Lee Jung Jae Shares Why He Picked A Political Show As His First TV Drama In 10 Years

Lee Jung Jae will soon be appearing in a TV drama for the first time in 10 years!

The actor has been cast in JTBC’s upcoming Friday-Saturday drama “Advisor” (tentative title) alongside Shin Min Ah, Lee Elijah, Kim Kap Soo, and more. Lee Jung Jae plays Jang Tae Joon, the talented and ambitious advisor to an assemblyman played by Kim Kap Soo, and Shin Min Ah plays Kang Sun Young, a newly-elected member of the National Assembly.

Although Lee Jung Jae typically appears in more than one film per year, this is his first TV drama since 2009’s “Triple.”

Talking about how he felt when he first received the script for the drama, Lee Jung Jae said, “It was my first time taking on a character like an ‘advisor.’ The subject matter – politics and the National Assembly – was also something I hadn’t seen before. A lot of the advisors and politicians seemed like really interesting characters.”

He continued, “I felt through the script that the director and writer were really in sync. I feel that on set as well. The conflict between characters, the difficulties of politics – I am filming in the belief that we can bring these topics to life.”

Lee Jung Jae shared that this drama had made him reflect on what it meant ‘to live.’ He said, “I see [politics] on the news every day, but there are a lot of bills that I never looked closely at or understood. I know now that when those bills are applied, they have real rewards and consequences for people.”

The actor also talked a little about his character, Jang Tae Joon. “He has to understand various areas of expertise to make bills for a society that keeps changing. [Advisors] are not in the spotlight, but they have their own struggles. [Jang Tae Joon] is talented enough to make the impossible possible through the strength of his belief in a better world, but he is very stubborn when it comes to what he wants. Because he’s gone through life without hesitation in his goal to make a better society, he has no patience for any obstacles in his way. He is very professional.”

“Advisor” premieres on June 14 at 11 p.m. KST.

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