After romancing Yoo Ah-in in Secret Love Affair, it’s not even shocking anymore that Kim Hee-ae (Mrs. Cop) is getting a twentysomething love interest in her new drama, SBS’s Second to Last Love. Up-and-coming supporting actor Kwak Shi-yang (Mirror of the Witch) is up for the role, and is in final negotiations to sign on. Now that it’s clear that this role is a second lead who gets a loveline with the heroine, I’m glad that Yoon Doo-joon didn’t take the offer; he would’ve been fine in the part, but I would’ve been too sad about him not having a romance with Kim Seul-gi (Oh My Ghostess).
The new SBS weekend series is a remake of a Japanese drama of the same name, and stars Kim Hee-ae and Ji Jin-hee (I Have a Lover) in a story about fortysomethings experiencing a second adolescence. Kim Hee-ae plays a television producer who wishes for something to happen in her life, and she’ll meet and fall in love with Ji Jin-hee, a civil servant in a small town who wishes for nothing to happen in his life. Kim Seul-gi has signed on to play Ji Jin-hee’s little sister, a webtoon writer, and Lee Soo-min (She’s So Lovable) has been cast as his daughter.
Kwak Shi-yang will play a friend of the family who thinks of Ji Jin-hee as his hyung, and he’ll end up falling for Kim Hee-ae when she constantly comes around to bicker with Ji Jin-hee. Poor puppy. Kwak Shi-yang will also have an ex-girlfriend complicating matters, played by Stephanie Lee (Yong-pal).
The casting seems pretty final, and Kwak is due to go straight from the set of his current drama Mirror of the Witch to this one. From Kim Sae-ron to Kim Hee-ae—that’s quite the jump. But he also had a noona romance on We Got Married with Kim So-yeon, so I think he’s got it covered. I’m glad to see him landing bigger parts and steadily building up his resume, since he’s a promising actor who makes the most of his roles, big or small.
Second to Last Love comes from the PD of High Society and the writer of Emergency Couple, and it’ll air on Saturdays and Sundays following Beautiful Gong Shim in July.
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- Oh My Ghostess: Episode 1
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