Korea's Queen of Cannes Jeon returns as housemaid

Sun Apr 25, 2010 10:34pm EDT
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By Jon Herskovitz and Christine Kim

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean star Jeon Do-yeon will be obscure no more when she returns to the Cannes International Film Festival for the first time since she won the best actress award there in 2007.

Jeon was an unknown entity when she bowled over critics in her role as a widowed mother who tries to start a new life in the South Korean countryside in the movie called "Secret Sunshine."

Now she is the main attraction of the movie called "The Housemaid," which will be in competition at Cannes when it opens next month and is a remake of a Korean classic.

"Cannes in 2007 was my first film festival and I was taken aback by how no one noticed the actress Jeon Do-yoen," she said in a recent interview with Reuters.

Jeon was dubbed the "Queen of Cannes" when she returned to South Korea, landing endorsement deals, TV appearances and photo spreads in fashion magazines. She was named by trade publication Variety as one of the 50 most influential women in entertainment in the world.

She then starred in one small movie, married and took a break from film to give birth to her first child, a daughter.

In her new movie that makes its international premiere at Cannes, she plays an innocent and educated woman who finds a job as a maid in the home of an exceptionally affluent family who is soon ensnared in a love triangle with the wealthy husband and his wife, who is pregnant with twins.

Intrigue, passion and betrayal follow as well as a scene where Jeon's character named Eun-yi hangs from a chandelier.   Continued...

<p>South Korean actress Jeon Do-yeon listens to a reporter's question during an interview with Reuters in Seoul April 21, 2010. REUTERS/Jo Yong-Hak</p>