The sudden rise to attention of rookie actress Ha Yeon Soo reminds me of another young starlet that burst out of nowhere and caught everyone’s attention. Jung So Min in Bad Guy, anyone? Ha Yeon Soo actually is even more rough around the edges and untried than Jung So Min’s first acting gig, but she’s asked to do more in carrying half the screentime share in Mnet‘s cable drama Monstar as leading lady Min Se Yi. Apparently there was an open audition for the role and many young actresses as well as idols auditioned in front of the PD. It was the PD himself that chose Ha Yeon Soo despite her never having acted before. She’s also not an aspiring idol though she does sing all her songs in the drama. I don’t think I would love Monstar nearly this much if an idol who couldn’t act was cast as Se Yi, who needs to have this down-to-earth oddness about her and infused with a sincere charm. Whatever technique and skill Ha Yeon Soo needs to develop, she’s already got the “it” factor as far as I’m concerned. She’s definitely a talent I’ll be keeping an eye on. Age-wise she’s actually not as young as she looks onscreen as a teenager. She’s actually a ’90er which makes her 23 years old (24 in Korean years), and her more mature side comes out when you watch her ad campaign with Song Joong Ki earlier this year for the luggage brand Samsonite. I actually saw the stills and the CF months ago but Ha Yeon Soo didn’t catch my fancy as I was just checking out more Joong Ki goodness. Now I’m quite pleased to watch the CF and appreciate the stills in a whole new light. The CF for the new Samsonite Red line is actually incredibly stylish but totally hilarious. You’ll understand what I mean when you watch it. Get ready for Song Joong Ki’s back to come to the rescue, as well as some very quick thinking back pack removal.
Song Joong Ki-Ha Yeon Soo Samsonite Red CF and BTS: