Lee Dong Wook, Jo Bo Ah, And Kim Bum Share Insights Into Their “Tale Of The Nine-Tailed” Characters, Chemistry On Set, And More
On the day of the much-anticipated premiere of tvN’s “Tale of the Nine-Tailed,” the stars took part in a press conference!
“Tale of the Nine-Tailed” is about a male gumiho (a mythical nine-tailed fox) named Yi Yeon (Lee Dong Wook) who has settled in the city, and the fearless producing director named Nam Ji Ah (Jo Bo Ah) who is determined to track him down. Kim Bum plays Yi Rang, Yi Yeon’s half-brother and the child of a human and a gumiho.
During the press conference on October 7, Lee Dong Wook talked about taking on the rare role of a male gumiho. “It’s been very refreshing and unique,” he said. “When I first got the casting offer, I was curious about which actress would play the gumiho. But they told me that my role was the gumiho. I was really drawn to it then.” He also shared that he enjoyed that the drama is a mix of different genres.
“Tale of the Nine-Tailed” is Lee Dong Wook’s first fantasy drama since the hit “Goblin (Guardian: The Lonely and Great God)” that aired from 2016 to 2017. “I felt pressure to show a different performance than in ‘Goblin’ and to look different than I did then as well,” he said. “People have remembered it for a long time because it was a good drama, and I need to work hard so that I’ll be remembered with this new appearance as a gumiho as well.”
“When the news of my casting came out, a lot of people said that I was a good fit to play a gumiho,” he also commented. “That was a great source of strength for me but I also felt pressured to meet those expectations. I hope you enjoy today’s show.”
Lee Dong Wook talked about how didn’t study many references for his role, as he was trying to avoid imitating similar fantasy characters. “I’m acting with the mindset that I should have fun with it while staying true to the script,” he said.
Jo Bo Ah shared that her character Nam Ji Ah is very different from her own personality. She added, “She lost her parents when she was 9 years old, and she’s spent 20 years thinking that they’ll come back someday. I really sympathize with that and it moved me.”
The actress also talked about taking on action scenes for the drama. “It’s very different from the [action] performances I’ve done before, so it was a lot of fun,” she said. “My teamwork with my co-star is very important, as we could get hurt. I’ve done a lot of action scenes with Lee Dong Wook, but he’s so considerate that I’ve been able to be comfortable while doing them.”
Kim Bum is making his return to the world of dramas four years after the 2016 drama “Mrs. Cop 2.” He said, “I’m very pleased and nervously excited to be saying hello to you for the first time in a while.”
He shared about his character, “Yi Rang might look evil and sharp from some perspectives. But to me, he looks very lonely.”
“I think it would be hard to simply call Yi Rang a villain,” he continued. “Rather than a villain, I think he’s someone who becomes very focused on something and hooked on it.” He mentioned that one of the things Yi Rang becomes obsessed with is his brother, and he said he’s been feeling many different emotions and learning a lot while he’s acting.
“I’ve really enjoyed working with Lee Dong Wook,” the actor also said. He added with a laugh, “There are many scenes where I had to hate him, but it was hard to hide the fact that I really like him.”
Kim Bum described how he’s trying to act in a way that makes it clear his character isn’t fully human. “I put animalistic movements in the action scenes,” he said. “For example, at times when a human might shake their first, I do a gesture that appears like I’m scratching. When I land, I also try to give off the look of something close to a beast.”
The trio also spoke about their chemistry. Lee Dong Wook said, “Jo Bo Ah works very hard and is ambitious. She could have a double do the tough and difficult moves, but she always tries to do them herself, which has been great to see. Since she works hard, I end up doing the same.” Kim Bum praised them both by giving a thumbs up.
Lee Dong Wook also commented, “I noticed even when we first met that Jo Bo Ah is very open minded. When we’re talking about a scene on set, she doesn’t insist on something for herself and instead keeps an open mind and is considerate toward her co-star. I think that’s why our chemistry is good. She’s beautiful, so on set I often say, ‘Our Bo Ah is so pretty’ while we’re filming.”
Lee Dong Wook also joked, “The mood maker on set is mostly me. These two spend all day laughing.”
Jo Bo Ah confirmed, “Like just now, Lee Dong Wook is really witty so he keeps the mood on set very cheerful. I’m depending a lot on the director and Lee Dong Wook while filming this project. My character is difficult, and I ask them before I decide about what gesture to make.” She also said she jokingly describes Lee Dong Wook as her “teacher” because she learns so much from him and respects him to that level.
She went on to say, “I think Lee Dong Wook is doing a great job at taking the lead and I’m following him, and that’s what creates our chemistry.”
Kim Bum shared that he’s been depending on Lee Dong Wook as Jo Bo Ah does, and he’s been a great help to him, calling him a “teacher” too. Lee Dong Wook praised him in return, saying that stories about heroes need a cool villain that’s a good match for the cool hero. “That charm and sexiness is important, and Kim Bum has it all, so I hope you’ll pay attention to that,” said Lee Dong Wook.
Lee Dong Wook also took the opportunity to share his gratitude for the show’s hard-working CG team and stunt team. Jo Bo Ah said to fans, “I hope that you’ll be able to laugh and experience some healing while watching our drama during this difficult time.” Kim Bum promised a very fun drama and shared his hopes that everyone will have fun and gain strength while watching.
Watch “Tale of the Nine-Tailed” below!