It’s counting days to the premiere of tvN’s upcoming drama, “Secret Royal Inspector and Joy” on November 9. Starring Ok Taecyeon and Kim Hye Yoon, and here are several trivia FACTS and expectations we all anticipate about this project.
FACTS about tvN’s “Secret Royal Inspector and Joy” Drama with Ok Taecyeon and Kim Hye Yoon
But no worries! Because today we can already prepare ourselves to welcome another sageuk masterpiece: “Secret Royal Inspector and Joy” starring Ok Taecyeon and Kim Hye Yoon. While you may have seen glimpses of the drama circulating in social media, you should really understand that this drama offers the following valuable facts and expectations.
And you WILL find them interesting!
1. When Two Opposite Worlds and Characters Collide
“Secret Royal Inspector and Joy” tells the story of how a man and a woman from two completely different worlds with opposite characters collide and are entangled with each other.
Ok Taecyeon as Ra Yi Yeon, the Sluggish but Brilliant Secret Royal Inspector
Firstly, Ok Taecyeon will play as Ra Yi Yeon, a brilliant young man who passed the state examination but prefers a carefree and easygoing life and avoids struggles. Although his brilliance managed to give him a position in the Office of Special Advisors, his ultimate dream is to run a small dumpling restaurant just outside the palace.
However, suddenly, the King appointed him to become the secret royal inspector and work on a special mission. But then again, due to his characteristics, he chose to maintain his carefree life without getting anything done. Even when being a secret agent was a great honor for him and his family.
That is until he met Kim Jo Yi.
Kim Hye Yoon as Kim Jo Yi, a Woman Struggling to Get a Divorce
Next, the female lead character, Kim Jo Yi (played by Kim Hye Yoon), is a woman with an advanced mindset. In the Joseon period, where divorce is still highly unusual, she’s fighting for hers after marrying a mama-boy gambler three years before.
Kim Jo Yi’s mind is full of curiosity, which is extremely rare at the time. Thus, with her wits and strong will to fight for her rights, she finally had her divorce proceeding even when the husband was against it.
And while she was in the divorce conclusion process, she met Ra Yi Yeon.
2. A FRESH Historical Drama with Different Level of COMEDY
One of the most crucial facts you have to understand about tvN’s “Secret Royal Inspector and Joy” drama is that this drama has an authentic romance comedy genre. Therefore, yes, we’re going to enjoy exciting political storylines and issues. However, unlike other stern and dramatical sageuk, “Secret Royal Inspector and Joy” offers a whole new level of entertainment and comedy.
3. Part of tvN’s 15th Anniversary Project
Along with “Jirisan” and “Melancholia”, “Secret Royal Inspector and Joy” is one of the series included in the tvN’s 15th-anniversary projects. These three dramas are definitely worthy of anticipating.
4. FIRST Sageuk Drama for BOTH Ok Taecyeon and Kim Hye Yoon
You may not realize it, but “Secret Royal Inspector and Joy” is the FIRST sageuk drama for both Ok Taecyeon and Kim Hye Yoon.
In the press conference, Kim Hye Yoon once shared that she became interested in sageuk after experiencing the genre in her previous drama, “Extraordinary You”. The slight experience was why she wanted to try acting in a historical drama. So, she’s glad that she’d found the chance so quickly.
“There was a slight historical role in my last drama. Therefore, tasting and experiencing the genre made me want to try it, and I’m glad that the opportunity came to me so quickly.”Kim Hye Yoon.
Indeed, Kim Hye Yoon’s “Extraordinary You” drama contained just a little bit of sageuk fragments, where it talked about another manhwa, “Trumpet Flower”. That is why Kim Hye Yoon is exceptionally excited for her first sageuk drama but anxious at the same time.
“It’s my first time acting in a historical drama. I’m both eager and anxious about the future, but I’m also excited.”Kim Hye Yoon.
5. “Secret Inspector & Joy” is Ok Taecyeon Healing Drama
If you’re a true fan of Ok Taecyeon, then you must have understood that his previous drama, “Vincenzo,” required him to play an extreme and intense character, Jang Joon Woo. The actor himself stated that the second half of “Vincenzo” had given him a challenging after-effect.
Therefore, when he received the script just as “Vincenzo” was about to finish, he immediately became interested. The character of Joy was so hilarious for him, so Ok Taecyeon believed that being the secret royal inspector and accompanying her would be fun and healing.
