Korean actor Song Kang loses 5kg to look like webtoon character for new K-drama

Song Kang stars in the upcoming series ‘Nevertheless’, based on the webtoon of the same name. Photos: Handouts

For his new role in the K-drama Nevertheless, actor Song Kang decided to lose some weight to look sharp and thin, as how the character is drawn in the webtoon the show is based on.

“When I read the webtoon, I thought (my character) Jae-eon looked like a nice guy but he had an icy cold (aspect about him).

“And I wanted to make sure I conveyed this on the show by looking (angular). So, I went on a diet.

“I lost about 5kg,” the 27-year-old shared during a video press conference that StarLifestyle was invited to.

Nevertheless director-producer Kim Ga-ram attested that she was impressed with the level of commitment Song and co-star Han So-hee showed in their portrayals in the 10-episode series.

She said: “Both the actors thought a lot about how they can be in sync with their characters, that originated in a webtoon.

“I told them they don’t have to think too much and look that similar, but they really did go the extra mile into portraying these characters.

“One of which is Song Kang losing weight.”

'Nevertheless' tells the story of a blossoming romance between two art school classmates. Photo: Netflix'Nevertheless' tells the story of a blossoming romance between two art school classmates. Photo: Netflix

She continued: “They wanted to give the viewers the best visual possible. For that, I want him to give them a big round of applause.”

Nevertheless tells the story of a blossoming romance between two art school classmates.

Yu Na-bi (Han) doesn’t trust love but wants to date, while Park Jae-eon (Song) enjoys flirting but thinks dating is a nuisance.

Despite their differing viewpoints on love and dating, they begin a flirty friends-with-benefits relationship.

It premieres on June 20 at midnight (MYT) with new episodes every Sunday, on Netflix.

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