08JAN2015 [Star Q&A] Will Kim Jaejoong be Satisfied with His Upcoming Drama ‘Spy’

Kim Jaejoong finally grabbed his golden chance. He starred in many MBC dramas including and and he has finally stepped into KBS’s drama to extend his acting fields.

Spy is a remake of Israelis drama which depict a former North Korean agent who lives an ordinary life of a housewife. Her life is on a risk when she undertakes a task to win her son over, Sun-woo, who is North Korea data analyst.

The combination of the interesting plot, senior actors’s solid acting (including Bae Jong-ok, Yoo Oh-sung, and Jung Won-joong) and new actors’ cast in the drama raised much expectations of viewers.

Another reason Spy is garnering much attention is its unprecedented time slot. The drama is placed at 9:30pm on Friday which is unlike other weekday dramas that air at 10pm. In addition, two consecutive episodes will broadcast on the same day. The genre is also interesting. The plot is close to traditional family drama but its genre is defined as action noir. Moreover, the drama aims to be ‘funny’ which viewers of all ages can laugh and enjoy. What an interesting concept?

In fact, none of Kim Jaejoong’s drama have been huge hits. This is why his upcoming drama is getting our attention: can he prove his potential as an actor through Spy?


Q. Tell us about your character in the drama, Sun-woo.

At home, he is a mother’s boy. He was raised in a harmonious family with right-minded. However, when he works at National Intelligence Service, he is realistic. I wanted those two traits to make a good balance in the drama. I wanted to portray a character who changes over time due to external factors.

Q. It seems like you always play a character with strong impacts. What is the major difference of Sun-woo with other characters you’ve been playing?

Most people think that Sun-woo is a strong character because he is an employee at National Intelligence Service. However, Sun-woo is a humane and warm-hearted young man in his 20s. He experiences love with his family, girlfriend, and colleagues from work. However, he will show strong personality to solve conflicts.

Q. How was your chemistry with Bae Jong-ok (playing his mom) and your lover in the drama Ko Sung-hee?

Bae Jong-ok sunbaenim is gorgeous and looks young. My mother is quite old, and it was good to act with young mother. It feels like being with a beautiful sister. Ko Sung-hee is a pretty actress and the more I see her, the more I feel that way. She has beautiful voice which want me to have more conversation with her.

Q. KBS has poor viewers rating especially on Friday night. Since the drama is placed on Friday, it must compete with SBS and tvN’s variety shows. You must feel burdened about it.

It would be great if we receive high viewers rating, but I’m not worried about it from an actor’s perspective. The drama is fresh and I try to see the bright side of it such as airing two episodes on one day. Moreover, the director is excellent and he works with fast pace. He films the next scene when he is satisfied with the first scene. I trust his abilities.

Q. Are you really not worried at all?

Well, if I have to say something, the director works really fast, so it’s hard to catch up. If we don’t do well, it’s going to be a mess. When an actor is not satisfied with his acting, he usually asks for another shooting, but he believes the first cut was good enough. His judgement is very accurate.

Q. Since this is your first KBS drama, please make a promise to viewers in case it surpasses your goal viewers rating.

We our drama surpasses 10% viewers rating, I will donate home appliances to thirty North Korean defectors. Well, I’m going to squander all my pay again. Haha!


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