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Ha Ji-won in new drama 'The Empress Ki'


Secret Garden actress returns with historical romance that charts the rags-to-riches story of a woman who becomes queen.

ACTRESS Ha Ji-won is famed for portraying strong, independent heroines that run the gamut of modern-day boxer and national ping-pong athlete to Joseon-period detective. Her latest role is no exception.

After winning audiences over as an a**-kicking stuntwoman in the hit TV series Secret Garden, Ha is returning as a history-making ruler-to-be in MBC's The Empress Ki.

"I really like historical romances," Ha, 35, said at the drama's press conference in Seoul on Thursday. "When I starred in my first period piece, Damo, we filmed in very beautiful spots throughout Korea and I was able to enjoy the pleasure of being on set and gazing at the stars at night."

This time around, Ha tackles a fiction-meets-fact rendering of the life of Oljei Khutugh (1315-1370), a Goryeo Kingdom native who rose from her fate as a concubine of the Yuan, or Mongol, Dynasty to the throne.

Of her latest role, Ha said: "I was utterly taken by such an active character."

Indeed, the rags-to-riches tale serves as a compelling foundation for the upcoming series, which promises to showcase plenty of high-flying action from Ha's heroine. (The show starts airing in South Korea on Mondays and Tuesdays from next week.)

At the press event, co-scriptwriter Jung Kyung-soon revealed that while the inspiration for the drama came from Empress Qi, creative liberties were taken with the heroine, whose name, Gi Seung-nyang, is also fictional.

Gabi actor Joo Jin-mo, who is returning to Korean dramas after a near-four-year hiatus, will be starring opposite Ha as fictional hero Wang Yoo.

During the early stages of development, Joo was initially slated to play a historical Goryeo king, but controversy over fictional liberties being taken with the figure resulted in the decision to nix the initial hero for a fictional Goryeo king instead.

Joo, who played a Goryeo king in the film A Frozen Flower, revealed: "I am working hard to bring my character to life as scripted.

"This time, my hero initially mistakes Ha's heroine for a boy and then discovers she is a woman," Joo, 39, said of his latest turn as yet another Goryeo monarch.

"He falls deeply and happily in love with her," said Joo, hinting at plenty of romance to come between his hero and Ha's heroine in the new drama. – The Korea Herald/Asia News Network

TVB to actors who quit: 'No hard feelings'


Station to welcome back stars who left for rival company.

TVB stars including Myolie Wu, Moses Chan and Nancy Sit appeared on video on a TVB programme on Tuesday to welcome back ex-colleagues left homeless after start-up operator Hong Kong Television Network lost its bid to get a TV licence.

The invitation was issued on Scoop, a current affairs talk show, which carried phone numbers for the stars including Felix Wong and Maggie Cheung Ho Yee to call to get a job. HKTV had sacked 320 staff after it was denied a licence last week.

TVB also clarified that no blacklists exist that bar outspoken stars who had criticised the broadcaster from returning. Some actors had griped about long working hours and unsatisfactory working conditions at TVB.

Apple Daily Hong Kong, however, called TVB's gesture "overdone" and an attempt to hardsell its upcoming shows. Online, some netizens said it was simply trying to get the stars back at a low price. – The Straits Times, Singapore/Asia News Network

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