Kim Ji-won, Chun Woo-hee up for same lead role in KBS’s Third-Rate My Way
Wait, you’re going to make me choose? Upcoming KBS drama Third-Rate My Way has just offered the leading lady role to Kim Ji-won (Descended From the Sun, Gap-dong), after recently offering it to Chun Woo-hee (The Wailing; Love, Lies), with Park Seo-joon (Hwarang) up to co-star. That’s a tough call, considering both actresses are wonderful and entirely capable of headlining their own dramas (finally!).
It’s definitely an unusual casting choice to have Kim and Chun up for the same character at the same time, but KBS has confirmed that both actresses are still in contention for the role. Usually, it’s not made public that two actors are competing for the same role, whether out of consideration or etiquette or just plain custom. Often in a scenario where a second actor is mentioned, we’ll later find out that the first actor had declined, but Chun’s management stated today that she’s still positively considering the role. Kim’s management said the same.
Third-Rate My Way is centered around two lead characters living third-rate lives: Choi Ae-ra is the leading lady, a woman who has given up her dreams of being a television announcer and currently works the info desk at a department store. Ae-ra has no specs, no strong family background, no impressive resumé or education, and no boyfriend, and her personality is described as both “sweet and salty.”
Park Seo-joon’s prospective character, meanwhile, currently works as a temporary employee in an ordinary office, living a nondescript life that contrasts to his glory days in high school, when he was a hotshot Taekwondo fighter. The drama will follow their success story as these two characters, “who have been told by the world to live as supporting characters,” decide to burst out of their humdrum lives that are going nowhere. (A note on the title: If it sounds a little awkward, it’s because there’s wordplay involved that doesn’t quite make it in translation; the title smushes together the word for “third-rate” (sanmai) with the English “my way,” making it both third-rate and my way.)
Third-Rate My Way comes from writer Im Sang-choon of Baek-hee Has Returned and PD Lee Na-jung of Nice Guy. It premieres in May as a Wednesday-Thursday KBS drama.
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