Korea has so many legit child actors that the anticipation of watching them mature and step into leading roles increases with each successive project. But having the acting chops doesn’t mean there are that many suitable transition roles for them. Yoo Seung Ho is in the military now but his acting career in the last 3 years is best described as a hodge podge of roles that acknowledge his teen age or pretend he’s a mature man. He can sell it acting-wise but he still looks like a fresh-faced boy most of the time. Yeo Jin Goo is probably the most high profile child actor of the last 3 years, and really broke into the national consciousness with The Moon that Embraces the Sun and Missing You. He was easily one of the best things in those dramas, but by MY I thought he was pushing it playing a teenager since his size and presence screamed young adult to me. In real life he’s just 17 years old and this Summer he’s getting a headlining role in the SBS drama Can We Love. Checking him out in these new W Korea pictures, I can buy that he’s on the cusp of manhood But the drama set up is rather head-scratching for me – he plays a delinquent high school student living on his own, Kim So Hyun plays another high school student with an unrequited crush on him, but then the entire story is about him falling for an older woman. That character is the leading lady of this drama and is rumored to be Lee Bo Young. If she turns out to be a teacher I’m flipping tables. This is no laughing matter, the concept of student-teacher romances, and I only accepted it in Big because teenage Kang Kyung Joon returned to Korea, met his teacher Gil Da Ran, and the next day swapped souls with his long-lost twin brother. Ergo, she was only his teacher for a day and they didn’t fall in love in the context of hanging out in the classroom. Yoon Sang Hyun also joins this drama as the second male lead and might be vying with Yeo Jin Goo for the leading lady’s affection. I…..am speechless. I would love Yeo Jin Goo in a school drama proper but this sounds so potentially icky to me. Can We Love premieres in June after All About My Romance.
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