I had to take a peek – first impressions of Her Private Life

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!

 

 

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A New Leaf

I was browsing and came across this older drama. I had always meant to watch it because of Kim Myun Min and thought that this would be the perfect time since I just enjoyed his performance in A Miracle We Met. Have you seen it?

I’m only a few episodes in and of course have had to endure the usual courtroom cringeworthy moments and workroom antics but that’s not why I’m here so it doesn’t bother me much. I’m here for KMM, who does an exception job (as usual) portraying the unlikeable, ambitious shark with no conscience who was stopped in his tracks due to an accident. The subsequent amnesia is, of course, the reason for the rest of the story to unfold in a totally different way than he had anticipated. He’s lost none of his courtroom brilliance but he suddenly seems to have found a conscience of sorts and is looking inward at his past actions..doesn’t seem like he likes himself very much. This begs the question: can amnesia REALLY change your whole personality like this? It’s convenient in a kdrama of course but real life? Hmmmm..

The female lead is played by Park Min Young (WHY does she get all the luck..lol??)..I’m not crazy about her so far but no doubt she will be a positive influence on our grumpy lawyer. Excellent supporting cast as well..makes me appreciate how well I’ve come to know most of these korean actors.

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Me, awaiting “Her Private Life”

Dare I look? Please let it be good! Give Kim Jae-wook the leading man role we’ve always thought he deserved!

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Yolette’s Drama Update

I finished watching What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim — all-around delightful! Though there was one fatal flaw, imo… but the protagonists were lovable and interesting. Our heroine with her bright plastic secretary smile, lol, and our hero with his shameless narcissism, yet puppylike pursuit of her, haha.  I’m so surprised they never strayed into #MeToo territory not once, given the premise!

Mild spoilers after the break…

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Wait! Can it FINALLY be happening?

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??

The synopsis:

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”.

#her-private-life, #kim-jae-wook, #park-min-young

What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim? – Final thoughts

The more I thought about the last couple of episodes of this drama, the more I thought of them as the ultimate fan service (and I’m not complaining!)

More, and potential spoilers after the jump.

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What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim? Thru ep. 13 (Swoon)

This show is NOT helping my Park Seo-joon affliction AT ALL! Yes, he’s playing a character, just one of many lovely characters he’s played, but having seen him in action on the Yoon’s Kitchen reality show (and it seems very unscripted) I think his basic goodness and yes, manliness, really shines through.

Park Min-young is really the perfect partner too because she comes across so intelligent and feminine and delicate that when he sits her on his lap you just have to swoon at the rightness of it all.

Of course, spoilers after the jump, because I have lots to swoon about!

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