The portrayal of Crown Prince Lee Yeong did not come easy to actor Park Bo Gum. The rising Hallyu star, seen in dozens of product endorsements and a couple of dramas, reportedly faced quite a tough time getting into the groove of the character.
Recently, the producer-director of the drama sat for an interview with Yonhap, and shared his thoughts on working with Bo Gum. The PD asserted that he was skeptical of the 23-year-old's acting skills initially: "I was worried about Park Bo Gum's capability to adapt to the prince character. All we could do was practice, so he practiced multiple times. He also struggled a lot at first," Kim said. The staffer also added that the charming actor found it difficult to set the tone of his character in the beginning.
However, after shooting two episodes, Bo Gum finally got a hang of his role, and performed incredibly well third episode onwards. Apparently, the psychopathic lawyer of Hello Monster became perfect Lee Yeong after two months of practice sessions and shoot.
Meanwhile, PD Kim also disclosed they had to shoot first two episodes twice due to Bo Gum's supposed poor acting skills: "After seeing Bo Gum perfecting his character, I came to rethink the previous filmings. So we actually re-filmed the first 2 episodes. Luckily, we had time to re-film due to the Olympics, and thanks to that, Bo Gum was portrayed well from the first episode," Kim relayed during the interview.