It’s not everyday when a drama leaves a terrible taste in the mouth but is still praised by viewers.
MBC’s Angry Mom began on March 18, telling the story of Jo Kang Ja (Kim Hee Sun), who finds out that her daughter (Kim Yoo Jung) may be getting bullied at school. The more surprising fact was that no one was willing to help address the issue and uncover the truth, pointing fingers at an existing issue in the Korean education system.
Viewers watched the first episode with much anger and shock as many of the issues that were brought up in the drama were similar to those seen on primetime news or read about in newspapers.
While the drama did not debut at first place, Angry Mom received 7.7 percent in ratings, coming in at second.
Anticipation is on the rise to see how this story will unfold and what painful truths will be revealed. Wednesday, March 18, 2015
1. KBS Unkind Women 12.1
3. MBC Angry Mom 7.7
4. SBS Hyde, Jekyll, Me 3.5
1. MBC Radio Star 6.6
2. SBS Eco Village 3.5
3. KBS Invisible Man 2.4
*All ratings are based on AGB Nielsen Media Research / © mwave
B1A4′s Baro showed his determination for the upcoming drama, Angry Mom.
Appearing in MBC′s new drama, Angry Mom, Baro stated through MBC on March 12, "Because Angry Mom is a project I′m doing in a while, I′m very worried. I′m filming with a lot of fun and the atmosphere is great, so I′m grateful. I have good feelings about it."
In Angry Mom, Baro will act as Hong Sang Tae, the son of CEO Hong. He pretends to be a model student, but actually holds the power to control even the class bully.
"Hong Sang Tae is very cold. Even when I see him, I don′t like him and think he sucks," said Baro. "Angry Mom′s Sang Tae isn′t good at expressing himself. If there′s someone he likes, he watches from afar. These kind of things is exactly how I am."
"Perhaps that′s why, but there are a few scenes where I watch Ah Ran (Kim Yoo Jung) from afar, and when I act these scenes, I am most comfortable and can act naturally."
Baro added that he′s excited to act with a lot of actors around his age, like Kim Yoo Jung and After School′s Lizzy.
"I haven′t actually acted with them yet, so I don′t know, but I have a feeling we′ll interact really well. Lizzy is a friend that I went to Brazil with for Infinity Challenge, so we′re good. And Yoo Jung is someone I know well from Immortal Song 2."
"Yoo Jung is younger than me, but a senior when it comes to acting. I think she′s amazing for just acting really well. I′m learning from Yoo Jung′s concentration."
Regarding Angry Mom, Baro stated, "It′s the third step in my growth. It′s my third project, and when I′m done with Angry Mom, I will be a more developed Baro."
Meanwhile, Angry Mom is about a young mother with a colorful school past, who returns to high school to face the social issues of Korean Education. The first episode will air on March 18.
Source: MNet / Photo Credit: MBC
150312 “ANGRY MOM” BARO INTERVIEW
Q. We’re interested in your thoughts on being cast in [Angry Mom].
Because I haven’t been part of a project in a while I have worries. I need to have the same sense from when I acted a lot. (laughs) Filming is fun and the atmosphere is good so I am relieved. I have a good feeling about it.
Q. How is your chemistry with Kim Yoo Jung, Lizzy, and other fellow cast?
I haven’t really acted with them enough yet. (laughs) I think we work well together. With regards to Lizzy we cheered together in Brazil for [Infinite Challenge] so we have good chemistry. I met Yoo Jung during ‘Immortal Song 2′. She is younger than me but a sunbae in acting; I’m amazed because she acts so well. From Yoo Jung I am learning how to really focus.
Q. [Angry Mom] Co-star Kim Hwee Sun is a top-star. You must be nervous acting alongside of her?
At first I thought, ‘What if I make a mistake in front of sunbae-nim’ so I got nervous every time I came on set. But now after spending time I see that she is a mood maker. She is easy-going, and has a great personality.
Q. This is your third project. Including Sang-Tae from [Angry Mom], is there one character whose personality you relate to the most?
I see bits of my personality in each of the three characters. Bingurae’s concerns in ‘Reply 1994′ and Young-Gyu’s playfulness and fearfulness in ‘Gods Gift’ reflect my personality. Sang-Tae from [Angry Mom] doesn’t express himself well; if he likes someone he’s the type to watch from afar, that’s exactly like me. Although it is acting, I am comfortable acting by watching Yoo Jung from afar. (laughs)
Q. Now that I think about it, you are a singer but you act very well.
Because you say that I feel like I would like to do better. If I am to rate my acting up until now I will say that I feel disappointed. If I was given another chance I could do so much better, so I feel some regret. I am trying harder in [Angry Mom] so I don’t feel that regret. I think that acting should be fun.
Q. Do you have a particular method for committing to your acting? Do the B1A4 members help you in any aspect?
I don’t have a specific ‘know-how’ for acting yet. But I do find it easy to learn my lines. I imagine a lot, and try to act according to that. By doing that I found it easier to memorize. Sometimes I watch movies by myself too. The B1A4 members are too busy to help me with my acting. But they are also the ones who cheer for me the most.
Q. Is there a part of [Angry Mom] that you are looking forward to?
Hong Sang-Tae in [Angry Mom] has a very picky personality. Even I find him ridiculous (laughs). I’m curious to see how he will change as the drama progresses. Also I hope that those who watch can relate to and be understanding of the school violence represented in [Angry Mom]. I personally have reflected a lot while reading the script.
Q. What is your prediction for viewer ratings?
Being a bit greedy here, average viewer rating of about 15%?(laughs) I would be happy if the first episode got 7~8%.
Q. To Baro, what is [Angry Mom]?
It is a third step that will help me really thrive. It is meaningful as my third project, and upon finishing [Angry Mom] I think I will be a better, more developed Baro.
Source: mbc interview / Trans: roz @ bethe1all4one / Please remove all translations with full credits to source and translator.
B1A4’s Baro has been cast in MBC’s upcoming drama Angry Mom.
According to WM Entertainment, B1A4’s agency, on January 29, Baro will be acting as the high school student Hong Sang Tae on Angry Mom.
As the son of CEO Hong, the head of Myung Seong Foundation, Baro acts like a model student but in reality, he is at the top of the ladder in classrooms, powerful enough to control the leader of the school gangs. He then meets Ah Ram (Kim Yoo Jung) who clashes with him in every single thing he does, by saying the rightful things.
Having acted as ‘Bing Geu Rae’ in tvN’s drama Reply 1994 in 2014, Baro showed his upgraded and mature acting through SBS’ God’s Gift, playing the mentally disabled character. He also challenged himself with dubbing the animation The 7th Dwarf in 2014, showing his talents in various fields.
As the winning piece of MBC’s scripts contest, Angry Mom is about a young mom, who dominated Busan in the past as the leader of school gangs, returning to school in order to protect her child suffering from school violence. It will be directed by Choi Byung Gil PD, who produced East of Eden, Man in Love, A Little Love Never Hurts and more.
Angry Mom will begin in March, following Kill Me, Heal Me.
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