Translation from the Bossam Steal the Fate Production Presentation interview.

May 2nd, 2021

I recorded most of the presentation except for a couple of parts that got cut off as I was trying to make videos that were no longer than 15 minutes.  This is the first fourth part.

Production presentation

Production presentation

I= Interviewer

J = Jung Ilwoo

K = Kwon Yuri

S = Shin Hyunsoo


I: yeah, you just saw bossam’s highlight videos. You just have seen very good visual arts from the director himself and some changes of three actors’ acting. You will be able to see the stories of changed fates soon. Tomorrow night, Saturday night, you will be able to see every saturday and sundays. It’s the beginning of romance-historical drama, and many people are already encouraging this drama. Now we will meet the main actors, Kwon Yuri, JIW, Shin Hyunsoo. First, starting from JIW, please introduce yourself.


J: Hello, This is JIW who is playing the role of Bawoo in Bossam. Nice to meet you.

I: yes, nice to meet you!  Now, Yuri, please

K: Hello, this is Kwon Yuri, in a role of Sukyeong in Bossam. Nice to meet you.

I: yes, now Shin Hyunsoo.

S: Hello, I am Shin Hyunsoo, who is acting as  Yi Daeyeop in Bossam. Nice to meet you!


I: we just had a short introduction. Today, the director couldn’t join us, so he made a short video on introduction to the drama, Bossam. Let’s check the video now.


Director: Hello, I am MBN’s special production drama, Bossam’s director, Kwon Seok Jang. (q: what is the drama about?) it’s about people whose fates were designed by others not by their will, but keep fighting to have their own fates. This is a drama about those who couldn’t think of defying destiny before, but have courage to do so now and discovering their own fates now.

(Q. why did you choose your first historical drama with “Bossam”?) The spectrum of emotion is wide so I thought it would be easy to direct, but it wasn’t as I thought. In historical dramas, there are things that can be done and can’t be done, but in this drama, there were some characters who can cross between those two possibles and impossibles. In historical drama, there are things that should be done, shouldn’t be done, but there are moments when expressing their emotions and desires. And these were on the edge of historical drama so I think that’s what makes historical drama interesting.


(Q. what is the reason you chose these three actors?)

Jung Il woo already had done many historical dramas so I thought I could use him to make it easy for me. It was a joke. In fact, I met him before because he has a lot of desire for self interest, and has conflicts in his mind about what he likes to do in acting, and I think these are good attitudes to have. He showed me that he wanted to become better in acting in our talk, and he said that if he works with me, he will be able to fulfill his eagerness. Actually, I think I was persuaded by him.

4:31 about Yuri, the character she is portraying in the drama is a princess, so elegance was very important. When we first met, I could naturally feel she had it.

5:04 about Shin Hyunsoo, he gives me a stable feeling even though he is rather a new actor. His diction and how his eyes focus gave me a feeling of stability, so the combination of these three actors are somewhat focusing on each individual and can be seen as an interesting triangle.


(Q: are the actors sync with the characters in the drama?)

Now, when I think about the actors, I think of their characters, to that degree, I am comfortable with it. Also the actors are very used to their characters so it’s difficult to say how many percentages of sync they are. If I have to say “how much I am satisfied”, then I am very satisfied.

6:10  yeah, the director Kwon mentioned the actors and the drama……

I thought a lot about how I should describe a person who loves his sister-in-law in fiction. I know that this drama is somewhat based on history but I thought we could put some more stories inside and I enjoyed the work of filming.

I: yes, I can feel that you were thinking a lot about it. And now, I will give a question to JIW. for you, it’s your 5th historical drama. I saw it in an article. “It’s my first time playing this tough character. “ I kind of agree with it for now. Is there any different kind of charm in Bawoo?

J: Yes, in the past, I was in the role of a royal family. (yes) so I think my work back then was quite easy. This time, I put on some beard for the first time and I had long hair and it takes over 2 hours every time. That’s quite difficult. I put on these makeups thinking that it will show the feeling of toughness of Bawoo.  Even if the look itself can be tough, I wanted to show people that his inside is warm and caring for others.

