The finale of iQiyi’s hit Korean drama “At a Distance, Spring is Green” has stirred up heated discussions. Park Ji-hoon, who rose to fame with the boyband Wanna One, stars as the male lead of the Asian streaming leader’s series.
With the broadcast of “Love Revolution” in 2020, Park Ji-Hoon swept the Southeast Asian market away with his enduring charm and has since gone on to cement his place on the chart rankings. In his new drama “At a Distance, Spring is Green”, he partnered up with two other icons; Kang Min-ah, who shot to stardom with “True Beauty”; and Bae In-hyuk, whose popularity skyrocketed after “My Roommate is a Gumiho”. The star power of this trio has landed “At a Distance, Spring is Green” onto South Korea’s Trending Dramas List and the Top Ten Trending Drama Keywords List four weeks in a row. After being broadcasted on iQiyi in 191 countries and regions, the drama was ranked among the top three series in Southeast Asia in just three weeks, proving its appeal to both domestic and international audiences.
In the drama’s finale, Park Ji-hoon finally escapes from the claws of his abusive father and Bae In-hyuk reveals that there is someone he likes, much to the delight of audiences.
When Park Ji-hoon, Kang Min-ah and Bae In-hyuk arrived for an interview with iQiyi, the chemistry between Park Ji-hoon and Kang Min-ah as the male and female leads was apparent. The bungee jumping scene in the first episode left a deep impression on Park Ji-hoon. He revealed that he filmed the scene himself and it only took one take. “I like feeling the thrill, so I actually wanted to jump a few more times. It was a pity I could only jump once. Due to my weight, I had to jump while hugging a doll, but it was a lot heavier than I thought. It also looked a lot like a real person, so it was very scary,” he said. Kang Min-ah expressed that after plucking up the courage to bungee jump for the first time, she realised it was not as terrifying as she expected. This made her understand the truth behind the words, “You will never know until you try.” However, she added, “But I don’t think I’ll ever try it again.”
Park Ji-hoon and Kang Min-ah both debuted as child stars. Due to this, Park Ji-hoon has never experienced regular student life. He made a rare confession: “I’ve been working in the entertainment industry ever since I was young, so I don’t actually have many friends I am close and comfortable with.” This was why he deeply resonated with his character Yeo Joon in “At a Distance, Spring is Green”, who is popular but barely has any close friends. While Yeo Joon’s character is happy on the outside, he also has a hidden dark side. These contrasting personalities make him seem two-faced, which was the main reason Park Ji-hoon was attracted to the role. He admitted that he had a hard time when he started filming the drama, “But after I got into character and tried my best to perform, I was able to naturally express these changes of emotions.”
On the subject of romance in student life, Bae In-hyuk experiences love on campus in both “My Roommate is a Gumiho” and “At a Distance, Spring is Green”. Compared to Gye Sun-woo, who aggressively chases after Hye-ri in “My Roommate is a Gumiho”, Bae In-hyuk prefers to be like the aloof Nam Soo-hyun in “At a Distance, Spring is Green”. “It’s because Soo-hyun always sacrifices and gives up everything for his family. He rarely thinks of himself and is very pitiful, so I hope he can live for himself one day and let both his mind and body be at ease,” he said. In real life, if a girl always finds excuses to avoid him like in “My Roommate is a Gumiho”, he will question himself, wondering if he had done something wrong. These thoughts would burden him, so he would never aggressively go after the girl.
All episodes of the Korean drama “At a Distance, Spring is Green” are available on iQiyi, viewers around the world can watch it on iQiyi International app or iQ.com.