Moon Chae-wong has announced her next role, and it comes in a new SBS drama called It’s Okay, Daddy’s Girl [괜찮아, 아빠 딸], which will be the station’s Monday-Tuesday offering after Dr. Champ wraps.
Moon plays Eun Chae-ryung, an immature youngest daughter who has always depended on her father, but after he is the victim of an accident and her household ruined, she realizes the extent of his sacrifice and hard work. This spurs a change in her careless attitude, and she encounters a series of hardships along the way as she transforms herself into a self-reliant woman.
The story has shades of a few dramas we’ve seen lately: namely Wish Upon a Star and Smile, You, which are coincidentally (or not?) also both SBS dramas. In Wish Upon a Star, the heroine was a flighty, boy-crazy 25-year-old who becomes the breadwinner for her five younger siblings after her parents die. In Smile, You, the heroine grew up in a rich household, but after her father’s business goes bankrupt, she finds herself in much humbler straits.
Still, even with these familiar elements, I’m looking forward to seeing Moon Chae-won take on a leading role and think there’s room enough in the premise for another version of this story. Moon is still a bit green as an actress, but she has a lovely, warm presence onscreen that makes me think she’d be an engaging leading lady. She’d had roles in high school fare like Mackerel Run and Our School E.T. (both with Park Bo-young and Lee Min-ho), but it wasn’t until 2008′s Painter of the Wind that she made her name known, playing a gisaeng who falls for the girl-in-man’s-clothing played by Moon Geun-young (the pair was even named best couple at the year-end awards). She followed that with a supporting role in Brilliant Legacy, after which she was pretty much wasted in Yoon Eun-hye’s My Fair Lady.
It’s Okay, Daddy’s Girl will premiere on November 22.
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