Actress Kim Go-eun satisfied with refreshing story for upcoming drama 'Yumi's Cells'

연합뉴스 / 2021-09-14 17:01:12
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▲ These photos, provided by Tving and Naver Webtoon, shows the drama poster for Yumi's Cells (left) and the original webtoon (right). (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)


SEOUL, Sept. 14 (Yonhap) -- Author Lee Dong-gun's popular webtoon "Yumi's Cells," which has long been loved for its unique settings of switching between the main character's real life and inside her mind as well as relatable daily events, will be newly presented as a drama.

South Korean TV network tvN and online video service (OTT) Tving announced that the drama version of "Yumi's Cells" will be released for the first time at 10:50 p.m. on Sept. 17.

Attention was focused on how to video this part in that several cells represent the psychology of the protagonist Kim Yu-mi and proceed with the story. In addition, the fact that actress Kim Go-eun plays the role of Yumi itself has also raised the overall expectations for the drama.

▲ This photo, provided by Tving, shows actress Kim Go-eun. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

At an online press conference on Tuesday, Kim said, "I had never seen the original webtoon, but I decided to binge watch it before going into filming. It was also not easy to meet such a casual, normal character. I mainly focused on delivering a real life-like performance."

Kim added, "The story has a setting where the cells represent the thoughts in Yumi’s mind, and because the drama shows various cells processing a number of thoughts before the character speaks, was relatable and felt somewhat refreshed."

Asked about other stories the actress sympathized with the most, Kim said, "I sympathized a lot with the smaller details of the story," adding, "I could also relate to the scenes where the ‘hungry’ cell emerges at midnight.” Kim also gave a cute answer, saying, "I wanted my own cells to fight against the ‘hungry’ cell and learn how to make it smaller.”

The 30-year-old actress also expressed affection for her character, saying, "Yumi is an attractive friend who is very honest in front of the person she loves and does her best without fronting her pride."


▲ This photo, provided by Tving, shows actress Kim Go-eun (left) and actor Ahn Bo-hyun (right). (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

Another character that appears in the drama apart from Yumi is Ku Woong, played by actor Ahn Bo-hyun (33).

“I knew the original webtoon because it was so popular, and I binge-watched it again after receiving the drama proposal, and it's a great honor to be part of such a famous work," Ahn said. “It's amazing how the drama combines both animation and reality together.”

Regarding his co-star Kim Go-eun, Ahn also said, "Kim appeared in a lot of famous works as the heroine, and there were many handsome and famous actors as her co-star. It's an honor to be one of them. Kim shows so much resemblance with Yumi that it looks like she just came from the webtoon.”

Kim also said, "My first impression of Ahn Bo-hyun was that he looked very cool and handsome. He also looked like the real life version of Ku Woong.”

Regarding his clear resemblance with Ku Woong, Ahn also mentioned, “There are so many people who have seen the original work that I made sure to put lots of effort to express Woong's long hair, beard, and dark skin,” adding, Woong's charm is his innocent and pure personality, and I think I’m 99% similar to him.”

Producer Lee Sang-yeop, who was in charge of directing, said, "The original webtoon had 3.2 billion views. It was such a fun and lovely story, and I thought it could be a very necessary story for everyone to see in this specific time period. There was no reason to say no in directing this new style of drama.”

"This is my first time working on an animation, but it took more time and effort than I thought. I knew the cells would need to have a cute appearance so I chose 3D animation,” Lee said. “I also focused on recruiting voice actors. In particular, comedian Ahn Young-mi gladly played the role of the clumsy sexuality cell, which is a special role,” the director added.

Lee then said, "The original author, Lee Dong-gun, was surprised by the cast line up and liked it very much.”



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