I feel like this is the other shoe dropping, after hearing that Jin Se Yeon was planning a drama comeback sometime this year and then having all these casting issues with dramas since 2015 began. A news report claims Jin Se Yeon is in talks with the KBS production of vampire sageuk Scholar Who Walks the Night. The leading lady was offered to Han Groo last month but it fell through for various reasons and the production has been looking for another leading lady.
It’s almost too easy to joke that Jin Se Yeon has carved out a niche for herself taking second chance leading lady roles as she did with Five Fingers and Age of Feeling. She has also taken on lead roles in her own right with Dr. Stranger and Gaksital, but the criticism of bad acting continues to dog her. Her movie Police Family with Hong Jong Hyun is about to premiere this weekend so the girl continues to have a high flying acting career regardless of the naysayers begging her not to act ever again. Can she actually improve? So far the jury is still out on this one.
Scholar has extended offers to Lee Jun Ki for the male lead vampire scholar and Changmin of DBSK for the second male lead crown prince character. Neither men have confirmed yet so it’s not just the leading lady role that remains up in the air. I’m with the majority that find Jin Se Yeon a pretty bad actress, her emoting needs A LOT more work. With that said, I don’t personally find her as annoying to watch onscreen as other bad actresses like Go Sung Hee or Gu Hye Sun, but that’s such a personal opinion since what annoys me is so subjective.
I actually liked her more than Kang Sora in Dr. Stranger only by virtue of liking her character more, and because her character had the consistent romance storyline with Lee Jong Seok which was quite moving for me initially before the narrative went off the rails. I would prefer a better actress be paired with Lee Jun Ki, but she’s not the worst I can think of so I’ll take this possible pairing with an open mind. Which might snap shut in the first episode if she sucks right off the bat, who knows? With no one confirmed, this drama could turn into School 2015 2.0 with a completely different set of leads in the end from the ones offered the roles initially.