Actors Lee Jun-ho and Lee Se-young have both become the new models for the roles of King Jeong-jo and Consort Ui-bin.
With only two episodes left until the end of MBC’s Friday-Saturday drama “The Red Sleeve”, the series is proving to be a popular drama by breaking its own highest ratings with 14.3% nationwide ratings (provided by Nielsen Korea, as of the 15th episode).
Along with this, the public’s favorable reviews for the two main characters of “The Red Sleeve” played by Lee Jun-ho (Lee San) and Lee Se-young (Seong Deok-im) are also heating up day by day. Lee Jun-ho is shaking women’s hearts with his fresh portrait of a young man in his first love, a monarch in the midst of a power struggle, and the hidden sexy charm of a charismatic king.
Lee Se-young has established herself as a new standard for a historical female character by attractively embodying an independent court lady character that was rarely seen in existing historical dramas. Furthermore, with the beginning of the second act of this melodrama, she has added depth to her emotional acting and even got the nickname “God Se-young.”
As such, Lee Jun-ho and Lee Se-young are reinterpreting the characters of King Jeong-jo and Consort Eui-bin, who are already familiar to the public through existing media, in their own colors, presenting a new romantic chemistry between Jeong-jo and Eui-bin that is not like any presentation before.
On the other hand, the chemistry between Lee Jun-ho and Lee Se-young, which adds even more explosive power as the melodrama reaches its peak, is also a hot topic. As a result, “The Red Sleeve” not only killed all the hot topic indicators in the fourth week of December, but also dominated the VOD market such as OTT and IPTV platforms.
In the TV topic index surveyed by Good Data Corporation, “The Red Sleeve” topped the drama category for seven consecutive weeks, drama+non-drama integrated topic for five consecutive weeks, and the drama casts’ top 1 and 2 for five consecutive weeks. In addition, it ranked first in terms of views of SMR clips, which is a barometer of popularity, and on the online video service (OTT) platform Wavve, “The Red Sleeve” topped the chart in terms of views, including both dramas and non-drama content, proving a “Red Sleeve craze.”
Amid such public attention, only the climax scenes of Lee Jun-ho and Lee Se-young’s romance are left, such as their wedding night scene. Attention is focusing on how “The Red Sleeve” will end.
“The Red Sleeve” told the story of a king’s mournful court romance in which his country came before his love and the court lady who wanted to protect the life she has chosen. The 16th and 17th episodes (final episodes) will be broadcast continuously from 9:30 p.m. on January 1st.