SBS TV drama "ATHENA", a kind of sequel to spy action soap "IRIS", got off to a great start, with the first two episodes aired on Monday and Tuesday last week surpassing 25 percent viewer ratings. The show is Jung Woo-sung's first TV drama in 15 years.
Did he feel under pressure to build on the big success of "Iris?" "Now I can think beyond that, but I was extremely nervous until the first episode aired", he admits. Why did he decide to return to the TV screen after 15 years of absence? "Many fans said they would like to see me on TV as well. There was also a strategic side, because TV drama can help propel my career outside of Korea and earn a greater fan base overseas. I'd been looking for a suitable soap for the last four years, and then I got a proposal from the "ATHENA" crew, who are familiar with filmmaking".
Unlike the intelligence agents portrayed in "IRIS", according to Jeong, it might take some time for the viewers to get used to the new style of humorous and warm-hearted agent depicted in the character he plays.
How has he managed to maintain his heartthrob image since his debut in 1994? "Maybe I've been able to do it because I constantly thought that I need to find my own unique appeal. I never wanted to be like someone else".
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