DUALITY OF LEE YOO MI!! she made me cry bucket of tears on squid game then made my blood boil in aouad!!! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 pic.twitter.com/QdDajyG4gk
— macky (@itsmemackyG) January 29, 2022
“If [Na Yeon is] really mean, that means I acted well, right?” Lee Yoo Mi said. “If I receive hate, I will think that I did as well as the amount of hate I receive. It’s fine if you send hate, and it’s fine if you pity her.”
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