Whenever I see a picture of smiling Jang Nara it also brings a smile to my face. She may not be an actress I love but she’s always watchable in all her performances. Call it a combination of effortless charm with baby-faced looks in a tasty match. She did two back-to-back MBC dramas last year with Fated to Love You followed by Mr. Back, both of which did about the same ratings though the former was definitely the better drama. I wasn’t expecting her to come back to drama land so soon, and if she did I thought it would be with yet another MBC drama.
Instead Jang Nara is moving back to KBS, the network she did School 2013 with, for the upcoming Hello Monster. The network is already courting Lee Jin Wook as the leading man, and now it’s added Jang Nara to the party as the potential leading lady. Wouldn’t have come up with this pairing even in my dreams but am totally onboard with it if the both leads confirm. Originally Hello Monster was scheduled to follow the currently airing Blood on Mon-Tues but the network has decided to slot in Who Are You – School 2015 to follow instead. That leaves Hello Monster for after School 2015 to air in early summer.
The drama is set in the law enforcement work as Lee Jin Wook plays a criminal minds specialist, a profiler, who has the keen insight and ability to get into the minds of how criminal think and help solve crimes. He’s cold and gruff and a loner, but ends up being stalked by the leading lady and that leads to love rather than jail time for her. I added that last bit but I’m hoping the actual “stalking” is more workplace pestering and not actual criminal harassment.