Lee Dong-Gun, the creator of the original webtoon behind the drama “Yumi’s Cells,” revealed which real-life people he used as inspiration when creating characters. The author mentioned four main characters in the story, including Yumi and her three boyfriends.
1. Kim Yumi
Yumi, the protagonist of the webtoon “Yumi’s Cells,” was depicted as a blond bob-haired girl. Cho A, a former member of the girl group AOA, was the real-life model for Yumi.
The author explained that when he first started serializing the webtoon, Cho A appeared on TV with Yumi’s hairstyle. He thought it was cute and looked like a cartoon character. Yumi was played by Kim Go-Eun in the drama “Yumi’s Cells,” as a dark bob-haired woman with a cute appearance.
2. Ku Woong
Woong, Yumi’s first boyfriend in the story, is naturally attractive, with dark long hair and a beard. Joe Odagiri, best known for his role in “House of Himiko,” was the inspiration for the character Woong.
In the drama “Yumi’s Cells,” Ahn Bo-Hyun played a Woong who looked strikingly similar to the original character.
3. Yoo Babi
Yumi’s second boyfriend, Babi, has a classic handsome face and a bright smile. When creating the appearance, the author stated that he was inspired by pop singer G-Dragon’s hairstyle.
As he worked on the characters more, he used the actor Nam Ju-Hyuk as a model. Nam Ju-Hyuk is best known for his role in the drama “Twenty-Five, Twenty-One.“
The author stated that he did not intend to make Babi the main character at first, but because readers liked him so much, he began to give him a bigger role.
Jinyoung from the boy band GOT7 played the role of Babi in the drama. He is praised by the audience for his handsome smile and voice.
4. Shin Soon-Rok
Soon-Rok, Yumi’s third boyfriend in the story, has two distinct personalities. He is sharp and professional at work, but he is laidback at home.
The character is based on the actors Park Bo-Gum and Kang Ha-Neul. The author said that he wanted the character to appear cheerful rather than serious, so he looked to those two actors as references.
Soon-Rok will most likely be the protagonist in Season 3 of the drama “Yumi’s Cells.” Although the cast has not yet been announced, fans anticipate a few handsome singers and actors, including V from BTS, Gong Myung, and Seo Kang-Joon. We’ll keep you updated on casting news as soon as it becomes available.