Red Velvet member Yeri made her acting debut on Wednesday, Mar. 3, with a lead role in the one-episode drama "Mind Condition," one of the one-episode dramas that will air through tvN's "Drama Stage 2021." There, Yeri earned praises for her impressive performance despite it being her first acting role.
Red Velvet's Yeri Applauded For Her Performance in "Drama Stage 2021 - Mint Condition"
On Wednesday, Mar. 3, tvN's "Drama Stage 2021" aired their one-episode drama "Mint Condition." There, Yeri was praised for her role as Hong Cha Ri, a nurse under the Radiology Department who is known for her chic visuals and strong, independent personality.
"Drama Stage 2021 - Mint Condition," tells the story of Hyun Cheol, a man in his 60s (played by Lim Chae Moo) who transforms into a young man in his 20s (played by Ahn Woo Yeon) following a malfunction in an illegally modified MRI machine. With his newfound youth, Hyun Cheol must adapt to his new life and fit in with a group of young hip-hop artists.
This is Yeri's official debut as an actress. The idol earned praise for her role as Hong Chae RI, with people saying that she was able to digest the character's personality. Hong Chae Ri is known for her spunky attitude and her carefree, "I don't care about anyone else's opinion's personality." She also showed of her charms by her perfect delivery of lines.
Although this is her first time acting, Yeri's performance received a much better response than expected. Many are now hoping that SM Entertainment gives Yeri more acting gigs, as it appears the idol has a natural talent in the field. Some even said that it appears Yeri was born to be an actress.
This is a much more positive reaction than most idols who shift to acting gets. Most idols who pursue acting are slammed for their lackluster performance, with many people criticizing them for easily shifting to acting due to their popularity as an idol. Notable examples of idols who are criticized for pursuing acting are fellow Red Velvet member Irene, as well as ASTRO member Cha Eun Woo.
Yeri, however, was not a victim of this. Many applauded Yeri for being a natural in front of the camera, and believe she is deserving of more lead roles.
In other news, Yeri is planning to launch the second season of her YouTube talk show "Yeri's Room" on Mar. 8.
Congratulations Yeri on your acting debut!
Red Velvet Yeri's Previous Issue with "Drama Stage 2021 - Mint Condition" + Did the Outfit Objectify Nurses?
Though Yeri received praise for her acting, many people were initially upset with her and the costume team due to her nurse outfit. As mentioned previously, Yeri's role is a chic and independent nurse named Hong Cha Ri. To introduce her character, the trailer for the drama featured Yeri in a short-skirt nurse uniform, with bring pink nails.
Many people slammed Yeri and the production team for dressing her in a sexy nurse outfit, as they claim it objectifies nurses and turns them into eye candy rather than respectable front liners. However, some defended Yeri and tvN, saying that it could be an indicator of what kind of character Yeri is tackling.
Have you watched Yeri's performance on "Drama Stage 2021 - Mint Condition?"
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Written by Alexa Lewis