Song Ji Hyo Dishes On Getting Into Character And Transforming Into A Witch For Her Upcoming K-Drama

“The witch Hee Ra is a character I haven’t tried before.”

Song Ji Hyo‘s upcoming K-Drama, The Witch’s Diner, just released its main trailer as well as a new poster!

tvN‘s The Witch’s Diner is a fantasy drama that focuses on a diner that serves food that fulfills the wishes of its customers in exchange for their souls. Hee Ra, the restaurant’s owner and witch, is played by Song Ji Hyo, while her business partner Jin and part-time employee Gil Yong are played by Nam Ji Hyun and Chae Jong Hyeop.

For those unaware, The Witch’s Diner is originally a novel by the well-known writer Goo Sang Hee. Song Ji Hyo shared she was quite curious about how the novel-turned drama would turn out. Once reading the script, Song Ji Hyo shared she was instantly hooked.

The original novel by writer Goo Sang Hee is well-known to the public, so when I heard it was being adapted into a drama, I was interested to see how it would be done. I was immediately drawn to the plot when I initially got the script. It was so fascinating that I recall reading it all in one sitting.

— Song Ji Hyo

As previously mentioned, Song Ji Hyo is playing a witch and it’s the stars first time playing such a role. Despite Hee Ra having a scary and unique look, Song Ji Hyo commented that there’s something about her that draws you in.

The witch Hee Ra is a character I haven’t tried before, but she has a strong appeal. For the first shoot, I was half-nervous and half-excited. Similar to that of a witch, Hee Ra has a fascinating and scary look. Her nails are long, her hair is unique, and you never know what she’s thinking on the inside. However, even on initial impressions, there is something about her that draws people to her.

— Song Ji Hyo

To prepare for this unfamiliar type of role, Jihyo shared she thought about the term “witch” in various ways.

I tried to move away from the usual things that come to mind when people think about the word ‘witch.’ I discussed it a lot with the production staff and my team of stylists. I used small but detailed accessories and long fingernails, red hair, and unusual fabric prints to give the instant impression of a witch. But, since she’s also someone who creates soul food, I felt she should be more modern and realistic. I also used color contact lenses for the first time.

— Song Ji Hyo


For the drama’s new poster, Song Ji Hyo, Nam Ji Hyun, and Chae Jong Hyeop are shown in character as the owner and employees of the restaurant. Along with the characters, the poster reads, You can wish for anything you want, but you must pay the price.

The Witch’s Diner is set to air on July 16, 2021.

Check out the trailer below:

Source: Star Today and @my_songjihyo