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(LEAD) In new drama series, confusion over name twins leads to turmoil

All Headlines 16:59 April 22, 2016

(ATTN: CORRECTS name in 4th para from bottom; ADDS photos)
By Park Sojung

SEOUL, April 22 (Yonhap) -- In the upcoming drama "Oh Hae-young Again," two women with the same name lead vastly different lives. The seemingly perfect Oh Hae-young, who is decidedly prettier, wealthier and more successful, gives the other Oh an identity crisis. But the "better" Oh is hardly happy because life rarely works out that way, producers said Friday.

"I'm sure we've all experienced the odd feeling we get when we run into someone wearing the same outfit as ours or who has the same name as ours," screenplay writer Park Hae-young told reporters at a news conference discussing the tvN show at a Seoul hotel on Friday. "Too often we compare ourselves to others, wondering which one of us is prettier or cooler. I wanted to tell a story inspired by such daily occurrences."

The series directed by Song Hyun-wook from "Marriage, Not Dating" centers on a love triangle between Park Do-gyeong (Eric Mun), a movie audio director, and two women both named Oh Hae-young. Park is scarred by dating the "better" Oh who disappears from his life without a word. But when he meets the "lesser" Oh (Seo Hyun-jin) -- producers used such terms to differentiate the two women -- he starts to open up to the possibility of seriously dating someone again.

"The characters on this show all have issues. I'd like to show the audience how they overcome them," producer Song said. "I want the viewers to feel liberated vicariously."

Staying true to his playful self, actor Eric Mun made several scandalous remarks at Friday's press conference. The first one came when he was asked what he wanted to know if he could predict the future, like his character Park can for the short term.

"Nevermind our viewership. I'd like to know what my future wife looks like," he said, later scratching the "nevermind" part so as not to sound careless.

He also said he will take three viewers "to jail" if the viewership surpasses 3 percent, considered significant for a cable soap opera.

"I've been thinking about taking three of our viewers to the set of 'Oh Hae-young Again' if the show gets more than 3 percent in viewership," he said. "Mr. Lee has been filming his scenes at a correction center. I'm sure our viewers would be thrilled to go there (laugh)."

Referring to actor Lee Jae-yoon, who plays a support role in the Monday-Tuesday night show, Mun appeared to be half-joking. South Korean actors have commonly made pledges in association with viewership goals.

If the viewership reaches 5 percent, actress Jeon Hye-bin said Mun has promised to give any woman whose name contains "Hae Young" or "Oh Hae" a bear hug.

"Oh Hae-young Again" is Mun's first TV appearance since "Discovery of Love" in 2014. The member of the 90s boy band Shinhwa debuted as an actor with "Phoenix," an MBC drama from 2004.

"Oh Hae-young Again" premieres on May 2 at 11 p.m. on the cable channel tvN.


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