Spy Myung Wol isn’t the greatest drama in my book. After a few more episodes, I’ve officially tuned out. I check in every so often (skipping episodes) and definitely saw the last few minutes of episode 10’s cliffhanger. However, Han Ye Seul isn’t a gripping lead, and though the premise is zany, I feel like it’s trying too hard to be normal. If you’re going to go zany, go all the way. Might as well have fun with it. I feel like the Dramabeans recaps make it far more amusing than it really is (for me), so I’d rather just read the recaps than watch the episodes.
But now the drama has been given a short extension (two extra episodes – eep!). It’s also on a live-shooting schedule, so imagine the trouble when its lead actress decides to not show up on set.
Earlier this morning (in Korea time) Han Ye Seul had not shown up on set at her appointed time. She was supposed to be there at 7am, but as of 11am had failed to show. It’s problematic for the production because they only completed 40% of the shoot and required the leading lady. They ended up shooting without her, and word has it that she won’t show up for shooting tomorrow either. No word yet if episode 11 will be postponed due to all this.*
Her entertainment agency Sidus HQ came out with a statement (hours later) that Han was feeling ill – suffering from the after-effects of working all night up until 5am and then expected to be back on set at 7am. The scheduling issues have wreaked havoc on her health.
Nevertheless, Han has sparked the ire of many netizens, who think she’s become completely irresponsible. I don’t blame them; she hasn’t really shown any conciliatory attitude for her lateness and her schedule limitations. While you hear of other actors who get into accidents and then show up on set the next day, Han appears unapologetic for what she’s done. Whether she’s at fault or not, she doesn’t have very good PR people. On top of that, she’s filmed on many other dramas so she’s got to know that shooting a drama is a lot of work, and long hours. It requires a lot of dedication. Rumors have it that she doesn’t have a good relationship with the director
Han Ye Seul reportedly did inform the director that she would not be coming on set to film too. After all, she did say earlier that she had schedule limitations and that she was feeling unwell after an all night’s shoot. If this is true, then the production crew should have handled the scheduling better. To me, they seem very disorganized.
I’m not really taking sides here, because I think both sides are complete dolts. Han Ye Seul should know that making a drama is hard work, requires long hours, several IV drips, and is a team effort. If everyone else can be on time, then so should she; she should be prepared if others are too. Yes, it’s taxing on the health, but didn’t she know that from previous dramas already? As for the production team – they should have been better organized so that the shoot does not go over the time, and they should have been mindful about pushing their actors too much. (A two-hour break in between shoots is not enough.)
*Update: This week’s episode 11 will be canceled. A special will air in its place.
sources: star news, allkpop, soompi, dramabeans