Zombies are once again rollling onto our screens. After the success of Train to Busan, Kingdom and Alive, fans of the zombie genre and Korean dramas will be treated with All of Us Are Dead which follows a group of high school students struggling to survive during a zombie apocalypse.
The zombie series hopes to follow in the successes of the survival show, Squid Game and the horror series, Hellbound. With a rising cast to boot and a fresh approach to the genre, All of Us Are Dead is looking to be your next binge-watch.
Ahead of the show’s release on Netflix, Tatler caught up with the main cast members—Park Ji-hu, Yoon Chang-young, Cho Yi-hyun and Lomon—and director Lee Jae-kyoo during an exclusive roundtable discussion to talk about their characters, working on the show and surviving a zombie apocalypse.
Most of the casts are new rising stars, were there any specific intentions or criteria when casting this lineup? Can you tell us your experience working with them?
When I was casting the lineup, I thought it was very important that the actors should be very close to the characters that we wanted to portray. In the end, I really picked the cast who are similar to their characters in real life, especially if they were particularly emotional in their own ways which I thought was also a plus point.
Working with them was very great. We emphasised having rehearsals so that it’ll be very realistic to the viewers. It’s important to make the series feel immersive and we wanted to make sure that the cast could improve on their emotions and expressions going forward.
Park Ji-hu, how similar are you to your character? You’re also the youngest among the main cast, how was the friendship and chemistry among the cast while filming this drama?
I think I’m actually very similar to my character because we’re both kind of clumsy, very upbeat and I like hanging out with my friends. In a lot of moments, I thought to myself if I were On-ju, I would have done the same.
The entire cast was also very nice to me even if I was the youngest. We met a lot met up a lot before filming so we became really close friends. When we were on set, they would give me some advice on how to get into college and adult society.