Lee Min Ho rose to stardom in the 2009 cult drama Boys Over Flowers, but the production team behind his new show Heirs insists that, despite the similarities, the series is no copycat.
Speaking at a press conference for the highly-anticipated series today, October 7, show writer Kim Eun Sook defended criticisms that the dramas are too similar.
"It doesn't make me comfortable when the topic of Boys Over Flowers comes up," she explained at Patio 9 in Gangnam, Seoul. "If I was going to write a drama that was going to end up an imitation of Boys, I would not have cast Lee Min Ho."
The 40-year-old -- who also wrote hit dramas Lovers in Paris and Secret Garden -- added that the reason she hired Lee is because his character Kim Tan is so different to the misunderstood Goo Jun Pyo.
"It's because I was confident this was going to be a completely different and more entertaining story that I asked Lee Min Ho to become a high school student again," she said of the 26-year-old screen hunk. "That's why I was able to cast him. I think once the broadcasts start, comparisons will stop."
All the cast members of the SBS series -- which airs on Wednesday, October 9, at 9:55 p.m [KST] -- were present at the afternoon junket, including Park Shin Hye, Kang Min Hyuk, f(x)'s Krystal, Kang Ha Neul, Kim Ji Won, and ZE:A's Hyunsik.
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"I'm looking forward to people seeing the show," Park, 23, told reporters. "We get along really well and I think you can see those chemistries well on screen... We had so much fun filming in California!"