Kim Nam Gil said, “I rejected the casting offer two times because I felt pressured to play the role. The original work received great love from many fans, so I thought I should do more than just a decent job. I was not sure If I could pull it off. But I ended up hopping on the project as I got fascinated by the script.”
Lee Da Hee stated, “I really wanted to join the project, so I begged for the part. The idea of ruining the original project didn’t worry me as much as thinking about how I should portray the role of Mi Ho.”
Cha Eun Woo commented, “I received the script without knowing about the original cartoon. I was immediately drawn to John, the character, as I read the script, so I really wanted to the part. I talked a lot with the director and Kim Nam Gil. After much discussion, the actor told me, ‘Why don’t you join me in the show?’ and I thankfully said, ‘Sure, why not?.’ That’s how I hopped on the show.”
Regarding the character, the idol explained, “John is a cheerful and bright character with a heart-wrenching past. I tried my best to portray such nature of him. He becomes very serious and powerful when he performs exorcism on evil. So I focused on highlighting those contrasting sides he has.
Director Bae Jong revealed that he waited for a year and a half to cast Cha Eun Woo.
Island will premiere on TVING and Amazon Prime Video on December 30th.