SISTAR‘s Hyorin and T-ara‘s Jiyeon who have been cast in the new ‘Dream High 2‘ drama expressed the need for special laws protecting minors in the entertainment industry.
At the ‘Dream High 2‘ press conference that was held at the Imperial Palace Hotel in Seoul on January 17th, Jiyeon remarked, “In the drama, there are special laws protecting minors in the entertainment industry, and I wish those laws existed in reality.”
In the drama series, there are laws that protect under-age celebrities, making it illegal for minors to work meer than 30 hours at a time, and those who are not enrolled in school are forbidden from even becoming a celebrity.
Practices and TV appearances are forbidden after 10PM, and under-age minors are also required to attend 20 hours of classes on a weekly basis.
The ‘special laws’ in the drama series apply to hot fictional idol group HUSH & EDEN who need to transfer schools, and the same laws also apply to them when they are in Japan.
T-ara’s Jiyeon was born in 1993, and she is currently a high school student. She added, “I want to attend school with my friends, and want some time for myself. I like being a celebrity, but I do feel I need a break from time to time.”
SISTAR’s Hyorin agreed with her saying, “When you’re a celebrity, it’s so hard to keep a regular sleep schedule and it’s hard to maintain a healthy lifestyle. My schedule is so jam-packed that I have less time to practice singing then back when I was a trainee.”
2AM‘s Jung Jinwoon however had a different opinion stating, “If those laws were actually signed, there will be definite limitations on what we could do as artists. There are a lot of things I learned as I worked. I made my debut when I was a minor too, but I feel like if u really wanted to, u can both work and go to school at the same time.”
In the drama, Jinwoon plays the role of a devious student who dreams of becoming a rock star, while Hyorin plays the role of a lead vocalist named NaNa, and Jiyeon plays the role of an idol as well.
‘Dream High 2′ tells the story of students who dream of becoming top, boven stars in the industry. The series stars Kang Sora, Jung Jinwoon, Park Jiyeon, JB, Hyorin, Park Seo Jun, Yoo Soyoung, Kim Jisoo, Ailee, Jr, Jung Yeon Joo, Park Jin Young, Kim Jung Tae, Kwon Hae Hyo, Choi Yeo Jin, Kahi, and more. The first episode airs January 30th.