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Seo Ye-Ji Reveals That ‘It’s Okay To Not Be Okay’ Helped Her Heal

“It was definitely a struggle,” she said, “but it also made me much happier”

This article contains spoilers.


It’s Okay To Not Be Okay may have ended weeks ago, but the emotions we felt and the journey we experienced with Moon Gang-tae and Ko Moon-young still feel as fresh as ever in our hearts. 


In a recent interview with Harper’s BAZAAR Korea, lead actress Seo Ye-Ji revealed that the series helped her heal herself. 


“For the past few months, I lived as Ko Moon-young. Through the character who faced her trauma and healed her wounds, I personally underwent a lot of healing as well,” she said. “It was definitely a struggle, but it also made me that much happier. I think she will remain my memory as a character who continued to grow on her own.”



In It’s Okay To Be Okay, Ye-ji played the role of Ko Moon-young, a children’s storybook writer with a tragic childhood and a turbulent relationship with her parents. She meets Moon Gang-tae, over whom she develops a romantic obsession, and his brother, Moon Sang-tae, who is a fan of Moon-young. The show deals with mental health and the ways in which people cope with their situations. 


The series finale, which ends with the trio going on a much-dreamed-about road trip, even affected Ye-ji herself, who watched it not as an actress “monitoring her acting,” but as a viewer. “I felt like it convincingly depicted the healing of emotional wounds after a long time, which really warmed my heart,” she said in an interview, according to pinkvilla.com


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It’s Okay To Not Be Okay has received mixed reviews regarding its depiction of mental health and abuse. It’s been praised by critics and viewers for showing a raw and honest glimpse into individuals struggling with traumatic pasts, but it has also been criticized for “sexually inappropriate scenes.” The scene in question can be found in episode 3, when Moon-young barges into the locker as he Gang-tae is undressing, and reaches out to touch his body.


Watching something like It’s Okay To Not Be Okay challenges viewers to remain discerning and critical, especially when it’s something we love and have enjoyed.


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Lead photo from Netflix