Cho Jung Seok
Park Bo Young
Singapore, 2015 – The main lead of South Korean popular drama, Oh My Ghost, met up with the media for an exclusive press conference on September 4th held at the Pan Pacific Hotel, to talk about the telecast of the hit drama on StarHub TV.
As soon as Cho Jung Seok and Park Bo Young entered the conference room, they were full of smiles and laughs. Since it is their first time in Singapore, they started off the media conference by exclaiming how beautiful and clean Singapore is. Park Bo Young also shared that the people she met so far are very nice and she is so excited to meet the fans. They also shared how happy they were to finally taste the ever so raved, chili crab. Unleashing his character as a chef from the drama, Cho Jung Seok joked, “I would love to know how they cook the chili crab. It seems like they used tomato sauce? It was very delicious!”
They also surprised everyone by sharing that their famous kissing scenes did not require much practise or NGs. Since it was Park Bo Young’s first on-screen kiss, Cho Jung Seok made a lot of effort to make sure his co-star was very comfortable as they prepared for the scenes. Park Bo Young exclaimed that “Since it was my first kissing scene, I was very nervous but then I found out that he was even more nervous. So we eventually tried to make each other more comfortable.”
They also shared what they think makes this drama different and unique from other dramas. Park Bo Young said that “A lot of dramas always portray the guys that are always pursuing the woman, in this drama, however, the girl was the one that’s very aggressive.” Cho Jung Seok brought a lot of laughter when he added, in English, “I don’t really like aggressive girls but since its Park Bo Young I’m okay!”
The drama, Oh My Ghost, was mainly shot in the kitchen as Cho Jung Seok and Park Bo Young act as a famous chef and assistant cook respectively. Seeing their cooking skills in the drama, it is no surprise that they actually had a real chef to come and teach them the basic cooking skills like how to hold the pan and how to cut the ingredients. Park Bo Young also proudly revealed, “After the drama, I even learned how to cook really nice pasta.”
Even though the drama is very uplifting and comedic, there’s still a hint of horror. The main lead, Na Bong Sun, played by Park Bo Young, was able to see ghosts. Although she said that she have never encountered any ghosts in real life before, she shared that Cho Jung Seok actually had a very scary encounter before. Cho Jung Seok then revealed how he had a small conversation with a cleaning lady during one his musicals as he was resting backstage. “I did not know it was a ghost until my friend told me that there were no cleaning ladies on the crew,” bringing much chills to the audience.
The duo also shared what it is like working with the other characters on the show, mainly the enthusiastic mother Shin Eun Kyung and evil brother-in-law, Lim Ju Hwan. Park Bo Young revealed, “The way Ju Hwan smiled was really scary, even after the drama I still get creeped out when he smiles even though he is a really nice person!” Cho Jung Seok also shared how fun it was to act together with his on-screen mother. He shared how she was very spontaneous with the scenes. “The underwear scene was not supposed to be like that, but she wanted to make it even funnier so she added her own twist to it,”.
Cho Jung Seok and Park Bo Young ended off the media conference by bringing laughter to the audience by doing some aegyo. Even though Park Bo Young was too shy to do it, Cho Jung Seok showed that he was more than ready as he did the famous “I had a dream. I dreamt of a ghost,” aegyo causing everyone to burst out laughing.
Oh My Ghost! OH我的鬼神君 is currently airing on VV Drama (StarHub TV Channel 855) every Sunday at 10pm till 13 Sep. It will continue to be available via VV Drama On Demand (StarHub TV Channel 857) for one month till 13 Oct.
Na Bong-sun (Park Bo-young) has an extremely timid personality and doesn’t have any close friends. She is often reprimanded at her job as an assistant chef at Sun Restaurant. She also occasionally sees ghosts, thanks to a shaman grandmother. One day, Bong-sun gets possessed by a lustful virgin ghost named Shin Soon-ae. To make up for the lack of romance in her short life and believing that only by losing her virginity will she be able to “resolve her grudge” and move on to the afterlife, Soon-ae is determined to seduce as many men as she can by possessing various women, and she finds the perfect vessel in Bong-sun.
Bong-sun’s boss is arrogant star chef Kang Sun-woo (Cho Jung Seok), whom she secretly has a crush on. Sun-woo hasn’t dated anyone since getting his heart broken by his college friend Lee So-hyung, who’s now a TV producer. But when Bong-sun seemingly gets rid of her shyness and suddenly changes into a confident, dynamic woman, she finally catches his eye.
Article by: Ayuni
Photos by: Carmen
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We would like to thank Starhub for the invitation to this media conference.