Tan Kee Yun
The New Paper
Oct 13, 2015
Last evening, deafening shrieks and screams erupted at Suntec City.
More than 3,000 fans and shoppers, predominantly female, thronged the North Atrium at Tower 1 and 2, some armed with posters and banners, just to catch a glimpse of their idol.
South Korean actor Joo Won was holding his first free, public meet-and-greet session in Singapore.
The 28-year-old South Korean heart-throb was in town to promote his latest drama series The Gang Doctor, which recently concluded its 18-episode run on ONE (Singtel TV channel 513 and 604, and StarHub TV channel 124, 820 and 823).
When Joo appeared on stage, looking rather awed by the huge turnout, everyone immediately snapped away furiously with their camera phones.
Those who could not get near the stage positioned themselves on the second and third level.
Three lucky female fans were called up by host Danny Yeo for a brief encounter with the star - one got to take a selfie with Joo, another hugged him and the third, bank executive Sheena Koh, 29, got to stare into his eyes for five seconds.
Following the meeting, Ms Koh told The New Paper on Sunday that the minute she knew she was going to see Joo in the flesh, her "heart started to beat really fast".
"During that five seconds on stage, when we were staring at each other, I told him I really liked him," she said. "He didn't look away until I broke eye contact. I love his acting, it is unparallelled."
The Gang Doctor stars Joo as medical mercenary Kim Tae Hyun, who makes illicit house calls to treat corrupted plutocrats so that he can pay for his sister's (played by Park Hye Soo) medical bills.
Joo and Park, 21, signed autographs for selected fans yesterday. Park, a former contestant on reality singing competition K-pop Star 4, also sang Please Only Remember Me, which is on The Gang Doctor's soundtrack.
Viewers can catch a repeat broadcast of the series every Saturday at 4.30pm on ONE starting Nov 7.
Joo's charm was not lost even on children.
Housewife Leysy Chong, in her early 40s, took her six-year-old son, who is also a fan, to the meet-and-greet session.
Ms Chong told TNPS: "My son first noticed Joo in the 2013 drama series Good Doctor. When we watched The Gang Doctor together, he thought Joo was very cool."
Another fan, Chinese college student Christina He, 22, flew here from Shanghai on Friday just to see him in person.
"Along with Park Yoo Chun (actor and member of K-pop group JYJ), I think Joo is the best actor in South Korea," she said.
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