Seeing the new stills of leading lady Krystal in My Lovely Girl (My Lovable Girl), as well as the latest preview teaser, one thing jumped out at me that didn’t dawn until now. Krystal appears to be playing the age-worn K-drama Candy heroine, complete with poor background and handful of part time jobs to make ends meet while she works hard towards her dream career of being a musician. Having a Candy heroine doesn’t immediately take points off a drama for me, that’s just too easy to sweep aside something that might still deliver the goods. What’s interesting in this case is how Krystal’s image is completely the antithesis of the Candy girl in K-dramas. Krystal usually had, for lack of a better word, the bitch face on. I don’t mean this pejoratively at all, I like Krystal and feel her sharp features and cool attitude is what gives off the bitch face impression rather than her personality being in any way bitchy.
The visual incongruity is that Candy heroines tend to be warm, round, soft, sweet types so it’s going to be interesting to see if Krystal can do all the Candy stuff but give her character more edges and therefore more modern uniqueness. A good analogy is imaging Krystal playing the role of Cha Eun Sang in Heirs rather than Park Shin Hye in her umpteenth Candy iteration. I dig it and this new perspective adds more excitement for what’s to come in MLG. The latest teaser finally lifts the curtain on other characters in addition to leads Krystal and Rain. I have to admit that L is quite intriguing and I’m already liking his interaction with Krystal’s character in the club. Check it out below along with various drama stills of Krystal’s character in all her part time jobs.
Sixth preview for My Lovely Girl: