Drama Casting & News
Bae Soo-bin and Lee Da-hee join Secret
by | August 7, 2013 | 56 Comments

Now that leads Ji Sung and Hwang Jung-eum are confirmed for KBS’s new melodrama Secret, it’s time to get our second leads squared away. They got some pretty great ones, I have to say — Bae Soo-bin (49 Days) and Lee Da-hee (I Hear Your Voice) — though I suppose when your plot hinges on a love square, you can’t be flimsy with your second leads.

The melodrama is about a “fatal romance” between a man who loses his girlfriend in an accident (Ji Sung), and falls in love with the woman responsible for her death (Hwang Jung-eum). The twist is that Hwang Jung-eum only went down for the crime because she loved her boyfriend so much she was willing to go to prison for him, and he abandons her while she’s doing time.

Bae Soo-bin plays a brilliant and righteous prosecutor, who one day does a complete turnaround and becomes an ambitious man, hungry for power. The kicker? He’s the boyfriend Hwang Jung-eum goes to jail for. Gasp. (But now it’s starting to make sense — she did it for his career as a prosecutor.) So he’ll be the one with the most power, but also the most to lose in this game. His character promises to show the height of heartlessness and desperation. He sounds a lot like his 49 Days character, with a few tweaks. Or Nice Guy’s Park Shi-yeon, take your pick.

Lee Da-hee’s character has less backstory to go on, but she’ll be the one with an unrequited love (I’m guessing for Ji Sung, though they don’t specify). She’s described as “thirsty for love,” and she’ll be a character in pain because she can’t have the one person she wants. I just find it funny that she’s going from Lee Bo-young’s frenemy-turned-friend in I Hear Your Voice to having a one-sided crush on her hubby-to-be. She was cast late in the game due to her standout performance in Voice, which is great for her. I can’t say that her character sounds anywhere near as awesome, but this is a conventional melo, so there won’t be any heartwarming reluctant friendships to be found here. Bring on the tears.

Secret follows Sword and Flower and premieres in September.

Via Joy News


56 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. Hugepuffball

    I know this has been done before, but it actually sounds really good to me right now. Kind of looking forward to it!

  2. Joy

    UGH the cast members all sound great but the plot sounds really cliche D: I might tune in for the first episode though!

  3. Daisy

    Looking forward to this!!

  4. judepps

    “He sounds a lot like his 49 Days character, with a few tweaks. Or Nice Guy’s Park Shi-yeon, take your pick”
    LOL! exactly somewhat like character for BSB in this drama..

    I watched several dramas with BSB in Brilliant Legacy, Dong Yi, 49 days..and I can say he’s a good actor, yet He always land on a 2nd lead in the drama. I hope one day someone will give him a lead role.

    Haven’t watch any drama of both leads (Ji-sung & Hwang Jung-eum before)
    I like Lee Da Hee’s portrayal as a prosecutor on IHYV, so ill watch out for her in this drama obviously.

    • 4.1 tearfulheart

      He had a lead role in Temptation of an Angel.

      • 4.1.1 judepps

        really? i think i miss out watching that drama of Him. tahnk you for pointing that out..i’ll better watch it.

    • 4.2 anniemo

      Yeah…I think we can safely say that Mr. Sad Eyes isn’t getting the girl… again. I know no other actor, aside from Jung Suk Won, whose characters have such consistently bad lucky with the ladies.

      • 4.2.1 pace88

        I’m glad his not getting the girl because his character description sounds like he’ll be a jerk. Bae soo bin other roles other then 49 days weren’t such a jerk, so I would root for him but not this time.

        • anniemo

          Oh, don’t get me wrong. I’m not pitying the character, merely the consistency with which this guy doesn’t get the girl. The character sounds like a Grade A a**hole. No sympathy on that point.

