Who is the beautiful actress paired with Song Joong Ki at Cannes 2023?
The prestigious Cannes Film Festival 2023 has entered its ninth day. A star-studded lineup from Europe to Asia has graced the two red carpets for the premieres of “The Passion of Dodin Bouffant” and “A Brighter Tomorrow,” creating a hot topic on social media.
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At the event, Song Joong Ki became the center of attention as he appeared stylish and dashing alongside singer and actress Kim Hyung Seo (BIBI). This moment immediately caused a stir on social media, with many curious about who Kim Hyung Seo is and how she could attend Cannes alongside A-list actor Song Joong Ki.
Kim Hyung Seo is actually the singer BIBI, but she adopted her real name when transitioning to acting.
“Hopeless” marks Song Joong Ki’s comeback film. The movie is currently being actively promoted at the Cannes Film Festival 2023 and has been acquired for distribution by many countries. Alongside Song Joong Ki, the film’s female lead, BIBI, has also garnered significant attention.
Making her debut as a lead actress, BIBI has stepped onto the prestigious red carpet for the first time. For fans of Korean cinema, BIBI is a relatively unfamiliar face as she is just starting her acting career. The 1998-born beauty is primarily known as a solo singer managed by FeelGhood Music.
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Before her first major role in “Hopeless,” BIBI had only played minor supporting roles in two other projects, the films “Whispering Corridors 6” and “Phantom.” Additionally, this year she has confirmed her first television role in “The Worst of Evil,” a project with an undetermined airing date. With limited previous appearances on screen, BIBI has left little notable impression. Furthermore, the two films she has been involved in did not achieve significant commercial success, and they were not acquired for distribution by many countries. As a result, mentioning the phrase “actress BIBI” still feels unfamiliar to the audience.
This red carpet walk is so gratifying. Between the positive commentary, the fans enjoyment, the actors delight & surprise too. I hope they enjoyed Cannes. The French title carries more optimism.#SongJoongKi #Hopeless #Hwaran
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Not having achieved substantial success as an actress, it was surprising for the audience to learn that BIBI was cast in a film with such heavy themes alongside Song Joong Ki. After the first screening at Cannes 2023, the newcomer received praise for her performance. Many viewers were surprised that, compared to her co-stars Song Joong Ki and Hong Xa Bin, BIBI was not overshadowed.
As a solo singer, BIBI is famous for her incredibly alluring and somewhat rebellious appearance. There have been moments when she sparked controversies due to what some considered overly provocative outfits when appearing in public.
Because audiences have become accustomed to BIBI causing a stir with her daring looks, they also believe that even in her acting endeavors, she will choose roles that allow her to appear beautiful, unconventional, and rebellious. However, in “Hopeless,” the audience experiences a complete contrast. BIBI portrays a gritty, strong, bold, and even somewhat “wild” character, which is entirely different from the girl they have seen on the music stage.
Since “Hopeless” has not been widely released yet, it is too early to determine whether the film, in general, and BIBI, in particular, will convincingly win over the mainstream audience. However, with her current reputation and the buzz generated at Cannes 2023, viewers can expect an impressive foray into acting from the newcomer, BIBI!