On December 2, JTBC released the main poster of Run On, featuring its lead onscreen couple Im Si-wan and Shin Se-kyung.
The new romance drama follows people who are trying to understand each other despite their differences and during a time when true communication has become difficult even when speaking the same language. The story centers on a former track and field athlete who becomes a sports agent after an unfortunate incident forced him to quit the national team. He then meets a movie subtitle translator who firmly believes in fate and destiny. It stars Im Si-wan as the athlete-turned-agent Gi Sun-gyeom; Shin Se-kyung as the fate-believer Oh Mi-joo, who never backs down from anything; Girls’ Generation’s Choi Soo-young (Tell Me What You Saw) as the passionate and competitive CEO Seo Dan-ah, who fights to prove her potential as a successor regardless of her gender; and Kang Tae-oh (The Tale of Nokdu) as Lee Young-hwa, a university student who majors in art and likes movies and croquis drawing.
The released poster features both Im Si-wan’s and Shin Se-kyung’s attractive visuals against the backdrop of a dreamy sunset. As they gaze into each other’s eyes, small, warm smiles form on their lips, as if exchanging a silent conversation containing a hundred words that only their hearts can hear and understand. Their meaningful eye contact gives a romantic meaning to the popular saying, “Actions speak louder than words.”
The caption on Shin Se-kyung’s side of the poster reads, “I think I will make a mistake if my heart flutters more than this.” As if in reponse, the statement on Im Si-wan’s side says, “Can I make that mistake?” Shin Se-kyung’s line, however, gives an indication that she instinctively tries to guard herself against new emotions that might break her heart. On the other hand, Im Si-wan’s line is a form of reassurance that he will follow what his heart says, indicating that he is prepared to pursue her without hesitation. The written quotes on the poster hint the meaningful and inevitable relationship that the two will share in the latter part of the story.
Asked about their experience while working together on the set, Im Si-wan has nothing but praise for his onscreen partner Shin Se-kyung, saying, “She deserves endless praise. Sometimes, I play jokes or pranks to take away my tiredness, and I’m really grateful that she enjoys them.” The actor has been in the acting industry since 2010 and has appeared in many popular series over the years, such as MBC’s The Moon Embracing the Sun (2012) and The King in Love (2017), tvN’s Reply 1997 (2012) and Misaeng: Incomplete Life (2014), and most recently, OCN’s Strangers from Hell (2019) with Lee Dong-wook.
On the other hand, Shin Se-kyung also praised her co-actor Im Si-wan for being a professional on set, saying, “He really shines in all of his works, so I was curious about his acting style. But when we actually worked together, I realized that he is a very detailed person who delicately studies his character.” The actress started in the industry in 2004, taking on various roles in many popular series, such as MBC’s High Kick! 2 (2009–2010), SBS’s Tree with Deep Roots (2011) and A Girl Who Sees Smells (2015), tvN’s The Bride of Habaek (2017), and the most recent, MBC’s romance sageuk (historical drama) Rookie Historian Goo Hae-ryung (2019) with Cha Eun-woo.
Meanwhile, the production crew also gave their thoughts regarding the released main poster, saying, “Today, the unveiled main poster captured Gi Sun-gyeom and Oh Mi-joo’s moment during the ‘magic hour’ of nature’s mesmerizing beauty. This time of the day, when the sky projects many beautiful colors, also reflects the story of two people who will go on a rollercoaster [ride] of beautiful and intense emotions. Please look forward to Im Si-wan and Shin Se-kyung’s developing romance, which is a key point in the story.”
Run On is headed by PD Lee Jae-hoon of The Ghost Detective (2018) and Good Manager (2017) and penned by writer Park Shi-hyun. The series will air on JTBC every Wednesday and Thursday starting on December 16 at 9 p.m. KST, replacing Private Lives. It will also be available for streaming in over 190 countries via Netflix.