If you've ever had a crush on an officemate, we know that one of the things you looked forward to every day is getting the chance to talk to them (or see them in person, pre-pandemic) may it be work-related...or not, LOL. If you miss this kind of kilig especially now that most of us are working from home, the K-drama She Would Never Know will remind you of your own office romance.
Based on the webtoon of the same name, iQIYI describes She Would Never Know as "...a show about the pull-push romance between a lovely sunbae (senior) and a handsome, sexy, serious, and straightforward hoobae (junior)." Actress Won Jin Ah (Melting Me Softly, Rain Or Shine) plays the role of a cosmetic brand marketer named Yoon Song Ah, who dreams of creating her own makeup line someday.
K-pop-idol-turned-actor Rowoon (Extraordinary You, Where Stars Land) from the group SF9, plays the lead character, Chae Hyun Seung. Like Song Ah, he is also part of a cosmetic brand's marketing team and calls her his sunbae. Hyung Seung falls head over heels for Song Ah when he discovers how passionate she is in her job. But our girl is a bit hesitant to pursue their romance since she is not the type to date younger guys.
Together with Lee Joo Bin and Lee Hyun Wook, Won Jin Ah and Rowoon share their experience while filming She Would Never Know in an interview with iQIYI:
Won Jin Ah as Yoon Song Ah
How did you prepare for the role as a cosmetic brand marketer? Have you conducted any special research?
As I was unfamiliar with the role, I sought a lot of help during the preparation. I found quite a few vlogs on YouTube that were made by beauty YouTubers and cosmetic brand marketers themselves. Also, thankfully, the production crew arranged a meeting for me with current cosmetic brand marketers. They were more dignified and honest than I imagined, and I was impressed. They know what suits them and how to groom up appropriately when expressing their individuality. In a sense, Song Ah would also have a mindset of being the face of KLAR, so I tend to be more attentive to the makeup, hairstyle, and dressing that create who Song Ah is, hoping that every single detail could well reflect the love and passion she has for her career.
What’s your impression of Rowoon and your working experience with him? How would you grade the chemistry degree between the two of you?
I thought he might be a bright and healthy guy since he is very active in various areas. But during our work together, I was surprised by his solemnity and carefulness. He has an in-depth mindset and very open-minded. On the other hand, he also has a bit of ambition for being humorous, making jokes, and being funny, thus creating a happy and lively shooting set. I felt a sense of responsibility as an actor from him. The chemistry degree should be graded by the audience, so I’d prefer to grade how happy it was working with Rowoon, and it’s 100 points out of 100 points!
Which is the most interesting and impressive scene in the drama that you would like to share with the audience?
I’d like to pick the first scene in the first episode, where Song Ah and Hyun Seung were having a meeting. It clearly presents their relationship as a kickstart of the drama. “To somebody’s credit, Hyun Seung is very remarkable, isn’t he?” “To senior (Song Ah)’s credit.” These lines explain that they have a senior-junior relationship at the workplace. However, in the last scene in the first episode, when Hyun Seung wiped the unsuitable lipstick off Song Ah’s lip, their relationship suddenly started to change. It was very impressive that the contrast between opening and ending alone could demonstrate the story flow.
As a cosmetic marketer, are you good at makeup? What is your must-have item in your makeup pouch?
I’d prefer a five-minute makeup in real life, because I’m a bit unfamiliar with the procedure of applying cosmetics, and don’t like it when it takes time. I like something simple, haha! Even so, my must-have item is lipstick! Lip color is the key point. I have many lip products with similar colors. I would apply the same lip product to cheeks to function as a blusher as well.
Rowoon as Chae Hyun Seung
It is your second time playing the lead role in a drama, from playing a student to an office worker this time round. Has the level of difficulty increased? How did you prepare for this role? Do you feel more confident compared to the first time?
