It’s always nice to see the cast of a drama having fun behind the scenes, because it somehow elevates my enjoyment as a viewer when I know that the cast members are getting along and enjoying the filming process as much as I’m enjoying the drama. And there are no long faces in the new BTS stills released from the set of Mi Rae’s Choice (Marry Him If You Dare) with Jung Yong Hwa, Yoon Eun Hye, Lee Dong Gun and Han Chae Ah bringing a “Happy Virus” to the filming of the drama, lifting the atmosphere with jokes and cheerful laughter despite the tight shooting schedule and fatigue due to overnight shoots.
Despite carrying the bulk of the burden as female lead and the one with the most scenes, Yoon Eun Hye’s lovely trademark smile is always to be seen, while the contrast between the prickly and cold exterior of his character and Lee Dong Gun’s “flower smile” behind the scenes has won the hearts of women.
Jung Yong Hwa, in particular, is described as a “real-life endorphin” and vitamin that gives energy to everyone on set, thoroughly charming both his fellow actors and the crew with his friendly personality. Praised as an excellent mood-maker, his cheeky ad-libs in response to others’ NGs never fail to trigger an onslaught of laughter that eases the tension and he’s also made sure to encourage the supporting actors and give out light massages to tired staff. Han Chae Ah’s bright smile and constant enthusiasm has similarly brought a good mood to the set.
Korea’s live-shoot system is notoriously tough on actors, so I sincerely hope the cast will continue their laughing ways as the weather gets colder and the drama moves into more serious territory. Episode 7’s ratings rose slightly to 7.4%, which should cheer up the crew, and it would be great if that positive trend could continue. Empress Ki has been pulling in good numbers, but Mi Rae’s Choice has a chance of taking second place from Suspicious Housekeeper. Interestingly enough, it seems that Mi Rae’s Choice viewers have been turning more to online streaming, since it beat out its competition by a considerable margin in the online ratings for Episode 4. Perhaps AGB Nielsen Korea should move quicker with changes to the ratings system that might see inclusion of online ratings as people switch increasingly to using computers, phones and tablets for their drama viewing (if only so they can stop fighting with their parents over the TV remote).
Update with some of Go Doo Shim (Grandma Miranda) and Jung Yong Hwa: