Now that Yeo Jin Gu is confirmed for upcoming KBS Friday night drama Orange Marmalade, I’m for sure going to check it out regardless of who the other leads end up being. It’ll be his first leading man role after a decade of being the most famous K-drama male child actor of his generation. Better yet is having him play a high school student which is exactly his real age, as opposed to shoving him into an older role just for the sake of stretching his acting range. That’s what happened when then lil’ Yoo Seung Ho at 17 years old played Seo Woo‘s husband in Flames of Desire. That was so ridiculous I still can’t even.
I do worry that Yeo Jin Gu is going to be wasted in this drama if his other leads aren’t up to his par, not to mention this drama airing on comically inept KBS. Currently the other two leads are rumored to be Seolhyun of AoA and Lee Jong Hyun of CNBLUE, neither of which impress me thus far with their forays into acting. Their names being considered for this project makes me think FNC is the financial backer, much like Woolim was all over last year’s Friday night KBS dream Hi School: Love On! with two Infinite members as the male leads. I remain optimistic since Yeo Jin Gu makes even crap bearable to watch, not to mention the source manhwa is quite popular and I love me a good shoujo romance story.
Orange Marmalade is the high school romance of a female vampire songstress and the popular human boy in her class.