I: yes, according to the videos I saw, I read reactions saying “Yuri’s appearance and low voice fits very well with historical dramas”. Bossam is your first historical drama, right?

Yuri: yes

I: how was it because it’s different from modern drama, such as costumes, and makeups.

Yuri: Well, everything in this drama was my first so at first, it was unfamiliar to me. The voice tone, usage of old words, etc made it difficult even to pronounce. As I was filming, the energy I got from the location, costumes and makeup made me focus on the role. I got used to it after some time. At first, costumes and makeup was a bit unfamiliar but as I kept shooting scenes, they made me focus on the role and I got to know interesting facts about historical dramas now.

I: at first, I heard that you were a bit disappointed by the costume when you saw it.

Yuri: yeah, when I heard that my role will be a princess, I thought a beautiful costumes(Interviewer: fake hairs, silk) yeah, I received the first 4 episode scripts and from the first episode I became a widow and got abducted so I did not have any other clothes, so…

I: I think that costume fits you well though.

Yuri: yes, I got used to it now.

I: now I will ask Shin Hyunsoo. It’s a question from a reporter. She said “you have been in roles in modern drama or young adult/teen dramas, and how do you feel about being in a main role in a historical drama?

S: yes, its my second historical drama. I feel good that I can show my other side and that’s why I chose this drama. I also thought the story of Yi Daeyeop is quite attractive. I thought it shows pure love for one woman. I could wear nice clothes so it was very fun. I think it’s interesting for both me and the viewers.

I: I saw in the video, that you were cutting the bamboo trees. Was it practicing?

S: I think that’s a spoiler. It was some sort of emotional scene.

I: ah, ok. Were there any scene where you show your martial art skills? And how did you prepare the action scenes?

S: I knew that there will be many action scenes. So I prepared to have healthier body beforehand to have more stamina. Eat more. Workout more. (eat chicken breasts) Yes haha. Also I have many activities I like to do, so I thought it is very interesting to be in action scenes. Action scenes were not tiring or difficult but more like giving me happiness and new experiences. I guess that’s why my action scenes were good and I hope it shows well in TV.

I : I hope we see it too. Ilwoo, you also did a lot of action scenes in historical dramas, such as using knives and horse riding. Because Bawoo is an abductor, I think there are quite rough action scenes. Is there any specific things you had in mind during the action scenes?

J: well, I think I can express the character through action scenes. I tried to do more “wild” action acting, not the subtle action acting I did before. Shin Hyunsoo will show you the subtle and artistic action acting. I will be more like rough fights such as using my head.  

I: I heard there are scenes where you show “everything” about you. I don’t know if I have to say this here but you worked out a lot.

J: Yeah, I did workout some. I think it already went out for a teaser. I only ate chicken breasts for some months, but I thought it’s the way to show Bawoo’s toughness, so I did my best.

I: prepared your best. Are there many scenes where you two guys fight?

J: yes, there are some.

I: Hyunsoo, can you tell me what kind of scenes they are?

S: Bawoo and Daeyeop are growling at each other whenever they face each other. Every those moments you will see actions so you better be ready for seeing a lot of action scenes. When a delicate action and rough action meets.

I: you fight whenever you meet?

J: so we start because of Sukyeong and we finish because of Sukyeong. She’s the only reason. (just Sukyeong)

I: how do you think about these two actors fighting over you?

Yuri: I think I shouldn’t say this way, but I am happy. (happy?) yes, happy.

I: receiving two guys love……

——-video cut—- sorry!

I: Yuri did some scenes about archery. How was it? Wasn’t it difficult?

Yuri: Yeah, it was something unfamiliar to me. JIW did many historical dramas and he knew how to use them and I got help from him. I did archery scenes well thanks to him. There was also horse riding scenes. I did some horse riding before so I think it helped me.

J: she was really good at it.

I: in a level of advanced, intermediate, beginner, where does she belong to?

J: the highest.

I: the highest? I am looking forward see her horse riding skills.

Now we have a common question. How much “in sync” with the actors and the characters you are playing? Start from Shin Hyunsoo. (SHS did not understand at first, so he said it again)

S: how I think of the two other actors? (yes) ah, as the director said, When I think of JIW, I think of Bawoo. When I think about Yuri, I think of the princess. So if I have to rate “how much in sync they are” I will give them 100% for both.

