SBS’s new drama “The Last Empress” has released stills of Choi Jin Hyuk’s character undergoing training to become an imperial bodyguard.

“The Last Empress” takes place in an alternate reality where modern-day Korea is a constitutional monarchy. Jang Nara plays a young woman who marries into the royal family, Shin Sung Rok plays the emperor, and Choi Jin Hyuk plays a character named Na Wang Shik.

The scene where Na Wang Shik trains to be a royal bodyguard was shot in Chungcheongnam Province. Despite the chilly autumn weather, Choi Jin Hyuk had no problem filming in a sleeveless shirt, even when filming was temporarily stopped at the beginning due to a sudden heavy rain. He made the staff laugh by cracking jokes and impressed them with his dedication.

As there are many action scenes in the drama for his character, Choi Jin Hyuk has also been undergoing real-life training to play the bodyguard, exercising between shoots whenever he can and taking action classes.

The production staff stated, “Choi Jin Hyuk puts in an unbelievable amount of work to realistically portray an imperial bodyguard. No matter what scene or sequence, his passion brings energy and heat to ‘The Last Empress.’ He’s an actor you can trust.”

“The Last Empress premieres on November 21. Check out the trailer here!

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