“The Great Shaman Ga Doo Shim” Writer Shares Praise For Kim Sae Ron And Nam Da Reum, Explain How They Chose The Plot, And More
Joo Brothers, the writer of “The Great Shaman Ga Doo Shim” recently shared their thoughts on concluding the drama, their first impressions of the cast, and much more!
Kakao TV’s original drama “The Great Shaman Ga Doo Shim” is a fantasy romance starring Kim Sae Ron as Ga Doo Shim, a teenager with supernatural abilities who just wants to be an ordinary high school student, but was born to the fate of becoming a shaman. Nam Da Reum stars as the school’s “golden boy” Na Woo Soo, who starts seeing ghosts after meeting Ga Doo Shim.
The drama emphasizes the notion of “You’ll die if you’re last place in your grade” and adds horror by incorporating Ga Doo Shim’s experience catching evil spirits.
Joo Brothers started their interview by expressing their gratitude for being able to safely finish filming amid COVID-19 and thanked viewers for believing in them. Due to the drama’s popularity, the writer was asked about the possibility of a second season, to which they responded, “There was pressure regarding the aspect of a new drama format. However, we believe that these are results achieved thanks to the producers, director, staff members, and actors who believed in us and were with us from the beginning writing stages. There are no concrete plans regarding Season 2. However, we want to tell the story of more evolved evil spirits and matured main characters to match that.”
“The Great Shaman Ga Doo Shim” touched on unique and interesting topics and characters, such as a family with three generations of shamans, students fighting with evil spirits, villains who only attack the school’s worst students, an evil school principal, and more. Regarding why they chose these, the writer explained, “After reading upsetting articles about students dying by suicide due to their grades, we figured that it was unfair to say that their death was due to weakness. Isn’t it that society, schools, and even families that judge children based on their grades are driving them to death? We went forward with this story thinking of this as murder as opposed to suicide. We materialized that invisible force into an evil spirit and began adding ideas one by one.”
The writer also shared the scene they worked hardest on, sharing, “We worked hardest on the moment in episode 10 where Doo Shim and Woo Soo decide that they’ll both place in last. Since it’s the part where the main characters make a decision for themselves and mature from that, we wanted it to be portrayed well. However, it was portrayed well beyond our expectations.”
Regarding their first impressions of the main cast, Joo Brothers commented, “Kim Sae Ron was an actress who made our hearts flutter as soon as we saw her, Nam Da Reum was an excellent actor, and Yoo Seon Ho was a cute and lovely actor. Yoon Jung Hoon is an actor who will make it big in the future, Bae Hae Sun is a powerful actress with focus, and Moon Sung Geun was an actor whose existence alone was comforting.”
They expressed praise for main actors Kim Sae Ron and Nam Da Reum, commenting, “Kim Sae Ron is an actress whose acting we cannot predict. There was an unstructured feeling that she had a natural boldness to her. As predicted, Kim Sae Ron boldly led the drama and did very well exactly as Doo Shim. She even acted through awkward lines in her own way and made Doo Shim appear even more like Doo Shim.”
Joo Brothers continued, “Nam Da Reum felt even more like a model student than his character Woo Soo. We were curious about what kind of acting he’d do in the second half as his character officially started to transform, but his acting was much more incredible than we had expected. As he was sometimes cute and sometimes humorous, he created Woo Soo into an even more lively character.”
“The Great Shaman Ga Doo Shim” concludes with a happy ending for both Doo Shim and Woo Soo as they go after the lives they want for themselves. Doo Shim leaves her mother to go out on her own, and Woo Soo chooses to stay with Doo Shim, whom he likes more than his life as a model student. When asked how they believe the pair’s future unfolded, the writer replied, “We think it’s against the rules to talk about Doo Shim and Woo Soo’s future after they just discovered what they want. As adults who weren’t able to live our lives as competitively as Doo Shim and Woo Soo, we just want to support them in their twenties.”
For future projects, Joo Brothers explained that their motto was “Children change the world,” as said by actor Yoon Seok Hwa. They shared, “For the time being, we want to continue with dramas that make you feel that our future is dependent on children.”
As a final comment to viewers, Joo Brothers remarked, “From episode 1 to 12, I heard people around me (including myself!) say ‘This is where it ends? That’s harsh!’ 12 times. I want to sincerely thank viewers who held onto those moments and watched until the very end. If the opportunity arises, I recommend binge watching. I hope that this becomes a drama that parents and children can get together to binge-watch and discuss anytime.”
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