Two idols from the same girl group in a drama? I suppose you get a pass if it’s been eleven years since you were in said idol group, but still, that’s a lot worlds colliding, people. Idol-turned-actress Lee Jin (The Great Seer) has just joined the cast of her ex-groupmate Sung Yuri’s new weekend drama Birth Secret, though sadly their characters’ secret isn’t that they were once in a girl group together. I know that’s probably TOO much thinly-veiled meta, but it’s kind of the only situation in which I’ll be able to suspend my disbelief long enough to watch a drama starring the pair of them.
Sung Yuri stars in the drama that sounds like it has a makjang plot, but swears it’s a trendy: the heroine is a genius who has a hidden birth secret and suffers from amnesia, specifically all her memories from age 17 to 27, making her forget that she has a husband (played by Yoo Joon-sang) and a daughter (Kal So-won). She thinks her husband is all wrong for her, and doesn’t believe she would have married him, and the drama is her journey to recovering her memory piece by piece, and also falling in love with him all over again. Though it has a melo premise, if they breeze past the tragic beginning quickly, I suppose it does have potential to be executed in a fun, heartwarming way.
Lee Jin has joined the cast as a chaebol daughter-in-law who “lives with an illness of the heart” (they mean feeling-heart, not cardiac problems), and was once our heroine’s best friend. Because Sung Yuri can’t remember her life from age 17 on, she seeks out her then-best-friend Lee Jin for help in figuring out what happened in her life after high school.
What she won’t remember is that Lee Jin was her best friend back then, but she was jealous that the boy she liked was interested in Sung Yuri, and stole him, only to ditch him for the rich man she eventually married (Han Sang-jin). So basically they’re playing ex-besties and now-rivals, which is oddly not that hard to believe. Add a stint in a girl group to that past and I’m sold. Here’s the pair of friends in the show’s first script read, below.
Birth Secret follows Incarnation of Money and premieres April 27 on SBS.
Via Hankook Ilbo