At first, I was curious about the meaning of “growing up,” so I read a lot on philosophy and psychology, and consulted many people as well. Finally, I realized that people’s perspectives might be different even though we live in the same world. In addition, I practiced phonation and pronunciation a lot to express my lines more accurately. I also read the script with a creative and innovative spirit.
What’s your impression of Won Jin Ah and what do you feel about being her colleague? How would you rate the collaboration between the two of you?
A lot of ideas came to me while I was reading the script. When I expressed them during filming, I found that noona Jin-ah is a very open and flexible actress. I believe that is what they call the best colleagues. She's very charismatic. When we're on set, I've never worked in an office before, so I always have a lot of questions. Before we start shooting, we eat and talk, and she thinks about how we could express things better with me. She's a good senior.
Were there any unforgettable moments during the shooting? What’s the most interesting moment in the drama that audiences can look forward to?
To be honest, each and every moment was unforgettable. All scenes were special. I hope all of them could stay in my memory.
Since this is a series set in a cosmetics company, as a man, what are your beauty secrets and what are the things you find really important to looking and feeling good?
Love yourself. People imagine and think, making endless possibilities. Therefore, the most important thing is to love yourself. Won Jin Ah takes on the role of Yoon Song Ah, who works at a cosmetics company as a professional brand marketer. She dreams of having her own cosmetics brand one day.
Lee Joo Bin as Lee Hyo Joo
Could you share more about the character you play and some highlights/interesting aspects of your role in She Would Never Know?
The role I played is called Lee Hyo Joo, who is the granddaughter of the founder of KLAR, the company brand name in the show. She has everything and always looks so confident and fearless, but she doesn’t quite know how to love others. That’s why she would hurt herself while hurting her loved ones. She is a character struggling between the extremes of reason and instinct.
You mentioned that you want to be remembered as a young and rich lady previously, what is your definition of it? How did you prepare for this role?
What’s difficult, I think, is that I need to figure out and visualize the storyline of Hyo Joo, which is not presented in the script. It is a challenge for me to express so many deep and strong emotions in the drama.
What attracted you to accept the offer to star in She Would Never Know?
I think the name of this drama (in Korean it reads Sunbae, Don't Put on That Lipstick) is quite novel and Hyo Joo’s cool and confident character is rather appealing to me as well.
Were there any unforgettable moments during the shoot?
There was a scene in which Hyo Joo was shouting out of the bar all alone in the snow. Though it was just a shot, I felt at that moment I was getting into that character completely as if I were her. That scene was filmed over and over again, and I’m catching a cold from it and cannot even say a word the next day. Still, it was a whole new experience for me, so I remember it quite clearly.
Lee Hyun Wook as Lee Jae Shin
Playing an office worker in the drama, is it less taxing as compared to your previous roles? What’s charming about your character?
Rather than charming, it is in a way, driven by the desire of human beings, I think it's a character that anyone under materialism has thought about at least once in their imagination.
As someone who chooses to hide his pain in the drama, are you similar to your character in any sense?
I don't usually say that I'm having a hard time seriously and I try to solve it by myself. I don't like depression or stagnation caused by me, so I try to keep my mood from becoming an attitude. Maybe these aspects are similar to Jae Shin.
According to the first week's broadcast, Lee Jae Shin hid his engagement and secretly dated Song Ah for two years. Were you angry with the character when you read the script? If you could say something to Lee Jae Shin, what would it be?
Regardless of the reason, deceiving my lover itself will not just make anyone angry but I can only be seen as a bad guy. The most upsetting thing about my character is his actions after the secret marriage hidden from Song Ah was discovered. On the other hand, he really loved Song Ah, so he thought it would have been harder to say. As for me, I want to say that he is a sad piece of trash.
From zombies to soldiers to Lee Jae Shin, you have chosen a wide range of characters. Is there any dream role that you want to try next?
Rather than playing a dream role, I want to try black comedy these days. Instead of setting something down, I want to continue to try new challenges and acting roles, and do everything if there are interesting characters.
You can stream She Would Never Know on iQIYI.
Follow Hanna on Instagram.