I: now I will ask Yuri.

Yuri: of course, Daeyeop is also 100% with Shin Hyunsoo.

I: what do you think about yourself then? (saying the question again so Yuri can understand)

Yuri: I think its not easy for me to say, hopefully the viewers will decide after watching the drama.

I: what about you, Ilwoo?

J: of course I think they are 100%. I was curious about Yuri because it is her first historical drama. But her hanbok(traditional dress) and her hairstyle fits very well so I think she can even dress up like that on normal days.

I: haha, yes even in normal days

J: they really go well with her. So I think she is perfect in sync with the role. About Hyunsoo, his low voice is really attractive. He is balancing the drama and it feels like he is directly out of the screen play. So he is also 100%.  

I : that’s a really good compliment. Another question for all three actors. How were your first impressions of each other? How did you feel when you heard that these actors will be on the drama? How was your reaction to it, Ilwoo?

J: well, I felt very happy. I was excited to be in the same drama with them. Yuri, it was her first historical drama, so I was curious how she will do in the drama and how our story and acting will be like in the drama together.

I: honestly!

J: honestly? Haha

I: you are just complimenting a lot.

J: well, she is a part of SNSD. I have been a fan of them for a long time so it was good to be in the same drama together.

I: doesn’t it feel like you are seeing a celebrity even though you also are a celebrity?

Yuri: stop it please haha.

I: why not? If you are in a different industry, it can be interesting!

Yuri: I heard it well, thank you. Stop please.

I: stop? Ok.

I: so, what about you Yuri, how did you feel?

Yuri: I was curious how Bawoo will be played by Ilwoo. I saw the screenplay and Bawoo is a very active and tough guy, so I was curious about it. I was on set with him for a drama, and I can see that Ilwoo is active in real life too and (I: is he also tough?) and tough. Like manly. So I was curious how the character of Bawoo will be made by Ilwoo.

Yuri: and about Hyunsoo, the character Daeyeop is basically a guy who loves only one woman, so I was curious who will play the role. The first time I met, I could see Daeyeop’s seriousness in his voice, so I really liked it.

I: Shin Hyunsoo, you are laughing now. I think you are feeling good.

S: I can’t stop feeling happy after such good compliments.

I: so how did you feel after hearing that you will be in a drama with these two actors?

S: well, when I first read the scripts, I could see Bawoo with Jung Ilwoo. I had confidence that he will be the best match for the role. In a drama set, he portrayed even better than I thought so I was thankful as a rival of him in a drama.

S: about Yuri, because of the complexity of Sukyeong, I was a bit concerned how she will play the role. In our first testing, she just did with her natural feeling and voice and I could feel something very deep in her acting, such as the way she looked at me. So I was expecting something great, and yes she really does well in a drama so I think thanks to these two actors, I think I did rather easily on the drama.

I: what about SNSD? You were not a fan of them?

S: I was a massive fan. Yuri was my favorite.

I: ok, I get it. Now we will talk more about the drama. Bawoo is a very tough guy whose family was destroyed by a plot and lives underground. I think he has a very wide range of emotions. What were the things you were focused on playing his role?

J: I thought that I have to focus on the idea that Bawoo is making his own fate. Bawoo has sadness and anger inside after meeting bad situations in his childhood, but can’t really express his feelings. He accidently abducts the princess and his life is changing. His heart is changed to protect someone important and he is changing to become a person who is more expressive of his feelings. In that way, I think Bawoo is a character who is developing.

I: I saw that Ilwoo was in deep thoughts always because of that.

J: well, it’s because I haven’t done any role like this before so it was a big challenge for me. As the director said, the director pushed me to extremes because the character was very difficult. I had a lot of conversation with the director so I can understand the character to make a better drama.

I: I think that’s the most important part. You have to understand the character and then you can play the role. Yuri, the princess is trying her best to get out of the trouble she is facing. What do you think is the most attractive part of Sukyeong?

