Kim Dongwan becomes a ‘bachelor mom’ on ‘Cheer Up Mister Kim’

Not to mention having kids, the flower bachelor in his early thirties is nowhere close to marriage, yet he has 4 kids who stick to him like gum. This atypical family is the centre of the upcoming KBS1 drama ‘Cheer Up Mister Kim’, which has just started principal filming, and Kim Dongwan has generated interest for his transformation into a ‘bachelor mom’ for the titular character.

KBS released photos from the first outdoor filming session of the upcoming daily drama on 9th October, and in the photos Kim Dongwan was all smiles as he tackled the role of ‘Mister Kim’ Kim Tae-pyeong – the passionate and chatty bachelor mom-cum-housekeeper extraordinaire.

The first filming session, which took place last weekend at Seongbuk-dong, featured protagonist Tae-pyeong with his two adopted daughters Hee-rae (played by Seo Ji-hee) and Song-ah (played by Noh Jung-ui).

Child actress Seo Ji-hee, who was the envy of many for playing Hyun Bin’s niece in ‘My Name Is Kim Sam Soon’, made an impression in last year’s “Moon That Embraces The Sun” and now takes on the role of Tae-pyeong’s niece whose family has just broken up.

Kim Dongwan clearly enjoyed interacting with his two cute onscreen daughters – maybe even more so than with any other actress – and kept smiling throughout the shoot. Thirty-something bachelor Kim Dongwan had the expression of a father, more so than an uncle, and to the producers, he has already made the grade for his successful transformation into the titular ‘Mister Kim’.

‘Cheer Up Mister Kim’ also stars ‘Protect The Boss’ and ‘Friends’ actress Wang Ji-hye in the role of physical education teacher Woo-kyung; veteran actress Kim Hye-seon in the role of Tae-pyung’s heartless birth mother Hong Hae-sook; and veteran actor Lee Jung-gil who plays her husband. Veteran actor Baek Il-seob plays the role of Jeon Kyung-sul, retired social worker and mentor to Tae-pyung. Rounding out the supporting cast are Choi Il-hwa, Sa Mi-ja and Jung Jae-soon.

Meanwhle, helming the production of ‘Cheer Up Mister Kim’ is director Hong Seok-gu, whose previous projects include ‘Mary Stayed Out All Night’, drama special ‘Red Candy’ and ‘Hometown Legends’, with scriptwriter Jo Jeong-joo who has penned ‘The Princess’ Man’. The first episode airs on 5th November.

Credits: Osen + Absolut Shinhwa