Two brothers and a surrogate in I Love You Ten Million Times
Ryu Jin, Lee Soo-kyung, Jung Kyeo-woon
Teaming up for a new SBS weekend drama are actors Ryu Jin (Mom’s Dead Upset, Capital Scandal), Lee Soo-kyung (Romantic Island, Soulmate), and Jung Kyeo-woon (Again My Love, Women in the Sun), who will play out their complicated family relationships in I Love You Ten Million Times [천만번 사랑해]. That’s the literal translation of the title; the meaning is a little more poetic, as in, “A million times, I love you” or “I love you a ton.”
You may call Korean dramas cliché-ridden, but sometimes they’ll throw in a new twist: the story focuses on an infertile couple under familial pressure to procreate, who bring in a surrogate mother. Ryu Jin and Go Eun-mi (Pure 19) are the married couple, and Lee Soo-kyung plays the self-sacrificing but plucky surrogate — who then marries Ryu Jin’s warm and protective younger brother, played by Jung Kyeo-woon. Thus begins the brotherly conflict.
Writing the drama is Kim Sa-kyung, who also wrote the KBS daily series Likable or Not. It will air in September following the current series, Can Anyone Love.
Meanwhile, Lee Soo-kyung has taken on vocal training lessons as she prepares for this role — not because she is setting her sights on a singing career, but in order to give her voice more depth and range. She has been noted for her thin, sharp voice in the past, and she hopes to introduce some change with added coaching. An interesting technique!