Opportunity Unlocked

Published October 1, 2018, 11:58 AM

by Hannah Torregoza 

Ejay Falcon has shot scenes in Seoul for an episode of Korean drama series “Where Stars Land.”

Ejay Falcon (Photo by Lester Ramos) /mb.com.ph
Ejay Falcon (Photo by Lester Ramos)

In his episode, Ejay is an Overseas Filipino Worker who goes to Korea to look for his pregnant wife (played by Lauren Young) in hiding there as illegal worker.

Ejay told Bulletin Entertainment he’s not into Korean dramas at all. Nevertheless, he’s thrilled over the stint, considering it just landed on his lap, meaning he didn’t have to audition for it.

The Korean actors he met and worked with at Incheon Airport where most of the scenes from his episode were shot included Lee Je-hoon (“Tomorrow, With You”) and actress Chae Soo-bin (“Love In The Moonlight,” “I’m Not A Robot,” which both dubbed in Tagalog and aired on Philippine television through ABS-CBN).

Ejay’s favorite part is the chase scene with Lee Je-hoon, as well as meeting his stunt double who happens to be the South Korean actor also the body double to Gong Yoo in his “Train To Busan” movie and in the “Goblin” series.

According to Ejay, he experienced a bit of culture shock while there as it was his first. The actor said the Koreans are strict with time and on set everything run like clockwork. He remembered feeling amused when told he can’t take selfies at work, not even slouch even between takes just so he is character all the way.

Close encounters

Ejay got the chance to talk to Shin Woo Chul, who asked him about the difference between Korean and Filipino productions. According to him, the Korean director couldn’t believe Pinoy actors could finish more than 40 sequences a day.

“He told me it’s crazy. He really couldn’t believe it,” he related, laughing.

(Clockwise): Ejay Falcon and Chae Soo-bin, Ejay and director Shin Woo Chul, Ejay and Lee Je-hoon, Ejay and his stunt double Bruce, Ejay in front of the building of the national South Korean television and radio network company SBS, and Behind the scenes of the Korean series ‘Where Stars Land’ (Photos from Ejay's Instagram account) /mb.com.ph
(Clockwise): Ejay Falcon and Chae Soo-bin, Ejay and director Shin Woo Chul, Ejay and Lee Je-hoon, Ejay and his stunt double Bruce, Ejay in front of the building of the national South Korean television and radio network company SBS, and Behind the scenes of the Korean series ‘Where Stars Land’

Ejay added the director praised his work after every shoot, always saying he did a “good job.”

As for Chae Soo-bin, the Pinoy actor said she greets everyone on the set.

“She’s beautiful, kind, approachable, and despite our language barrier, she talks to me,” he said.

Ejay recalled Lee Je-hoon would always offer him a seat.

“After each scene, I would stay behind to observe. When he sees me standing, he would ask me why I’m always standing then offer his chair to me,” he said. “Also, during the crying scene, after my [email protected] – if I still have tears in my eyes – he would extend his hand and give me tissue.”

The 40-episode drama “Where Stars Land” has started its run. Ejay and Lauren’s episode will be shown on Oct. 9. (Photos from Ejay’s Instagram account/With report by Stephanie Bernardino)

 
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