Now this is what imma talking about! Chemistry. It’s ephemeral and impossible to bottle up. It’s different than pheromones which can be simulated by manufactured scents, chemistry is about sparks flying and a skin tingling awareness. Kinda like six sense, you can’t describe the reason for the spark but you’ll know it when it’s there. It’s also something hard to deny when it comes to onscreen couples. Production companies and casting directors are often hampered by behind-the-scenes politics and other less than savory reasons for casting certain people, but if they had carte blanche to cast based on potential for onscreen chemistry then many a drama could have been saved. I’ve liked so many qualitatively weak dramas because the two leads combusted together and sold a romance even if the story made no sense. Love – it’s not about reason, it’s about feeling. The first stills are out of the first meeting between the two leads Lee Dong Gun and Yoon Eun Hye in Marry Him If You Dare and I shrieked so loud when I saw these my dog is still hiding in a safe room refusing to come out because he probably thinks a pack of his greatest enemy the cats are attacking.
Yoon Eun Hye and Lee Dong Gun are two of the actors in the industry that have built up a undeniable reputation as having great onscreen chemistry with their co-stars. In fact, I sometimes think their acting gets a slight sheen of rosy tinted glasses at times because they are so good at blasting the screen with the force of their charisma and the connection they form with their co-stars. Is it the chicken or the egg situation? We think they are good actors because they have good chemistry? Or they have good chemistry because they are good actors? It really doesn’t matter what the answer to that rhetorical question is, the fact is they are BRINGING IT here in the first meeting stills even if its one of my least fave meet-cute tropes. Who can live without seeing another car accident meet cute, bumping into each other meet cute, or knocking someone down meet cute? This is so old and so stale, but seeing these two shoot sparks at each other totally pushes the overused cliched meeting into the background. I seriously didn’t even notice Yoon Eun Hye’s frizzy hair! Lee Dong Gun looks super fine and also super angry with her, which is going to be interesting when they fall for each other, and then she’s being told not to fall for him. Heh, too late for that. The other side of hate is love, which is really not true at all in real life, but in dramatic narrative it’s always true for couples who have the meet cute. I need this drama like yesterday.