What a weird year it’s been for K-actress Shin Hye Sun, it started off with the biggest drama hit of her career and she was the titular lead in tvN sageuk Mr. Queen (Queen Cheorin). Then immediately after, before she could even bask in the post-drama success, her leading man Kim Jung Hyun delivered a scandal for the ages to K-ent with the news that he acted like a surly douche on the set of his earlier drama Time due to controlling behavior of his ex-girlfriend. That became the news of the day and afterwards Mr. Queen sorta got forgotten. It’s crazy since it’s still the highest rated tvN drama this year in 2021 but alas, timing is everything so I’m just glad Shin Hye Sun did not get any residual tarnishing from working with Kim Jung Hyun. She’s earned her rise to fame so it would be terrible to get tangential blowback. I’m thrilled to see her back in the limelight with this October 2021 W. Korea striking pictorial, the blunt bangs suit her in pulling off a no-nonsense woman in charge look.