It’s a testament to just how awesome an actor Song Joong Ki is that his Kang Maru in Nice Guy is so emotionally loathsome and yet I still haven’t call it quits with the drama. Yes, the drama is excellently directed and the story has flashes of brilliance, but having two of the three leads be complete and utter human dreck does make for a painful viewing experience. Ultimately we all need someone in the story to root for otherwise it becomes an exercise in futility. So far the only main character to come across as decent is Moon Chae Won‘s Seo Eun Gi, which actually seems even more terrifying since she’s stuck between formerly self-sacrificing and Jae Hee-obsessed Maru and scum of the earth Jae Hee. It’s like she steps in crap either ways she turns. But there is a silver lining that I’m so happy a lot of people are noticing, which is Eun Gi’s guardian angel oppa Park Joon Ha played by Lee Sang Yeob. He’s like a beacon of goodness in a world populated with broken and damanged people. I find him totally underused (raise your hand if Jae Gil and Choco should be written off the show and their screen time devoted to Joon Ha) yet he’s stealing hearts with his understated and lovely character. I have yet to see Joon Ha flash the trademark Sang Yeob smile that has been known to melt Koalas’ hearts everywhere, but hopefully Eun Gi will dump Maru soon and go to Joon Ha. Knowing the drama, likely Maru will have a course correction soon that’ll make it easier to relate to him, but until then, we can all enjoy a little more Joon Ha in our lives. Sang Yeob totally stole my heart in I Live in Cheongdamdong and is continuing to do so in NG. Below are some of his recent magazine pictures as well as two fantastic ILICDD MVs so everyone can appreciate him more.
Sang Yeob Pining for Ji Eun set to “Almost Lover”
Hilarious Alterna-OTP Sang Yeob and Hyun Woo in ILICDD set to “That Man”: