‘Lovely Runner’ director suspected co-stars Kim Hye Yoon and Byeon Woo Seok were dating in real life

The behind-the-scenes story of the filming of ‘Lovely Runner,’ featuring popular actors Byeon Woo Seok and Kim Hye Yoon, has been revealed.

On June 29, the YouTube channel ‘According to Insiders’ released a video where two cinematographers, Yoon Dae Young and Shin Ki Chang, shared behind-the-scenes stories from the popular tvN drama ‘Lovely Runner.’

In the video, Director Yoon Dae Young was asked, “What kind of actor is Byeon Woo Seok on set?” He praised Byeon, saying, “He is a determined actor. There have been times when he prepared hard for a role only for the project to be canceled suddenly. He’s faced difficulties for nine years, which is well-known. He has steadily progressed to this point and, as the lead in ‘Lovely Runner,’ he has been in constant communication with the writer, preparing diligently.”

On the other hand, Director Shin Ki Chang spoke highly of Kim Hye Yoon, saying, “In terms of acting experience, Kim Hye Yoon has much more than Byeon Woo Seok. It was admirable to see how she constantly tried to accommodate him.”

Director Yoon added, “Usually, actors are filmed individually. It’s rare to film both actors together in one shot, but when they did, Kim Hye Yoon always gave a full 100% reaction to support her co-actor, enhancing the performance.”

When asked about the atmosphere on set, Director Shin said, “The chemistry between Kim Hye Yoon and Byeon Woo Seok was very real. The affectionate chemistry you see on screen wasn’t just made up; they genuinely got along very well. It was to the point where one might wonder if something was going on between them. They were both very focused.”

Director Yoon shared, “When Byeon Woo Seok and Kim Hye Yoon acted, you could see in their eyes that they genuinely cared for and loved each other. It was so touching that it brought me to tears. You could feel the innocence of first love.”

When asked which kiss scene he was most satisfied with, he replied, “The kiss scene at the front door is my favorite. It felt like it took forever to film (laughs). It was a romantic comedy, but the kiss was quite long, almost melodramatic. I remember the two actors kissing for a long time.”

Regarding the most challenging scene to shoot, he said, “We filmed the seasons in reverse. We shot summer scenes in winter. It was tough dealing with the cold and visible breath. There were many scenes where the actors had to fall into water in freezing weather.”

Director Yoon added, “It was so cold that after the actors got out of the water, steam would rise from their bodies.”

On the secret to the popularity of ‘Lovely Runner,’ they said, “The pre-production period was long. However, the director, writer, and actors didn’t waste that time. They kept reading and revising. That extensive preparation is why we were able to produce good results during filming.”



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