Yoona (left) and Jang Keun-suk (right) in a scene of KBS' "Love Rain" [YTree Company]
"1, 2, 3 seconds is all that took for me to fall in love with her," Seo In-ha (Jang Keun-suk) said to himself feeling that time was slowing down as Kim Yoon-hee (Yoona) walked past him on campus.
Having gone through flaming love and growing pains as college students in the 1970s, Seo and Kim's love story continues again 30 years later; but this time, with kids.
In KBS' upcoming TV series "Love Rain," Jang plays both Seo In-ha living in the 1970s and his son Seo Jun living in 2012, while Yoona takes on the role of Kim Yoon-hee and her daughter Jung Hana. Also, the veteran actor and actress, Jung Jin-young and Lee Mi-sook, play the older version of the aforementioned characters.
"The storyline and how it entangles with all these different elements and the characters is something that I wanted to present to the audience for a long time. I know that it has never been done in other dramas," director Yoon Suk-ho said while introducing his first work in six years.
"It may be confusing to the viewers since it goes back and forth from the 70s to the present time but I feel that the actors did, and is doing, an amazing job in differentiating the characters according to the time period."
Yoona (left) and Jang Keun-suk (right) are posing at the press conference for KBS' TV series "Love Rain" held in Seoul, South Korea on March 22, 2012. [YTree Media]
On playing dual roles
"This will be my first time portraying a double role and it's kind of a relief because we shot the episodes for the 1970s late last year and recently started shooting for the scenes for the present time......I thought I was going to be confused after shooting for the different time periods but it wasn't as bad as I thought."
"I was really interested in the concept of playing two roles and while working on 'Love Rain,' I found some quite interesting aspects of love from these two time periods (70s and now). Director Yoon gave me a lot of advice on how to express the two characters and the other cast members helped me on studying the overall characters as well. I was also worried if I could pull off these emotions well and I hope my effort bring out a satisfying result when the show airs. (laugh)"
Good old fashioned 1970s' love
"I asked my parents for advice on what it was like for them to live in the 1970s and their love story......it wasn't as lovely as I thought it would be. (laugh) So I asked director Yoon and he suggested that I watch movies and listen to music from 1970s. I thought it was going to be sort of a dark period but found that it wasn't any different from now, in terms of how people think and their love stories. I feel that it would have been fun to live in the 70s."
"Director Yoon is really into the details so I let my hair down when shooting the scenes for '70s and I wore lace socks and heels. Yoon told me some of his own stories from the '70s and I reflected some of his experiences on the drama in order to make myself feel really in it. I also had to talk less, speak slower than usual and be a good listener.....Also, the 70s gives off this vibe that makes you feel the purity in romance, which is quite difficult to see nowadays."
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