Hellooooo kdrama lovers! Has really it really been MONTHS since my last post? My sincerest apologies. Life has been kicking my ass but I’m starting to get back on track now and am excited to share my latest kdrama adventure, the Hollywood premiere of Viki’s new original series Dramaworld!
Starring hapa heartthrob Sean Dulake and newcomer Liv Hewson, this series is Viki’s first kdrama production, they financed and produced it themselves! And what a glamorous way to premiere their work.
Here’s Dulake and Hewson on the red carpet.
Dramaworld is about a college student, Claire Duncan (Hewson), who is obsessed with the kdrama Taste of Love and its star Joon Park (Sean Dulake). But things are going horribly wrong in Taste of Love — the main love interest, Seo-yeon (Bae Noo Ri) can’t even get a kiss in because her nemesis Gae-in (Kim Sa Hee) keeps thwarting their chances at love. And as we all know, every kdrama needs a kiss between the main couple by AT LEAST the fifth episode, right? Cue magical dream sequence where Claire gets transported into the dramaworld of Taste of Love. With the help of Seth Ko (Justin Chon of Twilight fame), Claire learns that she has become a facilitator, a kdrama fanatic who must unobstrusively help the story reach its happy ending. Claire MUST get Joon and Seo-yeon to fall in love, or else DRAMAWORLD WILL CEASE TO EXIST. High stakes, right? What’s excellent about Dramaworld is its ability to poke fun at all the kdrama tropes hardcore fans are familiar with. Since the theater was packed with Viki volunteers, they screamed with delight at every reference and kpop star cameo. Chocolate abs? check Overbearing rich mother? check Subplot including a dangerous covert organization that’s spying on everyone? check
The premiere was held at the beautiful Ace Hotel. Many of the cast and crew had flown in from Korea so I’m sure they were impressed with how organized and glitzy the event was.
After screening the first 3 episodes of Dramaworld, there was a Q&A with the cast and director Chris Martin (not from Coldplay).
The director talked about the differences with working in Hollywood vs. Korea, highlighting the fact that in Korea they just keep shooting no matter what, which makes for very long work hours. After the moderator’s questions, they opened it up to the audience. I was impressed with the fans that came up to ask questions. Usually when you open it up to the floor you get a couple of wackos that just gush for several minutes without asking anything of substance, but kdrama fans know how to handle themselves.Hewson shared that Girls Generation was her gateway into the kpop world. The others shared what the first kdrama that they watched was. Answer ranged from Coffee Prince to Descendants of the Sun.
The after-party on the rooftop was an added bonus. I got to mingle with other kdrama bloggers. Plus I snagged a pic with the lead actress! And Viki’s uber-talented CEO, Tammy Nam!
Dramaworld has 10 episodes total, with 2 shows being released each Sunday on Viki. Enjoy!
Special thanks to KPOP-TV for sending me to the red carpet to cover this exciting premiere!