Korean superstars Lee Min Ho and Jun Ji-hyun are back in the limelight with a new drama.
The two are starring in the SBS drama “The Legend of the Blue Sea,” which started airing on Nov. 16.
According to Nielsen Korea, the drama got 16.4 percent rating grade for its pilot episode landing it at fourth place overall. It also placed fourth on TNmS Korea with 15.4 percent.
The drama tells the story of a magistrate, played by Lee Min Ho, who catches and releases a mermaid, played by Jun.
This is Lee Min Ho’s first drama in three years since starring in “The Heirs” in 2013.
Jun Ji-hyun has also made a comeback after giving birth to her first baby last February. Her last drama was “My Love From the Star” in 2013 and her last project was the film “Assassination” last year.
On a V Live broadcast, Lee Min Ho said working on the new drama was hard.
“I worried about my new drama a lot. And as I’m trying my best, I feel like to die,” he said. “I have to prepare a lot of things so I feel stressed out.”
He said that he decided to make a comeback through the drama because of writer Park Eun Ji, producer Jin Hyuk and co-star Jun Ji-hyun.
“I thought it’s a rare chance to work with them,” he said.
Lee Min Ho describes his character Heo Joon-jae as “full of charm.”
“I think Heo Joon-jae is a combination of all characters I have played. I think I could show my various aspects through him,” he said.
He said his chemistry with Jun Ji-hyun started when they began filming overseas.
“So now I feel comfortable around her and I feel like to smile whenever I see her,” he added.
He told fans that “as much as you’ve waited for a long time, I wish it’s a piece of work that can make up for the time.”
“For ‘The Legend of the Blue Sea,’ please look forward to it and give a lot of interest and love,” he said.