ZE:A’s Si Wan Becomes an Overnight Star
ZE:A’s Si Wan has somewhat of a problem - but don′t worry fans - it′s a good one.
As MBC’s The Sun and The Moon is drawing huge popularity, his schedule has become tighter - and as he′s gained more and more fans, he′s beginning to feel more pressure about his acting.
In the hit drama, Si Wan is playing the role of Heo Yeom, the brilliant and noble young Joseon man.
On the first episode of drama, which aired on January 4, Si Wan left a strong impression on viewers even though he appeared for just 20 seconds. On the following day, he seemed more comfortable with his acting, and viewers started to see him as an actual actor, rather than a member of an idol group.
Though ZE:A falls relatively behind among male idol groups, Si Wan became a hot topic, with his name hitting the top of the list of the most-searched words on the Internet.
Si Wan, as well as his agency, were reportedly surprised at his mounting popularity. His character is distinctive, but they didn’t expect viewers’ responses would be that fervent because he was only playing the child character of Heo Yeom.
A rep from the group’s agency, Star Empire, said, “We thought of the drama as a good piece, but we didn’t expect it would generate this much talk.” The rep continued, “We just thank fans for their affection.”
Moreover, Si Wan has been well-received for his first attempt at acting.
“All the other members of the group, as well as Si Wan, usually practice acting a lot. Si Wan took this good opportunity and showed off the acting skills he′d been honing all along,” the rep added.
The rep said with a happy smile, “Up till now, among the members of ZE:A, Kwang Hee was the most well-known, but this time Si Wan contributed to promoting the group.”
But one thing that they are worrying about is that Si Wan can’t handle all the many interview requests that have been flooding in.
The rep said, “Even though he became a star overnight, he is still a newcomer. When many people try to reach him, he has to do many interviews. He is not a star yet who can hold a roundtable talk or refuse interview offers. But there’s not enough time for him to focus on individual activities due to his filming schedule and ZE:A’s promotional activities.”
Ultimately, Star Empire decided to earmark three days for him to handle interviews. The rep said, “We think he has to meet many people and promote as much as possible when people want him. During the interviews, he is planning to promote ZE:A’s new album as well.”
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