When Park Shin Hye got cast in Flower Boy Next Door and paired with Yoon Si Yoon and Kim Ji Hoon, I looked back through all her leading men and proclaimed that she must have saved a nation in her past life. Then she gets cast in Heirs alongside Lee Min Ho, and that assumption gets raised to saving a planet. I’ve been suggesting the drama gods pair her with Jung Il Woo in Heirs as well, since she’s gone through most of the young leading men actors of her generation and he’s one of the few she still hasn’t worked with. And then I’m hit right between the eyes with picture proof that she must have saved an entire universe in her past life, because she just got paired up with Jung Il Woo in a CF campaign for Holika Holika. What the what what is going on? I love Shin Hye, but goodness slow down babycakes. Pretty soon there won’t be a twenty-something leading man left you haven’t worked with in some capacity and you’ll be recycling guys. Though arguably I would have no problem with that, and my first recycled pairing would be for Yoon Si Yoon and Park Shin Hye to so a melodrama together. That would be yummy.
With this new CF, Park Shin Hye has done a CF first with Lee Min Ho from a few years back for Etude House, and how she’s doing one with Jung Il Woo who I contend is perfect to make that a compelling trio. His real life BFF relationship with Lee Min Ho adds that additional layer of wink-wink two besties fighting for the same girl angst, and I actually think they would be very formidable rivals based on their acting styles, comparable height, and contrasting images. Jung Il Woo is very smiley and boyish in real life, but onscreen he really sinks into any character. Whereas Lee Min Ho is just Lee Min Ho but in a role. I’m not dissing his acting, but there is no way he disappears into any role and always the viewers knows it’s Lee Min Ho up there. I always use a sageuk performance as a measure of an actor’s ability, and Jung Il Woo rocked both Return of Iljimae and The Moon Embraces the Sun, whereas I would give Lee Min Ho a barely passing grade for Faith. I think it’s cute to preview the possible pairing of Jung Il Woo and Park Shin Hye here since chances are high these two will co-star in a drama or movie somewhere down the road. I’m totally game for that and can only envy the luck that Park Shin Hye has in being a young actress at just the right time to work with a great group of promising young actors.
Park Shin Hye and Jung Il Woo for Section TV filming Holika Holika CF: