Lie To Me is the upcoming SBS romantic-comedy series starring Yoon Eun-hye and Kang Ji-hwan (formerly titled Sweet Scandal), and now it’s got several supporting players with the additions of Hong Soo-hyun (above), Sung Joon, and Jo Yoon-hee.
With the two headliners, Lie To Me has already got tons of attention and high expectations. I know mine are pretty up there, given Yoon’s mostly-solid track record and reputation for being a hitmaker, and Kang’s general awesomeness. The other three actors have much lower profiles, but with those big names already attached, that’s no problem; if anything, it’s a great opportunity for the rookies to break through.
Lie To Me is working a familiar formula with its romantic couple: Yoon Eun-hye is Ah-jung, an offbeat single girl in her twenties who meets Ki-joon, a hotel exec from the highest echelons of society. Ah-jung happens to perpetrate an outrageous lie that sweeps up the couple in a marriage-scandal whirlwind. Shenanigans result in romance.
Hong Soo-hyun plays Ah-jung’s high school classmate and enemy, who’s a constant source of antagonism for our heroine. She’s even nicknamed (unofficially, by the staff) “Ah-jung’s tackler” for the way she always picks on her and shoots her down.
Hong has been in a number of projects (Angel’s Temptation, Dae Jo Young, Insadong Scandal, Rough Cut), but I really only know her as the rather ineffectual second lead in 2005’s Only You. There, she was Han Chae-young’s rival for Jo Hyun-jae’s affections, but never really had much bite as either a rival or a love interest. Hopefully she has more pull here — she probably won’t beat Yoon Eun-hye in the lovable category, but I’d dearly love to have a love-to-hate-her villainness whose demise I can gleefully anticipate.
Sung Joon, on the other hand, plays Kang Ji-hwan’s younger brother, possessor of all the right qualifications expected of an upper-crust, rich young heir. But he’s not the haughty type (that’s for big bro), and has a friendly, free-spirited personality that allows him to befriend people right away.
Sung Joon is a new kid on the block, having debuted as a model before taking on an acting role in the Drama Special series White Christmas. He’s only 21 years old, but the PD called him a potential dark horse. That means…two brothers fighting over the same woman? Aw, man — I always root for the underdog in those scenarios (I guess that’s why he’s the dark horse), but I’m not about to betray my Kang Ji-hwan, either. Why d’you do this to me, Korean dramas?
Then there’s Jo Yoon-hee (Goldfish, Hot-Blooded Salesman), who I think is a dead ringer for Lee Hyori. The actress’s lead character from Goldfish was described as “innocent with a femme fatale’s appeal” (an interesting mix?), but her character here will be a straightforward lovable type, whose harmonious and loving family environment gave her a clear, sunny disposition. She’s a display designer who’s the ex-fiancee to our hero, as well as the current friend to his little bro.
(Upside: If I’m reading between the lines correctly — which is a big if — that means little bro might have a romantic consolation prize if/when he loses the heroine to his hyung. Downside: Two brothers fighting over TWO women? And then potentially, uh, swapping? Why, Korea, why?)
Lie To Me will be a Monday-Tuesday drama replacing Midas, and will broadcast its first episode on May 9.
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