Actor Joo Sang-wook is featured in the upcoming issue of fashion magazine Bazaar, just in time to coincide with two new drama projects: the just-premiered Paradise Ranch on SBS, and the soon-to-come Thorn Birds on KBS.
Joo Sang-wook’s roles in the two dramas are vastly different from each other, just as the two dramas are complete opposites in subject and tone: Paradise Ranch is a light romantic comedy, while Thorn Birds is billed as a melodrama with the potential for lots of weepy angst. The former premiered this week, while the latter will take to airwaves in February.
The sudden confluence of projects is actually more coincidence than anything (Paradise Ranch was delayed and delayed, and finally happened to premiere just as he took on his next role), but it puts Joo in the spotlight just as he’s finally hitting the next stage in his career. He gained a lot of attention for his career-changing turn in Giant last year, and Thorn Birds will be his first time as leading man in a drama.
In fact, I’d say there are a number of fans who find the timing of Paradise Ranch unfortunate, because he filmed it before Giant but now runs the risk of tarnishing the luster of that role with this one. While I didn’t find Paradise Ranch outright bad, I think it’s safe to say that it is, frankly, a step back for him as an actor, after acting with heavyweights and in such a well-regarded production as Giant. Well, perhaps Ranch will contribute a popularity bump for him among the young set, at the very least. (I don’t have much hope for Thorn Birds, though I recognize that may just be my distaste for intense/makjang tearjerkers talking.)
Via TV Report
- Paradise Ranch: Episode 1
- KBS’s Thorn Birds begins rehearsals
- Stills from SBS’s upcoming Giant
- SBS’s period drama Giant begins rehearsals