    • 4.3 Michelle

      me too i want him a lead because the lead always get the girl he never get it on the drama he work on

  5. Rashell

    I hate when they cast actors I love in dramas that I think I’ll hate. I’m going to watch. And I’m probably going to complain about the story. It’s a terrible cycle. Why can’t my favorites just pick awesome dramas? It would make my drama watching life so much easier.

    • 5.1 skelly

      So true! I love these actors, but the story sounds like something right out of a daily drama, it’s so trite. All we need is cancer, a birth secret, and someone getting water thrown in their face (or juice, as is sometimes used just to change things up).
      I think I am going to love the acting but hate the story, while on the other hand I adore ghost stories – but absolutely refuse to watch yet another idol-with-delusions-of-talent, so Who Are You is not on my list of shows to watch. Sigh.
      At least Kdrama tends to get in these thematic ruts, so you can bother to choose the ghost story du jour that has the cast you find most appealing.

      • 5.1.1 kumi

        Out of two “bads” I normally choose the one with a good story. I like stories a bit more than acting.

    • 5.2 alua

      Me too.

      I’m not keen on Secret at all, as the basic set up with love quadrangles already makes me gag.

      I would have loved Lee Da Hee to get a different role – and certainly not to fall back to the typical second lead role we’ve seen too many times before.

      I’m not sure I’ll watch.

  6. Danna

    While I’m sad that its back to second lead territory for BSB I’m gald that at least it sounds like a meaty role and he will get to unleash his awesomeness in a very fiery manner instead of,just being another daddy-long-legs oppa to the lead

  7. stars4u

    Ohhh! Lee Da-hee is now connected to the soon newlyweds!

    • 7.1 Waiting

      Isn’t this a great coincidence? I was excited to see Ji Sung and Lee Da Hee….her performance in I Hear Your Voice was awesome, especially at the end. Loved her!

      • 7.1.1 KDaddict

        So true. Excited for Ji S and Lee DH, but the story is Mehhh……

  8. The Real CZ

    Hwang Jung Eum and Lee Da Hee. Unf.

    Just here to represent the sentiments of the 1% male readership here at DB.

    • 8.1 jensredshoes

      Yeah, it would be nice to hear the guys’ oppinions more often. 🙂

  9. MeeisLee

    And we’ll, you’ve got my attention new drama. I like the actors but the plot. Is the source of my reluctance.

    I’m starting to think Bae Soo Bin is the master of the love square with a speciality as 2nd male lead melo.

  10. 10 snow__white

    This is again the case of good cast…cliched plot.

  11. 11 snow__white

    Another interesting fact: both the male leads are getting married this year 🙂

  12. 12 Rach^^

    IMO BSB can’t do evil. He was pretty bad in 49 Days. :X

  13. 13 Emmy

    I can’t recognise LDH anymore, she looks completely different.

    I thought she was great in My Girl and Miss Ripley, hope she’ll do well in this drama too.

    • 13.1 snow__white

      She is a different actress….the LDH from My girl is actually Lee Da Hae….the one cast in Secret is Lee Da Hee who was recently seen in IHYV….

      • 13.1.1 Emmy

        Thanks! I was so confused about why she looks so different!

        I guess I need to read more carefully!;)

        • cimori

          i also got misled by lee da hee name, i thought it was lee da hee fro My girl drama, turned out i was wrong too, hahahahahha

    • 13.2 Perrie

      Haha, I was confused at first too when I heard about her in I hear your voice:)

  14. 14 cynkdf

    girlfriday, many thanks for your fabulous write-up. I love BSB and look forward to watching “Secret”, no matter how good or bad the plot is …

  15. 15 Annie

    What I like about the plot is that I think the second leads end up falling in love with each other – nothing better than getting two love stories for the price of one, imho.

    • 15.1 ck1Oz

      He sounds like a douchebag if he lets his girlfriend take the rap.No love for him hope he gets jailed instead.

      • 15.1.1 Annie

        I doubt the characterization would be that trivial… or at least, I hope not. I’m assuming there will be some sort of redemption arc for his character.

