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Ko Hyun-joung to turn 1st female president in new drama

최종수정 2009.12.31 11:28 기사입력 2009.12.31 11:28


Actress Ko Hyun-joung [Asia Economic Daily]

Actress Ko Hyun-joung, who played a charismatic royal concubine in smash hit TV series "Queen Seon-deok," will expand her grasp on such realm of acting by taking on the role of Korea's first female president in a new MBC drama.

An official at Ko's agency told Asia Economic Daily over the phone Wednesday that the 38-year-old actor has decided to take on the lead role in "Daemul," a drama adaptation of the comic book of the same name by famed cartoonist Park In-gwon.

Major broadcaster SBS had originally been set to air the drama in July last year but production halted when Ko, who had also at the time been tapped to play the same role, got involved in a lawsuit with the drama's producer Lee Kim Productions over a conflict regarding her appearance in "Seon-deok".

Ko reportedly resolved her dispute with the production company and rejoined the cast of the drama now set to air on MBC.

She will play the role of Seo Hye-rim, a human rights lawyer who is elected as South Korea's first female president. Korea has yet to see a female president in reality.
As a former Miss Korea runner-up, Ko rose to stardom after starring in 1995 hit TV series "Hourglass" and made headlines after marrying Samsung Group Chairman Lee Kun-hee's nephew Chung Yong-jin.

She resumed her acting career in 2005 after getting a divorce and fully regained her reputation as Korea's top actress this year, receiving the award for best actress at this year's MBC Drama Awards for her role in "Seon-deok."

Reporter : Park So-yoen
Editor : Jessica Kim
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