Kim Tae Hee isn’t just dating publicly for the first time, with her now confirmed relationship with fellow mega-star Rain (Jung Ji Hoon), she’s also preparing to star in her very first sageuk by headlining the upcoming drama Jang Ok Jung, Live in Love. It’s a retelling of the tale of villainous Jang Heebin, usurping consort to the Joseon King who plotting to do away with his Empress and take her place. History tells us Jang Heebin got her just desserts in the end, but how the retelling will make her the heroine that audiences will root for remains to be seen. What also remains to be seen is whether she has the acting chops to pull it off. To date I’ve only loved her in a rom-com setting, her Lee Seol in My Princess was truly a revelation and so adorable I loved her from beginning to end. Everything else Kim Tae Hee has done have been giant thuds for me, from the thriller IRIS to romance dramas like Love Story in Harvard and even her villainous turn in Stairway to Heaven was an abysmal failure of acting. Because of my love for Jung Woo Sung, I’ve watched the terrible The Restless too many times to count and HOMG was Kim Tae Hee bad in that period fantasy movie, which doesn’t really count as a sageuk since it’s really just a weird HK-cinema style wuxia flick. As Lee Seol in MP she donned sageuk attire as a pretend Queen and looked fantabulous, but her diction wasn’t so much to be desired. Will she fail in sageuk land as badly as her equally winning in MP co-star Song Seung Heon did in Time Slip Dr. Jin? Only time will tell. Her new leading man has been confirmed to be Yoo Ah In, which is yet another noona-dongsaeng romance but I’m not that worried since they look like they will have chemistry. I must say Kim Tae Hee never fails to deliver in print material and here are here latest lovely stills for Marie Claire magazine.
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