This coming Monday is the premiere of Marry Him If You Dare (Mirae’s Choice, with the alternative title of Future’s Choice). While the hype hasn’t been anywhere near the degree of Heirs, it’s got its own set of popular acting leads and an idol star so its been receiving plenty of attention as well. Yoon Eun Hye returns to her rom-com roots after trying out the melodrama Missing You (I Miss You), not to mention established leading man Lee Dong Gun returns to acting after a five year hiatus. In the modern entertainment cycle, five years might as well be fifty and his return is akin to Rip Van Winkle waking up to see the landscape has all changed. Of course its not so extreme, but there is some truth in how fast fan attention shifts and how quickly an actor or actress can be forgotten once they head to the army or have a baby or take a sabbatical. KBS released a few more new stills for the drama, nothing terribly exciting but worth a post. Yoon Eun Hye revealed in an interview that she chose the fried curly perm for her character as a sign of her free spirit nature. I adore her willingness to experiment with her own image and looks, but I’ve never been a fan of the K-drama penchant to use hair as a sign of a character’s personality. It would be amusing if being a trendsetter that she is, somehow she’ll usher back in the extreme permed look.
The other set of stills feature second leads Jung Yong Hwa and Han Chae Ah in a very sweet scene. He’s dressed in full chaebol heir suit and tie look and she’s looking luminous and happy as she receives a public love confession from him on set of a YBS show. This is either a fantasy scene or more likely a look at what should have happened if future Mi Rae had not meddled. Park Se Joo was supposed to meet Seo Yoo Kyung in Jeju and fall in love, while Mi Rae was supposed to get rear-ended by Kim Shin on the highway and their fate would begin there. So this scene likely shows Se Joo and Yoo Kyung’s love story in the original time line. I’ve been really charmed by the various stills of Yoon Eun Hye, Han Chae Ah, and Lee Dong Gun, but this is the first set of stills featuring Jung Yong Hwa that actually have a bit of animated bite to it. The one where he looks at Han Chae Ah definitely show me he’s feeling the love for her, as opposed to looking like a stoned statue. This makes me happy because if the second leads are supposed to end up together, at least he has chemistry with her, because his other stills with Yoon Eun Hye are the text-book example of what made Jung Yong Hwa such a dead actor for me in his two previous dramas. Absolutely no life in his eyes, but these new stills with Han Chae Ah are nice and get me hopeful again that he can step up his game to keep up with his other three cast members.