Lee Dong-wook stars in “Sweet Life” a new MBC TV drama currently in production
Actor Lee Dong-wook (age: 27) returns to the small screen after a 2-year
He will star in “Sweet Life,” a special MBC weekend TV drama that is set
to premiere on May 3, 2008 in the leading role. His co-star will be actress
Oh Yeon-soo (age: 37). The show is a romance about how Joon-soo, the character
that Lee Dong-wook will play, falls in love with a married woman whom he met
by coincidence during a trip to Japan.
It would seem to be another TV drama about a scandalous affair but Lee Dong-wook
offers a different take on the drama by emphasizing that “it’s not story about
a typical romance or extramarital affair.” Yet, he didn’t go into any details
to elaborate on the differences. “If I reveal any aspect of the plot, it would
be a major spoiler so I don’t know what I can or cannot say about the show”
he said. But he did drop a hint that the tagline in the “Sweet Life” synopsis
that says, “There’s a devil inside me,” reveals something about his character.
While filming a scene on location at Hokkaido, Japan, Director Kim Ji-min
told Lee Dong-wook to “try to bring out the devil inside of you.”’ Instead
of describing the character that he plays, Lee said, “You might think that
my character is the villain. But you’ll learn later on why he became like that.
When I read the script, I knew that I had to play the role because of the uncharacteristic
elements that you’ll see in him. Many actors and actresses crave to play characters
that spiral downward into a pit of misery because it gives them a chance to
display the raw emotions of a downtrodden figure.
With a wry smile, Lee said, “It’s easy to approach a role in a romantic
comedy or a drama about a scandalous affair but this drama is totally different.
That’s why I wanted the role so much. It’s more challenging than other roles
but I believe that after I complete this project, I’ll become a better actor
When asked about the playing the love interest of actress Oh Yeon-soo in
“Sweet Life,” Lee said, “It was awkward at first to play opposite Oh
Yeon-soo because not only is it my first time to co-star with her but she’s
also 10 years older than me. I’m basically a shy guy. It wasn’t easy to act
as her romantic partner. But since I spent 22 days shooting scenes with just
her in Japan, I was able to get to know her well.”
Asked about any interesting incidents during his shoots, Lee Dong-wook marveled
that, “The minute I landed in Japan, my days were filled with uncommon events
that would never happen in Korea.” “It snowed 22 consecutive days in Japan.
Don’t you think that’s crazy? I had a difficult time because of the snow and
cold weather,” he recalled with a shiver. In one scene, he treads through the
snow in a rage and that was one of his hard scenes to shoot. But Lee didn’t
go any further as he stopped himself from unraveling the mystery surrounding
his character. Known as the pretty boy of romantic comedies, he transforms into
a villain in his new TV drama according to the vague hints that he dropped about
his character. Viewers will have to wait until the TV drama premieres to find
out more about his role.