Welcome to the big leagues my boy! Oh I knew it, I knew the moment I laid eyes on Ro Woon in Extraordinary You that he was destined for bigger greater things. That drama was frustrating and I didn’t like the female lead but I stuck with it for him and Lee Jae Wook as the tsundere second male lead. Now in jTBC drama Sunbae Please Don’t Put on that Lipstick (She Would Never Know), he gets to play an adult male, gets a mature female lead with Won Jin Ah, and he is dabbling in the Park Bo Gum playbook ala Record of Youth. Taking what is a really paper thin plot and just infusing the proceedings with his charisma and eating up the screen so I can’t look away. Sure his acting is still leagues away from top notch, and unlike last year’s It Boy Lee Do Hyun who acted his heart and soul out in the lovely and narratively dense 18 Again, Ro Woon doesn’t have much to work with here.
But he leans on his god given gifts, namely that incredible 6’3″ height that for the first time I see a super tall K-actor who isn’t stick thin and just unfurls his physique to make me believe that he will protect his woman to the ends of the world. And that’s all he needs to do here, as the entire drama is about Won Jin Ah dating a dude who is cheating on her with a woman that is the sister of his patron because she will kill herself if she can’t have him so he has no choice, and once Won Jin Ah finds out she’s pissed but doesn’t want to embarrassed and feel crappy either. Enter Ro Woon whose entire MO is “Sunbae I crush on you and will be your puppy and you can use me to get back at your cheating ex!” It’s dumb as rocks but the ending to episode 3 was so “FUCK YES!” that I have to write about this drama. Not since Lee Min Ho-Son Ye Jin in the “Game Over” kiss have I felt so good about sticking it to a slimy ex ahahah. Also Ro Woon, rawr.