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“The King: Eternal Monarch” Cast Shares Thoughts On Their Dual Roles, Chemistry With Each Other, And More

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“The King: Eternal Monarch” held a press conference via a livestream broadcast just a day away from its premiere!

The SBS drama is a fantasy romance that tells the story of two parallel universes—one in which Korea is a constitutional monarchy, and one similar to present-day Korea. Lee Min Ho will play Emperor Lee Gon, and Kim Go Eun will take on the role of detective Jung Tae Eul.

Actors Lee Min Ho, Kim Go Eun, Woo Do Hwan, Kim Kyung Nam, Jung Eun Chae, and Lee Jung Jin were present, and they answered questions related to the upcoming drama.

First off, Lee Min Ho explained why he chose to star in the drama. He said, “The name [of the writer] Kim Eun Sook has weight and influence. I chose to star in this based on my trust and faith [in her].”

“The King: Eternal Monarch” is the first drama he is starring in since his discharge from the military in April 2019. The actor said, “It was time to look back on myself. I had to portray [a different image] from my 20s since I’m in my 30s now, so I had to grow, and I thought this was the proper time to show [my acting]. I thought about ways to do well as I reflected on my past.”

On how he prepared for his role as Lee Gon, he shared, “I’m cautious about dividing types, but I looked for books by mathematicians and lectures by physicists. People who lean towards natural sciences like clear answers and tend to be serious, and they take some time to solve for answers. They are the type of people who may seem frustrating, but they are sincere about every word they say.”

Kim Go Eun talked about her role, saying, “I challenged myself to a double role with this drama. In Korea, I play Jung Tae Eul, a violent crimes detective, and in the Korean Empire, I play a criminal named Luna. The phrase, ‘I don’t know how to explain it,’ describes Jung Tae Eul perfectly. She is a person who takes action using her intuition, rather than solving things in her head.”

When asked about how it felt to reunite with screenwriter Kim Eun Sook, she showed joy and added, “Actually, this drama feels more difficult because it’s the second one we worked on together. I don’t want to spoil our good memories. I’m having fun filming because we’ve now became emotionally closer to each other.” Kim Go Eun was the female lead in Kim Eun Sook’s “Goblin.”

The two lead actors expressed their satisfaction with their chemistry. Lee Min Ho chose Kim Go Eun’s eyes as her charming point and explained, “They change every minute. They are intense and shy and diverse. After seeing her eyes, I could see why [her acting] spectrum is so wide.” Kim Go Eun also praised Lee Min Ho, saying, “Lee Min Ho has a really good personality. We became friends without feeling awkward. I got a lot of help in playing my character.”

Woo Do Hwan portrays Jo Young, chief imperial bodyguard and Emperor Lee Gon’s best friend, as well as Jo Eun Seob, a public service worker at the National Police Agency’s civil service office. About playing two characters, he candidly commented, “It was very pressuring to play dual roles. Both are great roles, but the dialect was burdensome. The writer encouraged me to trust and follow her without worrying. I’m doing my best not to cause trouble. I will show a bright side that I’ve never shown in my previous works.”

Jung Eun Chae plays Ku Seo Ryeong, the youngest-ever and first female prime minister of Korea. She shared, “There were many parts to the drama that were completely different from my previous works. I’m looking forward to this opportunity to show you a side of me that even I didn’t know about.”

Kim Go Eun increased the anticipation for the drama, saying, “It’s a story about parallel worlds, and there are a lot of details in it. There has never been a drama with such various double roles. It’s a fun mystery drama.”

Last but not least, the actors chose the key points of the drama. Kim Go Eun commented, “The more you watch, the more you will look forward to the next episode. It provides viewers with the fun of finding differences between the dual roles.” Lee Min Ho added, “There are many things to see, including an epic story, romance, and dual roles. Join ‘The King: Eternal Monarch’ as you continue to practice social distancing.”

“The King: Eternal Monarch” is set to premiere on April 17 at 10 p.m. KST.

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“Dinner Mate” Premiere Sees Promising Ratings, “Sweet Munchies” Sets Off To Quiet Start

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This week brings two new Monday-Tuesday dramas, MBC’s “Dinner Mate” and JTBC’s “Sweet Munchies.”

MBC’s “Dinner Mate,” starring Song Seung Heon and Seo Ji Hye, is a drama about a man and a woman who have grown jaded about romance after experiencing painful heartbreaks. Through their dinner dates, they eventually recover their ability to feel emotion and begin to find love over food.

According to Nielsen Korea, the May 25 broadcast of the drama recorded average nationwide viewership of 4.8 and 6.1 percent, for a solid beginning and a 1.6 point increase from the finale of its predecessor, “365: Repeat the Year.”

JTBC’s new romantic comedy “Sweet Munchies” stars Jung Il Woo and former KARA member Kang Ji Young, and is about a love triangle in which a man and woman fight over the same man.

The Monday premiere recorded 1.531 percent viewership, for a 0.394 point decrease from the finale of the previous drama, “I’ll Go to You When the Weather Is Nice.”

SBS’s “Good Casting” recorded a 0.3 point decrease in viewership with 6.8 and 8.5 percent, but held on to its No. 1 spot amongst Monday-Tuesday dramas.

KBS2’s “Born Again” maintained its viewership from the previous week, hitting 1.3 and 2.0 percent.

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Kim Young Kwang In Talks To Star In Upcoming Fantasy Romantic Comedy Drama

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We may be seeing Kim Young Kwang in a new drama soon!

On May 25, it was reported that the actor would be leading the upcoming KBS 2TV drama “Hello? It’s me!” (literal title). In response, a source from his agency WIDE-S Company stated, “Kim Young Kwang is currently looking over an offer to appear in the new drama.”

