Kim Young Kwang On How He Portrays Face Blindness In “The Secret Life Of My Secretary”

Kim Young Kwang, the star of SBS’s “The Secret Life of My Secretary” alongside actress Jin Ki Joo, spoke about his portrayal of his character’s prosopagnosia, or “face blindness.”

“The Secret Life of My Secretary” is about Do Min Ik (played by Kim Young Kwang), a problematic boss diagnosed with face blindness, and his secretary Jung Gal Hee (played by Jin Ki Joo), who starts leading a double life when she is mistaken for someone else.

On portraying a character who is unable to recognize others’ faces, Kim Young Kwang said, “After reading the script for the first time, I spoke extensively with the director about [the face blindness]. I thought a lot about what it would be like to experience prosopagnosia. It’s difficult to portray on camera, so I’m still always thinking about it on set.”

“However, I thought that if the portrayal of prosopagnosia was too close to what it’s like in real life, it might be difficult from the point of view of an audience member. And our drama is a romantic comedy with a bright and humorous tone, so after discussing it with the director, we agreed on a good mix of realism and fantasy.”

“The Secret Life of My Secretary” airs on Mondays and Tuesdays at 10 p.m. KST.

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