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'Only One Person': Red Velvet's Joy makes acting comeback with lead in JTBC drama

Joy will appear as an SNS influencer on upcoming JTBC drama ‘Only One Person’ slated for release in December 2021
Joy restarts her acting career with JTBC's 'Only One Person' after her 2018 K-drama, 'Tempted' (JTBC)
Joy restarts her acting career with JTBC's 'Only One Person' after her 2018 K-drama, 'Tempted' (JTBC)

Park Sooyoung, better known by her stage name Joy and for being the singer from K-pop group Red Velvet, is also a well-known actress. Other than her appearances as the main lead in a couple of K-dramas, Joy has also been known for her appearances as a contestant on variety shows as well as a host on various awards or music shows. Joy made her K-drama debut with a cameo appearance as a member of Red Velvet for their performance of the song ‘Dumb Dumb’ in the 2016 Song Joongki K-drama ‘Descendants of the Sun’. She then made her lead acting debut in the 2017 tvN K-drama ‘The Liar and His Lover’ as Si-rim.

Joy followed this with her breakout appearance as Eun Tae-hee in the 2019 K-drama ‘Tempted’ or ‘The Great Seducer’ alongside actors Woo Do-hwan, Moon Ga-young, and Kim Min-joo. After a sort hiatus from her acting career, Joy is ready to come back to the small screen in a lead role.


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The plot and cast of ‘Only One Person’ revealed

JTBC has announced the release as well as the cast of their new drama titled ‘Only One Person’ that follows the journey of three women who meet at a hospice. Trying to weed out the one ‘bad person’ from the hospice before they die, each is faced with one of the most difficult choices of their lives - to choose the most precious persons in their lives.

The show features actors like Kim Kyung-nam, who is known for his appearance on K-drama ‘The King: Eternal Monarch’. Kyung-nam will play the character of Min Woo-cheon - a man at the end of his life who gets entangled in a murder case.

Playing one of the three main women on the show is actress Ahn Eun-jin, who is known for her recent appearances on K-dramas ‘The Witch’s Diner’, ‘Hospital Playlist’ as well as ‘More than Friends’. Ahn Eun-jin will play Pyo In-sook, a terminally ill woman who is so insensitive to life that she does not know what emotions to choose from after being sentenced to death.


Joy to play an SNS influencer

Joy (Park Soo-young) plays the character of Seong Mi-do, an SNS (Social Media) influencer who has been diagnosed with a terminal illness and is faced with an impending end to her glamorous life. The third main female lead from the story is Kang Se-yeon played by actress Kang Ye-won who is best known for her roles in movies ‘Tidal Wave’, ‘Harmony’ and ‘Quick’.

Kang Se-yeon is a housewife who has led an ordinary life with reasonable expectations and responsibility without being noticed by anyone, and who realizes the importance of stability in life after she is abandoned by the people she trusted as soon as she is diagnosed with her terminal illness.


The production of ‘Only One Person’

The show is a romance melodrama written by Moon Jung-min, who is known for writing the 2019 K-drama ‘Matrimonial Chaos’ as well as the 2021 K-drama ‘Police University’ starring Jung Jin-young and Krystal Jung.

Oh Hyun-jong, who showed sophisticated directing skills in romance dramas ‘Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-Joo’, ‘Two Cops’ and ‘The Man's Memory’, will be directing.

On November 17, the cast of ‘Only One Person’ met for the script reading at the JTBC office building in Seoul. The script-reading saw director Oh Hyun-jong, writer Moong Jung-min as well as actors Ahn, Eun-jin, Kim Kyung-nam, Kang Ye-won, Red Velvet’s Joy (Park Soo-young), Go Doo-shim, and Jang Hyun-seong light up the scene.

The show is slated to release this winter with the first of 16 episodes releasing on December 6, 2021.