How did you come to cast Mr. Lee Hong Ki?
As it's about idol singers, I wanted to cast actual singers.
After the production company changed, there was no candidate. At a movie theater, I saw FTIsland's commercial by chance. Until then, I didn't know about the group called FTIsland, but the way they were singing in the commercial was the exact A.N.JELL I had pictured.
So I contacted their agency right away, but all of them were too young. In fact, the writers wanted flower-boys who were over 180cm. They were a bit different from what they wanted.
Still, Hong Ki made quite an impression at the audition. I asked, "What's your dream?", and he boldly answered "I want to have a building in Gangnam. I want to act, too, director!" I liked that answer. All the better, he had experience as a child actor.
Then I said, "I'd like to cast one more, taller guy..." that's when their agency's CEO who was with us there suggested CNBLUE with Yong Hwa, saying "They haven't debuted yet, but there's a group with everyone over 180cm."
Why did you choose Yong Hwa among them?
I liked Yong Hwa's eyes.
I got a very good impression.
Then when I heard Yong Hwa and Hong Ki are close, I decided right away. Because in this drama, the four members had to be very close friends.
In these youth dramas, young people tend to form social groups and make trouble. I really don't like that.
What did you order Yong Hwa, who tried acting for the first time?
Since Shin Woo is such a great character, I thought anyone who plays him could be a star. I emphasized, "You need to analyze, almost neck-and-neck with Geun Suk. It's gonna be hard to do in a short time, but I want you to act with your eyes that I like so much."
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