Lots of folks who are iffy about Suzy are perhaps hoping her starring role in the high profile Gu Family Book will change their impression of her. I adore Suzy, but its not for her acting ability as much as its for her onscreen charm and potential. I don’t think her performance in GFB will vault her over the hump and magically make her a good actress, but as long as she doesn’t ruin her role or deliver a truly jarring performance, I’ll be fine with her. In the long preview, I have to join in the observation that she delivers her lines with her usual dry inflection not to mention a very modern cadence. Which leads me to another actress I’ve always found to be lacking in the acting department – Lee Yeon Hee. She has a guest-starring role here as the mother of half-man/half-beast hero Choi Kang Chi, and her screen time is limited to the early episodes of the drama. I’ve always found her flat onscreen, she doesn’t exude any screen presence and her eyes have this dull flatness. But in the preview and stills for GFB, for the first time ever Lee Yeon Hee has piqued my interest. She actually looks alive! Not as a beautiful mannequin, but dirty and gritty and glowing. Since this was a sageuk I would have pegged her to fall flat on her face first, who knew she might just rise to the occasion. This leads me to remember what a terrible actress Hong Soo Hyun was when she first started out (Only You anyone? Temptation of an Angel whut?), only to have her emerge like a reborn phoenix in The Princess’s Man. Here’s to hoping Lee Yeon Hee hits this one out of the park. Oh, and Choi Jin Hyuk as the god of the mountains and daddy to Kang Chi looks beyond adorable and awesome here. I’m coming for the kids portion with Suzy and Lee Seung Gi, but it might be the parents story that wins my heart first. I’d call that a double win.