[Herald Interview] Kim Se-jeong Says “Business Proposal” Was Her All-Time Favorite Drama

Kim Se-jeong (Jellyfish Entertainment)

Kim Se-jeong, 25, has already had success as an actor, with KBS’s “School 2017” (2017), “I Wanna Hear Your Song” (2019) and OCN’s “The Uncanny Counter” ( 2020-21), but his latest project “Business Proposal” might be his best yet.

“I don’t know how things will change in the future, but ‘Business Proposal’ is definitely my all-time favorite drama so far. From storylines to the synergy between cast and staff members, every experience has been amazing,” Kim said in an online interview with a group of reporters on Friday.

The series became the first from a Korean terrestrial broadcaster to top Netflix’s weekly non-English speaking shows chart. Former chart toppers “Squid Game” and “Hellbound” were both Netflix Originals.

“I was convinced that our drama was powerful enough to mesmerize viewers with clever and hilarious twists on common clichés. But I didn’t expect it (to attract viewers) so much,” Kim said with a smile.

The drama is adapted from a webtoon, and Kim said she had to think hard about balancing the script while respecting the source material.

Kim Se-jeong stars as young office worker Shin Ha-ri, who shows up on a blind date disguised as his friend, in

Kim Se-jeong stars as young office worker Shin Ha-ri, who shows up on a blind date disguised as his friend, in “Business Proposal.” (SBS)

“The character I will be playing in front of the camera is in the dramatic script. It may be a bit different from the original webtoon, but I’m trying to stay focused on my script,” Kim told the Korea Herald.

“But I am aware that webtoon fans also enjoy drama, hoping to see how their favorite series is adapted into video format. I’m certainly concerned about those expectations. I have to study both the webtoon and the script to balance these factors to satisfy fans on both sides.

Kim believed that the series’ unique presentation of combining the comedic aspect was another key to making her character Shin Ha-ri beloved by viewers.

“The infographics for ‘Business Proposal’ were splendid, making Ha-ri more charming and adding value to our romantic comedy series. I was also thrilled to see how my character is portrayed in the series as a viewer,” said Kim.

After the success of her series of romantic comedies, Kim was surprised to see her previous works receiving more attention.

Kim Se-jeong (Jellyfish Entertainment)

Kim Se-jeong (Jellyfish Entertainment)

“I’m grateful that many people want to know more about Kim Se-jeong after watching ‘Business Proposal.’ don’t be ashamed of my future,” the actor said.

Kim is also a singer, having debuted in girl group IOI in 2016, singing with another girl group, Gugudan, in addition to a solo career.

With her drama ending on April 5, Kim wanted to make a comeback as a solo artist.

“I wrote many songs after the last mini album in 2021. I hope I can show my side as a singer,” Kim said.

She hopes to release new music this year.

On the acting side, Kim said she wanted to appear in a movie.

“I’ve never played a role in a movie. Although they might look alike, I’m sure acting in the TV drama and the movie is completely different. So I want to challenge myself in a movie, especially in a musical movie.

The 12-episode series ranked fourth in Netflix’s global rankings on Sunday, according to US streaming analytics firm FlixPatrol.

By Lee Si-jin ([email protected])