“The Great Shaman Ga Doo Shim,” a new K-drama series starring next generation actors Kim Sae-ron and Nam Da-reum, on Friday started streaming on iQiyi.

In “The Great Shaman Ga Doo Shim,” Kim Sae-ron plays a brave and outgoing high school student Ga Doo-shim. With shaman quality by birth, she always longs for an ordinary life. After she encounters a straight-A student Na Woo-soo (Nam Da-reum) who can see spirits, they are dragged into mysterious and adventurous incidents.

The show yesterday held an online press conference in Seoul with its two leading actors, who have been acting since their adolescent years.

Cast and Crew Share Experiences on Set

At the press event, director Park Ho-jin and the cast (Nam Da-reum, Kim Sae-ron, Moon Sung-keun, Yoo Seon-ho, and Bae Hae-sun) talked about their experiences during the production. Sae-ron made a pledge for the ratings. Da-reum confessed that he felt pressured to play the leading role. Director Park also hinted at the possibility for a second season. 

While the story was about spirits, Park Ho-jin said it focuses more on humanity and coming-of-age experiences for adolescent girls. Asked about the next season, he said “I think there is a need for the second season. Leading characters are students now, but they will encounter more issues and develop more stories in the future. If viewers love the first season, I will definitely agree to a second season.” 

Sae-ron will celebrate her 22nd birthday tomorrow, July 31, but she is comfortable about putting on high school uniforms again. In her first series in two years, “even though it’s a story about witchcraft, I feel more connected to humanity and emotional aspects. I am hooked to the script as soon as I start to read it.” 

Nam Da-reum Talks About Working With Kim Sae-ron

This series is also meaningful to Da-reum since it is his first leading role after adulthood, and he felt pressured during the production. He played the young Han Ji-pyeong in the hit 2020 K-drama “Start-Up.” He was last seen in the mystery-thriller movie “The 8th Night.” 

When asked about working with Sae-ron, who is two years older than him, he said she really takes care of him. “Since we have both been acting since adolescence, we share and discuss a lot of frustrations and experiences on the set.”

In the trailer, Sae-ron and Da-reum cuddle each other closely several times. “Cuddling is what brings them closer together,” said Director Park. “Their authentic chemistry is convincing to all the crew.” Kim also said if the series attracted many viewers, “I would have a happy dance.” 

After rising to fame in the reality show Produce 101, Yoo Seon-ho will play an evil spirit in the new series. In order to truly commit to the character, he studied other similar genre series, bleached his hair four times, and used a lot of stage blood.

 “The Great Shaman Ga Doo Shim” streams at 7:00 p.m. every Friday  exclusively on iQiyi international app and its website iQ.com.

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