If the theme of the “Reply” drama series was finding a husband for the main female character, the theme for “Plus Nine Boys” is “the one couple that makes it to a happy ending.” While it’s natural for people to want a happy ending for all of the couples, the director revealed that he could feel the great and growing response from viewers after every episode.
One of the most loved couples in “Plus Nine Boys” was Kang Jin Goo (Kim Young Kwang) and Ma Se Young (Kyung Soo Jin). While they just seemed like bickering siblings at first, they transformed into quite the lovable couple, with Kang Jin Goo’s grumbling acceptance of Ma Se Young, and Se Young, who becomes just like any other girl next to Jin Goo.
Director Yoo Hak Chan talked about Kim Young Kwang and Kyung Soo Jin’s suspiciously close relationship, saying, “They even acted suspiciously, and were extremely – sometimes overly – friendly with each other on set. They’re only one year apart and both from Incheon, and I think that made them closer. It was both of their first times in main role, so they had a lot of ambition. It was strange how good they looked together. The height difference between them is large and there were a lot of physically close scenes, but they didn’t have many outtakes.”
The director went on to mention that, because he used to be a variety show director, he in a sense shot scenes with the couple like he might have for “We Got Married.”
“The two really practiced a lot, but as the episodes went by, their relationship became really natural, and I think that’s what the viewers liked. Personally, I’m thankful for a lot of the actors, but I’m especially thankful for Kim Young Kwang and Kyung Soo Jin,” the director said, and complimented the two on their characters.
The director also talked about the kiss scene between BTOB’s Yook Sungjae and A Pink’s Chorong. He said, “The two were really close, so rehearsals went well. It was both of their first times doing a kiss scene, and the set was really awkward. As a fan of A Pink myself, I didn’t want to shoot a kiss scene, but I had no choice.”
In other news, the drama taking over the “Plus Nine Boys” time slot will be “Misaeng,” starring Im Siwan, Kang Sora, and Kang Ha Neul.