[By Yang So-yeong, Star Today, Maeil Business Newspaper]

Fashion magazine Singles has released a photo showing the radiant looks of actress Shin Sae-kyeong and actor Cha Eun-woo, who are ready to get TV viewers’ hearts fluttering through ‘Rookie Historian Goo Hae-Ryeong,’ a drama scheduled to begin airing on July 17. This photo is the cover of Singles magazine’s July 2019 issue.

Shin Sae-kyeong and Cha Eun-woo act together for the first time in ‘Rookie Historian Goo Hae-Ryeong,’ whose story evolves around the romance between the first female historian of the Joseon period and a prince who has never dated a woman. In the photo shooting, Shin Sae-kyeong and Cha Eun-woo gave off their charm together naturally, and the photo contains their radiant looks.

Shin Sae-kyeong said that there was a good synergy when she worked with Cha Eun-woo due to his positive and bright personality. She described the filming site’s atmosphere with a feeling of expectancy toward the new drama.

Shin Sae-kyeong has shown good acting, playing major characters in popular historical dramas, such as ‘Tree with Deep Roots’ and ‘Six Flying Dragons.’ In the upcoming drama, she stars as Goo Hae-ryeong, a female historian who spent her childhood in Qing China.

Shin Sae-kyeong expressed her affection toward the drama, saying, “The script read well. Lines were very fresh and clean. Not only characters but also the overall balance and story were fluent and fun. Each character has bright charm and I look forward to the ensemble of different characters.”

The character Goo Hae-ryeong is the first female historian during the Joseon period and can be described with the two words “passion” and “reform.” Goo Hae-ryeong is in line with other characters that have recently been played by Shin Sae-kyeong—Jeong Haera in ‘Black Knight’ and Soa in ‘Bride of Habaek (2017).’

Shin Sae-kyeong gave a reason why she chose this new drama with conviction: “I love the movie ‘Monster’ starring Charlize Theron. Her acting was impressive, and I love the way the actress shines in the movie. In fact, I’m more attracted to an unconventional female character when choosing a drama.”

This is the first time that Cha Eun-woo has acted in a historical drama, and he lost 2 kg to play the character Lee Rim, showing his passion for the character. The largest task Cha Eun-woo assigned to himself is to persuade viewers of Lee Rim’s charm.

“Living a secluded life, Lee Rim is clumsy in everything he does. I want to express well how he grows, experiencing various events after meeting Goo Hae-ryeong. To express the cute and innocent sides of Lee Rim, I thought of my younger brother when he was a little boy and Yoon Sanha, the youngest member in ASTRO (a boy band Cha Eun-woo is in). At filming sites, I sometimes found things different from what I expected. Then, I asked many questions to the director and staff. Seong Ji-ru, who played the eunuch, helped me a lot, too,” said Cha Eun-woo, raising the sense of expectation.

Cha Eun-woo said that as he experiences more and faces new areas, he is moved more by the two maxims—”Thankful people are happier people,” and “Know yourself.” Cha Eun-woo’s mother put maxims on walls at home when he was a child, and the two maxims have become his mottos. And he expressed his ambition as an entertainer, saying, “I want to experience various things so that I can be trusted.”

Working hard as both a singer and actor in his early twenties, Cha Eun-woo determinedly said that he feels most rewarded when he experiences things, grows and matures through work.

Read Singles magazine’s July 2019 issue or visit its online playground, mobile Singles, for more photos of and interviews with Shin Sae-kyeong and Cha Eun-woo, who will grow and exude their incredible charm through ‘Rookie Historian Goo Hae-Ryeong.’

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