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
- Ji Sung and Hwang Jung-eum confirm new melodrama Secret
- Hwang Jung-eum courted to star opposite Ji Sung in Secret
- Ji Sung courted to headline new drama Secret
- 26 Years opens in first place at the box office
- Bae Soo-bin cast as Yoo Ji-tae’s leading man
- 49 Days: Episode 1
- I Hear Your Voice: Episode 1
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- On the golf course with Birdie Buddy’s cast