Why did Park Hae Jin who has 3 dramas (East of Eden, By Land and Sky, Famous Princesses) on his resume, decide to take on a variety show all of a sudden? According to his management agency (Haha Entertainment) representative, Ha Jae Hwan, “We want to show viewers a different side of Park Hae Jin. He is very much different from his drama roles and has an outgoing personality. That is why we decided on Hae Jin taking on variety.”
Park Hae Jin is considered to be pretty young (born in 1983) among present actors but most people associate him with someone who is much older than he looks because of his drama roles. His company hopes that by having Hae Jin taking on variety and showing his boyish charm, it can help change the perception of the general public.
Ha Jae Hwan continued, “Most importantly, Park Hae Jin loves cooking and has an unexpected charm about him that most people are unaware about. We hope that more people will get to know the real Park Hae Jin through Family Outing.” Ha Jae Hwan also has utmost confidence that Park Hae Jin will do well, “The production team only decided on Park Hae Jin after meeting him and were very pleased with what they have seen. He should be able to show his very best since SBS already has a good team in place.”
What about Park Shi Yeon? Well she didn’t quite explain her reasons but was cautious about her new project, “I am still pretty apprehensive towards variety shows now. I also feel very burdened because of the high popularity levels that the family members have. But after confirming my participation, I have gone through a lot of scenarios about my role in the family. I might not be able to to provide lots of entertainment to the viewers, but I will be showing my natural and normal self during the record
Park Shi Yeon also spoke of her determination to do well, “If I get nervous or unexpected situations happen, I will slip into my Busan dialect to show everyone my friendly and natural charisma. I will also try my very best to integrate myself into the family and build up good relationships with the existing family members bit by bit.”
The departures of Park Ye Jin and Lee Chun Hee are much regretted. It was inevitable since their primary careers are acting but it was a pity that their schedules couldn’t be worked out to accomodate everything together. There are fears that more might be leaving, most notably Big Bang’s Daesung, Lee Hyori and Kim Jong Kook. It’s impossible to predict what might happen but I think it just got harder to even think about leaving in the near future. Frankly, at the start, I never thought much about Park Ye Jin and Lee Chun Hee, because they were very much unknowns in the variety field. But they grew steadily into their roles and became an integral part of the family. You couldn’t imagine an episode without them. But all good things must come to an end eventually.
Many are already putting down Park Shi Yeon and Park Hae Jin even before they have even appeared on the show. Much like Park Ye Jin and Lee Chun Hee in the beginning a year ago, they are pretty much an unknown quantity and have similar acting backgrounds. But alas, time is not on their side as they are replacing 2 popular family members and have BIG shoes to fill. This is in addition to the fact that Family Outing is already pretty much established and they will have to adapt really quickly. They will also probably be judged harshly after their first episode by the UNFORGIVING netizens.
Will Family Outing continue to be a success or will it be a washout like the latter stages of We Got Married? We shall see in a month’s time. Park Shi Yeon and Park Hae Jin will record their episodes in mid-June and they will be on tv starting 5th July.