  16. 16 pogo

    Booo, this sounds nowhere near as awesome as I Hear Your Voice, even if I love that Lee Da-hee will get to work with both newlyweds-to-be.

  17. 17 June

    Ooo, looking forward for this one!

  18. 18 Kiara

    Bae Soo-bin so good to see you back. I hate you dramaland for keeping him as 2nd lead again.

  19. 19 Trina

    I love BSB. However, I would have him as a lead in a drama. He deserve it. Watch the first two episodes to see if it is good.

  20. 20 tearfulheart

    Sigh…can this cast swap with Age of Feeling’s cast? I could care less about Secret’s plot and Age of Feeling’s cast.

    • 20.1 Lilly

      somewhere in an alternate universe…..

  21. 21 tanya

    I like that Lee Da Hee gets to work with the soon to be married couple. Love her performance in IHYV, I read about the casting rumor last week and I wished that she’d be the lead actress instead.

  22. 22 Z

    i have no intention of watching this show because it sounds like the Meloest Melo that ever Meloed. But, in my mind, I’m melding this show with IHYV and a bit of real life to create a world where Jang Hye-Sung, Seo Do-yeon and Ji-sung and Oska are involved in an awesome four-way BFFship. I didn’t realize it until I read this post, but that’s all I’ve ever wanted out of life.

    • 22.1 Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah

      LOL @ the “Meloest Melo that ever Meloed”.

  23. 23 Lilly

    this is what Dramabeans is for me
    info to base a choice on

  24. 24 Perrie

    Woah!! That twist with Bae Soo Bin’s character really got my attention! I’m definitely planning on at least checking out the first few episodes.
    YAY!! Bae Soo Bin is back!!!! I missed him!!!

  25. 25 soulllittlel

    nae wait new couple:)

  26. 26 Noelle

    I liked her so much in Voice. Her relationship with the lead was just perfect. But I don’t think I will watch this. Probably just wait for recaps if they become available.

  27. 27 canxi

    So…I laughed a lot at the “thirsty for love” bit because of how “thirsty” is being used nowadays–usually in a joking manner but mostly for really desperate people (like cat-callers). Just…omg, so funny.

    But the actual story line will probably break my heart. Unless, she’s mean. Then maybe not…

  28. 28 maymay

    Why does BSB always gets these jerky roles. Love him still, impending marriage and all. Hope he gets to shine here…sounds like meaty role. Yay to seeing his smoldering eyes for hours on tv…

  29. 29 Cee

    Until now, Secret doesn’t sound interesting at all. Maybe because I’ve watched Nice Guy, and other dramas in general so now this sounds dry and boring. The characters also sound boring, but I think I’m going to love Lee Dahee’s. I want to know how thirsty she will be, I hope she can make it interesting.

  30. 30 Penny

    I never knew Lee Da Hee before Voice, and I have been watching kdramas for years, so I think it’s great she’s been getting a lot of good attention. I loved her and her character in Voice, plus a second lead girl you can get behind is really not too many in kdramas.

  31. 31 SJ

    what a treat, i luv JS & BSB i’m a happy camper! thnx DB/GF for all your hard work!

  32. 32 chickenwing

    Oh Lee Da Hee….

  33. 33 Tweetiebird

    LBY and Ji Sung are an item wow!!

  34. 34 goldeng

    x.x wae you do this to me dramaland? I looove Bae Soo Bin, his pretty eyes and smile -even when hes getting married :'((- but if the drama or his character reminds me a bit of anything related to Nice Guy, I feel we’ll have a problem… the plot sounds so meh to me but I like him so much u.u

  35. 35 Timbone

    ” I just find it funny that she’s going from Lee Bo-young’s frenemy-turned-friend in I Hear Your Voice to having a one-sided crush on her hubby-to-be”

    That was priceless lol

  36. 36 alex

    can someone ask her to change her name..i get confused with super actress Lee DA HAE. 🙂

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