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Lol that’s funny. I don't even know if she and MDS have kept in touch since then but i hope he delivers the message. Even Koreans are surprised at the lack of coverage. After that korean tweet blew and now has over 12k retweets some people are now knowing what she’s been up to all this while. Like @frozentundra said, some just thought she was taking a long richard simmons break or whatever. My guess is something might come next week.

Also one news(?) guy just tweeted about about it saying he wonders if hyojoo will be able to do the scenes because she looks fragile and i realized that might reflect the kind of BS we are gonna see when they start giving it any media attention.

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5 hours ago, ohnoitscindy said:

On another note, I recently went to D23 Expo (Disney convention) and attended an autograph signing with Don Lee (Ma Dong Suk) who was there because he will be in the new Marvel movie. He costarred with Hyo Joo in Love 911. I totally asked him to tell her I said hi lmao. And he was like huh? At first but then was like oh yes! she’s a friend of mine lol. Probably the closest I will ever get to meeting her lol

 

That's very cool, Cindy!

 

As for the guy who doesn't know if fragile HJ can do the scenes...let's see what he says once it airs. Pfft. 

 

I do think she will have some media coverage (photoshoot/interview), but I'm still waiting on just regular news stories? I am just amazed that when you do a search on her name in naver, you see photos from her IG from February. Mentions of her because one of her old movies is showing on TV (like Masquerade...which is HOW old by now?). And yet, nothing on Treadstone. Do they do this to all actresses? Or just her? Surely Korea noticed that Claudia Kim was in the Harry Potter franchise, right? Did they cover her at all? Just curious. The Jason Bourne franchise is um, not small. As evidenced by the interest people have taken in it on twitter.

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Personally am just glad to see that tweet with that much support for her. We are used to reading so many negative comments about her from back home that we forget she actually has supporters hiding in the corners. 

 

Am just waiting for treadstone to air cause am very interested in the project as a whole now and i’ve been dreaming of that photoshoot and interview since forever. Will like to know how she feels about this gig and her future plans.

 

This isnt related but i just want to hail han ji min here for always liking hyojoo’s treadstone post faster than anyone haha. She’s such a supportive noona

 

People have already dragged d news guy on twitter. Such an annoying dude.

 

Anyone remember bhboss promising during her last fan meeting 2 years ago that she will do another one in two years. Wondering if that might still hold..although I bet it won’t. Just thinking out loud lol

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Well, I get a fair amount of hits on IG from Korean accounts, liking my posts about her. Maybe they aren't screaming on Korean portals, but all those those supporters come from SOMEWHERE. 

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Looks like her storyline in Treadstone season 1 will end with her somehow escaping to South Korea? Her clothes look very dirty. What happens to her "family"? And it look like the extras/set are set in the present and not in the past (?) as shown in the teasers so far. I think the man she bumps into is carrying a cellphone? 

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USA network just showed the first episode as a sneak peek last night. Just finished watching it and it’s actually very good! Looks promising for sure! 
 

It’s so fun seeing Hyo Joo finally do some action scenes! Lol 

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Can’t wait to see more of action Hyo :lol:

 

Some pics of her stunt training

 

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So is she back in Korea for good for the time being? I saw that she was hanging out with PMH at a clothing store in her IG story. How long will we have to wait to hear about casting news for this girl lol 

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@ohnoitscindy Not gonna lie, I think we won't be getting any new casting news soon(although heaven knows am hoping to be 100% wrong on this) in her most recent interview, she said she's looking for historical work with social significance and not melos. Don't know if there's gonna be any work she will like soon. Fingers crossed. And yes I thinks she's back to korea full time now. 

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Two days left till the official premiere of Treadstone! Been reading a couple early reviews here and there, and so far, it's garnered a so-and-so reaction. On a positive note, they applaud the action scenes, one person even gave special mention to our girl. Other good news is Amazon got the rights to air the show globally.

 

Regarding her next work lol I wish she would announce she's doing a drama sometime late this year. Hopefully, when Treadstone is done airing? Maybe.

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I've read that they have plans of making another Bourne movie and having it tie to the TV show. Hopefully Treadstone does well enough to warrant another movie.

 

I've admittedly never watched any of the Bourne movies but I feel like there is a lot of bias against Treadstone from long-time fans of the franchise because the last movie they did without Matt Damon, people hated it lol. I don't think there is much interest in the IP if Matt Damon's character isn't in it. Like I've said, I've already watched the first episode a few weeks ago. It was a solid pilot but I have a feeling once they keep introducing other Treadstone project operatives, it might take a dip in quality. The show itself is probably super costly to produce since they filmed all over the world. So we shall see if it gets picked up for a second season. 

