Drama Casting & News
Leads cast for rom-com All About My Romance
by | January 23, 2013 | 58 Comments

SBS’s upcoming romantic-comedy drama series All About My Romance has settled upon its leads, and while that means Im Soo-jung is out (having considered the role), we do have confirmation that Shin Ha-kyun (Brain) will be taking the show after all. Joining him as the leading lady is Han Hye-jin (Thorn Birds, Syndrome).

The project is an opposites-attract romance set in the world of politics, which isn’t a milieu that automatically screams love and laughs. But that’s exactly what this writer-PD duo, who produced Protect the Boss together, hope to do by drawing parallels between the political arena and the romantic. Not only will our leads be total opposites in personality and ideology, but also political parties. Ooh. That… could get dangerous.

Shin Ha-kyun’s character is Kim Soo-young, a former judge and a newly elected parliamentarian belonging to the conservative New Korea Party. Confident and prickly in nature, as a judge he hated being pressured by superior forces and thus entered politics… ’cause you know there’s no pressure there or anything. As a new assemblyman, Kim Soo-young finds himself constantly crossing paths (and clashing) with another new parliamentarian, Noh Min-young, of the Green Progressive Party.

Noh Min-young entered politics after the death of her older sister, who was a strong presidential candidate. So when all that crackling romantic tension with Kim Soo-young leads to actual dating, she’s careful to keep the relationship a secret, since she’s already under the scrutiny of the opposing party and, oh yeah, the whole nation. Ha, I bet the upstanding judge isn’t used to being anybody’s dirty little secret.

So this could be cute, and funny, and quite a bit different from what we’ve been seeing in dramaland. Maybe, if done well to make the most of its potentialโ€”which is always a big if. I like the concept and could see it making for light humor and sweet romance, as well as being able to swing more serious when needed. Sort of like West Wing meets City Hall. (I’m also thinking fondly of the cracked-out secret congresswoman romance in 30 Rock, although that level of zaniness is too much to hope for in a K-drama, I suppose.) And since politics is already a pretty high-stakes arena, my big hope is that the drama won’t need to reach into that grab bag of standard angsty melo tricks to draw out the big dramatics. *crosses fingers*

All About My Romance is wrapping up its casting and plans to begin production soon, for an April premiere.

Via Star News


58 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. snow_white

    I liked Protect The Boss, less melo, more light and fun…..so I can hope the same tone with this…..

    • 1.1 Domino

      I have no doubt about Shin Ha Kyun’s humorous side and acting ability, but I am wondering how good he can form a chemistry with Han Hye Jin.

      HHJ is a good actress, but seems to act independently and could not really form much chemistry with her counter part. That’s the reason, she never won any best couple award in her acting career. (Please correct me, if I am wrong).

      In Jumong, Jejeongwon, Thorn Bird, and Fighting Sansoom, she seems to be always acting on her own and independently, rather than bringing out the chemistry between her and her lead actor.

      Deep down, as I observed Healing Camp and KBS Drama Awards in 2011, I believe she is a machiavelli, and this woman politician role should fit her to the tee.

      Am looking forward to the drama. ^_____________^

  2. emmy

    Sounds like a fun premise. I’ll be crossing my fingers too since good romcoms seem incredibly hard to make.

  3. Mystisith

    “West Wing meets City Hall”: If this is what we get I will be happy like a clam.
    And yes, forget the melo boring/upsetting family tropes which would be overkill. Please?

    • 3.1 ladysarahii

      Just as long as we can get speed walking and talking in the hallways. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • 3.1.1 JO

        on a side note: I do wish Im Soo Jung was in it :T

      • 3.1.2 booos

        that would be so cool! passing each other secret notes or trading bars on the debate floor with hidden messages in it that are actually lovey dovey but on the surface sounds like they are going at each other’s throats lol! what a hoot!

  4. JoJo

    They say politics makes strange bedfellows, so with a few laughs along the way, could be fun.

    • 4.1 Domino

      Obama and Michelle….????

