Mar 30, 2011

Skip Beat! in Live Action Drama

After making an announcement almost two years ago, Taiwanese cable station ‘Gala Television‘ (GTV) has confirmed that filming for their new 13 episodes drama, “Glamorous Challenge“, will commence on March 31st! The Taiwanese drama attracted international ELF attention after it was revealed that Super Junior members Donghae and Choi Si Won were casted for it.

Since it’s been put on the backburner for two years, most of the original cast and director have left the production. But thankfully, Si Won and Donghae are still in it and they will be acting alongside Taiwanese actresses, Ivy Chen Yi Han (陳意涵) and Bianca Bai Xin Hui (白歆惠).
Niu Cheng Ze (鈕承澤) who was to have directed the drama, now becomes the producer while Feng Jia Rui (馮家瑞) will take over the director’s seat.

Despite their top A-list billing, both of them have asked to be treated like everyone else.
Though they’ll be staying in Taiwan for four months, they haven’t asked for any special requests, like staying in hotels and extra security.

Korean mega boyband Super Junior members Choi Siwon and Lee Donghae will be in Taiwan for the next two months in order to film a drama series, titled “Extravagant Challenge.” On March 31, they held a press conference which attracted nearly five hundred people, a hundred of whom where screaming fans.

Siwon and Donghae showed off their ability in speaking Mandarin, which was a result of many hours of toil, and praised their co-stars Ivy Chen (“cute”) and Bianca Bai (“pretty”). They ended their answers by saying in dialect, “I’m very handsome” and “I can act very well,” instigating screams from the crowd.

Siwon will be acting as a celebrity in “Extravagant Challenge,” a role that is similar to his previous one in Korean drama “Oh! My Lady.” However, he clarified that his upcoming character is more stable and thus can be differentiated. Donghae, on the other hand, expressed his desire to take on the role of a bad guy. He stated that he is not afraid of receiving hate from viewers, saying, “That means that everyone acknowledges my acting prowess!”

Fans are more concerned if there will be a kissing scene with their female co-stars. The producer revealed that ever since Siwon and Donghae were confirmed for the drama, he has been receiving an endless amount of messages on his Weibo (a microblogging site). Some people want a kissing scene and some do not. After a “collation of statistics,” the producers found that the people who want it outnumber the people who don’t, and so “I think I will arrange for a male-male kiss scene between Siwon and Donghae!” To this, Siwon got a little shocked and reprimanded, “That’s too much!” causing waves of laughter to roll across the gathered crowd of media and fans alike.

Siwon also commented, “We actually practice every night, and I have done a kiss scene before, but if my partner is Donghae, that is too big of a challenge.” Donghae then replied huffily, “You’re being too much!”

The four actors and actress admitted that they had good first impressions of each other. The female actresses confessed that Siwon and Donghae were both more handsome and had a better sense of humor that they had expected; also, they both had an adorable side to them.

Super Junior M will be in Taiwan for a long time. Siwon told reporters that the fans’ support are their biggest motivation, while Donghae said, “An actor’s life is just like ‘Extravagant Challenge,’ health is of the utmost importance, or we won’t be able to perform properly.”

The two of them will be in Taiwan for a total of four months. Self-professed music junkie Donghae revealed that he brought along his MP3 and has already composed three songs for the drama; Siwon brought along his bible. Both of them agreed that the Taiwanese are extremely friendly and the girls pretty, and thus they have adapted well to life in Taiwan so far.

Glamorous Challenge” is a live-action adaptation of a Japanese manga called “Skip Beat“, and it’s about a girl, Kyoko (Ivy) who gets betrayed by her long-time boyfriend. In an attempt to get revenge, she debuts as a celebrity; the storyline unfolds with various romantic adventures and hijinks.

Si Won will be playing top star, Ren while Donghae is cast as popular singer, Sho.

No word yet on when the drama will be aired.

I really can't wait to watch this drama. Skip beat is 1 of my favorite manga and now my favorite Idol will act for the Live action drama..^_^


  1. they rock! its happen that i like ivy chen''' she is really good in acting/

  2. does anyone know the name of the song that plays while kyoko's demons are messin with the supervisor in episode 2


T Drama - Extravagant Challenge / Skip Beat