Yoona to 'date' PM in new rom-com
GIRLS' Generation member Yoona looks set on channelling her inner comedian with her latest television series, KBS' Premier And I (working title).
In the upcoming rom-com, which is slated to start airing next week, Yoona plays Nam Da Jeong, a gossip-rag journalist who ends up posing as the prime minister's girlfriend.
The premise is straight-up fiction, a plot that gives the 23-year-old K-pop idol plenty of room to exercise her funny bone.
Judging from the teaser that was shown at the drama's press conference in Seoul on Wednesday, Yoona seems to have a natural flair for comedy, rolling out the gags and going for pure unabashed slapstick as her heroine fumbles in her newfound second gig as the prime minister's gal.
"At first glance, she looks smart but, once you get to know her, you realise she is pretty clumsy," Yoona said of her character at the press event.
The singer went on to confess that it is probably the silliest and most comedic role she has played to date.
"She is, by far, the most klutzy heroine I have portrayed," she said, before admitting that she actually sees many similarities between herself and the drama's heroine. "So I feel comfortable portraying her."
She added: "This character possesses a lot of Yoona-like qualities, especially when compared to previous characters I have played."
Fans may be hoping that her turn as Nam Da Jeong will fare better ratings-wise than her last two series, in which she starred opposite Hallyu stars Jang Keun Suk and Kwon Sang Woo in Love Rain and Cinderella Man, respectively.
This time around, Yoona will be teaming up with veteran actor Lee Bum Soo, who plays Kwon Yool, the drama's prime minister.
Lee has already shown his mettle for comedy in a slew of television series and movies, like My Wife Is A Gangster III (2006).
At the press event, Lee fielded questions regarding the 20-year age gap between him and his co-star, and how he feels playing her love interest.
The 43-year-old actor said: "Yoona is very cute and a great co-star. As for the kissing scenes, that is acting and we haven't had one yet."
He then turned to Yoona and said, in jest: "We haven't touched lips yet, right?"
To which she nodded and replied: "No."
THE KOREA HERALD/ASIA NEWS NETWORK