It’s not easy to steal the thunder in a drama. Even the male and female lead isn’t guaranteed to shine and win the audiences rapt attention despite the odds in their favor since they have the most screen time and likely the best written characters. There are plenty of instances of second leads capturing the viewers attention because of the actor’s charisma or the character’s devotion and awesomeness. But what happened after two episodes of Heirs/The Inheritors is that Kang Min Hyuk upped and stole the initial limelight in what is the biggest K-drama cast ever. Forget being the lead or even the second male lead, his character is like the third or fourth lead and doesn’t even appear to have any viable love line with the leading lady! I love it when something unexpected and cool happens, like when the still rising young star Lee Min Ho proved his leading man mettle and was the powerful charisma behind the hot mess that was Boys Before Flowers. Kim Eun Sook loves her male leads and Heirs always came off tailor-made for Lee Min Ho, and I really do like the character of Kim Tan who is not an asshole and actually rather endearing. But so far Lee Min Ho plays him with all the energy of a lumbering wombat, and the other male leads are so unpalatable, so with this open opportunity to shine Kang Min Hyuk stepped up to the plate big time and thoroughly won my heart as Yoon Chan Young. The only thing I can grouse about is that he has terrible taste in ladies if he is willing and happy to date whiny and vapid Lee Bo Na. But she doesn’t seen as unnecessarily bitchy or cruel as Rachel, so perhaps I will grow to tolerate her. For the sake of my Chan Young, of course. This has been a good year for my discovery of idol boys who unexpectedly can act. First there was Yong Jun Hyung from Beast wowing my socks off in Monstar, and now Kang Min Hyuk from CNBlue effortlessly showing that acting really fits him like a well-tailored suit. He’s absolutely delicious drama candy in Heirs and I’m glad someone in that cast is rising up to the high expectations. With 18 more episodes left, the other leads can easily all step up their game as well, but this is a fanservice post for Kang Min Hyuk who was all-in from the moment the cameras started rolling. Thank you, babycakes, for making the first two episodes of Heirs way more palatable because of your presence.
I refuse to admit or deny that I may have already MINE’d Kang Min Hyuk. Or that I may have totally ICOMYM feelings for him. But I have to say this – which girl in her right mind would not pick his character in Heirs! He even has a totally cool and sane dad!