‘Dramaworld’ Sean Dulake Says Shirtless Scenes Play in ‘Fantasy’ of a Male Lead

There is no doubt that Korean dramas have a certain charm thanks to their beautiful male leads. The main male characters have everything to please: appearance, charisma, charm, captivating storyline and sex appeal. Die-hard K-drama fans are also looking forward to the obligatory shirtless scene or shower storyline. The 2016 Series Dramaworld celebrates K-dramas and their many nuances that make a male role intriguing. Dramaworld Executive producer and actor Sean Dulake explains that the steamy male scenes help build the fantasy of a male lead.

Actors Henry Lau and Sean Dulake in “Dramaworld” Season 2 | via third culture content

K-dramas And “Dramaworld” Male Characters Are Not Afraid To Show Muscle

K-dramas are about building a world where love prevails. The main characters are undeniably gorgeous, welcoming tropes, and delivering a certain sex appeal. Most K-dramas are highly rated due to their main male characters as prince charming, CEO or bad boys. All fans are expecting the shirtless scene where this male lead shows off washboard abs and tantalizing muscle ripples. It has become a bit of a concrete rule.

It’s hard to erase the memory of actor Kim Woo-bin in Unforgettably loved clad in a towel after a shower with his abdominal muscles glistening with moisture. Several well-known South Korean male actors have shown off their physique in a K-drama. It’s an opportunity for fans to drool over their K-drama crush and helps solidify the character as an elite.

In Dramaworld, Sean Dulake stars as Joon Park. Joon is the male lead and the embodiment of a handsome kid in the world and Dramaworld of Claire Duncan (Liv Hewson). Fans’ eyes widened when Joon took part in the popular male trope. Under a showerhead with steaming hot water, fans get a full view of Joon’s lean body and impressive muscles. Dulake explains that the use of shirtless scenes in K-dramas is welcome for male leads.

‘Dramaworld’ Sean Dulake Says K-Dramas Are Like Fairy Tales

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It is undeniable that a huge percentage of K-drama fans are women. In Dramaworld Season 2, the story plays with the trope of the male shower scene and muscle display. Seth’s (Justin Chon) character explains that at some point, all of the male leads, regardless of drama, will simultaneously take a shower and show off their abs.

The rule has been proven to be true as viewers see multiple cuts of male leads in different shirtless dramas. But what features do these scenes have? In an interview with Showbiz CheatSheet, Dramaworld’s Dulake explains the phenomenon.

I think the simple, simple answer would be that it’s another trope. It’s like a piggyback ride. It’s something that’s in all those Korean dramas where sometimes there’s not really any rhyme or reason. It plays into the fantasy element. Often these male characters are built to be the ideal men for our viewers,” Dulake said.

Dulake explains K-dramas and the characters are part of a fairy tale. For the perfect man, it makes sense that he should be physically fit. “Usually being torn works to make the characters they play better. It makes sense that Joon is torn because he’s a leading man in Dramaworld“, said Dulake. The actor explains that it’s “just part of the deal” and allows the actors to show their hard work.

‘Dramaworld’ Season 2 Breaks Up The Shirtless Trope A Bit

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Actors Henry Lau and Sean Dulake in “Dramaworld” Season 2 | via third culture content

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One of the fun aspects of Dramaworld it’s how he comically breaks down and deconstructs the tropes and fan expectations of a K-drama. Dulake explains that shirtless male scenes simultaneously have a reason and no.

“I think it’s just part of the genre why do guys constantly take their shirts off and take a shower with their backs sick? I would really like to know exactly the real answer, but I think it’s probably the less you think about it, it’s probably better,” explained Dramaworld’s Dulake.

In Dramaworld Season 2 sees Dulake’s character experience a reality check with the washboard storyline when he encounters another male lead in another drama. In the second season, Joon meets Woo Sung (Henry Lau), the male lead in a supernatural K-drama. Joon’s world slowly crumbles when he realizes he isn’t at the center of all the drama as the male lead.

Comically, Joon tells Woo Sung to take his shirt off to prove his theory. Beneath a simple buttonhole is a wave of abs. Dulake explains that men need muscle, and Dramaworld complied with the rule.

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