The highly anticipated team up of two of K-dramaland’s biggest rising stars is coming to the small screen soon!
Tomorrow, June 19, Han So-hee (The World of the Married) and Song Kang are all set to bring to life the popular webtoon Nevertheless on JTBC and Netflix.
A day before the awaited premiere, producing director (PD) Kim Ga-ram, Han, and Song sat down for a live press conference to talk about the drama, the characters, their chemistry, and the challenges in making the series. The event was streamed for the press via YouTube.
Nevertheless is a youth drama about two art students who want to stay away from relationships but still find themselves being pulled toward each other by romance. PD Kim explained that even though people know they will get hurt, they still end up falling in love nevertheless. This is the main struggle of the characters in the drama, hence the title.
PD Kim also shared how she wanted to make a romance drama far from the usual romance dramas on TV, which are usually depictions of the viewers’ fantasies about love as an escape from real life. Instead, she hopes the drama will be able to portray the despair and hurt in every romance.
Han also dished out that she hopes to be able to bring justice to her character Yoo Na-bi. “I hope the viewers will find my character relatable. I wanted to be able to portray my character’s emotions as real and raw,” the actress commented.
Meanwhile, Song Kang opened up to why he took on the role of Park Jae-eon, saying, “When I first read the script, I felt like it’s different. It has the sweetness of young love, but there were other things [that are] different about the story that made it stand out.” In addition, PD Kim commented on how she immediately thought of Han and Song when she read the webtoon, eventually leading to the casting decision. “Thankfully, they really liked the webtoon and wanted to work with me,” the PD said.
Commenting on their characters, Han and Song both shared how they were able to easily portray their characters Na-bi and Jae-eon. As an art student herself, Han easily melted into her character and bring her to life. In fact, some of the paintings featured in Na-bi’s room are Han’s own works, and some of the scenes where Na-bi is painting is Han actually doing the drawing herself.
On the other hand, Song believes that his character’s very own weakness is love itself, and that even though he finds it inconvenient, he still seeks that love for himself. According to PD Kim, the two stars have great chemistry and work really well with each other. True enough, Song complimented Han as a flexible actress who adjusted to Song’s acting so that they can be in sync, while Han said Song’s similarities to Jae-eon as well as his great energy on set helped her with filming.
Asked about the challenges they faced while making Nevertheless, Song Kang said he lost five kilograms, a decision he made on his own in order to appear similar to Jae-eon, even though PD Kim told him he does not need to. Song also took art classes in preparation for the role, just like how Song took ballet training for his previous drama Navillera (2021). Meanwhile, Han considered the current health crisis as a challenge during the filming but that everybody did their very best regardless.
For the final words, PD Kim excitedly shared, “It’s only a day before the premiere, and I am so excited. I am so happy to work together with Han So-hee and Song Kang. Nevertheless is a very fun and relatable drama, and we are going to show Na-bi and Jae-eon through the series.”
Nevertheless will air on JTBC every Saturday at 11 p.m. KST and will drop on Netflix an hour later.
Images are courtesy of Netflix.
Source: The author of this article participated and represented Kdramapal in the virtual event.