Han Ye Seul is being a diva on set. Whether it’s for good reason or not remains to be seen.
The actress recently requested that she work only a 5-day week, which is difficult for the production team as their work week is usually a 6-day one. Since she’s the main actress, it’s hard to shoot without her, and so the production team has had to accommodate her schedule. She was touted as being inconsiderate as she suddenly stopped working one afternoon and left the set, not coming back until 11am the next day. On another day, she had requested a day off.
Han reportedly said that if she was not granted a 5-day work week, she would step down from the drama. The production company was quoted as thus:
“A request like that doesn’t even come from major top stars as well. Top stars are fussier about shooting related conditions. However, they hardly disregard their fellow actors and crew like this making everything shake”.
Now, she may very well have a good reason as to why she only wants a 5-day work week. However, she really has bad PR. First she gets into a car accident scandal (which she wasn’t really at fault for but still…) and now she has this almost unreasonable demand for a drama that follows a live shoot format. I shouldn’t judge, since I don’t know the conditions of filming a TV drama, but I do think she is being quite a diva. If you signed up for a TV drama, shouldn’t you expect a schedule like this? What makes you think that you can just do whatever you want without considering how other actors’ schedules may be affected?
On top of that, Spy Myung Wol isn’t doing that great in ratings, so shouldn’t you want to work harder and bring your drama to the top? I’ve watched a couple of episodes – episodes 3-4 rather than 1-2 – and I’m actually not even impressed. I think it’s weird overall. I do need to watch episode 1-2, as the side characters are funny, but some of the main characters are just plain stiff or grating.