I actually quite enjoy when an actor or actress I previously dismissed end up winning my affection through improving their craft. It was Kim Tae Hee in 2013 with Jang Ok Jung, Live in Love, followed by Lee Yeon Hee in 2014 for Miss Korea. This year it’s Shin Se Kyung‘s turn to take a bow and join my happy harem of actresses I now like. These actresses didn’t magically transform overnight, and I can’t say they are now thespian level good, but each showed marked improvement when required to rise to the challenge in headlining a drama. Shin Se Kyung’s casting as Oh Cho Rim in The Girl Who Sees Smells is like slipping into the perfect outfit customized just for her.
She’s cute without being dim, funny without trying too hard, and endearing without being too perfect, and best of all she exudes mountains of chemistry with leading man Yoochun. Aside from thinking she was bland actress, I also thought she rarely had any chemistry onscreen with her male leads. I’ve never been happier to be proven wrong here because it allowed me to enjoy the Smelly Couple every week. She’s in last month’s Marie Claire Korea showcasing a sleek and chic side of her that isn’t my favorite look but is worth checking out as a sampling of something different from her other than as earnest spirited Cho Rim.