The Reason Why Ji Chang Wook Chose “Backstreet Rookie” As His Comeback Drama

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Ji Chang Wook has shared his thought on his highly anticipated upcoming drama “Backstreet Rookie.”

The drama is based on a hit webtoon and tells the love story between handsome convenience store owner Choi Dae Hyun (Ji Chang Wook) and eccentric part-time employee Jung Saet Byul (played by Kim Yoo Jung).




The drama is directed by Lee Myung Woo of “The Fiery Priest.”

When Ji Chang Wook was asked why he wanted to star in this drama, he said,

“I wanted to work with director Lee Myung Woo, and I was drawn to the special atmosphere of the convenience store.

I wanted to do a good job in playing the way Dae Hyun spends his youth in the convenience store, and I had a feeling that I’d have fun building the character too.”

Ji Chang Wook described his character Choi Dae Hyun as an honest and diligent man. He said,

“He’s very pure and simple when it comes to both work and love, despite being frustrating at times due to his indecisiveness; he has a cute side to him.”




Ji Chang Wook says that the convenience store is an interesting place and in this drama acts like the neighborhood’s lighthouse, he describes it as a place that people who need peace would come to find.

“Backstreet Rookie” will air as a follow up to “The King: Eternal Monarch.” The first episode airs on June 19.

Source: (A)

Are you excited about Ji Chang Wook’s upcoming drama?


My Personal Thoughts

If you guys follow my blog then you know damn well how much I love this cutie. But… it doesn’t mean I will go easy on him with my reviews.

His previous drama was very disappointing to me, I felt that it lacked that spark and the entire premise was underwhelming to me. I previously said that I thought it was his weakest drama to date.

This is why I was not exactly on board when I found out about “Backstreet Rookie.” The base idea is very simple and in short, nothing special. Aside from the controversy surrounding the webtoon, I felt that pairing Kim Yoo Jung with Ji Chang Wook wasn’t the best idea and I know the drama is specifically about the age gap.

I feel very weird about pairing a 20 year old with a 33 year old, some might not think much of it but I find it weird especially since I saw Yoo Jung grow before my eyes, I still see her as this little rising child actress and I don’t understand why she chose this script either.

Ji Chang Wook’s reasoning behind choosing this drama was important to me, I wanted to know why he chose it. After finding out, I am still conflicted. I have mixed feelings about “Backstreet Rookie,” I will watch it and I am excited for it but at the same time there is this part of me that is deeply worried.

At this stage of his career, I would’ve loved if Ji Chang Wook chose a difficult project instead of a rom-com. That way it’ll help him establish himself as a great actor with a wide range, I know he’s done such dramas before so I don’t understand the justification behind choosing another typical rom-com that already reminds me of a dozen other rom-coms.

I hope this drama proves me wrong. I don’t have high expectations per se but I certainly hope it surprises me.

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