Jung Il-woo speaks during a press conference for cable channel tvN's "Cool Men, Hot Ramen" in Seoul, South Korea on October 27, 2011. [CJ E&M]
Korean actor Jung Il-woo has said he watched past dramas including close friend Lee Min-ho's hit show "Boys Over Flowers" once again to play his character in an upcoming TV series.
Jung made the remark during a press conference held in Seoul on Thursday for cable channel tvN's 16-part series "Cool Guys, Hot Ramen" where he plays a pretty-faced high school student who is the son of a conglomerate -- the same as Lee's character Goo Jun-pyo from "Boys Over Flowers."
"I went back and re-watched all the episodes of 'Boys Over Flowers,' as well as my own shows 'High Kick 1' and '49 Days' to prepare myself to play Cha Chi-soo," Jung said.
Jung had risen to stardom throughout Asia as a high school student named Lee Yoon-ho in MBC's popular sitcom "High Kick" and then enjoyed popularity once again as the Scheduler in SBS' "49 Days."
He then explained, "After watching them, I realized that there were many commonalities between the male leads so I focused on bringing out their strengths which I hope to show through my character."
"Cool Guys, Hot Ramen," helmed by Jung Jung-hwa and produced by Pyo Min-soo, tells the story of Yang Eun-bi (Lee Chung-ah), a trainee teacher, who takes over her father's ramen store which is operated by handsome chefs.
The show, also starring actor Lee Ki-woo, is set to air every Monday and Tuesday nights on tvN starting October 31.
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