Uhm Tae-woong gets a little bro in Valid Love
Valid Love’s launch may have been delayed in favor of another drama (the remake of Liar Game) but the upcoming tvN drama from My Name Is Kim Sam-soon and What’s Up Fox’s writer is still busily proceeding with pre-production: It has added Park Jung-min (You’re All Surrounded) to its cast, to play younger brother to its lead, Uhm Tae-woong. Aw, dork-bros unite!
The drama is centered around a married couple, played by Uhm Tae-woong and Lee Shi-young, who marry after first meeting when she’s a high school student and he’s a teacher. (I know. I’m trying to keep an open mind.) That marriage, however, hits a bump when the wife meets another man, and what happens from there on is what the drama will explore. Park Jung-min will again display his comic side as the hero’s brother, who’s been unemployed for three years but isn’t too worried about it, having been raised spoiled in a well-off family.
Normally the description would be a bit of a turn-off, but the writer has a solid track record of treating her subjects with thoughtfulness and humor, so we’ll have to see how that works in this show. In any case, I’ll look forward to seeing the two playing hyung-dongsaeng, especially since I can totally see them as a pair of goofballs. I’d gotten so used to seeing Uhmforce play charismatic and, well, forceful characters that it was quite a jolt to see his real personality on variety programs, until the new image of his corny sense of humor and terrible hand-eye (or, should we say, foot-eye) coordination took over in my mind, and now I can’t see him playing serious characters with a straight face anymore.
Park Jung-min, meanwhile, surprised me (pleasantly) in You’re All Surrounded, where his funny sweet side reminded me a bit of a young Cha Tae-hyun. What a far cry from his sullen role in Bleak Night—and who would’ve guessed that of the trio in that movie, Park Jung-min would break out as the comedian among them?
Valid Love will be a Monday-Tuesday drama to follow Liar Game; it premieres in November.
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