Drama Casting & News
Hong Soo-hyun gets her leading men
by | August 17, 2013 | 73 Comments

Hong Soo-hyun’s new weekend family drama Will You Love And Give It Away has cast her love interests. She’ll be reuniting with Jang Ok-jung co-star Lee Sang-yeob, who scored himself a leading role this time. Seo Ji-seok (High Kick 3) will be the other leg of the love triangle, but this is one second lead who might have a fair shot at getting the girl. Why, you ask? Because the leading man might end up being her new stepbrother. Yeah, they’re doing that. Groan.

The new weekender comes from the PD of Queen of Reversals and the writer of Ugly Mooncake and Just Be Like Today. It stars Park Geun-hyung (aka Halbae Number Three) and Cha Hwa-yeon (Hundred Year Inheritance, I Miss You) in a sweet twilight romance. He’s a retired prosecutor and a regular customer at the neighborhood restaurant that she runs, and the two fall in love and decide to Brady-Bunch their families together. So far, so cute.

Here’s where things get potentially dicey though. The heroine (Hong Soo-hyun) is Mom’s daughter, and her leading man (Lee Sang-yeob) is Dad’s son. A*&GGG$&#* WHY. We already had Love Rain. Why do we have to do it again? The show keeps being called heartwarming family fare though, so maybe it won’t go makjang on us? In any case, she’s a responsible bank employee while he’s a jobless loser, but he’s sincere when it comes to his feelings for her.

Seo Ji-seok, on the other hand, is the total opposite. He’s a restaurateur, a chef, AND a second-generation chaebol. Of course he is. He’s described as cheery and romantic, which basically means he’ll be Mr. Perfect. But maybe if Sincere Slacker ends up her brother, Mr. Perfect will actually get to sweep her away? One can only hope, because the alternative involves breaking some laws.

Will You Love And Give It Away premieres in September on MBC.

Via TV Report, Hankyung


73 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. moondust

    I like both male leads. Love Hong Soo Hyun.

  2. Mystisith

    “Maybe they won’t go makjang on us?” A family drama, on MBC… >.>
    I like both actors but I have been burnt once too many by those family WE suckers recently (YTWLSS and ISYG). The best oppas of the world are not enough anymore to keep me onboard of a messy storyline. Once it’s finished, call me back and if the ending is satisfying, then I will take the plunge.

    • 2.1 Alexis

      Couldn’t agree more. Last family drama worth my time was Unexpected You/He Who Rolled In Unexpectedly. Won’t be checking this one out.

      • 2.1.1 ilikemangos

        Good to know that a worthy family drama writer is writing Man From Another Star.

      • 2.1.2 maldita

        That was the only family drama I legit liked. Kim Namjoo just makes everything better.

    • 2.2 Anvesha

      Same here… I don’t have the patience for another family drama after what LSS put me through. I might just watch it on fast forward when it ends airing IF the couple is worth it.

      • 2.2.1 risa

        Yeah, this sounds like a skip-watch show. But I wanna watch it ’cause now that I have a newfound appreciation of Halbae #3, I’m keen to see him show off his romantic side in a drama. Plus, I like/love all the leads. If the story sucks, I guess it’ll be an opportunity to continue honing my fast-forwarding skills.

        Has anyone watched any of the writer’s other dramas (Ugly Mooncake, Just Like Today, Definitely Neighbors, City of Glass, etc)? Based on his previous work, is this likely to evoke more awws or more ughs?

        • kopytko

          I saw about a dozen eps of City of Glass – there weren’t more subs. Then I only read recaps. What I can say – the drama started very well and promising but turned out unbearable. So I am rather reluctant. The highlights were really cool, though…

          • risa

            Good to know– thanks.

        • Ivoire

          Hello Risa, do you still read the recaps of YATBLSS? I was wondering…

          • risa

            Hi Ivoire! Yes, I still read the recaps but I’m always late and sometimes very late by the time I’ve watched both subbed eps. But if you’re wanting to know if I read your comments from a couple of weeks ago– yes, I did!:D Hwaiting!

    • 2.3 saralala

      Does YTWLSS stand for You’re The Worst Lee Soon Shin?

      • 2.3.1 Mystisith

        Exactly. ^^

        • saralala

          Hahaha nice! I don’t watch the drama but I do read the recaps and it sounds like the drama landed in crazyland!

        • Amberscube

          Hahahaha…. Even my love for Jo Jung Suk cant save the drama. Im glad i stopped watching.

    • 2.4 KDaddict

      Agreed. LSS, ISYG and even Goddess of M, are all kinds of bad.

