Im Joo-eun completes love square for Lightly, Ardently
I’m always happy to be seeing more of Im Joo-eun (Empress Ki, Heirs) in dramaland, even though it’s in another supporting role. She’s currently entertaining an offer to join KBS’s Lightly, Ardently, the new romance melodrama starring Kim Woo-bin and Suzy. If she signs on, she’ll be reuniting with What’s Up costar Im Joo-hwan, who’s considering an offer to play Kim Woo-bin’s rival.
The new series comes from acclaimed writer Lee Kyung-hee (Nice Guy, I’m Sorry, I Love You), and stars Kim Woo-bin as a top star and Suzy as a documentary PD. They went through a heartbreaking separation in their youth, then meet again as adults when he’s a singer-actor Hallyu star and she’s a lowly PD who’s shameless about money. As the title goes, they’ll share a relationship that starts out light and grows ardent as they fall in love.
Im Joo-hwan is up to play Mr. Perfect — a corporate director with looks, smarts, and pedigree. He even has a gentle personality to go with his perfection, which makes him sound way too good to be true. (Check for ghost possession! Just in case!)
Im Joo-eun has been offered the role of a planning manager at a cosmetics company, which is one of the subsidiaries of the company that Im Joo-hwan works for. She’s cut from the same mold as him but comes from an even more privileged background — he’s described as being born with a “golden spoon” in his mouth, while she was born with a “diamond spoon” in hers. Did we really need the metaphorical spoon to be made of diamonds, really?
She’s an heiress of a contemporary royal family that puts out generations of political leaders. Her father is the leader of the ruling political party and next in line to be a presidential candidate. She’s a person who’s used to monopolizing the best of anything in the world, which I’m sure will make for a stark contrast with Suzy’s character, who sacrifices her pride for money. I know that we need Im Joo-hwan and Im Joo-eun to provide some angst and rivalry in the central romance, but couldn’t they just leave the other two and date each other?
Lightly, Ardently is in consideration for a spot on KBS’s schedule early next year.