I’m pretty surprised there seems to be a rather sizable swatch of drama viewers who don’t like Park Shin Hye. I find her enjoyable to watch onscreen with a natural delivery but have no problems conceding she is really lacking in the romance believability department. In that realm she ranges from deer in headlights to at most cool understated sweetness. I have yet to see from her any hint that she wants to jump any of her leading man onscreen while in character. The sweetest onscreen romance I’ve seen from her was in Flower Boy Next Door with Yoon Si Yoon, and sometimes in Heirs I wonder how much better the drama would have been if the central romance was between her and angry dysfunctional second male lead Kim Woo Bin.
She’s pairing up with popular young actor Yoo Yeon Seok for the upcoming sageuk movie The Royal Tailor, which really stars male leads Go Soo and Han Suk Kyu but Park Shin Hye and Yoo Yeon Seok play the King and Queen that the two royal tailors compete over. Sageuks are probably suited to Park Shin Hye’s brand of restrained standoffish chemistry with her male leads and she can spend all her time staring and no one will think she’s not portraying the character with enough vibrancy. Yoo Yeon Seok is coming off a very beloved and well received performance in Answer Me 1994 so Park Shin Hye continues to pick projects that land her with the most coveted male leads around. They are in the August edition of Ceci magazine and I seriously love all these shots whether it’s Shin Hye alone or with Yoo Yeon Seok. Can’t say I sense any overt romantic chemistry between them but visually they are an eye candy couple.