      ISYG has the most boring OTP I’ve sever seen. I FF thru their scenes. Sb said they aren’t even sure which one is the OTP there. It deserves a special award either way!
      GoM makes me wish the worst for NamSM’s char. As she chooses to drop LSW to marry into the lion’s den, she deserves whatever bad fortune comes her way.
      We all know abt LSS.
      These 3 cure me of watching another Weekend drama for a long time to come!

      • 2.4.1 Lynn

        Couldn’t say it better myself. ISYG is so bad that i kinda happy when Yeon Jung Hoon got less and less screen time.

        • KDaddict

          He gets No screen time now that they’ve sent him off all the way to Italy, All by himself!
          I’ve NEVER FF on one half or both parts of the OTP before. 1st time–in ISYG.
          In last night’s ep, all they did was different ppl sat across from each other and talked! Yawn.

        • Windsun33

          My biggest problem with ISYG was not the (lack of?) an OTP setup, but the youngest daughter setup. The mom lavished her with a good education, designer clothes, and basically treated her like a princess, all to setup what apparently is nothing more than a Trophy Wife. Yet she seems to have no skills, not even sure if she has a real job at all, no interests or career, is totally spineless, and is the pure definition of a wimpy pawn in the game. Her character has not progressed one iota from the start. Maybe ISYG seems better to me than to most others here because I tend to skip just about any scenes with her in them.

    • 2.5 Windsun33

      “..The show keeps being called heartwarming family fare though, so maybe it won’t go makjang on us?..”

      Uhm, yeah.. good luck with that on a weekend drama. I think that YTBLSS and 100 Year Inheritance had the same description. And neither turned out to be heartwarming, family, of comedy.

      I am not going to dive into this one – I made that mistake with YTBLSS. After 10 to 20 episodes, if it is getting good comments here I might pick it up, but not holding my breath.

    • 2.6 MsB

      Or maybe they will confuse the HELL out of us like ISYG!

  3. Lisa-Loo-Loo

    I bet there will be a family secret like he’s not dad’s real son…he’s lee soon shin, boy version. Because, brother? Ewww!!!

    • 3.1 MeeisLee

      LOL. When I read this I thought you meant he’s Lee Soon Shin, like the actual war hero and has somehow managed to survive hundreds of years later OR has been reincarnated and recovers the memories of his past lives. (Can you tell I’m still recovering from Gu Family Book?)

      • 3.1.1 risa

        Hahaha… all the WTF plots in dramaland have warped my brain, too. πŸ˜€

    • 3.2 Windsun33

      Wow, a family birth secret. Now that would be an original twist πŸ˜€

  4. darkice7_12

    I just have to clarify. Is it illegal or taboo in Korea to marry your step-siblings? Living in the US, where this is allowed, personally I don’t think it is a big deal. I always get confused when I watch this in dramas and how everyone is angsting over it. Would really appreciate an answer on this. Thanks. =)

    • 4.1 Saturtledaisy

      I was wondering about the same thing o-o. I just never really got all the angst in Love Rain because of it.

      • 4.1.1 liz

        If korean are against cousins marrying each other or relatives marrying (be it from the bride side and the other side from the groom) imagine step-siblings, lol it is not legal even on my country.

        Plus another thing I found reeeally weird:

        If the oldest brother marries the yougest sister of family A, and the youngest brother wants to marry the oldest sister of the same family A, some korean are against it because the rank names would be confusing

        WTF… can someone explain it for me? Is the ranks really that important??

        • anais

          Yes, very important. As a Neo-Confucian society, Koreans need to know how to relate to one another. A person’s identity is often predicated on a person’s relationship to another. Even the language reflects that. Which is why you’ll see Korean dramas talking about speaking in honorifics or dropping honorifics or clearing up how to address one another.

          So, a middle sister would call her older sister’s a different title than her younger sister’s. Same goes for the men’s side. So, what do you do when there is no clear line of reference? And it’s not merely a function of language. There are entire set of responsibilities and expectations of differently ranked siblings and their spouses, by extension.

          Hope this explanation is helpful.

          • liz

            Thank you so much for explaining it.

            It helped me to understand it more πŸ™‚

          • darkice7_12

            Interesting. Thanks for explaining.

    • 4.2 eny

      In Indonesia it’s taboo, When your father marry a woman, that woman is your mother n her son/daughter is your sibling, n marriage between sibling even they don’t have blood related is taboo
      I guess there’s no law about it(at least i never heard) but in society it’s really taboo, it’s like unwritten rule

      • 4.2.1 Gaeina Lee

        Oh, is it, Eny? A friend of mine married her step-bro, and both fam, friends and colleagues are fine with it, thus I never knew that. Guess, I have to learn about ID society and culture more..

