Finger hearts and first kisses for Oh My Ghostess
Oh My Ghostess premieres this weekend (yay), and the cast showed up to their press conference on the afternoon of June 29 to introduce the show, talk about their characters, and, of course, take pretty pretty pictures.
Among the many reasons this drama has been attracting pre-show buzz is the fact that this will be Park Bo-young’s first drama role in seven years—and really, even that last show wasn’t much, since it was a two-episode stint on 2008’s Strongest Chil-woo where she played Eric’s younger sister. She had a child-actress part in the 2007 sageuk King and I that she was praised for, but really, she’s a star because of her movies (Speedy Scandal, Wolf Boy). So interest is high to see her in a full-length TV series, and as the lead instead of a child role.
She plays a timid assistant in a restaurant run by a hotshot chef (Jo Jung-seok), the crush she can’t speak to until she’s possessed by a lusty virgin ghost (Kim Seul-gi). It’s almost like she’s playing two characters since the possessed version is so different from the host character, and Park explained feeling nervous about that until she met with the director, who made her feel she could trust him.
This drama marks Park Bo-young’s first kiss scene ever, and she half-joked, “I’ve never once had to do a kiss scene before. My parents don’t know yet and it’ll be a big deal when they hear about it.” She added, “I worried a lot, but Jo Jung-seok oppa guided me well.” Jo, meanwhile, explained feeling some nerves too: “Bo-young-sshi said it was her first kiss scene, so it felt like I should take the lead, and it made me anxious. I couldn’t help but be aware of Bo-young’s fans, and it made me want to do it even better. As soon as it was over, we hi-fived.”
Kim Seul-gi seemed like such perfect casting to me when I heard she was playing the ghost, to which my reaction was: Oh of course. Nobody else should do it! The flipside of that, I suppose, is the pigeonholing effect, though she didn’t seem too upset: “Even though they say I keep doing the same kind of acting, I don’t feel pressure to always show a different side. I consider it my strength that I can make a performance fit me as much as possible. More than doing as many different kinds of acting roles as possible, what’s important is how well I can bring to life the characters I’ve taken on.”
Im Joo-hwan plays Jo Jung-seok’s brother-in-law and a police officer, and I’m although he’s done a number of modern pieces, it does seem like his sageuk image is stronger. (See: Shine or Go Crazy, Tamra the Island, Frozen Flower.) And although sageuk acting is usually regarded as more difficult than modern, Im had a different perspective, saying that in sageuk, the costuming and dialogue can sometimes help mask an actor’s weakness, while he finds the challenge of contemporary works to be making the dialogue and acting feel natural and relatable.
PD Yoo Je-won expressed some worries about ratings expectations, especially since his last drama, tvN’s wacky workplace rom-com High School King of Savvy, was a hit. He said it was impossible to not feel the burden of ratings numbers, but that his job was to not let those worries come out on set. His priority while shooting is to bring to life what the writers have created (both writers also penned Savvy), and to do his best to erase ratings concerns form his mind.
Jo Jung-seok chimed in to say that PD Yoo has done a great job in that regard, because he feels good energy from him and has set a positive mood for the rest of the cast and crew to follow.
Oh My Ghostess premieres on Friday, July 3.
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