Jung Yong Hwa reveals the reason he rejected the role of Choi Young Do in Heirs
The CNBLUE vocalist and actor Jung Yong Hwa recently revealed the reason he rejected the character of Choi Young Do in Heirs, which was instead played by Kim Woo Bin, during the MBC talk show Radio Star on March 5th in Korea.
During the show, CNBLUE's Jung Yong Hwa, Kang Min Hyuk, Lee Jung Shin and Lee Jong Hyun made appearances, and Radio Star’s MC asked why Jung Yong Hwa rejected Kim Woo Bin’s character, Choi Young Do, in the drama Heirs, which finished last December.
Jung Yong Hwa answered, “I expected that the drama would be a great hit because it was writer Kim Eun Sook’s drama, but I wanted to play a different role, not a student character. I was attracted to another role.”
He also added that the drama’s main female lead was Park Shin Hye and he thought that if he starred in dramas repeatedly with her, it would be bad for both of them. Park Shin Hye and Jung Yong Hwa formally starred in MBC dramas You’re Beautiful and Heartstrings together, and they have been involved in love scandals before as a result. Kim Goo Ra, one of the MCs of the show, said, “Why didn't you tell Park Shin Hye to get out of the drama so you could star in the drama?” which made Jung Yong Hwa disconcerted.
Jung Yong Hwa talked about his distressed feelings when he saw malicious comments about his decision, such as, “Who do you think you are?” and “How dare you kick down the great writer’s drama?” Even though he didn't officially ever say that he would play the character, the news that he rejected the role was still released.
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During the show, the MCs lead the discussion without reserve. They introduced Jung Yong Hwa as an ex-ace who once introduced people to CNBLUE through his former popular dramas, but now is an ‘ex’ ace because of the low viewer ratings of his last drama, Marry Him If You Dare. The MCs didn't stop making offensive jokes. They said that his last drama was the worst choice of his life. They also told Kang Min Hyuk, who played Yoon Chan Young in Heirs, that at least he starred in a hit drama, but he was still under the shadow of Kim Woo Bin and Lee Min Ho. During the show, the CNBLUE members showed off their skill of responding with manners despite the MC’s sharp questions.