Tell me how I finally figured it out,
That now you're caught in the things
You said you'd never do.
And now its starting to show
Like her skin fell out out of her clothes,
She's got a list of moves to make.
Stay for me,
Because it was the first.
Yeah it was the...
Stay on me.
Take your time lighting the room.
When all is said and done
I bet you're covering.
Is it a wonder you're lonely,
Taking chances to feel again.
I bet you never knew,
I bet you never.
Stay for me,
Because it was the first.
Yeah it was the...
Stay on me.
Suddenly, a cloud must have cut a hole in my head,
When i was tangled all in your words.
How quick to forget,
With eyes unimpressed
You're sealing the conversations.
And are you wondering how things could be?
Just staring at the surface,
When all the walls have tendencies.
But it's not your fault when no one taught you how.
And now the one you once loved is leaving.
You're so sure that I'd be just fine here.
But you were surely just taking your own time dear.
From an interview in Cosmopolitan, 2010
Sitting across from me is Kim Eun Hwa, fresh faced and properly poised in a chiffon dress. She politely smiles at me, her doe eyes bright in the morning as she patiently waits for me to begin the interview. This is our second time meeting, the first encounter being shortly after Untamed Hearts premiered and the young woman is still as delicate looking as then. But I am prepared, having learned that she is quite confident in her talents and in herself.
“It’s been a while, Kim Eun Hwa-sshi,” I begin only to be interrupted by her light voice asking to be addressed as simply Eun Hwa. When I respond by asking to be called by my first name then, insisting we both drop the formalities, she laughs and grins, tucking her face away to hide her infamous smile. I’ve heard that she does not like the nickname Milk Teeth Eun Hwa and I have asked her about it but she smartly answered ambiguously.
I start with the standard issued questions and she answers just as mechanically, always polite and with grace that does not belong to a twenty-two year old woman. And yet it suits her, the way she sits upright and sips her tea – her favorite is chamomile with star anise – like a little mouse, placing her cup down onto its saucer without a sound. Her hands return to their laced formation on the table and she nods whenever I pause in assurance that she is attentive.
Some would be quick to call her boring, a timid and reserved girl but she is quite vibrant. When I fumble over a word, tired from my disastrous morning and lack of sleep, she bites her lip to succumb a laugh and speaks the word perfectly for me. I thank her and she shakes her head, laughter in her voice. “It’s alright, I used to have the same problem with that word.”
And somehow, we end up digressing from the interview for five minutes, trying out surreptitiously in several different sentences and find that she has quite the dark sense of humor. She might look like the pure white flower but Kim Eun Hwa holds a twinkle in her eye when she speaks an innuendo and there is no blush on those cheeks.
“How did you feel about the love scenes in this movie?” I question her, becoming the nervous journalist after her sexual joke and my apprehension seems to entertain her but she answers professionally, passing up on the opportunity to tease me as I grow red with the image she is describing.
“And this was my first time but…it was not uncomfortable. It was in the very beginning when you realize that although the scene is supposed to be intimate, there are twenty men on set and you’re topless, moaning and trying to look like you are in the moment but it’s hard when you’re being directed to kiss this way or touch a certain area...That love scene was easier than the second; Being rammed into by the back for a good twenty minutes hurts after a while.”
Eun Hwa laughs at the end but I fear my silence quiets her down unintentionally and she becomes docile again. I try to pry into her once more but it is futile and she answers discreetly even to the playful jokes. Now, my job is to have her respond to the questionnaire but the interview serves no purpose if I publish one that holds the same, regurgitated answers she gives to any other magazine. And so I ask her about her father.
She lights up like a carnival ride and tells of him lovingly, smiling without regard of her milk teeth, and sits comfortably now. She cradles her cheek in a hand and lets the other fingers draw across the air as she describes a moment between them. It’s a comical story where he asks her to play the role of a chicken and a fire alarm goes off. She remains still, slowly looking around without a single expression and he asks her what exactly is she doing?
“I tell him, ‘I’m a chicken. I don’t know how to react to a sound I’ve never heard before.’” Eun Hwa grins at her own cleverness and brushes the silliness away with a hand. “It was funny to me and appa was so shocked but then burst with laughter….But, yeah, he’s good now.”
