How much did it cost to transform Shin Min Ah for Oh My Venus?
A huge challenge to filming the romance comedy Oh My Venus is in making actress Shin Min Ah look like she weighs about 170 pounds. We know the slender actress doesn't come close to that weight or size, and we can't just stuff padding underneath her clothes. Her face also needs to look proportionally plump and natural. How is it done then?
The wizardry behind what the audience sees of Kang Joo Eun (Shin Min Ah) is a layer of silicon makeup and a realistic-looking larger body frame. According to recent report, a production team representative said, "The suit that Shin Min Ah wears is disposable. All in all, the entire thing cost upwards of 200 million won (approximately $172,370).”
Although it takes the dedicated actress 3 hours each time to transform into her overweight character, Shin Min Ah said it was worth it because she wanted to present Kang Joo Eun as a real person. “From the beginning, I wanted to make sure that [my character] wasn’t a stereotypical fat girl. I wanted to show her as a fool, but in a realistic way. Thankfully, thanks to the special effects makeup this was able to come out naturally," said the actress.
The reaction has been favorable. According to the production team, many viewers have identified with her character.
In the drama, Kang Joo Eun was the popular pretty girl nicknamed "Daegu's Venus" when she was in high school. She has gained weight over the years while she focused on her study and her career as a lawyer. There is actually another underlying condition that has kept her from losing weight.
The drama does a fantastic job in establishing how the two leading characters meet despite their disparate background. So Ji Sub plays Kim Young Ho, who is actually a top-notch trainer, and he will help Joo Eun shape up. They will also connect and fall for each other along their journey in self discovery.
Here is the next challenge: How will they show Kang Joo Eun gradually losing her weight? Does the silicon peel off like the layers of an onion as she sheds her excess weight?
I can't wait to find out.
What do you think about Shin Min Ah's overweight appearance so far? Do you think she looks natural?
See Shin Min Ah's makeup for yourself in Oh My Venus below!