I find Yoon Eun Hye’s popularity, which is equally strong from the love versus dislike camps, quite a fascinating case study. I can post about Yoon Eun Hye picking her nose and there would be double the comments, split between she picks it so well or she’s an overrated nose picker who always picks the wrong nose. I hope everyone gets the point of that inane hypothetical, which is that she generates chatter to the degree that is unrelated to her talent (or lack thereof), experience, or successes and failures. Why? I won’t hazard a guess, but I do like her so very much for her expressive hardworking acting and a sweet warm persona. I’ve been pushing for her to break away from rom-coms for quite some time but her choice to do the melodrama Missing You resulted in a big disappointment for me – she did fine but her character was ridiculously one-note (cry and mope over Jung Woo) and the storyline rivaled that of the makjang weekend crap except wrapped in shinier paper. So now I want to just luxuriate in her return to her forte with the rom-com Mirae’s Choice (the official English title of the drama which can also be read as Future’s Choice). The news articles discussing this drama haven’t come out and called it a rom-com, but her character is being compared to a more mature version of her other rom-com performances in Goong and Coffee Prince. Her fried corkscrew perm styled into a ponytail has been generating lots of discussion and it’s so ahjumma-ish a hairstyle that clearly it’s done for the yuks and not to be taken seriously, hence the general vibe that MC will be more rom-com than serious drama. My only hope is that Mirae doesn’t embody all those overly used working class stereotypes – earnest, proud, excessively toiling, and a veritable energizer bunny. Not to mention style-challenged to acquire such a hairdo. Filming has started on MC and Yoon Eun Hye was spotted filming at a Subway, which I gather is a sponsor of the drama so expect lots of sandwiches to be eaten in this show.