It is nice to see her so open and casual, and she is a sweet person, offering to pay for breakfast and insisting until I give in. It is hard to imagine she is the same person many critics dislike for her statement of a year ago. She has the intention to silence them and prove them wrong, stating firmly that she believes Stone Wolf will show her range.
Her talent as an actress is undeniable and I am certain critics have lashed out on the young woman due to the same uncomfortable feeling that grips me as she makes another inappropriate joke. She is one of the little sisters we appreciate smiling and being innocent. But Kim Eun Hwa turns twenty-three next year and has long been out of college. She is a young woman, comfortable in her skin enough to show her bare body across thousands of screens, and is no longer the eighteen year old girl from Morning Glories. We may not be ready for such a reality but Kim Eun Hwa has blossomed as a woman and from what I have learned of her, she is going to take the scene by storm gracefully.
“You are really into sex jokes,” I comment.
She grins (never smirks) and lifts her twinkling eyes to mine. “I’m really into sex. Ah! Ahjusshi, please don’t look like that, it was a joke, really! Ahjusshi? Ahjussi? Omo….”
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Park Eun Hwa
(Korean: 박은 화; born on April 23, 1988), better known by her stage name, Kim Eun Hwa
(Korean: 김은 화) is a South Korean actress. She is known for her roles as Oh Mina
in the film, Untamed Hearts
and Kwon Sun Ye
in the independent film, Stone Wolf
. She is a graduate of Korea National University of Arts
Kim Eun Hwa was born in Seyeong-gu, Busan, South Korea on April 23, 1988. She is named after her mother who passed away from complications during childbirth. Eun Hwa’s father is the notable and respected stage actor, Park Jae Seok
. Since a child, Eun Hwa was interested in the visual arts, performing in both school and community plays. Showing promise, her father arranged for Eun Hwa to move to the United States and live with her uncle, stage actor Park Kibum
Eun Hwa would live stateside from the age of seven to eighteen, visiting her family in South Korea during the summers and winter breaks. She attended public schooling in New York and continued her passion for theatre, partaking in several productions. When she was not a performer, she participated in the backstage aspects, including set designing and lighting.
During her high school years, she became acquainted with her first acting coach whom Eun Hwa credits for her style of acting. She was accepted into The Juilliard School
but did not attend when her father grew severely ill and she decided to return to South Korea to be with him and her older brother.
Eun Hwa continued to pursue her acting aspirations, approaching SASA Entertainment within the same year she returned to South Korea; she would sign with them shortly after and debut under her mother’s name, Kim Eun Hwa. Due to her extensive tutelage in the profession, along with her credentials (her acceptance letter from Julliard making a great impression), she spent very little time in acting classes and within a few months of being under SASA Entertainment, she landed her first role in the drama Morning Glories
. Her sequential roles were minor in dramas with surprising high ratings in their time slots that exposed her to a wide audience. After her fourth TV role, she ventured onto film making and after an initial audition, she landed the leading role in the movie Untamed Hearts
, beating out many other competitive and well known actresses. Some say her father’s presence in the acting community spearheaded the decision but Kim Eun Hwa vehemently denies the rumor to this day.
propelled her forward in the industry. It was well-received by the public and Eun Hwa’s acting was praised for its natural form and sincerity. She departed from TV dramas and focused on movie scripts, ranging from romantic comedies to tragedies. She would graduate from Korea National University of Arts
in 2009. Eun Hwa delivered 3 major motion picture each year from 2008 - 2010, but reportedly digressed into independent films when she “felt that I learned all that I could from cheerful characters.”
Her statement would harm her image as many critics were quick to remark about her overall inexperience and that her acting abilities were better suited for idol dramas. Despite her agency’s call to reconsider, she did not sign onto another commercial film and sought the leading female role in the independent film, Stone Wolf alongside actor Choi Shin Ra. Eun Hwa garnered praise for her role as the conflicted wife of the crime syndicate leader and ushered in recognition from even overseas in Japan. She is being considered for nomination in the category of Best Supporting Actress in the Paeksang Awards.
