I know, I really should wait for this to wrap so we could all enjoy it together, but I couldn’t. I couldn’t wait to see how Kim Jae-wook would do in his first official turn as the male lead in a romance (nary a priest’s collar in sight). I couldn’t wait to see how much chemistry he would have with Park Min-young (who is the Kim Sun-a of her generation, able to have barn-burning chemistry with all her leading men). And I couldn’t wait to see how they would adapt the story of a serious fan-girl and her world. I just had to take a peek!
Let’s just say that after the first 6 episodes I’m very pleased with everything I’ve seen so far. Her Private Life should be called “My” Private Life because it captures both the squees and giggles of harmless fan-girl (and fan-boy) fantasy world and the more obsessive sasaeng side of things too.
Kim Jae-wook has got a few more miles on him than his glorious ‘Waffle Prince’ days but they serve him well. His Ryan Gold has issues, such as painter’s block, and more, so his wary, slightly care-worn face suits the role well. And yes, dear chingu-dul, he does have chemistry with Park Min-young, and she with him. You may have seen photos with the two in what looks like a romantic near-kiss pose… (from an early episode so too soon for spoilers) and yes, it does look like a de-lish moment. Plus, I want to know the paint color they used for his apartment… a yummy, rich mix of cadet and cobalt blues…
Park Min-young and her best gal pal, played by the ever entertaining Park Jin-joo, capture all the fun and enjoyment of having a rich fan-fantasy life, though we’ll all have to admit that they spend a little too much time and money on this pursuit. (Speaking of money, how does Park Min-young’s gallery curator Sung Deok-mi afford those lovely work outfits and Christian Louboutin heels?) Kim Bo-ra is the spoiled rich girl sasaeng side of things, and things get troublesome thanks to her machinations early on in the story.
Ahn Bo-hyun plays the torch-carrying best childhood friend who practically lives with Park Min-young’s parents – so much so that you think he’s her real oppa (and not an Oppa). But there’s a funny judo moment with him and Kim Jae-wook (you may care to watch on repeat) and more with him and Park Jin-joo’s little son.
The show has also managed to include thoughtful moments on alternative romantic preferences without being preachy, and some equally appreciated adult exchanges where feelings are hurt or inappropriate actions taken and thoughtful apologies are made and taken to heart. I am enjoying that aspect of the show almost as much as the funny and romantic moments. And yes, the fan-girling stuff makes me giggle as much as Sung Deok-mi and her pal Lee Seon-joo do!
Dare I look? Please let it be good! Give Kim Jae-wook the leading man role we’ve always thought he deserved!
Has the day come when Kim Jae-wook is finally being cast as a romantic leading man???
Dramabeans is reporting that he is being considered for a TVN (yeah!!) romcom drama called Her Private Life and I’m super excited about this. He’s been around a while and from the very first moment I’ve always felt that he had the goods to lead a drama but he’s only been given secondary roles at best. In the last couple of years though I’ve felt that he’s finally been noticed – paying the bad guy in Voice and lately starring in a meatier drama as a priest (have no idea how that did though)..be that as it may..finally finally he’s getting his chance! And..his potential love interest is Park Min-young..where did this girl get all the luck..she’s had the most amazing leading men in her dramas hasn’t she??
Titled ‘Her Private Life‘, the drama tells the comical love story about a girl who is a professional curator with a passion for her work on the outside, but on the inside, she’s a seriously “closeted” K-Pop idol fan! Thanks to her busy work life discovering rising artists as a curator, Park Min Young’s character also operates in secret as the homemaster of a popular idol group member, Si Ahn. Opposite Park Min Young in the role of this “closeted” K-Pop fan, Kim Jae Wook takes on the newly appointed head director of an art museum, a.k.a Park Min Young’s boss. Shortly after being hired as the museum’s director, Kim Jae Wook’s character discovers Park Min Young’s secret, taking a keen interest in her “double-life”.
Yes, I’ve not finished Fight My Way (my excuse is that I’m in denial about how I’ll cope with PSJ withdrawal so I’m telling myself I’ll need 4 uninterrupted hours so I can just wallow), but I’m not unhappy with the things I’ve been checking out so far.
I don’t feel great urgency to race through the underdogs vs. corporate goliaths charmer Strongest Deliveryman, but I’m enjoying it when I pick it up. Likewise I feel generally okay with the somewhat oddly cast Hospital Ship (people hate the pairing of Ha Ji-won and Kang Min-hyuk, the formerly baby-faced drummer of CNBlue because she’s 39 and he’s 26) maybe because they’re pretending her character is maybe 2-3 years older than his and it’s just a mildly pleasant diversion in the moment. But I just sampled the first hour (2 eps) of Temperature of Love, with Seo Hyun Jin, who I really enjoyed in her last outings, and Yang Se-jong who is a newbie to me and reminds of of Go Kyung-pyo in a good way, and Kim Jae-wook (looking smexy).
Annoyingly, now the Viki app as well as the DramaFever app seems to have given up the ghost on my DumbTV, boo hoo TT TT, so I have to plug in the iPad to the TV for the big screen experience. Darn…
I was soo excited to read that Jo Jung Seok is confirmed for another drama…yippeee!!!!! Then I read who his proposed love interest is and I just have to groan…it’s Hyeri. She was just horrible in Entertainer with Ji Sung..she just can’t act very well. For me she is the female version of Taecyon whom I don’t like at all (no fault of his own of course!)..that’s just me. So..I’m not as excited as I when I first saw his name and I”m hoping that she drops out. I know that he starred with IU (who isn’t the best actress either) and he made it work..such is the force of his talent..but I actually LIKE IU..so I had more patience!
With Jang Hyuk… first of all… I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again… Robin, I don’t know how you pick up and put down a drama without losing the momentum..I just can’t do it. I was forced to do it with this drama and it really made the difference in my enjoyment..had a negative impact for sure!
The main story centres around a specialized emergency 911 response team…she is at the head..gifted with the ability to hear exceptionally well and he is one of the cops who work with her to bring aid to those in need. Both have lost a loved one to murder..both are out to find him since it’s conveniently the same person. We are graced with the usual corrupt cop..evil mobster..hapless and helpless victims..etc…I always enjoy watching this actor..though his hairstyle was soo distracting but I don’t think this was his best or most memorable role..I did love the villain though..not because the character was particularly well written or interesting in any way but because he was portrayed by Kim Jae-wook. I’ve always loved this actor..ever since I first saw him in Coffee Prince..and I don’t know why he never gets any leading roles – I think he’s super talented and super hawt!
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