Bae Yong-joon definitely was in the spotlight at the production presentation of the KBS drama "Dream High" held at the Kintex on December 27. He participated as a creative producer of the drama, and he revealed that his personal goal to foster junior stars could be achieved by producing "Dream High". He said, "I have been interested in educating entertainers. In particular, I have had the thought of establishing a professional school for fostering entertainers and I found out that Park Jin-young had the same thought with me, so we came to work together to make this drama". The drama "Dream High" was co-produced both by Keyeast and JYP Entertainment, in which Bae Yong-joon and Park Jin-young are the largest shareholders, respectively. The variety drama will tell the story of how stars become stars. Students from various backgrounds find their talent at the Kirin Art School, a "star training" school, and they finally become stars in the drama.
The production presentation confirmed the huge popularity of Hallyu star Bae Yong-joon. The big event hall, which was around 5,000 square meters, was filled with about 300 news reporters from home and abroad and about 500 fans from abroad. He attended the official event after a one year and three month break, so his fans coming from Japan, Hong Kong, and Taiwan attended the venue only to see him. For those fans from abroad, various celebratory performances were given by singers such as San E, T-ara, and Miss A, and a B-Boys group during the production presentation, and every announcement was simultaneously interpreted in Japanese. Bae Yong-joon, in black suit and white shirt, appeared with his characteristic soft smile while greeting his fans.
Fans were extremely excited by his every movement. Bae Yong-joon emphasized that the protagonists of the drama would be students at the Kirin Art School. He said, "Those students who are dreaming of becoming stars are the protagonists of the drama, and we will only focus on the process of how they become real stars after going through conflicts and wanderings, and how they come to express their various emotions by singing and dancing. I think that reality and genuineness are the essential parts of a drama and students, who are actually singing and dancing even though they are new actors, have to play those protagonists. I believe that they will play their roles perfectly in the drama". Bae Yong-joon will appear in the drama as a special guest actor named Jeong Ha Myung, who is the chairman of the board of Kirin Art School. He will appear in the drama after a four-year break since his appearance in the MBC drama "The Legend" in 2007.
Jeong Ha Myung has the "Midas touch" when it comes to making students into stars and he holds an open audition for selecting students for the first time since the school's foundation, and various students from different background come to enter the school thanks to him. Bae Yong-joon said, "I will play a character who always agonizes over talented students to help them follow their dreams. I could have special experience as a special guest actor for this drama. While I acted with junior actors, I found out that they had huge enthusiasm and talent even though they were young". About the co-production with Park Jin-young, who also has the Midas touch when it comes to making star singers, he said, "I am fan of Park Jin-young. I think that Park will play a big part in the drama by helping express singing and dancing in the drama". As a Hallyu star is participating in the drama production, people abroad also have a huge interest in the drama "Dream High". Bae Yong-joon also expected the possibility of the drama becoming a Hallyu product overseas. He said, "I am thinking about many possibilities. These days, video content is also following the trend of putting various genres together, and as the drama "Dream High" is about singing and dancing, I think that it might be able to be produced as a musical work or movie again later".
The Monday and Tuesday drama "Dream High" will begin its first episode on January 3 at 9:55pm on KBS 2TV.
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