Shin Ae-ra, Ha Hee-ra join ‘The Moment’ cast; Seo Hyun-jin to make a special appearance

Actresses Shin Ae-ra and Ha Hee-ra are confirmed to join the cast of tvN’s new drama The Moment (also known as Record of Youth).

On June 10, the production team has announced that the actresses are joining cast members Park Bo-gum (Encounter), Park So-dam (Cinderella and the Four Knights), and Byun Woo-seok (Flower Crew: Joseon Marriage Agency). “Ha Hee-ra and Shin Ae-ra [will] show off their unique presence, and [will be] added [to the cast].” 

The Moment will tell the story of young professionals who strive to achieve their dreams and pursue young love as they go through the challenges of their reality. The fans are already given some details about the characters.

Park Bo-gum will play an ambitious and idealistic young man who aspires to become a model/actor. He is optimistic and has an objective and flexible sense of judgment. Meanwhile, Park So-dam will play an aspiring makeup artist. She is a smart young woman who’s grounded on following her own path and finds security in her own resolve under pressure. Byun Woo-seok will take on the challenge of playing a competitive, privileged young man who strives to prove himself through his hard work and takes effort on doing the things that he cares deeply for. Fans are already anticipating the chemistry between the three leads, who will form the love triangle in the series.

Meanwhile, actress Ha has expressed her happiness on her given role, “I am happy to be able to be with good actors and a great production team. In particular, there is actor Shin Ae-ra, [we will] be together again after a long time, and she is enjoying filming every moment.” She will play the mother of Park Bo-gum’s character, who is portrayed as warm, has a unique mindset, and is always positive. She wants to support her son’s dreams and will do anything for him. Her last TV role was in Lady Cha Dal-rae’s Lover (2018–2019).

Shin, on the other hand, has thanked everyone for showing support to the show. “I am especially glad and happy to reunite with actor Ha Hee-ra after 30 years [from our last project together] ‘What Is Love?’ I hope that ‘Record of Youth‘ will be a good gift to everyone who is struggling to overcome the [COVID-19 pandemic].” 

Shin last appeared in the 2013 series Ugly Alert. In this new project, she will play the mother of Byun Woo-seok’s character. She is an enthusiastic mom who wants to make her son a star and believes that film and movie art, especially for popular actors, are better than the art of science. Fans are anticipating what kind of charm Shin will show in her new character. 

Fans are excited to see Shin and Ha in one project as they transform into maternal characters for the lead males as they have different values ​​and methods towards raising their sons.

Following the confirmation of Ha Hee-ra’s and Shin Ae-ra’s roles, Seo Hyun-jin is also reported to appear in the show. A representative from the drama team has shared on June 11, “Seo Hyun-jin [will be] making a special appearance in tvN’s upcoming drama ‘Record of Youth‘ that will be broadcast in September.”

Seo, who last appeared in Black Dog (2019), will be making a cameo. She has previously worked with writer Ha Myung-hee in the series Temperature of Love (2017) and will make the appearance to show her support and loyalty to writer Ha and her new project The Moment. According to reports, Seo has been resting since her recent project ended in February.  

Expectations are also drawn towards the series as its director Ahn Gil-ho has helmed other popular series such as WATCHER (2019), Memories of the Alhambra (2018–2019), and Stranger (2017). Moreover, writer Ha Myung-hee, who wrote several known projects as well such as Doctors (2016) and High Society (2015), has a track record for her “heart-warming stories” that are “grounded in realistic settings.”

The series will be co-produced by Studio Dragon, the company that has taken part in hit series including Guardian: The Lonely and Great God (2016–2017), Signal (2016), The Legend of the Blue Sea (2016–2017), and Stranger (2017), and Pan Entertainment, the company behind many classic K-dramas such as Winter Sonata (2002), The Moon Embracing the Sun (2012), Fight for My Way (2017), and When the Camellia Blooms (2019). As such, fans are already expressing expectations from the production to create a good drama.

The Moment was initially reported to premiere during the middle of the year, but for now, the production team shared that they aim to complete filming and air the series by early September.

Entertainment network tvN has the first-window broadcast rights within Korea, but the series will be streamed exclusively on Netflix (as Record of Youth) for the rest of the world.

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