A huge and exciting cast confirmation today for the upcoming SBS drama It’s Okay, It’s Love which will be the first prime time Summer drama to lock down a cast. The two big name A-lister leads Jo In Sung and Gong Hyo Jin will indeed be pairing up for the first time in their long careers, with the added bonus of working with famed screenwriter Noh Hee Kyung. Writer Noh must have made quite an impression with Jo In Sung after they did That Winter, the Wind Blows together because he’s back for a second go-around with her, which is very typical of Writer Noh and Jo In Sung’s TWTWB co-star Song Hye Kyo did the drama after first working with Writer Noh on World’s Within. Gong Hyo JIn herself worked with Writer Noh over a decade ago in the weekend drama Wonderful Days. It’s Okay, It’s Love is described as a warm and funny drama about modern mental illness and afflictions that affect people who may not acknowledge it and seemingly live functional lives. Jo In Sung is a mystery writer and radio DJ with good looks, a romantic heart, and a glib tongue. Gong Hyo Jin is a psychiatrist who looks cool and chic on the outside but is actually very hotblooded and nurturing when it comes to healing her patients emotional hang ups. They meet as guests on a TV program and end up fighting their way to healing each other’s emotional scars through unexpectedly falling in love. The rest of the main cast consists of Song Dong Il as another psychiatrist, Kwang Soo as a coffee shop owner, and EXO‘s D.O. as a high school student. Writer Noh also works with the same directors a lot and thankfully it’s PD Kim Kyu Tae who will be helming It’s Okay, It’s Love and was the director behind TWTWB, Padam Padam, and worked with PD Pyo Min Soo in World’s Within.
I think Song Dong Il’s role will be fascinating to watch. He plays a fellow psychiatrist with Gong Hyo Jin as she works for his hospital, but he’s also her sunbae and first love. He’s described as not acting like a doctor and is very strange, but has a innate understanding of how to diagnose and treat mental patients. Underneath his professional success is a man who has been emotionally hurt by his father and wife and therefore has a dual personality at work and at home. Writer Noh describes It’s Okay, It’s Love like a Summer’s sudden downpour giving a refreshing feeling and infusing energy to the mugginess. I already conceptually love it more than the painfully overwrought premise of TWTWB. Give me some crazy and funny and I’m onboard! It’s Okay, It’s Love starts filming a the end of April schedule for an early July premiere following You’re All Surrounded on Wed-Thurs.