Actor Bae Yong-joon joins hands with JYP producer
source: korea herald
South Korean actor Bae Yong-joon said Monday that “Dream High,” a new KBS drama series he jointly produces with singer and producer Park Jin-young, is a coming-of-age story on youth aspiring to be television stars.
In the drama set in a high school for the arts, where teenagers from all walks of life stream in to pursue their dreams, Bae also plays a minor role as the president of the school. “Dream High” will begin airing next week.
“I’ve always been interested in youth education. Particularly, I’ve been dreaming of building a school someday for students who aspire to be entertainers. Then l learned Park Jin-young had the same thought as me, so we teamed up,” Bae, sporting black-framed glasses, a black suit and a white shirt, said at a packed press conference in Goyang, west of Seoul.
“Dream High” is a joint venture of KeyEast Co., an entertainment company in which Bae is the largest shareholder, and JYP Entertainment Co., a major K-pop record label headed by Park that produced the girl groups Wonder Girls and Miss A, and the boy group 2PM. The drama stars several idols from JYP, including Taekyeon and Wooyoung from 2PM, Tiara leader Eun-jeong and Miss A’s Suzy.
Befitting the fame of Bae, who is hugely popular across Asia with his role in the hit 2002 drama series “Winter Sonata,” the press conference drew about 300 journalists and 500 foreign fans, mainly from Japan, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Pop stars San E, Tiara and Miss A performed at the conference.
Bae said the drama series will attempt to capture the real challenges and troubles aspiring young actors undergo to rise to stardom.
“I think reality and integrity are the essential qualities for a drama,” Bae said. “I thought these people who sing and dance in real life should take the main roles, and I believe in them.”
Besides his acting role as an English teacher, Park participates in the production as music and dance director.
“I focused on making the dance and music in our drama not fall behind the ongoing pop culture but to be ahead of it,” he said. “We tried to portray with a bit of realism how they grow to be celebrities.”
Taekyeon, who made his successful acting debut with the KBS drama series “Cinderella’s Sister” in 2010, now plays an unruly teenager with a wounded past, to whom music brings healing.
“Acting is attractive to me in that it gives me the feeling of living a different life, and that makes me want to continue acting,” he said.
by VITALSIGN @ allkpop on December 27, 2010 at 3:02 am
KBS 2TV’s upcoming drama, “Dream High,” held its production conference at the Ilsan KINTEX on December 27th, just a week before the drama’s premiere on January 3rd, 2011.
Co-producers Bae Yong Joon and Park Jin Young opened the conference by requesting the audience to give much love and attention to the drama, before revealing their thoughts about the project.
Bae Yong Joon commented, “On a personal level, I was able to experience a lot of things while working in the drama as a special guest, and not as a leading role. A lot of my juniors are starring in the drama, and I was able to feel their talent and dedication. Please anticipate many great things for the drama.”
Park Jin Young, director of music and dance, added, “It’s a nervous process for me, but through the help of Bae Yong Joon and my acting senior, Ok Taecyeon, I was able to give this challenge a try. Once again, please give us your interest.”
Regarding further details on the drama’s production, Bae Yong Joon continued, “I’ve always had a lot of interest in childhood education, and wanted to create a school that helped train future entertainers. Amidst the process, I met Park Jin Young, who had similar views as I did, which led to us working together. Our drama is centered around children that dream of becoming the all-time best stars. We aim to show their dreams and hopes through this drama.”
Park Jin Young concluded, “Bae Yong Joon is substantially involved with guiding the drama. The music and choreography I’ll be showing in the drama are not just made-for-public pieces; they’re creations made to lead the industry. Please wait and anticipate seeing them when it airs.”
Popular idols like San-E, T-ara, and miss A performed before the press conference begun, to add glitter to the event while the other 2PM members also appeared to show their support.
Cast members present at the set included Kim Soo Hyun, Suzy, Taecyeon, Eunjung, Wooyoung, IU, Um Ki Joon, Lee Yoon Ji, Lee Byung Jun, Yoon Young Ah, and Jung Min Ju.
T-ara’s Eunjung also appeared for the press conference despite her knee injury.