She is currently filming War Lines alongside fellow SASA Entertainment actor, Kim Jyung Woo.
Eun Hwa endorses a shampoo line since her Untamed Hearts
days and is a spokesperson and advocate for KARA
, the Korea Animal Rights Advocate group. She is looking towards another independent, psychological film by fellow Stone Wolf
director, Lee Bom
and has stated that she would like to star in a drama down the road.
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2009, Oh Mina (LEADING). When Oh Mina is paid to tutor the wild bad boy of the school, she does not expect to fall for him after they clash so harshly nor to find that he has cancer. Young and in love, they strive to live life to the fullest to the very end. The movie's iconic image is of the couple sleeping against the school mural, holding hands as they waited to watch the sunrise. Oh Mina is sound asleep but her lover, the leading male role is forever asleep.
MOUNTAIN AND SKY
2010, Princess Min Soo Hyo (SUPPORTING). Eun Hwa plays the youngest daughter of a king in this historical film. It is implied that Min Soo Hyo is promiscuous as she flirts with several of the king's guards. She falls for her older sister's (the queen to be) love interest. But when she learns of her sister's feelings, she attempts to get the star-crossed lovers together.
THE LOVE SONG OF JANG SOO
2010, Shim Eun Hye (SECONDARY). Shim Eun Hye is the lead male's love who is unfaithful to him. When he saves her from an accident and loses his hearing from it, she remains with him out of guilt. He falls in love with the woman next door and writes her poems and slips them under her door every day. When Eun Hye falls for him at last, she realizes that he does not love her anymore. He wouldn’t leave Eun Hye not wanting to cheat on her so she leaves for him.
2011, Kwon Sun Ye (SUPPORTING), Post-production. Eun Hwa plays Kwon Kibum’s wife in this biographical film about the Japanese crime syndicate leader, Himura Kikiyo. The setting was moved from Tokyo Japan to Seoul, South Korea. Eun Hwa was praised for her intense and vivid portrayal as a woman conflicted with loving her husband and remaining by his side as he drags them down into a world of violence and murder. It was Eun Hwa's first experience with nudity.
2012, Nam Sae Hee (LEADING). In Production - A psychological, political thriller about a soldier taken as a prisoner of war by the North Korean government. After a secret deal between governments, he is released 4 years later and sent home. South Korea labels him a hero, but one government official suspects him to be a terrorist, brainwashed by the North Korean government to betray his country.
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2006, HAN YOO NA (SUPPORTING). In this dramedy, Eun Hwa plays Han Yoo Na, the youngest of a quintet of girls in high school as they stand up against their bullies and work out their own, individual struggles. Eun Hwa was the clueless, clumsy one but who had the worst temper; she was liked by the audience. Eun Hwa also gained her Milk Teeth Eun Hwa nickname in this drama.
DOG DAYS ARE OVER
2006, Yoon Gyu Ri (SUPPORTING). Eun Hwa's role is the sweet and wise sole daughter of the main character who is a police officer. She offers him advice at right moments in the drama as he must confront and catch his brother who is the ringleader of a drug dealing gang. The drama is more comedic than dramatic and was one of the highest rated shows in its slot on Wednesdays.
OUT WITH LOVE
2007, Sam Sung Min (SUPPORTING). A romantic comedy, Out With Love follows an attorney who falls in love with her rival. Things become quite complicated as they battle their feelings in and outside of the court as they become defense attorney and prosecutor for the same case. Eun Hwa plays the leading female role's best friend who partakes in all of the absurd and hilarious scenarios with the lead female.
2008, Shin Ae Tae (LEADING). Eun Hwa plays the daughter of the woman who dies and whose ghost lingers into the house to see her daughters through. She gives them advice about love, guiding them through tumultuous relationships while she finds herself falling in love for the man who resides upstairs! This romance comedy was successful and praised for its acting, particularly from the main character (the mother).
IN LOVE & WAR
2012, Park Iseul (SECONDARY LEAD). Pre-Production - Based on Jang Ri In's Music video for TIMELESS.
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