Update: Several Drama Stars Test Negative For COVID-19 After Many Productions Halt Filming Due To Potential Transmission
Updated November 26 KST:
Many drama stars have shared their negative COVID-19 test results.
The agencies of “Hush” actors Hwang Jung Min and YoonA shared that their COVID-19 test results were negative. On November 29, a source from “Hush” stated that all cast and crew members who had gotten tested had tested negative and that filming had now resumed.
Shin Hye Sun and Kim Jung Hyun of “Mr. Queen” have shared that their tests came back negative as well. It’s reported that the drama is waiting for everyone’s results before they determine their upcoming schedule.
The drama “Snowdrop” (literal title) is resuming filming after receiving negative test results for everyone who had been in contact with a confirmed case on another set.
Updated November 25 KST:
Dramas that previously halted production due to potential COVID-19 transmission have revealed the results of tests on their cast and crew, while more dramas have announced that they are also halting production.
“River Where the Moon Rises” (literal title), which stars Kim So Hyun and Ji Soo, paused filming after a background actor came into contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case. On November 24, a source from the drama stated that the production staff had contacted the relevant health authorities. In accordance with public health guidelines, those who came into contact with the suspected COVID-19 case were identified and sent to get a COVID-19 test. At the end of the investigation, the original background actor who had come into contact with the confirmed case tested positive, but all the “River Where the Moon Rises” cast and background actors who had been in close contact with that background actor tested negative.
However, the production staff stated they would continue self-isolation and personal hygiene measures for one or two more days and take stock of the situation before resuming filming.
Kim Ji Won and Ji Chang Wook‘s upcoming KakaoTV original drama “Lovestruck in the City” has also paused filming. On November 24, a source from the drama stated that one of their background actors had tested positive. Following public health guidelines, filming has been halted and an epidemiological survey (contact tracing) is being conducted.
Kim Ji Won’s agency stated that she had had no contact with the background actor in question, but she had gotten tested on November 24 just in case and was awaiting results. The agency of So Ju Yeon, who is also starring in the drama, stated that she had canceled her upcoming film press conference and that she and her staff members had gotten a test and were waiting for results despite not having come into contact with the background actor.
JTBC’s new drama “Snowdrop” (literal title), starring Jung Hae In, BLACKPINK’s Jisoo, Kim Hye Yoon, and more, has also paused filming. On November 24, a source from the drama stated, “There are no positive cases in our team, but we have learned that a background actor was in close contact with a confirmed case. To keep our cast and crew safe and prevent transmission, we have paused filming and we will conduct tests on the background actor in question and all of their close contacts as well.”
On SBS’s “The Penthouse,” a background actor tested positive for COVID-19. This actor got tested because they had crossed paths with another confirmed case on another drama. A source from ‘The Penthouse’ stated that the drama had paused filming and were following public health guidelines. The source added that the background actor in question had appeared in a single scene in ‘The Penthouse,’ but all the cast and crew who crossed their path would be tested.
Hwang Jung Min and Girls’ Generation’s YoonA’s upcoming drama “Hush” also had a background actor test positive for COVID-19. An official statement from the drama stated that all the cast and crew would be tested.
tvN’s “Mr. Queen,” starring Shin Hye Sun and Kim Jung Hyun, and SBS’s “Joseon Exorcist,” starring Jang Dong Yoon, Park Sung Hoon, and Kam Woo Sung, have also halted filming due to positive COVID tests among their background actors.
MBC’s “The Spies Who Loved Me” has paused filming after one of their background actors crossed paths with a confirmed COVID case. The background actor, and all the background actors who came into contact with them, are awaiting test results. Relevant staff members are in self-quarantine and will get tested depending on the original background actor’s results.
Many dramas and more have had to temporarily suspend filming or other events due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The drama “River Where the Moon Rises” (literal title), which stars Kim So Hyun, Ji Soo, and more, has halted filming since November 19. A source from the drama stated on November 23 that a background actor (also known as an “extra”) who took part in filming for the drama has been tested for COVID-19. The background actor was tested after they were notified that they had come in contact with a confirmed case.
The source added that in adherence with regulations, the drama had immediately halted filming and they were awaiting test results. They also stated, “It was a day when the background actors were filming a mob scene, so they did not cross paths with the main cast.”
Following the “River Where the Moon Rises” actor being tested for COVID-19, the upcoming OCN drama “The Uncanny Counter” (starring Jo Byeong Gyu, gugudan’s Kim Sejeong, and more) postponed its online press conference that was scheduled on November 23, as the show films on a neighboring set and an epidemiological survey needed to be carried out.
Later that day, a source from the show told MBN Star, “We’ve decided to resume filming starting tomorrow.” They stated that the survey had been completed, and the actor had not come in contact with the cast or crew of “The Uncanny Counter.” The press conference has been moved to November 27.
A background actor who came in contact with a confirmed case also filmed for the Netflix series “I Wish the World Would End Tomorrow” (literal translation). A source from the show confirmed on November 23 that all the production team members who had potentially been in contact with them had received negative test results. Filming will be continuing as scheduled, while following guidelines from health authorities.
The cast and crew of the drama “Bossam – Stealing Fate” (literal title) were tested after a background actor tested positive for COVID-19. On November 23, the agencies of stars Jung Il Woo and Girls’ Generation’s Yuri shared that their tests have come back negative.
A background actor that filmed for the upcoming drama “Sisyphus: The Myth” (literal title) also received a positive test result for COVID-19. A source from JTBC stated that the actor had also been on the same set as the “Bossam – Stealing Fate” actor who was a confirmed case.
“When we heard that the actor was confirmed to have COVID-19, we immediately completely halted filming for ‘Sisyphus: The Myth,'” the source stated. The cast and crew who were on set with the background actor are being tested.
A source representing “Sisyphus: The Myth” star Cho Seung Woo stated that he will be following the guidelines of the production team and the health authorities. Star Park Shin Hye’s representatives stated that although she had not been in contact with the background actor, she was tested on November 23 and is awaiting results.
The drama “Joseon Exorcist” (literal title), starring Jang Dong Yoon, Park Sung Hoon, and Kam Woo Sung, also halted filming on November 23. The drama put out a statement explaining that a background actor received a positive test result that day after having been in the same place as a background actor from another drama who was a confirmed case.
Sources representing the cast have said that they are in quarantine and they will be tested if they are required by guidelines from health authorities. Kam Woo Sung’s representative stated that he had been on set on the same day as the confirmed case, and Jang Dong Yoon and Park Sung Hoon’s representatives said the actors had not crossed paths with the background actor.
1theK is also taking steps after an external staff member tested positive for COVID-19. They had participated in filming on November 20 and received their positive test result on the night of November 22. A source from 1theK told MBK Star, “The staff members who also took part in filming on November 20 are now in quarantine. They’ve been tested over November 22 and 23 and are awaiting results.” The building has also undergone disinfection.
Updates will be shared as they are made available.