The preemption of K-drama and variety shows stemming from the Sewol ferry sinking tragedy last Wednesday continues into this week somewhat. The major networks have started airing some nightly K-dramas but cable channel jTBC elected to cancel the airing of Secret Love Affair this week. That means no new episodes and episodes 11 and 12 will instead air next Mon-Tues. Anyone anxious for a new fix of this addicting and thought provoking show will have to summon up more patience and add another week to the wait. I’ve been holding onto the Elle Korea photo shoot featuring the two SLA leads Yoo Ah In and Kim Hee Ae for the last month, initially because I hadn’t started the drama yet when I saw these so wasn’t sure if I was in the mood to write about it, and the second being that not all the photos from the entire shoot had been released at that time. It’s all out now and qualities as a work of pictorial art.
I love everything about it – a few color but mostly throwback black and white, the smart cocktail and formal wear outfits, the sexy but not raunchy poses, and the feeling of posed passion that still manages to convey raw emotion. I’m so blown away by Yoo Ah In’s acting in SLA, leaps and bounds above anything he’s ever delivered in dramas. It’s much closer to how he is in movies and that’s a testament to having a great PD and costar to restrain his impetuousness and coax out his wounded depths. The Elle pictorial also works as a mirror reverse of the story line in SLA, showing Yoo Ah In as a confident playboy while Kim Hee Ae is a sexy femme type, both of which are so not what the characterization and unexpected romance is like in the drama. Hopefully this photoshoot will help plug the gap this week with no SLA around to challenge our opinions and feed our senses.