Aw, I don’t know why, but watching the cast of Answer Me 1997 move on to new projects makes me feel proud, like we’ve watched them grow up since high school or something. It looks like Shin So-yool has made a little best-friend niche for herself — she’s going from Jung Eun-ji’s bestie on 1997 to playing Moon Geun-young’s bestie on the upcoming weekend drama Alice in Cheongdam-dong.
The drama stars Moon Geun-young as a young fashion designer who suddenly finds herself having to navigate the strange new world of the upper crust, who live in the Cheongdam-dong neighborhood of Kangnam. And after working her tail off to get there, she decides that her new dream is to become a Cheongdam-dong daughter-in-law. Er? Park Shi-hoo plays the hero, the rival designer label’s CEO. Shin So-yool will play the heroine’s best friend, from high school all the way through college. Her character is cute and bold, not afraid to speak her mind, and wishes more than anything that she could marry a wealthy man.
I love the cast, but so far I’m put off by the whole marry-a-rich-man theme running through this drama. I guess I’ll hold out hope that the drama does something other than the straight Cinderella story? I don’t begrudge a heroine her happily ever after with a charming hero or anything, but I’m not sure anyone’s actual life goal past the age of four should be become Cinderella.
In any case, I’m looking forward to seeing a lot more of Shin So-yool, who was delightful in 1997, and stood out as an actress among an idol cast. She was adorable, funny, and vulnerable, and really carried the whole Yoo-jung/Hak-chan storyline on her performance. She’s currently on the cast of the daily sitcom What Is a Mom, and will go straight into shoots for Alice.
Alice in Cheongdam-dong premieres in December on SBS.
- Alice in Cheongdam-dong casts second leads
- Moon Geun-young and Park Shi-hoo team up in rom-com
- Weekend romance drama courts Moon Geun-young
- Answer Me 1997′s cast to host SNL Korea
- The Answer Me 1997 love keeps growing, along with ratings
- Answer Me 1997: Episodes 1-2