Marry Him If You Dare is right on time with today’s promotional material drop. When I heard Jung Yong Hwa was the grandson of the the network station president, I thought his grandparent would have been some gruff haraboji so it’s with a pleasant surprise to discover that his character Park Se Joo has a halmoni who dotes on him. Turns out grandma and grandson are close and have only each other to depend on in this world. Awwww, and what the heck happened to everyone else in that family? Jung Yong Hwa’s character is described as gentle and working his way up to learning the ropes to run the network one day, but nowhere does it say he’s an orphan or dealing with the loss of his family members.Please don’t throw in a tragic car accident or give him some hidden family angst. Let this drama stay in the present where four pretty people will collide at one television network and romance will blossom in various directions. I’m sure this drama will have angst down the line, especially as leading lady Mi Rae is torn between two hot guys, so there isn’t need to overload the characters with background issues right off the bat.
Playing Park Se Joo’s grandmother is veteran actress Go Doo Shim, who I recall just finished playing IU‘s mom in The Best Lee Soo Shin, which makes this crazy age range in K-dramas all the funnier. The BTS video featuring Jung Yong Hwa has also just been released, and it follows the same format as the ones for Yoon Eun Hye and Lee Dong Gun. Yong Hwa gives an interview interspersed with snippets where he’s filming the drama poster with either Yoon Eun Hye or second female lead Han Chae Ah. I’m somewhat disappointed there isn’t one just featuring the two guys, if the screenwriter manages to work in a believeable bromance in this drama I would be ecstatic. Lee Dong Gun is an absolute monster (i.e. he’s phenomenal) at doing the bromance. I thought Yong Hwa was very animated during the poster shoot but I have to state a very obvious and surprising thing that came out of it. I think he has way better chemistry with Han Chae Ah then with Yoon Eun Hye. Not that he doesn’t have it with her, but it feels more friendship-esque, whereas the interaction between him and Han Chae Ah gave off more believable vibes of potential romance. Just my observation and feel free to disagree. I wasn’t wowed by Jung Yong Hwa’s stills above with his halmoni (he looks detached and emotionless as usual), but really enjoyed his BTS video. Why can’t this boy be ON all the time when the camera is rolling?
Jung Yong Hwa BTS for Marry Him If You Dare: