South Korean actors Cho Yi-hyun and Park “Lomon” Solomon recently revealed it took them more than a dozen takes to nail the iconic kiss scene between their characters in “All of Us Are Dead.”
Cho and Lomon, both 22, sat down with director Lee Jae Gyu and writer Chun Sung Il to share some behind-the-scenes details from the zombie coming-of-age series in a newly released commentary video, according to Soompi. They were joined by fellow cast members Yoon Chan-young and Park Ji-hoo.
“Even now, Lomon can’t stop smiling,” the director teased Lomon as they watched the kiss scene. “He looks so happy watching,” he added before following up with the question, “How many takes did we do?”
Lomon then revealed that it took them 17 takes to do the scene.
“We really did a lot of takes,” he and Cho said.
“I felt really sorry [for] Lomon, because I had my eyes closed when I was leaning in [for the kiss], so I couldn’t find where his lips were,” Cho explained.
Cho also revealed that Lomon didn’t seem to mind and recalled him saying, “Personally, I’m happy to keep going.”
“Before we shot that scene, I kept worrying, ‘How do we pull off the kiss? I’m so nervous. What do I do?’” added Lomon. “But after [Cho Yi-hyun] kissed me, I realized, ‘Oh, so this is why actors do romance dramas… This is my favorite scene.”
Warning: spoilers ahead
The climactic scene is from Episode 7 of the show, right after the group of students is reunited with their classmate Lee Cheong-san (played by Yoon Chan-young) in the music room and after an encounter with the “halfbie” – half human, half zombie – Yoon Gwi-nam (Yoo In-soo).
Lee Su-hyeok (Lomon) finally admits that he has always liked Choi Nam-ra (Cho Yi-hyun) but he has never had the courage to confess his feelings to her.
Born on Nov. 11, 1999, Lomon made his acting debut in the 2014 series “Bride of the Century” as a guest star, according to GMA News. He also appeared in the TV mini-series “Sweet Revenge” in 2017. He plays Lee Su-hyeok in “All of Us Are Dead,” a Class 2-5 student of Hyosan High School.
In an interview with Cosmopolitan Korea, according to Soompi, Cho revealed she initially wanted to take a break from the “blood, sweat, and tears” she’d grown accustomed to from her role in “Hospital Playlist” before joining the hit Netflix show.
“I want to do something calm,” she told the director during a meeting, to which he replied, “What do we do? This is a zombie project.”
“Fortunately, I really like zombie projects,” Cho reportedly continued. “If I’m going to spill blood ambiguously, I might as well spill it impetuously. Bawling your eyes out can look cool too.”
“All of Us Are Dead” is now streaming on Netflix.