The palace romance we’ve been waiting for!
Upcoming series The King’s Affection tells the story of a twin sister who has to take her brother’s place as crown prince when he dies. Yi Hwi (Park Eun-bin) must hide her identity as well as her affection for her teacher Jung Ji-un (Rowoon). There’s plenty of romance and intrigue in store for us in this historical drama. Check out some reasons why you’re going to fall in love with the series here.
The story of a female king has never been told in K-drama history. Park Eun-bin shared, “All of the kings we’ve had historically were males, so a female king can only exist in our imaginations.” She also commented, “I thought it was a unique role that would not come by often.” The King’s Affection will definitely feature some uncommon circumstances as Yi Hwi disguises herself as her twin brother and navigates keeping her true identity secret while acting as the crown prince.
Hwi struggles from great isolation as she keeps her identity hidden. However, things change when she develops feelings for Ji-un. Rowoon explained how his character is very different from Yi Hwi and said, “Hwi has to hide herself, but Jung Ji-un has no reason to do that. Ji-un doesn’t need to hide his character, so that’s why he’s so appealing to Hwi. I think we are drawn to each other because the other person has something that they themselves don’t have.” Despite their affection for each other, they must be cautious due to Hwi’s great secret.
While their sweet romance is a large part of the story, there are many other elements to enjoy. Director Song Hyun-wook said, “There’s not only romance but also politics, action, and humor. It’s truly a myriad of various genres.” The palace is full of people vying for more power, and interesting dynamics will play out as individuals pursue their goals. We can also look forward to action and mystery, in particular involving Yi Hwi’s bodyguard Kim Ga-on (Choi Byung-chan). Furthermore, there are humorous and lighthearted moments to enjoy as well.
Beautiful Young Cast
The main cast is full of the hottest rising stars: Park Eun-bin, Rowoon, Nam Yoon-su, Choi Byung-chan, Bae Yoon-kyung, and Jung Chaeyeon. Director Song Hyun-wook praised them saying, “They’re really outstanding actors and actresses.” The director further complimented all of them and mentioned how tall, funny, and confident Rowoon is. He also talked about how Nam Yoon-su’s smile is extremely attractive. There’s definitely no shortage of gorgeousness to enjoy amongst the cast. And of course, they’re very talented on top of that!
One of the best things about a historical drama is the fascinating visuals. From the extravagant palaces to the quaint villages, the locations will transport you to a whole new world. Director Song Hyun-wook added, “Korean historical architecture is also really beautiful, and we tried to include that in the series as well.” In addition to the sights, the exquisite hanbok fashion will be a delight to our eyes. Dignified royal robes and lovely, colorful dresses will contribute to the charm of the series.
Are you ready for The King’s Affection? Tune in when it premieres on 11 October 2021, with new episodes every Monday and Tuesday 10:30 PM MYT, only on Netflix!