The stars and producers of the highly anticipated drama “Dream High” appeared at a press conference at Kintex Center in Goyang on December 27. The drama is about students who attend a renowned performing arts school in hopes of becoming stars, but most of the cast are already quite famous in real life. They include 2PM’s Wooyoung and Taecyeon, miss A’s Suzy, T-ara’s Eunjung, IU, Lee Yoon Ji, Kim Soo Hyun, Yoon Young Ah, and Jung Min Joo.
It is a rare case when the producers are even more well-known than the actors, but it can be said here, as the producers include renowned hallyu star Bae Yong Joon and former singer and current CEO of JYP Entertainment, Park Jin Young. The drama is a joint venture between JYPE and KeyEast Entertainment, for which Bae is the largest shareholder.
Bae and Park presided over the press conference, entering the stage of the Kintex Center in a cloud of smoke. They discussed their reasons for creating the drama.
“I’ve always been interested in youth education. Particularly, I’ve been dreaming of building a school someday for students who aspire to be entertainers. Then I learned Park Jin Young had the same thought as me, so we teamed up,” said Bae.
Besides producing the drama, Park also directed the music and dance. “I focused on making the dance and music in our drama not fall behind the ongoing pop culture but to be ahead of it,” he said. “We tried to portray with a bit of realism how they grow to be celebrities.”
The cast, who are mostly known as singers, also explained their reasons for participating in the drama. Taecyeon explained, “Acting is attractive to me in that it gives me the feeling of living a different life, and that makes me want to continue acting.”
“Dream High” will premiere on KBS 2 on January 3.