Watching a talented child actor growing up nicely from age-appropriate roles is a treat for sure, but the real test comes with the first lead role that requires carrying the whole show and seamlessly tradition to being all grown up. Yeo Jin Gu is as ready as it gets with his upcoming KBS drama Orange Marmalade, after having done a few movies and even was the male lead in the Potato Star sitcom. Aside from wishing his other leads in the drama were equally as talented as he is already, I’m game to give idols Seolhyun and Lee Jong Hyun the benefit of the doubt here. Yeo Jin Gu could make them better, or their acting ability could be passable enough for the characters to not bog down the drama and allow the audience to just enjoy the story of a vampire girl’s romance with the cutest boy on campus. The story sounds interesting enough for me to check out regardless of who’s cast, and Yeo Jin Gu happens to be added lure.
Every time I see news of this drama, I always read the title as “Marmalade Boy” instead of “Orange Marmalade”.
I guess my wish for a “Marmalade Boy” adaptation is so great that I keep seeing it everywhere.
Yeo Jin Gu is such an incredible actor. I’m looking forward to seeing his transition to adult roles.
I alternate between reading it as Marmalade Boy or Orange Days. I wouldn’t mind if it ends up being a mashup of those two popular stories LOL.
What are the chances of this youth-drama breaking bridges and becoming a gigantic megahit according to your expert expectations?
I made one prediction so far and failed big time.. damn you blood!
Yeo Jin Gu is a really good child actor, who has rivaled the best of adult actors – not just contemporary dramas but particularly the sageuk genre. It doesn’t even matter if the other actors in this drama aren’t that good, just like it didn’t matter for Kim Soo Hyun in Dream High. As long as the writing is tight… and even if it flops, it’s a small drama with no much expectation – so it won’t even cause a blip on Yeo Jin Gu’s impressive resume. 🙂
I agree. He and Kim Yoo Jung/Kim So Hyun are at the point where they are well-loved enough and have the talent to be viable as lead roles but at the same time, young enough that even if a production flops, it does hardly any damage to their standing as actors or their future status.
I’m so excited to see him back on the small screen. And YES he grows up nicely. Can’t wait for the time to come in which either Kim Yoo Jung or Kim So Hyun are his leading ladies. 😀
Agree with you. Both girls are talented child actresses and have been paired with Yeo Jin Goo often.