This boy is going to be so beautiful when he grows up. Sigh. I mean, he’s already most of the way there, but 15-year-old Yeo Jin-gu still has a bit of growing up to do, as we noonas and ajummas should probably keep in mind for the near future. (Fifteen!)
Anyway. Yeo Jin-gu has been cast in a new drama, which is great news; he was probably the surprise star of his last drama, The Moon That Embraces the Sun, since he did such a lovely job grounding the character in his teenage ardor and heartbreak. (It helps that he exited the drama early enough to avoid the frustrating back-and-forth-and-back-again that characterized his character in later years.) He’ll be teaming up with his Moon/Sun co-star Kim So-hyun, who was most recently seen in the short-and-sweet tween drama Ma Boy.
The drama is an MBC Wednesday-Thursday melodrama called I Miss You, and it’s about a man and woman who are first loves (of course), whose love story is likened to a round of “hide and seek.”
So while these two kids may have been a mismatched pairing in Moon/Sun—seriously, she was the lonely wife whose dark energy was so strong that he basically had a heart attack anytime he tried to consummate the union—they’ll be on the right side of Fate this time around as the main pairing. By which I mean: They’ll have a lot of pain and heartbreak, but at least this time it’ll be worth it?
Yeo Jin-gu plays a character who seems reserved and taciturn, but that’s covering up his hurt and lonely spirit. He meets and falls in love with our heroine, played by Kim So-hyun, and that painful first love stays with him as an adult.
Hm. As much as the first-love thing makes groan, I see the appeal in the idea of a love that just keeps missing its timing; it’s the very cornerstone of Answer Me, 1997, for instance, which handles it masterfully and with lots of pathos and humor. The premise also reminds me of Will It Snow For Christmas, which I enjoyed even with all the grown-up angst.
Plus, the writer and director have a solid track record of dramas that infuse their stories with a lot of heart, even when things get heavy, so I’ll say my interest in I Miss You is tentatively positive. PD Lee Jae-dong directed the lightly funny Can’t Lose and the heartwarming Thank You, while writer Moon Hee-jung wrote two successful weekend family shows, Can You Hear My Heart and Smile You.
I Miss You hasn’t yet confirmed the adults who’ll take over the story from Yeo Jin-gu and Kim So-hyun, but I’ll bet we hear something soon. It replaces Arang and the Magistrate for an October premiere.
Via My Daily
- Ma Boy: Episode 3
- Ma Boy: Episode 2
- Ma Boy: Episode 1
- Rooftop Prince: Episode 1
- Yeo Jin-gu & company in March’s magazines
- Flowers strike back: Moon/Sun edition
- Interviews with Moon/Sun’s child actors
- The Moon That Embraces the Sun: Episode 1