From deadly spy in love with the enemy to light-hearted rom-com? I suppose that’s one way for Han Chae-ah to leave her tragically conflicted character behind once her current drama Gaksital ends; she’s the newest addition to Oohlala Spouses, the upcoming KBS miniseries that stars Kim Jung-eun and Shin Hyun-joon as a body-swapped husband and wife pair.
That gives Han hardly any time to rest between the two projects, but striking while the iron’s hot is the name of the dramaland game, isn’t it? Thirty-year-old Han has been acting for about six years (past credits include Style, Neighbor Enemies, and OCN’s Hero), but Gaksital is the project that put her on the map, so she’ll be wanting to keep busy while she’s got the audience’s attention.
Han has already begun work on Oohlala Spouses, attending a script reading on August 27. It’s definitely not as tight a schedule as her co-star Jin Sae-yeon, who started filming Five Fingers (replacing Eunjung) while concurrently filming Gaksital, but that agenda still looks packed.
In Oohlala Spouses, Han Chae-ah plays Victoria Kim, a character who grew up abroad after being adopted to Sweden. She’s a woman harboring a “deep inner hurt” and a sad secret. Looks like she’ll have a romantic entanglement with Shin Hyun-joon… which gets confused once the spouses swap bodies. Hee.
Not much else is given about the role, other than that Victoria is a woman “shrouded in mystery.” Yeah, I can see Han fitting right in with that, given what she’s done with Rie/Lala/Hong-joo. I do think part of my Han Chae-ah appreciation is due to the way Rie is written in Gaksital — there’s something about her identity crisis, her deep insecurity, and her selfless love for Kang-to that completely wins me over — although I give her credit for standing up to what the role has asked of her. She’s not brilliant, but she probably is the most solid female actress in the cast (aside from guest appearances like comrade wife), and it’s enough to make me want to see more of her. Let’s hope she can keep improving from here.
Oohlala Spouses will follow Haeundae Lovers, KBS’s current Monday-Tuesday series. It premieres in October.
Via Star News
- Behind the scenes of Gaksital in all its aegyo-riffic glory
- KBS casts body-swapper drama Oohlala Spouses
- Gaksital (Bridal Mask): Episode 1
- A detailed look at the main characters of Bridal Mask
- And now, for a look at Bridal Mask’s other leads
- Hero: Episode 1