Two weeks before its premiere, JTBC’s More Than Friends has revealed its casting of rookie actress Baek Seo-yi for a significant role in the upcoming romantic-comedy series.
More Than Friends tells the story of Lee Soo (Ong Seong-wu, At Eighteen) and Kyung Woo-yeon (Shin Ye-eun, Welcome), two close friends who have been harboring secret feelings for each other since they were eighteen. Ten years later, Lee Soo has become a professional photographer, while Woo-yeon is pursuing her love for calligraphy. After realizing that their feelings have gone past just plain admiration, the two finally decide to not let any more misunderstandings and missed timings get in the way of fulfilling their hearts’ wishes.
According to Baek Seo-yi’s agency How Entertainment, the young star has signed up to play the role of Ji-hyun, Woo-yeon’s high school classmate who has selfish intentions. Her villainous, toxic character is fixated on creating troubles and even accidents that aim to break Lee Soo and Woo-yeon’s friendship apart.
Baek Seo-yi made her acting debut with a support role in tvN’s romantic horror series Bring It on, Ghost (2016). Since then, she has played memorable supporting parts in MBC’s gastronomic drama Golden Pouch (2016–2017) as well as in KBS2’s family series My Golden Life (2017–2018). In 2018, she landed her first participation as a main cast member in KBS’s friendship melodrama Number Six (2018). Baek’s latest small-screen appearance was a cameo in tvN’s romantic investigative series Catch the Ghost (2019).
Striving to expand her repertoire with a challenging role on her next project, Baek’s label shared, “Please look forward to Baek Seo-yi’s transformation into the antagonist Ji-hyun, who always comes up with infuriating ideas to torment the lead characters. As you will be witnessing all her wicked ploys [onscreen], you will surely feel annoyed and loathe Ji-hyun.”
More Than Friends will be helmed by director Choi Sung-bum of ID: Gangnam Beauty (2018) and penned by screenwriter Jo Seung-hee. It is slated to premiere on September 25 at 10:50 p.m. KST and air every Friday and Saturday, replacing Graceful Friends.
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