  5. summer

    Don’t think i have seen Han Hye-jin in a romantic comedy. This is gonna be interesting

  6. John

    Han Hye-jin ! I’m in.

  7. BellaMafia

    Love CIty Hall! I hope this one will be super romantic as well.

    • 7.1 racheose

      i liked it to death too haha and shin ha kyun, can’t wait for this.. though i’m not familiar with the other actors, i’m in XD

      • 7.1.1 booos

        won’t they be arguing about political ideologies all day?

  8. Stina

    I love the concept, I’m not really in fond of politic dramas, but this one pleases me ^^ I look forward it ! Protect the boss was really fun and cool, so I hope this one will be too. And Han Hye-Jin โ™ฅ

  9. Lilly

    Sounds good to me. I will be watching.

  10. 10 KANGly

    Oh sounds like the love story of a family friend.

    This family friend is an activist, as in she joins rallies and marches to protest against government policies and stuff like that. In one of those anti-government rallies she met a military man. They fell in love despite their opposing ideologies. They got married, had kids, and still pursued their respective beliefs.

    Later on she became congresswoman in our country representing marginalized members of society, while her husband rose in the ranks in the military.

    Sadly, the husband died young due to heart attack. She is still congresswoman in our country.

  11. 11 RockPaperScissors

    I have loved Han Hye Jin since her Geum Soon days, and would love to see how she does in a comedic role. I have a feeling this one has potential.

    • 11.1 Collibosher

      Yeah, she’ll always be a bit of ‘Geum-soon’ to me. Along with all of the other bits, she was pretty comedic, at times in that one. I see her delivering in whatever role she plays… ๐Ÿ™‚

      • 11.1.1 Annie

        She’s also good on Healing Camp – it’s a variety show, but still.

      • 11.1.2 Domino

        I beg to disagree. See the comments above!! BTW, her last portrayer of a doctor, was not really impressive.

    • 11.2 Kiara

      Loved her in Jumong as Queen So Seo No. I was hoping she would do another sageuk but this sounds a lot better than the weep-fest called Thorn Birds.

      • 11.2.1 chasen8888

        She did do one in 2010 called Jejungwon – although it was not popular, it was a quality drama about the first western medical school in Joseon/Korea. Check it out at http://www.dramacrazy.net or related k-drama sites, they are likely to have it.

        • Domino

          She portrayed doctor twice. But, both dramas flopped. Jejeongwon is kind of slightly better, given the historical context.

  12. 12 ck1Oz

    I think I am interested. At least the leads look believable as politicians. Hope the writing and chemistry is good.

  13. 13 Miica

    Until today I thought Jung Yumi (I Need Romance 2) got that role…

  14. 14 Annie

    Finally a good pairing. Excited for Shin Ha Kyun!

  15. 15 jae

    after brain & TK2H last year maybe this will be my new kdrama crack for this year… i’m in for shin ha kyun! ^^

  16. 16 Ivoire

    Read about this on an online news site. That sounds promising and I like Han Hye-jin. I have never seen Shin Ha-kyun in anything, so I will be curious to see him here. Does anyone know how long (how many episodes) this drama will be?

    • 16.1 Kiara

      Shin is a veteran actor and has been in close to 30 movies, thats why we dont see much of him in dramaland. He’s only been in 2 or 3 dramas since 2010 I think.

      • 16.1.1 houstontwin

        He is a very intelligent, intense, and versatile actor. You can’t help but be impressed!

    • 16.2 deasy

      try to watch brain, he is really amazing there. so much into the character, n got daesang. I’m so in love with him since brain. glad he’s back to dramaland.

  17. 17 LangitBiru

    Shin Ha Kyun on my tv. I need this… Can’t wait… ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. 18 Kiara

    Shin Ha-kyun one of the best actors in dramaland. Glad to see him on the small screen. I dont care what the story is about, I’m gonna watch the hell out of it cause he is in it.

  19. 19 cg

    this is a total random question but can anyone tell me how Seoul is exactly pronounced: is it see-ol or soul ????

