SF9’s Rowoon Talks About His New Fantasy Drama “Tomorrow” + Why It Holds Special Meaning For Him
Based on the hit webtoon of the same name, “Tomorrow” will tell the story of Choi Joon Woong (played by SF9’s Rowoon), who gets into an unfortunate accident while struggling to find a job. As a result, he crosses paths with grim reapers Goo Ryun (Kim Hee Sun) and Lim Ryoong Goo (Yoon Ji On), who work together to save the lives of those who are contemplating suicide, and he winds up joining their team in the underworld as their youngest member.
Explaining why he chose the drama for his next project, Rowoon commented, “I liked the message that the drama gives.”
When asked if he felt any pressure about living up to the success of his previous drama “The King’s Affection,” Rowoon replied, “I don’t feel any pressure about results at all. Because viewership ratings are something determined by the heavens [outside of our control].”
He went on to reveal that the reason he had been so drawn to “Tomorrow” was because he wanted to fully absorb the message of the story while acting in it. “I feel like if I focus on the message of the drama, that meaningful message will also remain with me,” he said, “so I try to focus more on the essence of the story than results. In that respect, I think ‘Tomorrow’ will be a drama that gives me comfort as well.”
Describing his character in the drama, Rowoon remarked, “Joon Woong is an ordinary character, but he has many sentimental aspects. There are times when an incident arises because of that, but the character’s appeal is that even though he’s still immature and clumsy, he has a warm heart.”
As for how similar he considers the character to his real-life personality, Rowoon shared, “In order to fully melt into the character and show a good acting performance, I’m currently acting while thinking that our level of similarity is 0 percent.”
The idol-turned-actor also revealed that because of the fun and relaxed atmosphere on the filming set, the cast often came up with amusing ad libs on the spot.
“The director and writer told me that they’d like it if there were witty and fun elements to my portrayal of the character Choi Joon Woong,” he explained. “Because the atmosphere on set is so great, there are times when dialogue or situations that weren’t in the script naturally come about. I hope you’ll look forward to it.”
When asked to rate his chemistry with the actors who play his fellow team members in the drama—Kim Hee Sun and Yoon Ji On—Rowoon replied, “I’d give the Crisis Management Team’s chemistry 95 points [out of 100].”
He went on to elaborate, “To be honest, I personally think it should be 100 points, but I’ll leave the remaining five points up to viewers to decide after watching.”
The SF9 member also expressed his gratitude to Llama, the writer of the original webtoon, who has been actively cheering on the cast and crew of the drama adaptation. “I did feel some pressure about the fact that it’s an adaptation of an original work, but I’m grateful that [the original webtoon writer] is looking kindly on our drama,” he shared. “I’m honored to be part of a production that has such a great message.”
Finally, Rowoon concluded by remarking, “I believe that if you watch the drama, you’ll be able to sense that I had a lot of fun and enjoyed filming. Please give ‘Tomorrow’ lots of interest.”
“Tomorrow” will premiere on March 25 at 9:50 p.m. KST. Check out a highlight clip for the drama here!
In the meantime, watch Rowoon in “Extraordinary You” with subtitles below: