All the characters in Pinocchio have been overshadowed thus far (just a little though) by the great construct and performance of the two leads. But the little bit of backseat is done in ways that never belittle the supporting roles and instead allows them to shine in small ways that leave a strong impression. That’s another contributing reason for why I love Pinocchio so much and so fast, the entire drama world feels so alive and vibrant with personality. For example I’m not the biggest fan of second male lead Bum Joo or Kim Young Kwang, but he’s certainly memorable and perfectly cast.
I would like to see his backstory for why In Ha’s texts over the years captivated him and what exactly he wants from her. The just released new drama stills with Bum Joo and In Ha at a convenience store hint that he’ll become her daddy long legs, which feels rather redundant since Dal Po is basically that already since he does everything for In Ha and even earns money for her reporter dreams. I don’t mind Bum Joo continuing to approach In Ha, whatever his intentions, as long as he retains his currently respectful attitude towards her.
Another fantastic supporting role is high school brainiac and rival Ahn Chan Soo played by Lee Joo Seung. He’s been a film actor for years and only started doing K-dramas this year. I first saw him in Blade Man (Iron Man) as the male lead’s younger brother and he was absolutely incredible playing a put upon high school student. He’s actually 25 years old already despite the baby face, which will make it believable to see him reappear in the Pinocchio as grown up Chan Soo who ended up becoming a cop. LOL, that I gotta see. It looks like he’s still got a bickering relationship with Dal Po, though I’m hoping they ended up as friends after the quiz show showdown and stayed in touch over the years.