Netflix 'Single’s Inferno' producer says Song Ji-a is the definition of hot

연합뉴스 / 2022-01-12 11:00:14
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▲ This photo, provided by Netflix, shows the producer Kim Jae-won (left) and Kim Na-hyun (right). (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap) 


▲ This photo, provided by Netflix, shows the Netflix original "SIngle's Inferno." (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap) 


▲ This photo, provided by Netflix, shows the poster of the Netflix original "SIngle's Inferno." (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)



SEOUL, Jan. 12 (Yonhap) -- “The participants were honest so the emotional changes they showed were fast.” “They were all charming as they were good at self-care.”

Producer Kim Na-hyun and Kim Jae-won who directed Netflix's entertainment series, “Single’s Inferno,” revealed the charm of the show in a video interview on Jan. 11.

The show is a reality dating program where single contestants stay on the deserted island and those who become couples can go for romantic nights in paradise.

“Single’s Inferno” became the first Korean entertainment show to make it on Netflix’s Global Top 10.

The impressive cast was the reason why the show went viral. ‘Honesty’ was the criteria when recruiting the participants.

The reality series did not only cast real-life people but recruited the beauty YouTuber FreeZia (birth name Song Ji-a) and famous dancer Cha Hyun-seung because they were honest with their emotions.

“We spent a great effort in the casting to find something different from past dating shows,” adding, “We searched in Instagram and Facebook using certain keywords like ‘workout,' received recommendations, and handed out flyers on the street,” explained producer Kim Jae-won.


Observing the emotions of the cast was the most important part when producing the series. 

Kim Jae-won answered, “Contestants had to endure the situation when the person they liked went to paradise, and we tried to observe these emotions,” adding, “We changed the way to go to paradise little by little every time to catch those feelings.”

“Dating programs are always loved and I think ‘reality’ is the key point these days. Viewers have to relate with the emotions and look in certain situations as there is a saying ‘Love and a cough cannot be hidden,’” shared Kim Jae-won.

Producer Kim Na-hyun mentioned, “The voting style, such as putting notes in a mailbox, was made to give a feeling of analog,“ adding, “I wanted to make a pure dating program.”

When three male participants liked one female contestant and one consistently like one female cast, the program was under suspicion that the relationships between the cast were scripted.

“The crew giving any guide at the scene or interfering is as close to zero,” adding, “We asked the cast to express their feelings as honestly as possible,” said Producer Kim Na-hyun.

Among the cast, Song Ji-a occupied a large portion of the show as the star was chosen by several male participants and was the center of attention for her beauty.

Producer Kim Jae-won recalled, “Song was recruited by a recommendation of a contact. If we turned the word ‘hot’ to a person, it would be her,” adding, “Song is the perfect cast because she has a great interest in fashion and beauty and expresses her inner self.”

“Single’s Inferno” has relatively small issues regarding the contestants’ personal life which is commonly encountered in reality programs.

“Netflix had tried many international reality shows so they had their way and a systematic qualification process,” Producer Kim Jae-won replied.

“People live up to 100 years nowadays and I think it's wrong to judge someone’s personality just by seeing them for 9 days,” commented Kim Jae-won. “Viewers have the right to criticize certain behaviors of the cast but we will respond to defamation or sexual assault.”



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