It’s been a week since Yoon Si Yoon wrapped up a successful run as free-spirited Enrique Geum on the youthful cable rom-com Flower Boy Next Door co-starring Park Shin Hye and Kim Ji Hoon. Contrary to my initial worry that I would be torn between two leading men that I love equally, the story made the decision easy for me to board the Enrique ship early on and wholeheartedly. There really was no contest – Kim Ji Hoon’s Jin Rok was a sweetheart, a gorgeous manly exterior and an awkwardly sweet dorky interior, but he wasn’t the spark that lit the fire underneath the placid and hidden-away Dok Mi. That was all Enrique from the moment he appeared wearing boxers and a panda hat. The final scene in FBND required Yoon Si Yoon to dye his hair from the drama red back to black and its actually been awhile since I’ve seen him with that dark shade. Even in Me Too, Flower! he had brownish hair that was styled up, so seeing him in a boyish natural do makes him look his age for once. Yoon Si Yoon has this ability to turn from playful to serious on a dime and he really showcased that to glorious effect in FBND. Whenever Enrique veered into the cartoonish he would pull him back by showing us his vulnerable and tentative side. Park Shin Hye has worked with many talented young actors around her age (Jang Geun Seok, Lee Wan, Jung Yong Hwa), but her chemistry with Yoon Si Yoon is at another level of crackling. I’ve always adored her but it was never because she worked the romance angle in her dramas with her males leads. I’ve actually felt like her male leads do all the heavy lifting and she just responds, but in FBND for the first time I saw a mutually push-and-pull acting chemistry with Yoon Si Yoon that was believable and very heart pounding. We’ll have to see in her next project whether she’s turned the corner or it was all thanks to Yoon Si Yoon. He’s been doing the interview rounds this past week (check out all the awesome pictures below) discussing the drama and his upcoming schedule. He’ll be visiting Africa to do some charity work as he assesses his next acting project. He’s such a good smart boy, it’s really such a pleasure to fangirl him.