Korean actress Han Ye-seul has sparked huge controversy after going AWOL from her drama Spy Myungwol. The actress failed to show up at the filming set on Sunday and flew to Los Angeles, her hometown, the next day. It’s reported that she had serious conflict with the drama producers, but the problem is a probably a bit deeper than that.
To begin with, most Korean dramas are filmed under a tight schedule – quite often they would begin filming next week’s episodes after the current week’s broadcast has ended. Working overtime is a norm, and the cast and crew are often physically and mentally strained. In this particular case, Han Ye-seul was playing an all-action spy, so there’s extra burden on her tiny frame. Some netizens do sympathise the actress, but things could have been handled a bit better.
Latest report suggested that she’ll be back ASAP after being persuaded by her parent and agency, but it remains to be seen if the TV broadcaster and drama production company would be willing to compromise, or to pursue their legal suit as planned.
Regardless, Han Ye-seul’s showbiz career is going to suffer huge setback. Korean drama makers are known to be unkind to “trouble makers”, and her numerous endorsement deals could be in jeopardy if the sponsors reacted strongly to the incident.
[Update] Han Ye-seul has returned to Korea and “reconciled” with parties involved. She’ll resume her work with the drama on next schedule.