On the grand scale of K-dramas big and small, the decidedly ordinary rom-com Sly and Single Again (Cunning Single Lady) has turned out to be not that bad. It’s not overly shrieky and keeps even the hint of makjang at bay, taking only an acrimonious divorced couple who are clearly not over each other and giving them a second chance to make amends to each other and maybe give it another go. Joo Sang Wook is adorable playing a former nerd turned tech wunderkind hotstuff but still dorky inside, while this is like the umpeenth version of the plucky hardworking sincere heroine that Lee Min Jung has played in her career. She’s good at it, don’t get me wrong, and always musters up chemistry as she does here. What makes me tune into a drama that forgettable and inoffensive is to marvel and ogle second male lead Seo Kang Joon. I love his character the most in the drama and his performance is by far the most eye-catching. I can’t claim he’s a better actor than Joo Sang Wook or Lee Min Jung, but he infuses his acting with such fresh energy rather than a been there-done sense of deja vu.
It doesn’t hurt that he’s ridiculously easy on the eyes, and I’ve had my eye on him since The Suspicious Housekeeper where he had a bit part among the kid actors but was easily one of the best things about that drama. He’s still so young being just 21 years old but he plays older convincingly (like here) and if I didn’t know he was an idol boy (leader of the boy group 5urprise) I would have pegged him as a pure emerging young actor. I don’t ship him with Lee Min Jung in the drama even though I think she’s actually better off with him and really ending all the messy history with her ex-husband Joo Sang Wook, but I know the purpose of the drama is to bring the exes back together so it’s pointless to second lead ship here. That leaves me totally free to ship him with me (yay!) and spread more Seo Kang Joon love around the dramaverse. Check out Sly and Single Again for him, it’s worth it and overall the story is pretty entertaining. Or just slurp up his cuteness below.