There’s been a steady stream of upcoming K-dramas that are fun to discuss which established or up-and-coming star would headline it. Sadly there isn’t a female-centric project coming up in sight which means Yoon Eun Hye will probably not be coming back to the small screen anytime soon. When I say female-centric it means the drama revolves around the female lead rather than the male lead or even equal time spent with both leads. Dramas such as Empress Ki, Goddess of Fire, Queen Seon Deok, Dong Yi, plenty of sageuks focus on a famous female character in Korean history. I’ve been pushing for Yoon Eun Hye to do a sageuk but she’s likely hesitant because of both the time commitment and mostly for the diction and articulation requirements that have always dogged her acting career even as she gets acclaim for her emotional expressiveness. Modern dramas tend to be rom-coms where both leads carry equal weight and perhaps there will be a thriller drama again like God’s Gift: 14 Days where the female lead is the focal point of the narrative driver.
I have no problems with Yoon Eun Hye playing second lead or even just doing a more narrative driven drama rather than being the center of the show, the problem really is her star power rather eclipses any project she takes so some of her fans may complain and thus overwhelm the experience. She seems quite happy during this downtime from acting, doing yet anther eye-catching lipstick CF magazine stills for High Cut magazine and focusing her attention on her Christian-themed cafe Jacob’s Ladder in Seoul. Yoon Eun Hye organized a celebrity charity auction this weekend called 7-by-7 Blessing where 7 of her celebrity friends Gong Yoo, Sooyoung, Gong Hyo Jin, Yoo Ah In and Han Chae Young auctioned off personal items with all proceeds to go to a charity supporting elders who live alone. As a gift for participants who attended, she designed a special all-use burlap tote bag and a coffee bean paper container that was given away as thank you presents. She tweeted pictures of both lovely designs as well as a bible verse “Matthew 5-7: Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy” in wishing for the people in the world and around her to find more happiness.