“Hwayugi” is a modern take on the classic Chinese novel, “Journey to the West.” In the drama, Lee El plays Ma Ji Young, the secretary of Woo Hwi Chul (played by Cha Seung Won), the CEO of an entertainment company. Equipped with her stellar fashion sense and cool personality, her charisma is on such a high level that it almost matches her boss’s.
In the stills released, Lee El exudes a professional yet stylish aura as she smiles ever so slightly, while her blood-red lips and crossed arms say that she won’t take any nonsense from anybody.
Lee El previously played Samshin, the goddess of birth and fate, on the hit tvN drama “Goblin” and currently plays a mysterious, beautiful doctor on OCN’s “Black.” As she exuded different kinds of charisma in each of her previous roles, many are curious to see how she will interpret her role as Ma Ji Young.
A source from the drama stated, “The role of Ma Ji Young is one where she must always be next to and assist Cha Seung Won, and so we needed an actress who had just as much charisma as Cha Seung Won. Lee El’s transformation into Ma Ji Young is one that captures everyone’s attention in the room with merely her presence.”
The drama will air its first episode on December 23 at 9 p.m. KST.
If you haven’t already, watch the trailer below!