K-drama The Heavenly Idol has been receiving a lot of attention from viewers and critics alike. With a unique storyline that mixes fantasy with music and romance, the series has captured the hearts of many.
The story revolves around the life of a high priest named Pontifex Lembrary, played by Kim Min-gue, who is sent to the current world to fulfill a mission. In the current world, Lembrary becomes an idol star and meets Kim Dal, played by Go Bo-gyeol.
Recently, the two main leads, Kim Min-gue and Go Bo-gyeol, sat down for a press conference to discuss their experience working on the show.
Kim Min-gue plays the role of a high priest and an idol in the drama, which required him to sing and dance on stage. To prepare for the roles, he practiced singing and dancing, and even went for recordings just like an idol star’s routine.
“I indirectly experienced a lot of the things that idol stars do, and I realised that not anyone can be an idol star.” – Kim Min-gue
The actor also revealed that he received a lot of help from senior singer Tak Jae-hoon, who plays a senior top singer and mentor in the drama.
When it comes to his character, Kim Min-gue focused on showing the contrast between his character’s priestly background and his life as an idol. He shared that he paid attention to his character’s appearance, trying to make him look more like a priest while still being a successful idol star.
When asked if there were any similarities between himself and his characters, Kim Min-gue replied that there were aspects of himself that he tried to bring out in both roles.
Go Bo-gyeol, on the other hand, plays the role of Kim Dal, a young woman who is a huge fan of Lembrary and eventually falls in love with him.
When asked about her character, the actress shared that she tried to bring out the elements of Kim Dal from within herself, imagining how she would react in certain situations and how she would feel. She also tried to emulate Kim Dal’s bravery, which helped her immerse herself in the character.
The actors also spoke about their experience working together on set. Kim Min-gue praised Go Bo-gyeol’s acting skills, particularly her strong gaze, which he found to be especially effective in emotional scenes.
“That has been a great help for me, as it helps me focus really quickly and get into the right emotions.”
He also noted that his co-star made the atmosphere on set really fun and that he enjoyed working with her.
On the other hand, Go Bo-gyeol shared that she admired Kim Min-gue’s past works and found him to be a cheerful person who made the atmosphere on set really fun.
Overall, the press conference gave fans a glimpse into the hard work and dedication that goes into bringing a character to life on screen. From practicing singing and dancing to embodying the personality of a character, the actors of The Heavenly Idol show that there is a lot more to acting than just memorizing lines. It’s about becoming the character and bringing their story to life.
The Heavenly Idol premieres Thursday, 16 Feb, 9.15pm on tvN Asia (Singtel TV CH 518, StarHub TV CH 824). Subsequent episodes will air at the same time slot every Thursday and Friday.
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