How Does Joo Jin Mo Feel About His Shortened Screen Time on “Empress Ki”?

Joo Jin Mo

Actor Joo Jin Mo currently stars as Wang Yoo on MBC’s Monday-Tuesday sageuk “Empress Ki,” but his screen time has declined recently.

Joo Jin Mo’s role in the 50-episode drama is of fictitious Goryeo king, Wang Yoo, who experiences the pain of being unable to be with the person he loves, Ki Seung Nyang (Ha Ji Won), yet he continues to support her from the shadows.

In the earlier stages of the drama, Wang Yoo and Ki Seung Nyang shared a romance that set hearts racing. However, lately “Empress Ki” has shifted its focus more to Seung Nyang, now Ta Hwan’s (Ji Chang Wook) royal concubine, and Empress Tanashiri (Baek Jin Hee), and the power battle with highly influential Yeon Chul (Jun Gook Hwan).

Joo Jin Mo’s agency commented on February 19, “He’s a person too, and he is bound to feel slightly upset that his importance has been significantly reduced. However, Joo Jin Mo is not dwelling on his screen time, but will instead concentrate on his acting.”

“The plot has shifted to the Yuan imperial family, so Wang Yoo’s screen time has naturally decreased. However, in future, there will definitely be scenes where Wang Yoo will be able to set the hearts of women aflutter. There are still many episodes left. Please anticipate the remaining episodes, in which Joo Jin Mo will display a true man’s charisma.”

Empress Ki has 18 episodes left to go, so there is still plenty of time for further plot developments, and twists. The drama airs every Monday and Tuesday at 10:00 PM KST on MBC.