SF9's Rowoon Dishes On Working With Park Eun Bin For New Romance Drama

SF9’s Rowoon has shared his thoughts on his upcoming drama “The King’s Affection”!

Based on the manhwa (Korean comic) of the same name, “The King’s Affection” will tell the story of a pair of royal twins, one male and one female. Although the sister is initially abandoned for being female, she later disguises herself as a man to become the crown prince when her brother dies. Park Eun Bin will star in the drama as Lee Hwi, the crown prince with a shocking secret, while SF9’s Rowoon will star as male lead Jung Ji Woon, who is Lee Hwi’s teacher.

“The King’s Affection” marks Rowoon’s first time acting in a historical drama, and he confessed that the setting had presented new challenges.

“Unlike dramas set in the present day, there’s a limit to what you can express in a historical drama,” he said. “Because of that certain limit that I needed to adhere to, I tried to express things in new and different ways.”

As for why he had been drawn to the series after reading the script, Rowoon recalled thinking, “I would be able to tell a lot of different stories [through this drama].”

Describing his character, Rowoon remarked, “Although Jung Ji Woon seems sunny on the outside, there is a lot of rain hidden inside him. He’s like a feathery cloud.”

“He breaks past the conventions of the era in pursuit of true freedom, but in the process, he experiences sorrow and helplessness,” he continued. “I think the road that Jung Ji Woon chooses to take will not be an easy one.”

When asked what aspect of “The King’s Affection” viewers should look forward to most, Rowoon replied, “The chemistry between Hwi and Ji Woon.”

He went on to explain, “In order to guard her secret, Hwi keeps a five-step distance from others. Although Ji Woon has been hurt in the past, he keeps people by his side and finds comfort in being close to them. I think it will be fun to watch the journey of these two people, who have lived their lives in opposite ways, gradually seeping into each other’s lives.”

The idol-turned-actor also spoke confidently about his teamwork with co-star Park Eun Bin.

“I spent a lot of time talking to Park Eun Bin on set, and we tried to fill up the narrative by coming up with ideas together,” he revealed. “Sharing our ideas and opinions with one another at every moment has become part of our everyday lives.”

“The King’s Affection” will premiere on October 11 at 9:30 p.m. KST. Check out a teaser for the drama here!

In the meantime, watch Rowoon in “Extraordinary You” with subtitles below:

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