A netizen claimed to have been Kim Hieora’s high school friend and insisted that Kim Hieora was a nice person
On September 16th, classmate A, who studied in the same class of the Acting Department as Kim Hieora for three years in high school and has maintained a close relationship with the actress so far, conducted a telephone interview with Sports Seoul. Like Kim Hieora’s argument, A recalled that the actress was an ordinary and exemplary student in high school.
According to A, Kim Hieora was a friend who would confidently approach everyone. They said, “There was only one Acting Department so we studied together for three years. We all liked acting so we had no choice but to become close to each other. All of my friends were nice, including Eora. There was a friend who did not socialize much with others so Eora approached that friend without hesitation”.
A did not attend middle school in Wonju and only to Wonju to study at Kim Hieora’s high school. Although Big Sangji seems to have been a quite famous controversial group in Wonju according to articles A claimed that most of the students in their high school at that time did not know the existence of Big Sangji.
A said, “Creating online cafes and hanging out with friends you made there was a trend during our middle school days. I heard about Big Sangji for the first time through recent articles and it was not a popular group in Wonju back then.”
Regarding their impressions of Kim Hieora during their high school days, A said, “She was close to the teachers and they always praised her excellent acting skills. Eora was good at both acting and ballet. Our teacher once made a role distribution a little unfair, and I remember Eora speaking up against that. She was the type who cannot stand injustice”.
They continued, “From the first time I met her until now, Eora has never ignored anyone. She neither raised her voice nor provoked conflicts nor spoke rudely to anyone. She might not have a friendly appearance but she always greeted people nicely with a warm smile”, adding “I remember other friends whom I’m less close with asking ‘Wasn’t Eora the one whose face would turn red if you teased her for having a pale white skin?’. Even when other kids teased her, Eora would never get angry.”
In A’s memories, Kim Hieora was a friend who worked hard and lived sincerely. They said, “Eora majored in Theater at a small university. She received many leading roles because she acted so well. Friends also received invitations to watch Eora’s plays. Due to her poor financial situation, she even lived in a rooftop apartment for a while”, adding “When others changed to variety shows and other forms of entertainment, Eora insisted on pursuing classical acting. She has finally made her name become known but I’m upset that such unpleasant incidents happened. I hope many people will support her”.