As the title hints, I am seriously worried about the upcoming historical drama “My Country.”
[Disclaimer: I have nothing against Seolhyun, I really think she’s a nice idol. This is an OPINION BASED ARTICLE, if you can’t handle opinions, don’t read.]
Everyone in kdrama land was hella excited after two amazing actors were confirmed for a historical drama called “My Country.”
Yang Se Jong and Woo Do Hwan will be leading the upcoming JTBC historical drama “My Country.” So far, they have been joined by AOA Seolhyun and Jang Hyuk.
Impressive, or is it?
I have a complicated relationship with idol-actors, there are times when I love it when I hear an idol was cast in a drama and there are times when I am seriously disappointed.
I really like Seolhyun and I truly have nothing against her but man her acting is lacking!
I am a huge fan of Yeo Jin Goo, when I found out back in 2015 that he’d be acting in an upcoming drama about vampires, I just had to check it out. He chooses interesting projects that carry deep messages.
It was back then when I first stumbled upon Seolhyun.
I am not a huge Kpop fan but a huge Kdrama fan so I had no idea who AOA were, I found out such a girl group existed because of Seolhyun.
Unfortunately, her acting was so cringy, she was not immersed in her character and I had a very difficult time watching. It was very difficult for me to watch her.
I normally NEVER skip a scene in any kdrama because I like understanding the story fully but I struggled with that drama. What made her bad acting stand out was Yeo Jin Goo’s terrific acting.
I eventually stopped even though I love Yeo Jin Goo, I just couldn’t watch. No matter how much I love my actors, if the drama is written badly or has bad acting, I stop.
I also saw clips of her acting in her most recent movies. I must admit she slightly improved but still not fit for a role bigger than a supporting role.
There are so many actors or idols actors who are actually talented, just because an idol is hella famous doesn’t mean she/he can act. When will agencies stop getting famous idols to do acting when they seriously lack the ability?
There are idols who started badly but improved, we have IU and Suzy who were cringy but seriously took it upon themselves to show they can act and improved.
There are other idols who have natural talent such as EXO’ D.O and 2PM Junho.
Historical dramas are difficult to act not everyone can pull it off; even actors who train to become actors (not idols) struggle sometimes. Imagine putting an idol who still hasn’t proved herself yet to lead such an impressive drama with an impressive lineup!
What makes it worse is that Jang Hyuk, Woo Do Hwan and Yang Se Jong were cast in the drama as well.
Everyone loves them and they are extremely talented. Yang Se Jong has been paired with talented actresses throughout his short career.
Woo Do Hwan was once paired with idol actress, Red Velvet Joy. That was also bad! Joy had improved since I last saw her but she was still lacking.
Yang Se Jong and Woo Do Hwan are some of the most talented rising actors that everybody is praising. When they were paired for this drama, I was seriously thrilled because I had dreamt of a lineup that includes them together. I just never thought it would EVER happen.
“My Country” will be directed Ki Jin Won who previously worked on many hit dramas such as “The Innocent Man,” and “Just between Lovers.” It is written by Chae Seung Dae who worked on “Inspiring Generation.”
I don’t honestly understand why such an impressive director chose Seolhyun. He has such an impressive history and I love his dramas. There must be a reason why he chose her beside her popularity and looks.
This is the slight thread of hope I am hanging onto. I seriously hope she has taken acting classes to improve and I seriously hope she auditioned for this drama so the director could see her acting out scenes and chose her based on that fact not because she has a pretty face and is popular.
A lot of work and time goes into making dramas; historical dramas are more costly because they need costumes, renting of historical filming locations, extras because of battle scenes. All of this adds huge expenses to the mix.
The drama will likely have a huge budget (many historical dramas do), the filming begins in March and the drama will air in the latter half of 2019 as said by JTBC.
This leads me to believe there will be a lot of scenes filmed ahead of the broadcast. They will have 3 months to film before the second half of 2019 kicks in.
I seriously hope Seolhyun proves me wrong; in fact, I would love it if she proved me wrong.
This is not me jumping into conclusions but merely reacting to the casting news based on my own perception. I will have to watch the drama when it airs to judge.
What about you guys? How do you feel about the casting news?