Here’s another addition to the cyber-investigation drama Ghost, but more interesting than the actual casting, in my opinion, is the news that actress Kim Byul (the cast addition) has changed her name. It seems a strange choice to go from Kim Byul to her new name, Song Ha-yoon, since the former seems more striking and the latter more ordinary. (Neither stage name is her real name, which is Kim Mi-sun.)
In any case, she joins So Ji-sub, Lee Yeon-hee, and Eom Ki-joon in the SBS drama set to follow Rooftop Prince. She’ll play a rookie reporter with little experience and no sources but keen observational skills, and becomes “an important key” in unraveling the mystery that drives the drama. Given that this is the show produced by the Sign team, I’m expecting a similar mix of procedural, thriller, and science-y elements. Sign didn’t do it for me, but I do think the cyber/techie element is fresher in dramaland than the medical procedural, so there’s that.
Kim Byul—er, Song Ha-yoon—has had some leading and supporting roles, if you’ve seen the recent Lee Seon-kyun and Kim Min-hee mystery film Helpless, or the action-melo film Flight with Kim Bum, or the goofy Zorro-meets-Joseon fusion sageuk Strongest Chil-woo. I first saw her in Clazziquai’s music video for “Sweety” way back in 2004 (watch below), alongside Lee Jun-ki. She was adorable and had, I thought, a lot of charisma.
But although she’s one of those actresses I’ve always thought would hit it big(ger), she never quite made the leap from B-list material or supporting role status. There are a lot of actresses who fall into that trap, but she’s got a particular screen presence and a bubbly charm that I thought would take her farther; she was particularly strong in Taereung National Village. I suppose that’s the entire point behind the name change, though, and hopefully she’ll have better success with the new one.
- Daniel Choi joins the cast of Ghost
- Eom Ki-joon joins cyber thriller Ghost
- Lee Yeon-hee reunites with So Ji-sub for Ghost
- So Ji-sub confirms crime drama Ghost
- Kim Byul plays rock guitarist for new film
- Kim Bum and Kim Byul’s movie kiss
- Kim Byul, Jang Geun-seok, and baby makes three
- Taereung National Village