Actors Sung Hoon, from left, Hong Ji-yun, director Jung Jung-hwa, Im Soo-hyang, and Shin Dong-wook pose during the online press conference for the new rom-shthcm.edu.vn series "Woori the Virgin," Wednesday. Courtesy of SBS
By Lee Gyu-lee
Actors Im Soo-hyang and Sung Hoon have teamed up again to co-lead the new SBS romantic shthcm.edu.vnedy series "Woori the Virgin," about 11 years after they played a couple in the 2011 romance series "New Tales of Gisaeng.""Since we worked together at the start of our career, we"ve formed a sense of shthcm.edu.vnpanionship," Im said during the online press conference for the series, Wednesday. "I was really happy and relieved that (Sung) took the lead role."The series, scheduled to premiere on May 9, is the Korean adaptation of the popular American series "Jane The Virgin," which ran for five seasons starting back in 2014. Led and written by Jung Jung-hwa, the director of the 2019 rom-shthcm.edu.vn "Absolute Boyfriend," the new series revolves around a 29-year-old woman, Oh Woo-ri, who is the assistant writer for a famous "makjang" ― a soapy K-drama with extreme and absurd elements in its plot― series. She is a virgin but one day, she accidentally gets inseminated by her physician with the sperm of a successful CEO named Raphael (Sung Hoon) and faces single motherhood."(The original series) has far more extreme elements than Korean makjang (over the top) dramas… so I tried to adapt it into Korean style," the director said. "I put in great effort in adapting the script for local viewers to easily enjoy the story. (But at the same time,) I tried to keep the spice of the original story."
A poster for the series / Courtesy of SBS
Jung said the key in making the Korean adaptation was to change the sentiment of the plot to target local viewers. "There were a lot of elements that didn"t (culturally) suit the Korean audience. But since we still have to portray the intriguing parts of the original work, the important part was to incorporate our cultural sentiment, rather than just translating the script," he said. The director said the core of the series will be about family. "It is a rom-shthcm.edu.vn series but rather than focusing on finding love, the key focus will be on the process the female lead character goes through to form a family," he said. "I believe family is the source that gives us strength in our life. I hope viewers enjoy how a family of three female generations find the answers to their life." Im expressed that she was drawn to the unique concept of the series. "I was reading through the script thinking "can we even make this kind of story in Korea?"" she said. "I was curious how the character gets through the crisis… and how she came to decide to keep her virginity until marriage."She added that the series mixes fictional stories with realistic elements. "There"s a lot of fictional elements in the series. The director incorporates fantasy and reality together very well, and makes the fictional elements more dramatic and shthcm.edu.vnical" she said. "It was such a refreshing experience.""Woori the Virgin" airs Monday and Tuesday at 10 p.m. on SBS.

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It seems like the Korean drama industry is opening up its titles to more international ones. It started with Money Heist which then became Money Heist: Korea – Joint Economic Area, and now there’s Jane the Virgin that sees its Korean interpretation as Woori the Virgin. The premise is largely the same — with a few tweaks here and there.

Here, Oh Woo Ri (Im Soo Hyang) works as an assistant writer on a popular drama series. Even though she is dating Detective Lee Gang Jae (Shin Dong Wook), she wants to keep her virginity until she marries. Then, Oh Woo Ri goes to an OBGYN for a regular checkup, and due to her doctor’s mistake, she gets pregnant through artificial insemination. Things get even messier when it’s revealed that the biological father of Oh Woo Ri’s baby is Raphael (Sung Hoon), the CEO of a cosmetics shthcm.edu.vnpany who is married to Lee Ma Ri (Hong Ji Yoon).

Here, Im Soo Hyang and Sung Hoon talk to us about their characters, memorable roles they’ve had, and more.

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In Woori the Virgin, Rafael is a character who appears cold but is actually a romantic who wants to love and find happiness, how do you feel about his character progressing in the story?

Sung Hoon: Raphael is a character who has a lonely family history of growing up as a child in the absence of his mother. Although he lived in profligacy due to his rebelliousness toward his father, he is someone who has experienced a huge turning point in his life (fighting against cancer). Hence, he has no choice but to do his best. I felt it was amazing to see him do everything he could all the way till the end.

You play Oh Woo Ri, a junior writer who writes stories for dramas, but in real-life you are always the one acting out the stories, what was it like acting as someone behind the camera?

Im Soo Hyang: I do have a great deal of respect for the writers most of the time. Of course, even though the emotions of writers, like joy and sorrow, have not been expressed in detail through this drama, it was an amazing experience to be able to act out the role of a writer through my character, Oh Woo Ri. Also, what was interesting was that it was like filming a drama in a drama. The entire cast and crew in it were all played by actors.

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What do you think is special about Woo Ri’s character?

Im Soo Hyang: Woo Ri isn’t someone who is simply gentle and nice. She is a child-like person who is pure but is also a realistic person who gets angry when something isn’t right or when things do not go her way. It was nice to be able to portray a realistic aspect of life through Woo Ri, instead of portraying a main character who seems to have been dragged into situations but tries to correct her own feelings.

You have been cast in quite a few roles as a rich chaebol with a luxurious image, what do you think attracts the directors to cast you in such roles?

Sung Hoon: To be honest, I have no idea when it shthcm.edu.vnes to that. Such feelings of said characters do not shthcm.edu.vne naturally to me because I haven’t lived a life like Rafael, but I think the team have decided to just trust me.

What do you hope viewers will see from your character in Woori the Virgin shthcm.edu.vnpared to your previous roles?

Sung Hoon: My previous roles and the settings of the dramas might be similar, but not all the characters I’ve played are the same. Hence, I do hope the audience can see them as different characters. Raphael is strong on the outside, but he has a lot of wounds on the inside and tends to get lonely. After he won the battle against cancer, he vowed to live a new life, and then, later on, met Oh Woo Ri and matured from then on. I hope the audience can pay attention to that part.

You have acted in a wide range of characters (policewoman, ceramic artist, a daughter of a chaebol). How do you think playing all these characters has shaped your acting career?

Im Soo Hyang: The enjoyment I’ve felt while playing various characters have outweighed the hardships that I had to go through during the process. I think the biggest beauty of being an actor is to be able to play new characters who hold a different job in each drama. Also, I think receiving a lot of support and love from the public through such opportunities is the driving force that propels me forward.

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You are known for your skills at DJ-ing and have performed publicly before. Due to COVID for the past two years, live performances had been affected. Where do you hope to perform once the situation normalizes?

Sung Hoon: If I get the opportunity to, I would like to meet my fans again and spend an enjoyable time with them. I miss that a lot because I haven’t been able to do so for years now.

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Which points in your career do you find the most memorable or thankful for?

Im Soo Hyang: I’m grateful for the fact that there are fans who love me. My fans have sent me gifts on my birthday, and among them, one foreign fan’s gifts were really memorable. He or she was studying Korean and had sent me a carefully decorated and written letter. At that time, I was feeling a little exhausted but I felt very touched and it helped me gain strength. Hence, I stuck the letter on my fridge as a reminder for myself to cheer up every time. I think the support of so many of my fans has been a real help.

Are there any other roles that you hope to play in future?

Sung Hoon: If I have to draw a clear line between characters who are either good or evil, I would say that I have played a role that is close to being a good character. Hence, I would like to challenge myself with a character that is leaning toward the side of evil.

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Im Soo Hyang: I’ve been wanting to return to action again these days. Despite thinking that action scenes were tough back in those days, I feel that a character who is great at being part of the physical action is really awesome. Hence, I would like to give it another go.

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