Have you ever wished you could enter your favorite TV show and interact with the characters? Well, in Viki’s new international series Dramaworld, they’re aiming to sell you that kind of wish fulfillment. In the 10-episode American-Korean mashup series, written by Josh Billig and Chris Martin and directed by Martin, young college student Claire Duncan (Liv Hewson) is a rabid fan of Korean dramas, and soon finds herself in the middle of one after she’s magically transported into the world of the show she loves. Set in Los Angeles and Seoul and in both English and Korean through the use of well positioned subtitles (it’s a plot point), the show is a love letter to fans of Asian dramas which are incredibly popular around the world. Dramaworld also stars Sean Dulake (Athena: Goddess of War) as the leading man of her favorite drama “Taste of Love”, Justin Chon (The Twilight Saga) as Claire’s newfound friend who helps guide her, and Kim Sa Hee, Bae Noo Ri, and Jimmy Shubert.
Last year when the show was filming in Seoul I got to visit the set and talk to some of the cast and Chris Martin. While some of you might be wondering why we’d cover a web series, I jumped at the chance to do this because while a lot of you might not watch K dramas, they’re hugely popular around the world and I wanted to see how they were made up close.
During my interview with Liv Hewson she discussed what the show is about, who she plays, how she was cast, what it’s like filming in Seoul, the organic way of working in cameos from other K dramas, if the scripts changed a lot during production, the language works on the show, how she got into acting, and we even play “Save or Kill”.
Check out what she had to say below and check out Dramaworld starting April 17th on Viki.
- Talks about who she plays and what the show is about.
- How the show is about wish fulfillment. She calls it Korean Narnia.
- 2:05 – Talks about the casting process.
- 2:45 – How much did she know about Korean dramas before she was cast?
- 3:10 – What surprised her about the episodes?
- 3:40 – The challenges of filming the show.
- 4:20 – How the show has an organic way of working in cameos.
- 6:10 – How did the story/scripts change along the way?
- 6:55 – What has it been like filming and staying in Seoul, Korea?
- 7:30 – Things to do in Korea.
- 8:49 – Talks about working with the rest of the cast.
- 9:20 – The way the language works on the show.
- 10:00 – Save or Kill.
- 13:40 – How did she get into acting?
- 14:30 – What advice would she give her younger self?