The collective shrieking from poor put upon Joo Won fangirls leaves me both amused and sympathetic to their plight. Upon hearing that their beloved Joo Won might be paired up with a much older actress in Choi Kang Hee for the upcoming drama The Secret Lovers, the amount of anger and weeping might lead one to suppose everyone found out they were all Joo Won’s secret half sister hence it must remain a love that could never be consummated. Hee, I kid, I kid. I’ve been there myself when a favorite actor gets paired up with a not-so-ideal co-star. My suggestion is to let it go and not watch if it bothers you that much, rather than watching and then sounding like a harpy with the unending criticism on said innocent not-so-ideal co-star. Look at me and Faith – can’t stand Kim Hee Sun‘s limited acting, think she looks like Lee Min Ho‘s aunt, hence I watched a few episodes said my piece and then checked out to let other enjoy the ride without me raining on their parade. From all the news reports released, this one looks like a done deal in everything but signing the contract. Her agency said she is seriously considering the project and is looking into her schedule, but production sources have confirmed that she’s agreed to do it and is just making sure the final details all work out. Apparently 2PM‘s Changsung is also in talks to join the drama. Y’all know Joo Won is one of the few K-actors I actually don’t like hence I stay away from his dramas, but I enjoyed the original 7th Level Civil Servant with Kang Ji Hwan and Kim Ha Neul, plus this drama will be written by the scriptwriter who did both Chuno and Fujitive: Plan B. Both dramas are flawed but quite addicting and hard hitting on the action. I’m not as keen on the PD, who directed Dong Yi in a truly pedestrian and boring way, but if Choi Kang Hee joins then I’m definitely game just to check out how she manages to pull off sexy spy and convince me she’s the same age as Joo Won’s character in the drama. She’s a chameleon, but this might be her greatest challenge yet.
I agree that Choi Kang Hee objectively looks older than Joo Won. Like, much older, because he looks young even for his age. But, unlike my gripe with Kim Hee Sun looking older than Lee Min Ho in Faith, I find Choi Kang Hee a solid quirky actress whereas IMO Kim Hee Sun couldn’t act her way out of a potato sack. In that regard, same age difference concerns, but who knows if Choi Kang Hee can pull it off acting-wise to sell the chemistry and age. I thought she had great chemistry with Jaejoong in Protect the Boss. In this case, I personally doubt it’ll work, since it’s a pretty big visual hurdle to cross that she and Joo Won are supposed to be the same age in the drama. I guess that makes the drama all the more interesting to anticipate. Though I wonder exactly what weed the producers were smoking when they selected this pairing. K-dramas, always good for a laugh.
The Secret Lovers ought to finalize its casting in the next few weeks so it can start filming soon as it premieres January on MBC. On a purely what-if note, I wished the two dramas IRIS 2 and The Secret Lovers can switch the leads up. I loved Jang Hyuk with Lee Da Hae in their last two dramas together, but a third outing seems a bit much even for a fangirl like me. Whereas I thought Choi Kang Hee’s cameo on Thank You was amazing and she had more chemistry with Hyukie in one episode than he had with Gong Hyo Jin in the remainder of the drama. Hence it would please me personally to have Choi Kang Hee in IRIS 2 with Jang Hyuk while Da Hae is much more age-appropriate for Joo Won in The Secret Lovers. Just my 2 cents, but sadly it’s never going to happen. I suggest Joo Won fans start getting used to the idea of Choi Kang Hee romancing their cutie pie, because all signs point to it happening.