After the success of Netflix’s first Korean drama Kingdom, comes a second series – My First First Love – which follows a more conventional K-drama blueprint. The eight-episode series sees actors Ji Soo, Jung Chae-yeon and Jung Jin-young as three university students who live in the same house on campus.
Although they are friends at first, things become complicated when a love triangle forms amongst the two male and one female occupants. Since it’s their first experience falling in love, they go through some confusing moments.
“It’s about young and rather clumsy love, revolving around people in their 20s. It’s a heart-warming story that audiences in any age group can relate to as well,” Ji Soo described the show at a Netflix event in Singapore last year.
The 25-year-old, whose full name is Kim Ji-soo, is best known for his supporting roles in series like Angry Mom and Strong Woman Do Bong-soon.
He was also seen in last year’s dramas Bad Guys 2 and Ping Pong Ball. In almost all these shows, Ji Soo – who took part in judo national competitions as a teenager – leans towards action-oriented characters.
“Because of the way I look, I do get roles like that of a police officer. But I am more like my character in My First First Love,” shared Ji Soo, whose character Yoon Tae-oh, is a youngster who feels alienated from peers.
Meanwhile Chae-yeon (from the K-pop girl group DIA) talked about her character, Han Song-yi, as someone who is strong-willed as well as unstoppable.
“She makes a lot of mistakes, but she still carries on,” the 21-year-old elaborated. “My character is bubbly and always laughing, which isn’t hard to portray because that is how I am as well.”
As for Jin-young’s character Seo Do-hyun, the 27-year-old (from the boyband B1A4) explained: “He’s not skilled in romance, but he pursues his first love nonetheless.
“I liked my character from the get go,” he added. “In this series, we deal with realistic issues like how young people face financial issues as well as family problems. This was one of the main reasons why I was attracted to the project. I believe, if the story is not realistic people are not going to watch it.”
The three cast members were in the midst of filming the series when they flew to Singapore for the Netflix event held in November last year.
According to Jin-young, the cast and crew formed a great team and got along well. “I hope when the series goes on air next year, the happy feeling we are experiencing on set will come across too,” he said.
Ji Soo added: “I hope the show will remind audiences of their first love.”