Priest turns K-pop star in new K-drama Heavenly Idol

Nathalie Tomada – The Philippine Star

February 20, 2023 | 12:00am

Small business Proposal’s second male lead star Kim Min-kyu receives to topbill the new South Korean drama Heavenly Idol, his past clearly show right before his necessary navy enlistment.

Incidentally, the actor, who is coming to Manila on April 14 for a fanmeet, has precise experience to tap into for this collection. For a time, he was a K-pop idol trainee just before pursuing his performing dreams.

Heavenly Idol premiered previous Feb. 16, with fresh new episodes airing Thursdays and Fridays at 9:15 p.m. by using Cignal (DTH) CH160 and Intelligent GigaPlay app, or 24 hours following Korea’s broadcast on tvN Asia.

In this entire body swapping-themed drama, Min-kyu is Pontifex Lembrary, a high priest from a mystical realm who, after a fierce struggle with the satan, will get transported to the earthly globe and possesses the body of an notorious idol Woo Yeon-woo of the K-pop group Wild Animal.

To persuade Yeon-woo to swap bodies once more, Lembrary is presented the condition to make Wild Animal effective. He will be pressured to adapt to the enjoyment sector and the rigors of the idol life, getting a crash class on celebrity eating plans, hardcore dance choreography, and projecting oneself.

Co-starring in the series is Go Bo-gyeol (Queen for 7 Days) as Kim Dal, the final fangirl of Woo Yeon-woo. Right after Yeon-woo quickly proclaims himself as superior priest, Kim Dal is effective to get hired as Wild Animal’s road manager. She is deadset to make her bias arrive to his senses and protect him at all charges.

Established to bring about chaos in Yeon-woo and Kim Dal’s lives is Shin Jo-woon (performed by Lee Jang-woo). Beneath his suave and seemingly chivalrous mother nature, the CEO of the entertainment enterprise managing Wild Animal is possessed by the King of Darkness, who can manipulate people’s minds with black magic, and is hunting down Lembrary.

In a new digital international presscon, the guide stars talked additional about the sequence, their characters and their function encounter with every other. Down below are excerpts from the job interview furnished to The STAR, as translated into English.

Kim Min-kyu is Pontifex Lembrary, a higher priest from a mystical realm who, right after a intense struggle with the satan, receives transported to the earthly planet and possesses the system of an infamous K-pop idol Woo Yeon-woo.

On doing the job with every single other:

Min-kyu: “When I start off a new drama, I are inclined to appear up the past performs of my co-star, as I’m curious what they are like. I are inclined to glimpse up numerous is effective of Go Bo-gyeol. And she has really large eyes. That presents her a incredibly sturdy gaze. Initially, I wasn’t capable to visualize how her potent gaze would be suitable with Dal, her character.

“But when acting as Dal, her gaze was really great, specifically for emotional scenes. And that has been a excellent aid for me, as it can help me target genuinely swiftly and get into the correct emotions. I have discovered a large amount in that factor. She also helps make the ambiance on set seriously fun so I’m taking pleasure in myself and also understanding a ton though filming.”

Bo-gyeol: “I enjoyed watching Kim Min-gue’s former works, and he has a quite solid filmography, which I imagine demonstrates his diligence and practical experience, and that made me seem forward to operating with him. I also felt thrilled. But following assembly him, I understood he’s really a cheeky particular person. He created it actually cheerful on established, all the employees seriously liked him. He has a nice personality and he’s been a large support to me.”

On similarities to their people:

Min-kyu: “Well, as I’m the one particular performing the people, I think there are factors in just me that I check out to deliver out. So I imagine each the characters are comparable to me.”

Bo-gyeol: “I started off with the strategy that Kim Dal is related to me and attempted my most effective to deliver out the things of Kim Dal from inside of me. There had been instances when I thought, ‘Can I really like him just like how Kim Dal does?,’ ‘Can I be as courageous as Kim Dal?,’ which manufactured me start to see elements of her that I’d like to be like. So I simply cannot say I’m 100 % similar to her but I was capable to be additional immersed in the character as there are components that I’d like to turn into like her.”

Co-starring in the sequence is Go Bo-gyeol as Kim Dal, the ultimate fangirl of Woo Yeon-woo. Soon after Yeon-woo all of a sudden proclaims himself as a high priest, Kim Dal is effective to get employed as Wild Ani-mal’s road supervisor and is deadset to safeguard her bias at all costs.

Pics courtesy of tvN Asia

On getting ready for position as higher priest and K-pop idol:

Min-kyu: “I’m unable to individually find out what their life are like but from what I have skilled indirectly, I realized that not any person can be an idol star. I really tried using a lot of matters. I practised singing, and also went for recordings. I also practiced dancing, and danced on phase. I indirectly experienced a large amount of the issues that idol stars do. Which is what I compensated the most notice to.

“In conditions of appears to be, when Pontifex Lembrary comes into the recent world…Lembrary is somebody who constantly thinks of himself as a high priest. So, alternatively of on the lookout like an idol, I concentration much more on how I could make my character seem a lot more like a priest, and display that he arrived from that planet, even while he was major the everyday living of an idol star.

“Of system, senior Tak Jae-hoon (referring to his co-actor who debuted as a singer in 1990 and performs Wild Animal’s mentor in the series) was a massive assistance to me. I copied a whole lot of what he’s like when he’s on stage. There’s a very clear change involving people who have knowledge on stage, and these who don’t. He was really relaxed to be with, and encouraged me. In fact, he was the vocal trainer for Wild Animal.

“There’s a scene exactly where we learnt singing, and many other instances wherever he was a big support to me. Aside from his encounters as a singer, I also acquired a good deal of tips from him on how to be cheerful.”


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