Jung Yoo Mi and Choi Tae Joon are Leads for New Drama “Mother’s Garden”

Actress Jung Yoo Mi and actor Choi Tae Joon have been confirmed as leads for MBC’s new daily drama “Mother’s Garden.” Multiple broadcasting insiders have stated, “Jung Yoo Mi’s been casted as the female lead, Seo Yoon Joo, for ‘Mother’s Garden. The male lead, Cha Ki Joon, will be played by Choi Tae Joon, received a lot of love through his SBS drama ‘Ugly Alert.’” “Mother’s Garden” will be a “kind drama” with the themes of warm family affection and love. At the helm are script writer Park Jung Ran (MBC’s “A Thousand Kisses,” “Don’t Cry My Love”) and director Noh Do Chul (MBC dramas “Sparkling,” “General Hospital 2”). Jung Yoo Mi plays the bright and straightforward daughter of a conglomerate family, Seo Yoon Joo. Choi Tae Joon’s character Cha Ki Joon is a second generation romantic chaebol, with the secret dream of being a chef. Jung Yoo Mi’s last drama was SBS weekend drama “Wonderful Mama,” and she’s currently appearing on MBC variety show “We Got Married” with Jung Joon Young, while Choi Tae Joon completed SBS daily drama “Ugly Alert” in November last year. “Mother’s Garden” will follow after “King’s Daughter, Soo Baek Hyang” and will air on MBC in March. It will be the first modern drama in the 9:00 PM time slot following two consecutive sageuks, “Gu Am Heo Jun” and “Soo Baek Hyang.”

Yoo Ah In, Kim Hee Ae and Others Attend “Secret Love Affair” Script Reading Session

Stills of the first script reading session have been released for JTBC’s new Monday-Tuesday mini-series “Secret Love Affair,” starring actress Kim Hee Ae (“A Wife’s Credentials,” “Nunas Over Flowers”) and actor Yoo Ah In (“Sungkyunkwan Scandal,” “Punch”). “Secret Love Affair” held the first script reading session at the JTBC office, and was attended by producer PD Ahn Pan Suk (“A Wife’s Credentials”) and writer Jung Sung Joo, as well as the cast, Kim Hee Ae, Yoo Ah In, Shim Hye Jin, Park Hyuk Kwon, Kim Hye Eun and Kim Chang Wan, and the production crew. Cast and crew met for the first time and exchanged cordial greetings with one another to loud cheers and applause. The cast dived into script reading immediately after the greetings were over, and displayed such realistic acting that it seemed like the cameras were actually rolling. Kim Hee Ae, who plays female protagonist Oh Hye Won, looked pretty despite being simple dressed and appearing to be without makeup. She fell into character immediately, portraying her successful career woman with a dull life with a composed voice to match. Yoo Ah In, in the role of Lee Sun Jae, was dressed casually as befitting his character’s youthful spirit, and immersed himself in his role, looking directly at Kim Hee Ae while reading his lines. He was believable as a normal 20-ish youth, and genius pianist who hasn’t realized his talent. In supporting roles, Shim Hye Jin, Park Hyuk Kwon, Kim Hye Eun and Kim Chang Wan put in superb performances. Park Hyuk Kwon’s realistic acting in a scene in which he revealed his stupidity to his wife caused uproarious laughter from those present. “Secret Love Affair” is the love story between a 40-something female who is only looking forward, Oh Hye Won, and an innocent piano genius, Lee Sun Jae. The drama is slated to air in March on JTBC.
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