“I was still filming ‘Vincenzo’ when I read the script. It was around the time when ‘Vincenzo’ was about to end. At the time, I personally had a hard time due to all the vicious aspects. Therefore, I felt like reading ‘Secret Royal Inspector and Joy’ truly healed me.
I decided to join the drama because I found Joy’s character so funny. So, I felt that acting as the secret royal inspector by her side would be fun and healing.”Ok Taecyeon.
6. Ok Taecyeon and Kim Hye Yoon FIRST Drama Together
tvN’s “Secret Royal Inspector and Joy” truly holds a LOT of firsts. In addition to being the first historical drama for Ok Taecyeon and Kim Hye Yoon, it is also the first time they appear together in a drama. PLUS, it’s their first time playing a couple.
Do you think the drama will offer a satisfying first impression too, Kdrama fans?
7. Adorable and Hilarious Chemistry Between Ok Taecyeon and Kim Hye Yoon
And since this drama holds a rom-com nature, you will be able to watch how these two talented actors demonstrate their comical acting skills and adorable chemistry at the same time.
“I’ve been filming with Kim Hye Yoon for about six months, and I think our chemistry has been excellent. The character of Joy is very charming and bubbly, and the person who’s playing her is Kim Hye Yoon, who fits the character perfectly, so I’m enjoying watching her lovely and cute side while filming.”Ok Taecyeon about Kim Hye Yoon.
“From our first meeting, he gave me lots of very bright, playful energy. Up until now, he’s always been fun and cheerful even on set, and I think he’s probably the mood maker on set.”Kim Hye Yoon about Ok Taecyeon.
Hearing how these two actors praise each other is just a good start for fantastic chemistry. Besides, it has been a while since we last saw Taecyeon’s refreshing comical romance side in a drama, don’t you think? Last time, we had it in the drama “Let’s Fight Ghost” with Kim So Hyun, it’s true. But it has been almost 5 years already!
8. Ra Yi Yeon is Ok Taecyeon in the Joseon Era
What’s more interesting about “Secret Royal Inspector and Joy” is that you will be able to see for yourself what Ok Taecyeon is like if he was born in the Joseon period through his Ra Yi Yeon character.
During their press conference, Ok Taecyeon described Ra Yi Yeon as someone with a variety of colors. In addition, he has unexpected and charming foolishness that will make the viewers intrigued and fall in love with him at once.
“Ra Yi Yeon character has an unexpected charm, it’s true. However, if you think that he’s the typical cool secret agent who mostly stays hiding, well, only half of that is correct.
Just like when people see Ok Taecyeon, there will be times when you go ‘Oh, he’s cool!’ but you will later realize his charming foolishness. It’s similar. Ra Yi Yeon is an incredible person who also lacks a lot of things. He has a variety of colors. You might say that he’s the Ok Taecyeon of the Joseon period.”Ok Taecyeon.
9. The Lead Characters’ Name Derived from English Names
On top of everything, you will find “Secret Royal Inspector and Joy” even more interesting once you realize that the names of its lead characters were actually rooted in English names.
Ok Taecyeon’s character has the name of Ra Yi Yeon, which is derived from the English name of “RYAN”.
At the same time, Kim Jo Yi’s English name has already appeared in the title: “JOY”.
Interesting, isn’t it?
10. “Secret Royal Inspector and Joy” is a Project by the Experienced Professionals
Last but most importantly, “Secret Royal Inspector and Joy” is a MUST-watch since it is a project carried out by experienced professionals.
The person behind the creation of its storyline is writer Lee Jae Yoon, who created “The Undateables” and “My Unfortunate Boyfriend”. And reading how the story is based on progressive ideas, tvN’s “Secret Royal Inspector and Joy” might be another sageuk that will forever remain in our hearts.
What’s more, this unique storyline has fallen in the magic mind and interpretation of director Yoo Jung Sun. If you haven’t realized his name, this director is behind the success of “What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim” and “Descendants of the Sun”.
Therefore, worrying is nothing on the menu for tvN’s “Secret Royal Inspector and Joy” scenes and cinematography.
When is the Premiere Date of Ok Taecyeon and Kim Hye Yoon “Secret Royal Inspector and Joy”?
Finally, are you excited about the drama already? Rest assured, because the wait is almost over. tvN’s “Secret Royal Inspector and Joy” will premiere on November 9 and air every Tuesday and Wednesday. So, make sure you tune to your favorite channel and watch the stunning performance of Ok Taecyeon and Kim Hye Yoon in tvN’s “Secret Royal Inspector and Joy” drama.
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