New tvN series promises tantalizing, hilarious office romance
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By Woo Jae-yeon
SEOUL, May 30 (Yonhap) -- The setting is hilarious: a narcissist chaebol heir can't get his head around why his secretary of nine years wants to voluntarily give up on the "honorary" and "entitled" position of serving a "perfect human" like himself.
As delusional as he is, he's got the looks, a smart brain and money. Lee Young-joon, vice chairman of Yu Myung Group, played by Park Seo-joon, considers himself too perfect to date a less-than-ordinary girl. So he never seriously dated anyone.
His perfectionist secretary Kim Mi-so, played by Park Min-young, is tired of being on standby mode day and night. She's supported her family ever since her father was swindled and resorted to private loans. She decides to quit living for others and sets out to find her own life.
This image provided by tvN shows the channel's new television series "What's Wrong with Secretary Kim." (Yonhap)
The new drama "What's Wrong with Secretary Kim" on tvN tells the story of the tantalizing romance between the secretary and her egocentric boss.
"The biggest challenge for me is how to play the character realistically," actor Park said during a press event in Seoul on Wednesday.
"I have mostly played relatable, ordinary characters, so I found it hard to understand this role. There were a lot of situations that looked outrageous and unnatural for me," he said, adding that his real self couldn't be more different from the role.
Despite the claim that the actor is a far cry from the narcissist in the drama, Park looked quite immersed in the role.
"I saw some comments online by people who read the original novel that I am not the right actor for the role. I would like to tell them that I've taken this role, and you have no choice now but to watch how well I perform this job," he said matter-of-factly, to an outburst of laughter.
This photo provided by tvN shows a scene from the channel's new television series "What's Wrong with Secretary Kim." (Yonhap)
The 16-part drama is based on the popular novel of the same name by Jang Kyung-yoon. The online novel was viewed 50 million times in total. It was also made into an online comic, or "webtoon" as they are known in Korea, that garnered more than 200 million views.
Director Park Joon-hwa said he tries to visualize the original novel as closely as possible.
"We will try to be true to the original work to feature romance, comedy as well as family affection," the director said. "There will also be a shift in the dynamic between the vice chairman and the secretary and a story about people with respective past traumas and scars."
Another important character is the vice chairman's older brother Lee Seong-yeon, played by Lee Tae-hwan, who maintains mysterious and fraught relations with his brother. One day, the best-selling author learns his brother seems preoccupied with his secretary and sets his eye on luring her.
Wrapping up the media event, actor Park Seo-joon promised to treat a group of random office workers a cup of coffee if the drama garners more than 10 percent viewership ratings, a big number for a drama on a cable channel. The previous series "My Mister" recorded 7.4 percent.
Following his sudden promise, Park Min-young chipped in, "Then I will make toast next to him." Another main actor Lee also chimed in, "I will serve the coffee."
The Wednesday-Thursday series will premiere at 9:30 p.m. on June 6.
This photo provided by tvN shows the main actors Lee Tae-hwan (L), Park Min-young (C) and Park Seo-joon (R) posing for photos during a press event in Seoul on May 30, 2018. (Yonhap)