From left, Kim Seung-woo, Lee Da-hae, Kang Hye-jung and Park Yuchun pose during a photocall for the press conference for upcoming MBC TV series "Miss Ripley" held in Seoul, South Korea on May 17, 2011. [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
A change in wardrobe is just one of the many changes singer-actor Park Yuchun has embraced for his second acting role.
When asked what the differences are between the characters he played in his acting debut drama "SungKyunKwan Scandal" and upcoming drama "Miss Ripley," both well-rounded and all-around perfect at first glance, Park jokingly responded, "That I've gone from wearing hanbok to Western clothes?"
He was addressing a group of reporters gathered for a press conference of "Miss Ripley" held in Seoul on Tuesday.
In "SungKyunKwan Scandal," every member of the cast had worn the hanbok, or traditional Korean attire, since its story was about four students attending the prestigious Sungkyunkwan University in 18th century Korea but "Miss Ripley" is set in modern day Korea and the main characters' lives revolve around a five-star hotel.
However, on a more serious note, Park then explained, "I think the way in which they express their pain is different. Unlike Lee Sun-joon from 'SungKyunKwan Scandal,' Yutaka is seen with a grin on his face from the very beginning but he will become an increasingly sad and tearful character."
On the other hand, a video played at the press conference showed Yutaka, Korean name Song Yuhyun, as a seemingly well-mannered, kind-hearted and humble heir to the owner of a top resort yet Park said he regarded him "an extremely strong character because he has actually been wounded very deeply."
This was an aspect that has helped Park relate to Yutaka more than Sun-joon, the latter whom he had said he was similar to in many ways, the idol star added.
"We [Yutaka and I] have even more in common. For example, when Yutaka is at the airport, he looks very well-mannered and friendly but I could feel that it's not because he doesn't have any worries or is completely at ease with his life. I knew it was because he has suffered from a hardship before so I wanted to a good job of showing that," Park explained.
Park did not elaborate on the suffering Yutaka had to endure but briefly remarked that his personal experience is related to his family while growing up.
Nonetheless, the first few episodes of "Miss Ripley" will show a cheerful and carefree Yutaka who develops emotions for Lee Da-hae's character Jang Miri, a woman who starts living a fake life for success after being tired of facing obstacles to life due to her background.
She uses two men to accomplish her goals, including Yutaka and Jang Myung-hoon, played by Kim Seung-woo, who is an elite hotelier in his 40s who falls for the 20-something Jang.
Actress Kang Hye-jung will also star in the series, playing Na Hee-joo who was friends with Jang at an orphanage when they were young and later has a crush on Yutaka.
"Miss Ripley" will be a conventional melodrama telling of people's desires and love hidden behind the fancy success and failure these four main characters.
The show will run in the Monday and Tuesday primetime slot starting May 30, following current series "The Duo."
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