OMG wut??? I totally did NOT expect it, but how exciting it this? Sohn Ye-jin is returning to television in the romantic-comedy drama Personal Taste opposite Lee Min-ho!
The drama adaptation (of a novel) has been revived after fizzling in 2008, and recently cast Boys Before Flowers‘s breakout star Lee Min-ho in the lead role as a straight guy pretending to be gay in order to move in with a woman (who wouldn’t room with a straight male).
Sohn Ye-jin, one of the brightest talents among actresses of her age/generation, has focused on her film career with roles in films like My Wife Got Married and, more recently, the dark thriller Into the White Night with Go Soo. Her last drama roles were Spotlight (meh) and 2006’s critically lauded Alone In Love, where she was wonderful. While her recent work has been in more provocative fare, she’ll show a bright innocence in this role, which promises to bring laughs with her plucky and sometimes-quirky character. The title of the drama, Personal Taste [개인의 취향], is also a pun on her character’s name, Kae-in, to mean “Kae-in’s taste.”
Park Kae-in is a late-twenties furniture designer who is the daughter of a famous architecture professor. She is the young founder of her own furniture brand but frequently makes mistakes, and is “frustratingly trusting” in a way that makes her an easy target for betrayal when she trusts people she shouldn’t. Still, she maintains an upbeat demeanor and pure spirit. She’s been hurt a lot and has always wanted to have gay male friends (perhaps due to her numerous betrayals?), and the plot gets going when she gains new roommate Jeon Jin-ho (Lee Min-ho), whom she believes to be gay. Of course, he develops feelings for her but by then she has started to trust him, not knowing that their relationship was built on that lie.
Personal Taste will air on MBC in April. I was cautiously optimistic when Lee Min-ho was cast, but now: CAN’T WAIT.