Daniel Henney’s Three Rivers role due to Samsoon
We kdrama fans know that it was 2005’s mega-hit drama My Name Is Kim Samsoon (aka My Lovely Samsoon) that catapulted American model-actor Daniel Henney to stardom in Korea, but it’s also apparently the reason for his U.S. television debut four years later.
Henney has landed a leading role playing “David Lee,” a Korean-American doctor, on the new CBS medical drama Three Rivers, which premieres this fall. The producers of the show searched widely for Asian actors in their casting process, and ended up watching Samsoon. They felt that the gentleness he displayed as Jung Ryeo-won’s doctor was similar to what they were looking for in the Lee character, and auditioned him. The producers reportedly agreed to cast him immediately after his audition “without argument.”
Three Rivers is set at a hospital in Pittsburgh and centers around organ transplant doctors (Henney’s character is a “playboy organ transplant specialist”) and premieres October 4 at 9pm on CBS.
Here’s the extended promo:
(I’m sorry, I am utterly unexcited about this show — it seems trite and boring — and probably won’t watch it, but good luck to Daniel Henney. He doesn’t seem half bad from his brief moments in the promo, which is an improvement from some of his wooden, awkward acting in the past.)
Via Hankook Ilbo