I get really wary whenever I hear an idol-turned-actor has been cast with an actress I like, because invariably when I critique said actor’s character and/or performance, there will be a fraction of his fans that will take it poorly. All I said in Missing You was that I couldn’t stand Yoochun‘s character, and his performance was nothing to write home about, and then all hell broke loose more or less around here. Hearing that Jung Yong Hwa was cast in Marry Him If You Dare (Mirae’s Choice) with Yoon Eun Hye and Lee Dong Gun doesn’t bother me since he can still surprise me by turning in a decent performance. I’ll have to wait and see. What is annoying is knowing that some (and I really do mean some and not all) of his fans don’t react well to any sort of criticism. Which is true of fandom in general for any actor or actress, but sadly idols are by and large not very good actors so they tend to get the brunt of the criticism. The first stills are out for Jung Yong Hwa’s character in MHIYD – he’s Park Sae Ju, a VJ at network YBS but unbeknownst to his colleagues he’s actually the grandson of the network president. He’s described as rather easy going with his co-workers but underneath is a very serious and determined guy. He apparently has a love line with second female lead Seo Yoo Kyung played by Han Chae Ah, though it’s unclear if they are exes or their love line develops during the drama. In the first stills, Park Sae Ju is shown talking with Yoo Kyung at a bar and looking quite intense, while the other stills of him sitting in a video repository and listening to music shows him more mellow and chill. I quite like his look here, attractive without being too packaged, with a bit of his idol hipness shining through. I wonder how he’ll fare in his first non-youth oriented drama? I think it was probably best all around that he ended up in this drama rather than Heirs, because its high time he does something that doesn’t involve acting opposite Park Shin Hye. He wasn’t the sole reason Heartstrings was such a flop for me (I blame it mostly on the horrid PD filming like he was on a roller coaster) but I thought his performance there was a step back from his rather alright debut in You’re Beautiful. For the sake of this drama, I hope he’s gotten much much better in the last two years.