Yuri: it started as a bad relationship but it becomes a good relationship and it becomes where two always need each other. In the course of making her own fate, she has her own strong belief, just like a pine tree. And say what she has to say whenever or wherever it is.

Yuri: ….. I could act in emotion.

I: so there was a scene where there was strong wind and about to fall, Ilwoo and Hyunsoo ran at the same time to save you. I heard that, am I right?

S: in case she is gone with wind.

J: yuri is light like a feather.

I: ok, either you believe this or not… anyways there was this story.

I: Hyunsoo, your role Daeyeop is a guy who loves someone who became his sister-in-law. Also the father is high in government job so I can see there will be a lot of trouble in the drama. Is there anything you’re focused on to make your acting better to play that role?

S: well, when I first thought of Daeyeop as an image, I thought of him holding a rope with his hands on the cliff and I thought that the rope is Sukyeong. If he loses Sukyeong, he will fall down on the cliff. He is a character who only looks at Sukyeong and do everything for her, so I was thinking about how I should portray his emotion to her

I: in a drama? Or in reality?

S: in a drama of course.

I: you should have made it clear.

S: I was her fan, but in case she is feeling uncomfortable

I: now we will talk about romance. What is the point the viewers see in romance between Ilwoo, Yuri and Hyunsoo?

J: the relationships are very complicated. Sukyeong and Bawoo start bad but become close. As they are facing many realities they build more closeness. Sukyeong and Daeyeop have had good memories since their childhood but Bawoo is suddenly in the middle and becoming a triangle relationship. I think viewers will enjoy it more if they follow how our emotional lines are heading.

I: and yuri?

Yuri: yes, everything kind of starts from bad but everyone relies on each other eventually. Through that, each character knows about themselves and grows up and feels warmth and care.

I: and Hyunsoo?

S: I agree with what others say. Us three are approaching each other to protect them but while doing that, there are troubles coming up. I think that’s what is interesting in this drama. Everything we do is for others but some big troubles are also made.

I: We will see how their emotional lines are going throughout the drama. Now lets’ talk about the director. You guys mentioned a lot of good things about working with him. What do you think of him in a set when you are actually acting?

J: I have always wanted to work with him since before. He is directing in a very subtle and precise way. I was curious how he will direct this drama because the emotional lines among the characters are very complicated. He didn’t even say a word how he will direct until the very day when we first shoot. He said “let’s talk about it when we actually film it”. He directed very differently than I thought so, everyday is very different to me. I have done 5 historical dramas but I did not know I could feel this feeling in a historical drama.

J: every day, I was amazed by the director and I was able to learn and feel a lot.

I: you have a strong trust in the director. And what about Yuri?

Yuri: I saw the director’s works including Golden time, Pasta, Miss Korea, etc and I was very curious about him and wanted to work with him. And yes, his interesting point of view of the world is portrayed in his style of directing. Starting from very subtle romance, and giving us how to act in a very detailed way. Thanks to him, I was able to find my character rather quickly. Talking with him is very entertaining. His influence will be in the videography of the drama as well. The way he touches the detailed romance gives us “synergie”

I: boosting synergie. I get it.

I: now Shin Hyunsoo.

S: I agree with what they said. I think the director focuses on “if this scene is persuasive or not”. I saw the director trying to make scenes persuasive and make it very detailed. The director explains the scenes to us to make it more persuasive so I was thankful for that, because as an actor, the director is making the scene more persuasive to the viewers so it was easy for me to act.

Now we only have a few questions. When is the last shooting?

J: next week, the shooting will be done.

I: wasn’t cold weather the hardest thing?

Yuri: it was really cold.

I: can you explain how cold it was, Ilwoo?

J: it was cold. This winter was specifically cold so our staff and actors all had a difficult time. We shoot a lot of scenes in the mountains.

I: was it near the Jirisan mountain?

J: it was there, and also near Yongin.

I: it looked really deep in the mountain.

J: We went to the South Gyeongsang province often and we went on a tour to the parts of the country. In the mountainous areas, the temperature drops more than the urban areas, so people really had to deal with the cold weather. Yuri especially had a difficult time.

I: I saw briefly there was even an underwater scene. You went under the water in that cold weather.

J: yes, it was difficult.

