Choi joins Grandpas Over Flowers

Choi joins Grandpas Over Flowers
Korean actress Choi Ji Woo

SEOUL - Actress Choi Ji Woo of Winter Sonata fame has joined the all-male cast of hit South Korean reality travel show Grandpas Over Flowers' new season.

The actress offers a helping hand to actor-turned-travel guide Lee Seo Jin in the reality show, which returns for a third season tomorrow in South Korea with mesmerising Greek scenery.

A first-generation hallyu celebrity, Choi acted alongside actor Bae Yong Joon in the 2002 hit drama series Winter Sonata.

"Choi has two strengths. One is (her) superb cooking skills. The other is her affability," Lee said at a press conference in Seoul on Tuesday.

"Throughout the trip, she has been (the) life of the party. She knows how to please senior cast members."

Directed by Na Young Seok - behind hits like 2 Days & 1 Night, as well as Three Meals A Day - tvN's Grandpas Over Flowers features four actors in their 70s: Lee Soon Jae, Shin Gu, Park Geun Hyung and Baek Il Seop.

Accompanied by Lee Seo Jin as their travel guide, driver, cook and personal assistant, the four go on a backpacking trip around the world.

For the third season, they travel to Greece.

"I chose Choi because I think she is a very hard-working individual. Her job on the show was to take care of senior actors.

"If the viewer checks out the show, (he) will find that she nailed her job," said Na.

Choi has appeared in the director's previous shows, most recently on Three Meals A Day, which also stars Lee Seo Jin.

The Grandpas Over Flowers franchise has been a smash hit in South Korea.

The previous season featuring Spain racked up the highest viewership ratings for the time slot among shows on both terrestrial and cable TV networks, according to media research firm Nielsen Korea.

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