Cast and Director Say ‘Woori The Virgin’ Is More Fantasy-Like and K-Style than ‘Jane The Virgin’

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The K-styled ‘Jane The Virgin’ is arriving.

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Credit: SBS

SBS’s new Monday-Tuesday series Woori the Virgin is the new sweet yet dynamic romance series. The story begins when Oh Woo Ri (Im Soo Hyang), a girl who is saving herself up for marriage, gets unexpectedly pregnant with Raphael’s (Sung Hoon) child. On Wednesday, the show held its online press conference ahead of the premiere.

“The original series is so intense that our makjang dramas don’t even stand a chance next to it. Nevertheless, it received a lot of love and attention overseas and in Korea.” director Jung Jung Hwa shared. “There were parts that did not fit with the Korean sentiment and culture. And after much pondering, this current version came out. Rather than focusing on the provocative elements, I tried to focus more on how the characters sail through this absurd happening and the family-centered, humane story at the center of all things.”

Im Soo Hyang introduced, “The keyword ‘chastity before marriage’ is just one topic. The story shows why the character remained a virgin, and her conflict between her values and ideals is portrayed so adorably.” She continued, “Our drama has many fantasy elements. These fantasy and realistic elements are so well blended. I had fun filming.”

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Credit: SBS

Eleven years after New Tales of Gisaeng, Im Soo Hyang and Sung Hoon reteamed. “Because we struggled through our rookie days together, we have this comradeship between us,” said Im Soo Hyang. “I was so reassured when Sung Hoon was also cast in the project.”

Shin Dong Wook commented, “The scripts were so fun to the point where I thought, ‘Was the writer high when she wrote this?’ It’s very socially conscious, and it was the most fun project I read recently, so I joined the show without hesitation.”

Meanwhile, Woori the Virgin will premiere on May 9th at 10 PM KST.

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