'Memories of the Alhambra': Park shin-hye and EXO's Chanyeol make for perfect siblings
EXO’s main rapper Chanyeol is also going to have a significant role on the show. He is the genius, rightfully paranoid brother of Shin-hye's Jung Hee-joo.
Park Shin-hye is starring in one of the most anticipated series on Netflix this month, and that alone was reason enough for most of us to binge on ‘Memories of the Alhambra.’ But, guess what has EXO fans in a tizzy? EXO’s main rapper Chanyeol is also going to have a significant role on the show, but not as Shin-hye's love interest though, since that job is perfectly done by Hyun Bin.
So, what is Chanyeol’s role? Well, he is the genius, rightfully paranoid brother of Shin-hye's Jung Hee-joo. From the trailer for the upcoming show, it looks like the two of them have a very complicated relationship, and unlike Chanyeol’s persona of “cheerful and bright,” it seems like his character is pretty jaded and dark. It sure seems to complement Shin-hye's character Hee-joo.
From the first two episodes that aired last weekend, it is pretty evident that he is a loner, and not many people, including his own family truly understand him. Hee-joo seems to be the only one who even tries to do so. The fact that both Chanyeol and Shin-hye play their parts perfectly is coupled by their sibling-like behavior in real life, which is what makes it so easy for us to root for this show. As it turns out, Shin-hye is the one that got her TV-brother this role.
Soompi quotes the ‘Memories of the Alhambra's' producing director Ahn Gil Ho as saying, “I happily met Chanyeol through Park Shin Hye’s recommendation, and he was good at acting,” further adding, “He was the actor that best fit the image and tone of his role that I had envisioned in the drama. Chanyeol’s character is the role that [impacts] the entire drama. The role serves as the agent that moves all the other characters. It’s a very important role.”
While Chanyeol is going to be a pivotal agent in the series, his role is still kept under wraps and we have a feeling whatever it is, will surprise the fans greatly. What we do know is that he does not have that many scenes with his on-screen sister. Shin-hye says, “In the drama, I play Chanyeol’s older sister, but we don’t have a lot of scenes together. There are a lot of events that occur in each of our situations. We didn’t film that much together, but [Chanyeol] probably already has a busy schedule. I’m excited because I heard that he works with passion on set.”
This had rung true in the initial episodes but hopefully, it will slowly change in the futures episodes. We are all, oh so excited to see this big sis and little bro in action. Don’t forget to watch new episodes of ‘Memories of the Alhambra’ on Saturday and Sundays via Netflix or tvN.