"The King: Eternal Monarch," featuring a star-studded cast including Lee Min-ho and Kim Go-eun, is a new drama written by Kim Eun-suk, who is widely known for "Descendants of the Sun" and "Guardian: The Lonely and Great God."
It is a fantasy romance that tells the story of two parallel universes ― one universe is a republic that resembles modern-day Korea while the other is an alternate universe in which Korea is a constitutional monarchy.
Lee stars as King Lee Gon, who tries to fight the force of evil and close the door between two separate worlds, while Kim Go-eun appears as detective Jung Tae-eul. The two join forces and end up developing a romantic relationship.
This is Lee's first drama since his completion of his mandatory military service.
"I received a call from Kim Eun-suk when I was contemplating over which character I should play after taking a three-year hiatus," Lee said during the online press conference for "The King: Eternal Monarch," Thursday.
"I decided to join the project because I loved the synopsis and had trust in Kim Eun-suk as a writer." The two previously worked together in the 2013 series "The Heirs."
Lee explained that a lot of things changed over time while he was away from the public eye. "Now that I'm in my thirties, I'm much more relaxed. I've come to realize what my priorities are when working or meeting people," he said.
Kim Go-eun, who appeared in Kim Eun-suk's previous hit "Guardian: The Lonely and Great God," expressed her excitement about working with the writer for the second time.
"I was really excited to get another offer from Kim Eun-suk because that implies I left a good impression on her," Kim Go-eun said. "But I also had worries because I didn't want to disappoint her and turn good memories into bad ones."
The 29-year-old actress explained that she plays two roles, as the story is set both in the present and the past.
"In the Republic of Korea (present), I will appear as detective Jung Tae-eul. But in the Korean Empire (past), I will be playing Luna who is a criminal," she said.
Kim Eun-suk did not attend the press conference because "she is incredibly busy writing the script," but the actors lauded her writing style and portrayal of characters.
"I think Kim's stories are like beautiful fairytales. Overall, they have solid storylines and all the characters have charms, even the smallest roles," Lee said.
Meanwhile, actress Kim Go-eun complimented Lee's personality. "Normally, we (actors) feel kind of awkward in the beginning because we don't know each other well. But with Lee, we became fast friends because he gave me a sense of comfort while I was acting," she said.
"The King: Eternal Monarch" will premiere on April 17, and air every Friday and Saturday at 10 p.m.
source: The Korea Times