While actor Song Seung-heon, who is starring in “Dr. Jin,” sincerely wishes fellow actor Jang Dong-gun and his drama, “A Gentleman’s Dignity” the best, he did not mince words when it came to the desired outcome.
“I would like his series to do well, but I would like ours to do a tad bit better,” Song, 35, said at the series’ press conference in Seoul Thursday.
|The cast of MBC’s “Dr. Jin” — (from left) Lee Bum-soo, Lee So-yeon, Song Seung-heon, |
Park Min-young, Kim Jae-joong — attend the drama’s press conference in Seoul on Thursday. (Lee Sang-sub/The Korea Herald)
Song has the advantage of having stayed in the drama game after a five-year hiatus from 2003 to 2008. That said, Song admitted that he is stepping out of his comfort zone with “Dr. Jin.”
“As an actor, I have been kind of avoiding the historical romance genre, it’s true,” he admitted. “It’s a challenging genre. But then I saw the script for ‘Dr. Jin’ and I really wanted to do it.”
Song revealed that he liked the fact that his first period piece would feature him as a modern man who has traveled back in time to the Joseon Dynasty.
“It is like ‘Alice in Wonderland,’” he said. “Playing a modern day guy who interacts with Joseon period people is fun.”
“Before this, I was already aware of the popularity of the Japanese comic series,” Song said. “Looking at the script, revamped with Korean sentiment, I could not resist jumping on board.”
The upcoming series is an adaptation of Motoka Murakami’s comic book series “Jin,” changing the setting from Edo-period Japan to the Joseon period, and replacing real-life historical figure Sakamoto Ryoma (who was depicted in the original) with Joseon political figure Yi Ha-eung, who will be portrayed by actor Lee Bum-soo.
Song is tackling the role of the protagonist, neurosurgeon Dr. Jin, with actress Park Min-young playing his love interest both in the 21st century and in 1860. JYJ boy band member Kim Jae-joong is playing Dr. Jin’s rival for the Joseon Dynasty heroine’s affections in his first role in a historical piece.
Kim revealed that he received a couple of tips from fellow boy band member Park Yu-chun, who starred alongside actress Park in KBS’ historical romance “Seonggyungwan Scandal” in 2010.
“He said, ‘Min-young is an excellent actress, so work hard at doing a good job,’” said Kim, 26.
Park, known for her feisty and cheery roles in dramas like KBS’ “Glory Jaein,” revealed that this work represents a departure from previous characters.
“My Joseon Dynasty character will be passive,” the 26-year old actress said, adding that “that does not mean she is weak.”
“She possesses a very powerful energy.”
“Dr. Jin” starts airing May 26 on Saturday and Sunday nights at 9:50 p.m. on MBC.
By Jean Oh (firstname.lastname@example.org)