I: yes, their hardships are in the drama. Please watch the drama.

I: it’s almost the last question. What’s the most important scene?  Starting from Shin Hyunsoo.

S: I will say without spoiler. The scene is between Bawoo and I……  well, I told you that Bawoo and I are fighting over something. There is a scene where our growling is the highest. The moment when we know about each other. I told him while I was on set, but I saw his eyes and his eyes were very aggressive and nice, his acting was that great, the way he looks at me. To the degree that he wants to eat me. He almost swallowed me with his eyes. That’s why that scene is the best scene for me, and I think the scene is a very important scene between Bawoo and I. I am really looking forward to seeing the scene.

I: how strong was your eye acting?

J: I tried my best with my emotion.

I: ok, I get it.

J: I was very hungry back then, so..

I: and Yuri?

Yuri: it was also on a trailer. I was jumping off the cliff because I wasn’t able to accept my changed destiny. But that moment Bawoo saved me and we had a good conversation there. We were having conversation about life, and that scene gave me some sort of a bond of sympathy, and I am curious how that scene will be shown in the drama.

I: it was on a teaser, right?

Yuri: I think it was this little.

I: can I say about it?

Yuri: yes, go ahead.

I: “I have no worth of living!”

Yuri: “I have no reason to live”

I: yes, I remember that scene, please watch the drama.

I: Ilwoo, what’s your best scene?

J: We all have some hidden past. When I know about our past, I have a great shift of my emotions. I don’t think I can pick only one. I think those scenes will be the best scenes.

Yuri: ah, also, I was abducted at the beginning, and when I was finally out of the abduction sack, I encountered bawoo. I think that scene will be interesting too. That time, Sukyeong had no idea what her fate would be like and then the sack was open, so.

I: almost unable to move your body.

Yuri: well, in fact, we did a scene in a place where I can’t move physically and I had to bite the muzzle so It wasn’t an easy scene but it was fun shooting the scene.

I: yeah, it was fun and it was also a challenge for you, because you couldn’t say a word.

Is there anything you remember, Ilwoo?

J: I remember all the scenes. I did my best for 7 months.

I: what do you want to say? You are trying to say something cool, right?

J: no, no. I am trying to say I can’t pick one because all the scenes were important.

I: you are saying that all the scenes were with everyone’s hard work. Yes, I agree. I heard a lot of the behind story. I think the actors did their best for this drama.

I: now, we are wrapping up. Can you say that “you have to focus on this thing when you are watching a drama” to the viewers? Ilwoo?

J: about my character, he will change everyone’s fate. I think you can see how us three’s fates will be changing and it will be fun for you to watch it. All staff and actors did their best for this drama. Please look forward to this drama.

I: yes, I am looking forward to the drama. Now Yuri.

Yuri: In this drama, our relationships are changing very often. So please enjoy it by seeing how our relationships are changing. I hope it comforts you. Please watch it.

I: now Shin Hyunsoo.

S: this drama is about Bawoo’s abduction of Sukyeong brings a lot of turmoil, so the relations between the characters and situations changes a lot. There is a  lot of fun those spectacular situations bring so I think you guys can enjoy watching it. You see here? Tomorrow’s first premier, please watch it.

I: yes, Hyunsoo gave you a greeting about Bossam. How do you feel? You have heard this time and now you feel that it is an interesting drama, right? I think that you have more interest in this drama after watching this presentation. It’s tomorrow, May 1st, Saturday 9:40pm. Please watch it on MBN. Saturday night 9:40. We will hear the actor’s goodbye and we will finish this presentation. Ilwoo, Yuri, and Hyunsoo will give the viewers “thank you” and we will finish. Ilwoo?

J:  the drama who will steal your heart, Bossam the drama, tomorrow at 9:40pm, it will premiere. Please give us love. Thank you.

Yuri: we are ready to abduct the viewers’ hearts. Please watch it and love the drama. Thank you.

Hyunsoo: Bossam is premier tomorrow so please give some love and I will see you tomorrow.

I: yes, It was an MBN , 10th anniversary special historical drama, Bossam’s production presentation, you were with us online. Thank you everyone. (Thank you!!)  wave your hands!