Min Hyo-rin takes to the ice
With a few months before filming begins, kpop singer and newb actress Min Hyo-rin is training heavily for her role as a figure skater in this summer’s sports drama Triple, putting in as much as ten-hour days on the ice. She began training as soon as she was cast in mid-2008, which means that by the time the drama airs in June 2009, she will have about a year of intensive training under her belt.
Given that Min Hyo-rin is the star, though, she has been rather overshadowed by her more famous co-stars and director. After all, she’s famous mostly for her nose, while Kang Ji-hwan (Hong Gil Dong), Yoon Kye-sang (Who Are You), and Lee Seon-kyun (Coffee Prince) all came off multiple drama series and film projects in the past year alone.
I’ll admit to looking forward to Triple with an absurd amount of anticipation. It’s got a potentially silly-sounding premise, but given its director and cast, I think it’s got a shot at rising above its fangirly foundation. (Lee Yoon-jung is probably the perfect director for a sports-romance series like this, given her deft touch with young love in Coffee Prince and the skill she showed in depicting sports psychology with Taereung National Village.) And as cute as the boys of Boys Before Flowers may be, here we’re talking three heartthrobby men — who can act!
(The usual caveat, of course: If she turns out to be good I will be completely happy to admit it.)