Hwang Jung-eum Reveals Behind-the-Scenes Casting for ‘Escape of the Seven’

Hwang Jeong-eum Reveals Surprising Casting Story for ‘Escape of the Seven’

Actress Hwang Jeong-eum, who is making her return to the small screen after a three-year hiatus, recently opened up about her unexpected casting for the upcoming drama ‘Escape of the Seven’. During a press conference held online on the afternoon of the 14th, the production presentation for SBS’s new Friday-Saturday drama took place. The event was attended by Um Ki-jun, Hwang Jeong-eum, Lee Jun, Lee Yu-bi, Yoon Jong-hoon, Jo Yoon-hee, and Jo Jae-yoon.

‘Escape of the Seven’ is a highly anticipated revenge drama that follows the story of seven villains who were involved in the disappearance of a young girl. After a series of lies and hidden desires, the narrative unfolds into a thrilling tale of blood-soaked vengeance. The drama boasts an impressive collaboration between writer Kim Soon-ok and director Joo Dong-min, known for their previous works ‘The Last Empress’ and ‘Penthouse’.

Eom Ki-jun and Yoon Jong-hoon, who previously worked with the talented duo on ‘Penthouse’, expressed their joy at reuniting for ‘Escape of the Seven’. Eom Ki-jun gladly accepted the offer, emphasizing the possibility of creating a captivating and spectacular drama. He admitted, however, that he had concerns about differentiating his role from his character Joo Dan-tae in ‘Penthouse’.

Yoon Jong-hoon, on the other hand, spoke about the honor and pleasure he felt working with the entire ‘Penthouse’ production team again. The opportunity allowed him to step outside his comfort zone and tackle a new and challenging role, which brought him immense joy.

As for Hwang Jeong-eum, she couldn’t contain her excitement when she received the casting call. Being a fan of the author, she had only watched their works on TV until that moment. She recalled receiving a phone call where she was asked if she wanted to play a villain. Without hesitation, she immediately accepted the offer. In fact, she remembers the moment vividly, as she was playing with her baby and changing his diaper at the time. It was a stroke of luck, as she had been yearning for an acting project and the timing couldn’t have been more perfect.

The actress also shared the heartwarming response she received from her father upon learning that she would be portraying a villain. Her father applauded her decision and expressed his pride. Hwang Jeong-eum’s unique charm and versatility as an actress make her an exciting addition to the drama.

‘Escape of the Seven’ is set to premiere on the 15th at 10 PM. With its intriguing premise and a talented cast, audiences are eagerly anticipating the start of this thrilling revenge story.

Hwang Jeong-eum (Photo = SBS)[이데일리 스타in 최희재 기자] “I was playing with my baby and changing his diaper when he contacted me about a casting call.”

Actress Hwang Jung-eum, who is returning to the small screen after three years, revealed the behind-the-scenes casting for ‘Escape of the Seven’.

On the afternoon of the 14th, a production presentation for the new SBS Friday-Saturday drama ‘Escape of the Seven’ was held online. In attendance were Um Ki-jun, Hwang Jeong-eum, Lee Jun, Lee Yu-bi, Yoon Jong-hoon, Jo Yoon-hee, and Jo Jae-yoon.

‘Escape of the Seven’ is a picaresque revenge drama that depicts the battle of seven villains who were linked to the disappearance of a girl who disappeared through a cluster of lies and many desires, and the bloody revenge against them. Expectations are high as this is the third work from writer Kim Soon-ok and director Joo Dong-min after ‘The Last Empress’ and ‘Penthouse’.

‘Escape of the Seven’ poster (Photo = SBS) Eom Ki-jun and Yoon Jong-hoon reunited with writer Kim Soon-ok and director Joo Dong-min following ‘Penthouse’.

Eom Ki-jun said, “I was so happy when they said they would do it again. “I gladly accepted because I thought it would make for a fun and spectacular drama,” he said, explaining the reason for his appearance.

He admitted, “I think the problem was that I was worried about how to go with a different acting tone for fear of overlapping with Joo Dan-tae in ‘Penthouse’.”

Jong-Hoon Yoon also said, “It was such an honor. It was a great pleasure to be with the entire ‘Penthouse’ production team. It allowed me to take on a new, challenging role that I had never attempted before. “It was a big challenge for me personally and I had great joy,” he said.

Hwang Jeong-eum (Photo = SBS) Hwang Jeong-eum, who plays Geum Ra-hee, said, “I was a fan of the author, but I only watched it on TV and then I got to call. He said only one word. ‘What are you doing these days? ‘Do you want to play a villain?’ He did it. First, ‘Give me a villain role?’ “I said ‘yes’ straight away,” he recalled at the time of the casting.

He continued, “At that time, I was playing with the baby and changing his diaper. He contacted me when I was in dire need of acting. I answered in one second. Can’t you imagine giving Hwang Jung-eum a villain role? “When I told him I was playing a villain, my dad said ‘Bravo’,” she said, showing her special affection.

‘Escape of the Seven’ will be shown for the first time at 10pm on the 15th.

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