It’s cool to see an actor or actress I’ve liked long before getting popular hit the big leagues, as is the case with Park Hae Jin. He was actually a scene-stealer way back when in the sprawling cast of East of Eden, even when playing a rapist turned good guy who somehow got his happy ending. After that he was in so many dramas before getting his big break with My Love From Another Star. Despite playing the second male lead, his was my favorite male acting performance in that drama and one of the better things to come out of that drama’s insane ratings and pan-Asia popularity.
Since then he’s done Dr. Stranger and Bad Guys, but his upcoming role as the male lead in Cheese in the Trap has an even bigger spotlight trained on him than ever before. The source webtoon is extremely popular and its fans immensely vocal about the live-action casting. I think Park Hae Jin is gorgeous and always improving as an actor so I have no problem with him playing this role, other than the very obvious visual comment that he looks nothing like a college student unless he’s one of those Second Time Twenty Years Old types that are going back in his thirties. Heh, I’m teasing of course, and for him I’ll be first in line to buy a serving of suspension of disbelief.