Choi Ji-woo, a Korean actress immensely popular in Japan and other Asian countries, is making a return to the small screen with the new SBS drama, "The Suspicious Housekeeper.'' She, of course, is the housekeeping protagonist.
Choi, called affectionately as "Ji-woo hime" (Jiwoo princess) by her legion of Japanese fans, hasn't appeared in a Korean drama since the 2011 hit "Can't Lose.''
The Suspicious Housekeeper, an adaptation of the 2011 Japanese drama "I Am Mita, Your Housekeeper,'' will start airing next Monday. In a news conference, Choi said her character was written in a way that gives a new twist to the Japanese original that starred Nanako Matsushima.
"I was attracted to Park Bok-nyeo's character, because she is opposite to the characters I usually played,'' Choi said at a press conference on Monday.
The 20-episode drama revolves around a mysterious housekeeper Park, her new client Eun Sang-chul (played by Lee Sung-jae) and his four children. Park, an expressionless woman with unique skills in household chores, develops depth as a character as the drama progresses.
"She has a reason to just do as she is told, hiding her feelings. It was difficult not to react to other actors,'' she said.
Since she plays the role of housekeeper, Choi spends most of the time with children actors in front of the camera, which is a new experience for her. "Sometimes, I just have to act against the air in the night because the children have to go to bed. In the drama, Park is a master of housekeeping, but I am not at all. But it is exciting to learn something new and show a different side of me,'' the actress said.