It’s pretty neat how one awesome performance can change the perception and opinion of an entertainer, and even better if it comes after years of slow and noticeable improvement. Lee Yeon Hee has rocketed up my list of K-actresses to watch even if I am a tad worried that her Miss Korea flower-vase-breakout role could end up being a fluke. MBC certainly doesn’t think and I’m with the bigwigs there in wanting to keep challenge Lee Yeon Hee. Despite the low ratings of MK during its run, the network is handing Lee Yeon Hee a make-or-break epic sageuk in Princess Jeongmyung (Splendid Politics), and surrounding her with a boatload of talented male sunbaes in Cha Seung Won, Lee Sung Min, and Kim Jae Won.
She was rather bipolar in her first sageuk drama in the guest starring role as the Mom in Gu Family Book, her intriguing and charismatic first episode performance fell apart in the second episode when her character writing went crazy and she was left doing the crazy eyes. MBC’s long sageuks are less flashy and more staid so hopefully Lee Yeon Hee will cement her acting improvement once and for all so that critiques of her acting will equal compliments of her breathtaking beauty. She’s also gotten on my good side with her confession during a recent press circuit that she’s got no lack of male suitors since she debuted and in fact has always been in a string of relationships. You go girl, love the candor!