    • 19.1 Mystisith

      Phonetically, I would say it sounds like “so-all” in English. Korean native speakers are free to correct me of course…

      • 19.1.1 Annie

        Not a native speaker, but I’d say it sounds more like ‘sole’ as in the sole of a foot.

    • 19.2 javabeans

      It’s suh-wool. Soft s. Think of it as two syllables, breaking as Seo-ul rather than one syllable like soul.

      • 19.2.1 cg

        thanks everyone ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 19.3 Domino


  20. 20 Lovebug

    This sounds promising. My prayer is that if it starts out light in funny that it not devolve in to draggy draggy melo territory. I am getting really sick of that. (I prefer my melos to be upfront about it.)

  21. 21 UJ

    This sounds like something that I will like…. Politics bore me yes… But this looks like it has the right amount of funny to make me go through the political stuff…

  22. 22 Opal

    SHK….. the only reason I will give this drama a try. Don’t really get excited with the lead lady though.

  23. 23 Anvesha

    I cant picture Shin Ha Kyun in a romcom after seeing him in Brain.. But he obviously is a very good actor. I hope it’s interesting and not too serious territory.

    • 23.1 mskololia

      I first saw him in Harvest Villa….He had me in stitches.

    • 23.2 canxi

      Really??!! He can be HILARIOUS! If you can find it, watch this movie he is called Festival (I believe, watched it some time ago). He plays a cop who’s a jerk and thinks he’s awesome because he has a big…. *cough*. ANYWAY. It is the best thing. EVER. EVER.

      • 23.2.1 Domino

        Yes, SHin Ha Kyun is a all-round actor. He can be really funny and makes you laugh. In Harvest Villa, he did make me laugh a few times (non-stop!!). Nevertheless, he did not manage to have much chemistry with Lee Bo Young. I guess, it is not so much of Shin Ha Kyun’s inability to ignite her loving sentiment, I believe it is Lee Bo Young who failed to respond to her counter part. That’s the reason, I never finished watching the drama.

  24. 24 Hui Ting

    OMG I think it was just last week when I saw the news which reported Shin Ha-kyun didn’t accept this role. Oh my god. I am so happy. You mean SHK + Rom-Com = 16 hours of silly, childish but adorable antics by SHK? (sorry, got reminded of Protect the Boss, hehe.) lol, I’m getting a little too excited here.

    I’m so contented with the main leads, I hope the script and the rest of the cast will be good too. ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. 25 mskololia

    An actress that can go the distance with SHK.

  26. 26 Sam

    Sounds great! Refreshing idea for a rom-com ๐Ÿ˜€

  27. 27 evoka

    Good pairing. Good concept!I liked it. Now I’m curious why ISJ gave-up from this project (real reason) and if we would gonna see Im Soo Jung at another drama this year.! I hope she wont give-up and chose another drama project and be on my computer screen each week! Cinema is special but sometimes she needs to seen on tv! Tv need good actresses.

  28. 28 Melmax

    Han Hye Jin!!!! I’m in too…. she’s got a contageous laugh, can’t wait, thanks!!!

  29. 29 canxi

    I like it! I’m in! Also, this couple is already darn cute *__* ALSO Shin Ha Kyun in a drama again sooo soon!!!!!! *ugly sobbing*

  30. 30 kfangurl

    Oh, if this is anything like City Hall, I’m in! Not too much politics, just enough to make a good context, plus great chemistry between the leads – that’s all I’m asking for! ^^

  31. 31 Arhazivory

    Totally love Shin Ha-Kyung since Brain and I love HHJ from Jumong and I loved Protect the Boss.

    I’m thinking I’ll love this too. ๐Ÿ˜€

  32. 32 Koirv

    After KING OF DRAMAS, this is the one I will definitely look forward to. Just reading the leads’ names gave me chills and feels!

  33. 33 SweetiePie54

    I am excited about this. I like these two actors and I am enjoying Protect the Boss so **fingers crossed** that this will be good.

  34. 34 Elizabeth Bennet

    Oh this sounds so good. I love both leads and I’m hoping that they’ll have insane chemistry ๐Ÿ™‚

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