“Hello? It’s Me!” will be a fantasy romantic comedy that centers around the growth of its characters, and Kim Young Kwang has been offered the leading role of the son of a chaebol family. If he accepts the role, this will be his first drama in approximately one year since his appearance in SBS’s “The Secret Life of My Secretary,” which concluded last June.

The new drama is currently in talks to air in the second half of 2020 as a Monday-Tuesday KBS 2TV drama.

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Watch: Jang Nara And Go Joon Show Off Their Chemistry + Park Byung Eun Soothes Baby Behind The Scenes Of “Oh My Baby”

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tvN’s “Oh My Baby” has released a behind-the-scenes look at the filming of the first few episodes!

The making-of video begins with an introduction from Jang Nara. “I was actually pretty nervous about the first filming,” she admitted. “Since it was my first time in a long time playing such a fun and goofy character, I think that made me more nervous.”

Jang Nara then practices throwing darts on set together with Go Joon, who holds her arm and shows her how to aim. Go Joon even receives praise from the director, who is surprised that he scored 50 points twice during the filming.

“She’s very cute and considerate of others,” Go Joon said of Jang Nara. “I’m sure we’ll get closer and more comfortable with each other as the filming continues, so I’m excited to see how our chemistry will turn out when we’re not nervous.”

Go Joon then checks out a trick eye museum full of various optical illusions. He turns a checkered hallway into a runway as he casually walks towards the camera, and he tilts his head to observe a piece of art that is turned on its side. Go Joon looks around the room and remarks, “We’re living in luxury while filming this drama.”

Actor Park Byung Eun then introduces himself. He describes a scene for the upcoming episode, saying, “Today is the day that the male lead characters gather together for the first time, so I was curious to see how we would get along.” The three male leads are seen climbing up the stairs and turning their heads in unison at the sound of Jang Nara’s voice. After finishing the scene, Park Byung Eun turns to the staff and playfully demands to know who laughed while they were filming.

Later on, Park Byung Eun shows off the baby doll that he films with, as well as the real baby. When the baby bursts into tears, the actor kindly tries to soothe her with a squeaking toy. He concluded, “We need to keep filming for the next few months, but I think today proved that we’ll be able to get along well and film good scenes.”

Jung Gun Joo spoke highly of his co-stars, commenting, “The other actors were very considerate, and thanks to that I was able to feel comfortable acting. I was able to finish the first filming since the staff and my fellow actors took such good care of me.”

Jung Gun Joo and Jang Nara then select the directors as the mood makers on set, and one of the directors pretends to act as if he’s hard at work when he realizes that the camera is filming him. Jang Nara teases him as she looks over her script, saying, “Director, your acting isn’t that great.”

At the end of the video, the actors express their love for the viewers and ask for continued interest in the drama.

Check out the full making-of video below!

“Oh My Baby” airs every Wednesday and Thursday at 10:50 p.m. KST.

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Apink’s Son Naeun, Song Seung Heon, Seo Ji Hye, And Lee Ji Hoon Star In Sweet “Dinner Mate” Poster

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Upcoming MBC Monday-Tuesday drama “Dinner Mate” has released a new poster of its four leading actors.

“Dinner Mate” is set to tell the love story of a man and a woman who have grown jaded about romance after experiencing painful heartbreak. Through eating dinner together, they eventually recover their ability to feel emotion and begin to find love over food.

The new poster gives a sneak peek of the four characters who will lead the story, played by Song Seung HeonSeo Ji Hye, Lee Ji Hoon, and Apink’s Son Naeun. The tagline of the poster reads, “A delicious romance for you,” hinting at the addictive romance that will take place where the stories of the four characters become intertwined on the dinner table.

“Dinner Mate” will premiere at 9:30 p.m. KST on May 25.

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Lee Joon Gi, Moon Chae Won, And More Gather For Script Reading Of Upcoming tvN Thriller

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tvN’s upcoming Wednesday-Thursday drama “Flower of Evil” has shared photos from its thrilling script reading!

“Flower of Evil” is based on the chilling question, “What if the husband I’ve loved for 14 years is actually a stone-cold serial killer?” The script reading was attended by producing director (PD) Kim Chul Gyu, screenwriter Yoo Jung Hee, and actors including Lee Joon GiMoon Chae WonJang Hee Jin, and Seo Hyun Woo.

Lee Joon Gi said, “I hope this will be a drama that remains in the minds of viewers for a long time,” and Moon Chae Won said, “I’m excited to be a part of such a great drama, and I will do my best.” The atmosphere was light as the actors all exchanged greetings, but as soon as the script reading started, things completely changed as each actor became immersed in their characters.

Lee Joon Gi takes on the role of Baek Hee Sung, who has changed his identity after concealing his past, while Moon Chae Won plays his wife Cha Ji Won, a detective who is chasing after his past. The relationship between them will be like walking on a tightrope, as they love each other but can’t help but be suspicious of one another. Meanwhile, Jang Hee Jin will be Do Hae Soo, the daughter of a serial killer who must contend with her horrifying family past on her own, and Seo Hyun Woo will play reporter Kim Mu Jin.

Joining the four leads will be a talented ensemble cast that includes Kim Ji Hoon, Choi Byung Mo, Son Jong Hak, Nam Gi Ae, Yoon Byung Hee, Im Chul Hyung, Choi Dae Hoon, Choi Young Joon, Kim Soo Oh, Jo Kyung Sook, Yang Hye Jin, Im Na Young, and child actress Jung Seo Yeon.

“Flower of Evil” is set to premiere this July.

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