        • eny

          really???? where she lives???I’m surprise if there isn’t any problem,may be if she still married n move to another town or country where no one know about them it’s still fine

      • 4.2.2 Jenny

        Agree with eny. I also live in Indonesia. In some culture, it is even prohibited to marry your cousin. A too closely bloodrelated will produce disabled children, they say.

        • Saturtledaisy

          Well there IS a higher chance to have children with disabilities when the parents are bloodrelated, but only to a certain degree. I don’t think there’s a problem with cousins, though. I’ve always thought that was the main reason as to why incest is illegal.

          Marrying your stepsister/stepbrother or even your cousin is perfectly legal in my country. As long as the stepsister/-brother doesn’t get fully legally adopted by their new parent, that is.
          Same goes for most inlaws…

        • Perrie

          actually, I learned about this in school but there’s research that children won’t be affected genetically. In Bedouin families (located in western Egypt desserts) women marry their cousins (father’s brother’s son) and their children are not affected in the way their saying and because of that their kinship is secure and closer;)

          • Windsun33

            Whatever research you read about not being affected I suggest is totally wrong. The bad effects of inbreeding have been known for at least 3,000 years. It was also somewhat responsible for the fall of the Roman Empire, and to the fall of the Hapsburg dynasty in Spain.

            But the real danger is not the occasional marriage of cousins and such, it is when the inbreeding continues down the line. Some research has shown that the bad effects multiply significantly with each inbred generation, almost exponentially. Some rat experiment a few years ago showed that by the 6th generation of inbreeding, the rat “dynasty” was essentially dead.

            According to one site (accuracy not verified), the bad effects for first generation cousins is pretty small – only about 10% higher than random pairings, or under 1/5000 chance. But by the 4th generation the chance goes up to almost 1/15.

            I did not do any extensive research on this, was just curious, but pretty much everyplace agrees that in general inbreeding in humans is not a good thing.

    • 4.3 adette

      Its illegal.

    • 4.4 Jen

      I dunno about stepsiblings but in my family i’ve got two aunties who are married to brothers from the same family, and in cross orders to (older sis-younger bro, younger sis-older bro). We’re fine with it, and we’re a chinese-indonesian family which more or less hails from similar confucian tradition as the koreans. Could it be that kdramas just like to complicate uncomplicated things??

    • 4.5 Shadow-chan

      I was wondering the same thing.
      Especially because they’re already adults when they meet, so I really can’t see the problem.
      I always think it’s a LOT weirder when people grow up together like siblings and then suddenly fall for each other, even when they`re not really related…

    • 4.6 Windsun33

      Good question. In nearly all societies, the taboo is against marrying blood relatives, because of all the bad things that can happen with inbreeding genetically.

      But on the other hand, in the US Woody Allen married his adopted daughter – something that I would expect only in k-drama.

  5. Abbie

    My excitement for this drama rose, then dipped. I really want Seo Ji-seok to win the lead. I like him way better than the other guy.

    So is it illegal in Korea for step-siblings to marry?

    • 5.1 anais

      It’s a taboo.

      • 5.1.1 Gala

        I think taboo is such a string word. It’s definitely frowned upon -heck, anger and rage would be raised- but I wouldn’t call it taboo, nor illegal. (now someone correct me if I’m wrong on this…) as long as the couple arent in the same family registry (the dad adopting the stepchild), then it’d be perfectly legal for them to marry. But of course, their society frowns upon it.

        I’m curious how this drama will handle this!

  6. Elfie

    Why???? I was so happy that HSH got a lead role in a drama but then they come out with this?? ughhh the chances that this will go makjang are pretty high given the plot that they’re giving us -.-
    But I love HSH and LSY so I will give this drama a try…..hopefully it won’t turn out like YTBLSS did for me… 😐

  7. kopytko

    Not necessarily my cup of tea, but if SJS were at least a jerk, an incorrigible at that… bur second lead getting the girl – now we can have look at the first ep πŸ˜‰

  8. crazedlu

    Ok, I’m not trying to be a sicko, but when older people marry and their children (and older ones, at that) become siblings, I could see how romances might develop. And I just don’t find myself squicking at that. If they were children who came together at a young age and grew up together, that’s a different story, but teenagers or adults, meh.

    It’s ok. Think me a sicko. I’ll live. ~

    • 8.1 Saturtledaisy

      I don’t see how that’s sick. I think it’s even acceptable for younger kids – childhood friends fall in love as well and that’s regarded as completely normal D:. And even if two kids meet eachother because they suddenly become a family, they /know/ they’re not actually related.

      • 8.1.1 eny

        Yes, it make sense that they could love each other because they know that they are not blood relative. That doesn’t make sense is when they grow up together as sibling they know they blood relatif but suddenly they know that they are not blood relative n then they fall in love, just like in “Autum Tale”. I don’t like this drama because of that

  9. Mari

    If they are already grown up and not legally or blood related brother and sister, why is it illegal? It just seems like a weird coincidence not against the law.

