I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately.
Both “On air” and “Worlds within”, deal with the life and work of the cast and crew and writers of Korean dramas.
I guess that are other dramas like these but these are the two that I’ve watched so far.
One thing that I’ve notice from time to time is how tired the actors sometimes look, in “Mr. Baek”, for example, the lead actor’s eyes are red for the first few episodes.
There is a scene in “Worlds within”, where the assistant is being yelled at for being lazy and irresponsible.
He is being taken to a room where both directors of the series are laying on hospital beds with IVs attached to their arms, because they work such long hours that they don’t have time to eat, drink or rest.
This sounded like a silly invention but I guess that it’s a scene based on things that really do happen, not only for the directors but also for the crew and of course, the cast who is in front on the cameras and have to do their best.
In one of the scenes in “Secret garden”, Hyun Bin is supposed to be unconscious in his hospital bed and he was so tired that he fell asleep and on the bloopers reel, you can hear his snore and see Ha Ji-woon trying to keep her cool about it but bursting into laughter.
Hyun Bin remembers how tired they both were during the coffee house scene.
It really looks like they were both dead tired most of the time. It’s a wonder that they’ve manage to act so well and with such high energy.
The cold weather is also a problem, I don’t know if it’s true for all dramas but there is no heating in indoors scene and the actors use blankets and heating pads to keep themselves from getting cold.
Other than having to work insanely long hours, it also looks like after the first few episodes which are written in advance, the writers start to change the plot, to fit the audience requests and so, sometimes you get to see two people, who never even looked at each other, begin to have a relationship out on nowhere.
It’s kind of hard to act this way, not knowing really how the character feels.
After watching this video, which talks a little bit about what’s going on in the Korean drama industry, I feel like I should thank each and every good writer, director, actor and actress and all those who are involved in the making of a series, for not giving up.
Being a Korean actor (or indeed, working in a Korean drama) is hard work and they are doing their best to entertain us and so I thank them from the bottom of my heart.