 

Some reviews (might contain spoilers so read at your own risk):

https://www.cnn.com/2019/10/14/entertainment/treadstone-review/index.html

https://screenrant.com/treadstone-tv-series-review-jason-bourne-franchise-usa/

https://www.cbr.com/jason-bourne-spin-off-treadstone-review/

https://variety.com/2019/tv/reviews/treadstone-review-1203355202/

https://www.rogerebert.com/demanders/you-would-be-best-to-wipe-usas-treadstone-from-your-memory

https://www.forbes.com/sites/merrillbarr/2019/10/08/treadstone-review-a-decent-show-that-needs-to-shed-its-unwillingness-to-be-a-part-something-bigger-than-itself/#66d73fc470e8

 

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Thanks for the review roundup, Cindy. I've been reading them as well, and of the ones that mention actors by name, they seem to go out of their way to praise HJ. But I think you are also right in that the biggest hurdle to this succeeding is if they can convince people to watch Jason Bourne without Jason Bourne in it. It's hard to get people to change loyalties. But there are plenty of people who have never watched the original films who might be drawn in without that inherent bias. We'll see. 

 

What I want most to come from this, however the show ultimately does, is for people to recognize HJ's acting and for some of that respect to come to her from home as well. Altruistically, I want her to be able to do whatever she wants to do in her future. Selfishly, I hope there's a drama in Korea in her future sometime as well. :)

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I was looking for reviews yesterday and stumbled on their podcast. They REALLY liked her--definitely their favorite character. They loved her acting, loved her storyline (they are just a warm, loving family, despite North Korea, despite her being a cicada), and loved her action. Glad to see them still cheering her on. :)

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Just came back from checking the hashtag for treadstone. So far, most people are loving the first episode, including a few fans of the Bourne films. Mostly saw comments praising the action scenes, the fast pace, and the fact that all the women can kick richard simmons.

 

I'll be honest, whenever one of my faves has a new project like every other fan I want it to do good rating-wise. But, if it doesn't then that's okay too, as long as the show gets favorable reviews from critics and the audience enjoys it then that makes it worthwhile. I'm already glad with the fact she was given the opportunity to try out the action genre. 

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High Spy

 

Hyo-Joo Han comes to America through the Bourne universe.

 
Paula Chin

 

Hyo-Joo Han was ready for something completely different.

A superstar in her native South Korea, she began her acting career in 2005 and quickly skyrocketed to fame as a rom-com actress in films and on television. Now she's making the big leap to Hollywood: on the USA Network's Treadstone, she plays a mild-mannered piano teacher in North Korea who is actually a covert CIA agent.

The series, premiering October 15, takes place in the Bourne Identity universe and follows several sleeper spies around the globe, all of whom have been trained by the infamous black ops program to become superhuman assassins.

"I'm a big fan of the Bourne series," says Han, who believes viewers will relate to her character, even though she's a killing machine. "She's a strong, good woman — a normal housewife and mother who is struggling to complete her mission while protecting her family. That could apply to anyone."

Born and raised in Cheongju and discovered at 16 in a local beauty contest, Han finds the physical demands of the role a constant challenge — for example, she has to train daily in hand-to-hand combat.

She notes that working on a TV series, American style, presents other challenges. "It's a very different process for me. I'm used to having one director for a show, so having lots of directors was confusing at first. But now I'm enjoying working with so many talented people," she says.

That includes her costars, including Omar Metwally (The Affair), Brian J. Smith (Sense8) and Jeremy Irvine (Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again). The production is based in Budapest, but separate storylines mean the actors aren't together on set that often.

"When we are, we all get together and go out for dinner," Han says. "Everyone is very caring and cheerful, and it's been fantastic."

As exciting as working on Treadstone is, she knows her legions of loyal fans — dubbed "Hyolics" — are waiting for her back home. "It's impossible for me to say how much I appreciate them. I want to keep giving back and continue to do Korean films and TV shows as well." Even so, she admits Hollywood has her hooked. "It's an amazing opportunity, and I want to keep going for more and more. I never want it to stop."
 


This article originally appeared in emmy magazine, Issue No. 10, 2019

 

 

 

https://www.emmys.com/news/mix/high-spy

 

 

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