The second female lead is hands down the worst written of the four leads in most K-dramas. Awesome second male leads are a dime a dozen, endearing second female leads is like Santa spotting Rudolf in a pack of reindeer. Han Chae Ah has made a nice career out of playing second female leads that aren’t totally awful and even sometimes cool in her own right. Good for her, because I can count so many female actresses who play screechy bitchy second female leads in every single drama. It took me four episodes but I’ve totally warmed to her Yoo Kyung in Marry Him If You Dare (Mirae’s Choice), in some ways I like her even better as a character than Mi Rae. There is a jaded self-awareness in Yoo Kyung yet she still harbors girlish hopes and fears. I wonder why with future Mi Rae’s meddling, three of the four leads Shin, Mi Rae, and Yoo Kyung have all proceeded to fall for their original spouses, but only Se Joo has deviated from their fate and fallen for Mi Rae? I thought that Yoo Kyung would fall for Shin after their accident but surprisingly that wasn’t the case, and the OTP has only eyes for each other in the original and alternate time line so quickly it does take the wind out of the sails for future Mi Rae’s plans. I hope the drama starts showing us how Se Joo and Yoo Kyung fell in love the first time around, I think that will cement whether this OTP is also as destined to be as Shin-Mi Rae. In the new stills released by KBS, the first batch show Se Joo and Yoo Kyung have a BBQ date on the rooftop somewhere. It looks fancy, which makes sense since Yoo Kyung knows Se Joo’s real identity.
I love that Yoo Kyung’s first reaction upon learning Se Joo was a chaebol heir was distress and sadness, because that puts him out of her reach when before he was just the junior VJ that she was beginning to fall for his sincerity. I loved it even more that her keeping Se Joo from interrupting Mi Rae and Shin in the subway was not to benefit her growing interest in Se Joo, but was genuinely aware that the moment was meaningful for Shin and Mi Rae and shouldn’t be interrupted. I’m looking forward to their rooftop date, but from the accompany article it seems like Se Joo is sad and his mind is elsewhere. Did he get turned down by Mi Rae already? If I were him, and I really liked her that much, then I would make the effort to have court her in tandem with Shin and let her make the decision after she spends more time with both guys. Of course I think her decision is made since she’s shown no romantic interest in Se Joo so far, but I like letting men compete fairly and having the woman make her decision with all the facts laid out. If Mi Rae chooses Shin despite knowing a future with him is likely bad, and knowing she’s giving up the cushy life with chaebol Se Joo, then Mi Rae is in fact much more grounded and courageous than I give her credit for. The second batch of new stills are more funny than anything, showing Shin going all covert in sunglasses and a face mask for his upcoming date with Mi Rae. I forget sometimes that he’s a top new anchor already with fame and success, because when he’s with Mi Rae he seems like a little boy sometimes and so open with his thoughts they appear more like equals. I can’t wait for Monday to come and more MHIYD!