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BoA and co-star Choi Daniel attend the press conference 'Expect To Date' at the Grand Ambassador Seoul in Jangchung-dong on Sept 5, 2013. – The Korea Herald
Two-part rom-com may be the start of a successful acting career for K-pop star.
K-POP diva BoA is set to put her acting prowess to the test in her first major television drama.
Slated to star in KBS’ short, two-episode rom-com Expect To Date (working title), this will be the 26-year-old singer’s first small-screen lead.
After making a cameo appearance in SBS’ ATHENA: Goddess Of War in 2010, BoA continued to forge a career in television with SBS’ hit music reality show K-Pop Star, earning credibility as a judge in the singing competition.
Now, BoA is on to the next step, tackling a project that may launch a successful career as an actress.
“The main reason I chose this work is because the script was very good,” said BoA at the drama’s press conference in Seoul on Thursday. “Also because it is only two episodes I felt I could learn a lot without being too much of a burden on the crew and team.”
In the upcoming series, BoA plays Joo Yeon-ae, a romantic who finds herself continually kicked to the curb by a string of collegiate boyfriends. Determined to find a keeper, Joo signs up for dating advice from an expert via social networking.
The so-called expert, Cha Gi-dae, will be played by rom-com veteran actor Choi Daniel, who recently starred in KBS’ School 2013, while boy band ZE:A member Siwan will be playing Joo Yeon-ae’s potential boyfriend-for-keeps, Jung Jin-gook.
In the series, Joo finds herself falling for Cha though she feels that Jung, a somewhat naive and faithful boyfriend, would be the safe and wise choice.
In regard to dating, BoA herself admitted to being a bit like her heroine when it comes to matters of love.
“I don’t feel that I have really dated properly yet, but I want to,” BoA confessed. “Honestly, I am not good at playing the dating game, so I think that dating a pick-up artist like Cha would be a bit too much. I think it would be best to date a less experienced guy.”
On speaking about how she prepped for her role, BoA started off by explaining that “I have been a singer for over a decade while this is my first time acting in Korea”.
Though she starred in a Hollywood dance movie titled Make Your Move 3D recently, this represents her first television drama lead.
“I met with the drama’s director every day to discuss my role and practise acting,” BoA revealed.
On working with BoA, Expect To Date director Lee Eun-jin admitted to hesitating for three weeks before casting the singer.
“When she did her first script reading, I thought that it might not work out,” said Lee.
But when they met for the second time she was impressed by BoA’s objective stance on the lead role and that helped seal the deal for the veteran singer to portray the drama’s heroine.
On BoA’s acting, Lee said: “I would give her a score of 75 points for her acting, not because she cannot act but because I know she can do better given that this is her first lead role.”
“I have a very strong image as both a singer and a television show judge,” BoA said. “After the drama finishes airing (on Sept 11 and 12), I hope to hear that viewers saw me as my character, Joo Yeon-ae, and not as myself.” – The Korea Herald/Asia News Network
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