Q: What was your first impression of “Business Proposal,” the web novel, and webtoon?
Park Seon Ho: I was blown away by this romantic comedy set in a bustling office. I was also impressed by the quality of the writing and the illustrations of the web novel and webtoon. I found that “Business Proposal” is something that could be enjoyed during any time of the day. The story could lighten up people’s mood and many would feel related to the story itself. I believe fans and members of the general public probably would feel the same way I did.
Q: What kind of tone was “Business Proposal” adapted to?
Park Seon Ho: I aimed for a more mainstream and relatable storyline. Web novels, webtoons, and dramas all have different audiences. I made an effort to adhere to the rules of dramatic grammar as closely as possible. In some instances, the characters are given more realism. A good way to describe it is to say that viewers will have the opportunity to fully immerse themselves in the story.
Q: Has the original author, Haehwa, had any special discussions with you about the drama’s adaptation?
Park Seon Ho: As far as we know, the author had no specific requirements. Possibly because she respects my directing boundaries. I asked the author for the necessary animation CG, and I am grateful that the author was willing to assist me.
Q: How did Ahn Hyo-Seop get the role of Tae Mu and Kim Se-Jeong get the role of Ha Ri?
Park Seon Ho: In terms of posture and character understanding, both actors appear to be on top of their game. They also have a great sense of integrity. Additionally, there was an effort on the part of the director to raise the profile of rising actors. Both actors are adorable!
Q: In the first episode, Ha Ri disguises herself so that Tae Mu will not know who she is. Ahn Hyo-Seop appears to be unaware of Kim Se-Jeong’s switch-up. So Kim Se-Jeong needs to switch back and forth between the two roles, right?
Park Seon Ho: Yes, I found that it was the most challenging part of directing the drama. As the actor Kim Se-Jeong was switching between the roles of Ha-ri and Geum-hee, the acting tone had to be slightly different for each. Styling needed to be varied while still meeting the basic requirements of the attractive romantic comedy protagonist. The actor and I both had a lot on our minds. In order to avoid spoilers, I won’t go into great details about how the relationship between Tae Mu and Ha-ri changed while Ha-ri was working at the company.
The teaser trailer was unveiled at the SBS Acting Awards in 2021, grabbing the public’s attention immediately after its release.
Park Seon Ho: The cast and crew are giving it their all, so enjoy the drama as much as you possibly can.