Ji Hyun-woo and Girls’ Generation’s Seohyun finally took over the young version of their characters in MBC’s weekend drama Bad Thief, Good Thief, appearing on the sixth episode as the teenager counterparts of young Jang Dol-mok and Kang So-ju, respectively, The appearance of the two lead actors resulted in the highest rating of the drama to date since it premiered on May 13, 2017.
According to Nielsen Korea, the sixth episode of Bad Thief, Good Thief recorded a nationwide viewership rating of 11. 6 %, which is 2.1 percentage points higher than its previous highest record of 9.5 % for episode 5. The drama has earned high praises because the characters of Ji Hyun-woo and Seohyun are realistic portrayals of the descendants of a pro-Japanese occupation group member and a liberation activist.
Before the drama started, however, Seohyun was criticized when it was first announced that she was chosen to play one of the main characters. The 25-year-old singer turned actress said on May 12 during the press conference for the drama that she accepted the criticisms since she has not filmed a lot of projects as an actress and she lacks enough experience. “I understand that there may be concerns. It’s completely reasonable,” she acknowledged.
Seohyun also expressed that she feels a lot of responsibility for starring in the 50-episode drama but she thinks the burden is necessary in order for her to have more self-discipline and work harder. The most recent project she worked on is Ruby Ruby Love. In 2016, she played a supporting and cameo role in Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo and Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-joo, respectively.
Bad Thief, Good Thief revolves around a group of thieves who team up together to fight against the corrupt elite group that controls Korea’s politics and economics. It airs at 22:00 Korea standard time on Saturdays and Sundays until October 2017.