Ju Ji-hoon impressed by Bae Doo-na’s performance in ‘Kingdom’

Actor Ju Ji-hoon has only nice things to say about his Kingdom co-star Bae Doo-na in a meeting with the press. On February 12, he met with several reporters in a cafe in Jongno-gu, Seoul for an interview during which his recent series, Kingdom, was part of the discussion.

Kingdom is a 6-episode Netflix original Korean series that combines two popular genres—historical drama and zombie action-thriller—and follows the story of a crown prince, played by Ju, who finds himself in the middle of a political conspiracy after his father is taken ill and is sent to investigate a mysterious zombie outbreak that threatens his country. It has been made available for online streaming since January 25 and it received a lot of positive reviews from the viewers, which is most likely one of the reasons behind Netflix’s move to produce a second season up for release in 2020.

During the interview, Ju Ji-hoon spoke highly of his co-star Bae Doona, who plays a nurse investigating the cause of the plague. “I can’t believe how she performed like that. It still amazes me how she poured out her heart to her character,” he said. He is so impressed by her performance that he compared her to an actor he greatly admires—Jung Woo-sung (Padam Padam). He shared that he always regarded Jung as his inspiration, and if Jung were a woman, he would be a lot like Bae Doo-na.

He continued on, “My first scene with her gave me the chills. Kingdom is my fourth historical drama, but I still had to get used to how I will portray my character. Her performance was unbelievable, and I had to take notes on how she executed her ideas. I don’t think I’ll ever be as good as her.”

Meanwhile, Ju Ji-hoon’s new prime time drama Item is currently airing on MBC every Mondays and Tuesdays at 10 p.m. Korean Standard Time.

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Jessene is a writer and translator for Kdramapal. Being a licensed professional teacher and Korean culture enthusiast, she has conducted Korean language classes for college students and the Korean-Filipino community for free. Growing up with a lot of Korean uncles and aunts while learning martial arts, she has been exposed to Korean culture ever since she was a young girl. She considers singing as her first love, but anything Korean is a close second. When she's not working, she enjoys traveling and reading poetry. Her favorite place in South Korea is Gunsan (a city in Northern Jeolla) and she considers Hongdae her second home. If she were to be a famous Korean actress for a day, she'd be Gong Hyo-jin. Jessene can be reached at [email protected]