  10. 10 lovenwait

    The synopsis sounds like Scent of a Man with Han Eun Jung and i dont know his name actor except the third leg of the triangle is not all that lovable and is an abuser.

  11. 11 canxi

    I asked a question about step-siblings marrying each other once because I was confused about it and it does happen apparently (here in the US at least). I can see how it would be weird since technically you’re one big family now, but on the other hand you aren’t blood-related…it’s just one of those situations that makes things complicated. And we all know how dramas make complicated matters even MORE complicated, lol.

    But, awww Seo Ji Seok! I’ve been waiting for him to get back in a drama for a while. He usually gets the girl, so I guess if he doesn’t get the girl this one time it won’t be so heart-breaking but…he’s a cheery/romantic chef, though? *sobbing*

  12. 12 makoto

    In this case, we really need birth secret. Make her / him an abandoned child which was adopted by her/his recent family. I can accept that idea only for this drama. πŸ˜€

  13. 13 Miranti

    I’m excited to read like the first, second and third sentences of the first paragraph for Soo-hyun eonni. Meh, I usually skip this kind of step siblings love line which includes another person to complete the love triangle giving how horrible it turned out in one of KBS’ tv novel (L,ML) but since it’s HSH, LSY & PGH… I’m in.

  14. 14 bd

    Well, at least the 2nd male lead isn’t a cold, arrogant scion of a chaebol.

  15. 15 zhill

    I’m okey with a step-siblings love line as long as it is written beautifully like Devil Beside You (Mike He and Rainie Yang). Love Rain and Hundred Years Inhiritance was boring.

    • 15.1 zhill


  16. 16 Gaeina Lee

    I’ll watch for HSH and LSY, but if it goes uncontrollably makjang, ugh.. I’ll have to check out asap.

  17. 17 lisa

    Change the lead actress.

  18. 18 anna

    Wow, MBC seems really like controversial love. The OTP in ISYG is not enough? Hope the plot won’t change when viewers doesn’t root for the main couple and Hong Soo Hyun won’t get screen time cut. It’s her first lead role, why it has to be MBC?

  19. 19 Noelle

    But they aren’t blood related! This is The Royal Tenenbaums all over again. I see the problem but I just don’t understand why it has to be a problem.

    • 19.1 FishFillets

      I KNOW RIGHT!?!?!?

  20. 20 FishFillets

    But maybe if Sincere Slacker ends up her brother, Mr. Perfect will actually get to sweep her away?

    hahahaha yes we can always hope i guess πŸ˜€

    gonna watch this i think~ love all the leads ^^

  21. 21 DC

    Lee Sang Yeob!

  22. 22 pearl3101

    Din’t we have this premise in ” A thousand kisses” ? where step-siblings actually married but then found out later???

  23. 23 Secretagentman

    Am I the only one who doesn’t find the step-sibling thing that repellant? I mean, it’s a little bit of a frowny face but at least they didn’t grow up together. Maybe they meet before their parents do? Ahh I’m a big fan of the leading man so we’ll see how this goes. Fingers crossed!

  24. 24 Powerz

    Ooo sounds interesting and fun!

  25. 25 Perrie

    Maybe it will be like Clueless in the love line part??? Lol, except they were ex step siblings…honestly though, I’m feeling you on the @#%^%& part. Ugh, but I still want to check it out for Hong Soo Hyun and Lee Sang Yeob is so hot….where have I seen him before (not in the drama listed)

    • 25.1 Perrie

      It’s not that I mind the step sibling love line, but I guess the way I was raised is that no matter what other calls your “step family” they are family first. There is no
      ‘step’ or ‘half’. You treat and call them the same way as you would call “blood siblings” and that’s why I’m a a little like…mehhh.

      My favorite thing about this convo is that there are a lot of related anthropology topics, like the discussion of kinship and such and I am a sucker for such conversations!

  26. 26 aznative

    Looking forward to seeing Seo Ji-seok again, seems like it’s been a long time since he’s been in a drama. I really like the character Lee Sang-yeob portrayed in “Nice Guy”. It will be interesting to see how this series plays out.

  27. 27 Lilian

    Sounds boring. ~100% sure I am gonna give this a miss …

  28. 28 grace

    WOW.. he is one of the 2nd leads who i thought , they DESERVE to be LEADS.. especially in innocent man, i liked this guy’s character better than SJK’s role……

    now i am waiting for Choi Sung Joon ( the pretty paralegal from IHYV) to be the lead….
    he’d be AWESOME…

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