Gong Seung-yeon, Heo Jung-min, Yeh Ji-won
I’ve heard a lot of good things about rising actress Gong Seung-yeon (Master–God of Noodle, Six Flying Dragons), so I’m looking forward to seeing her in tvN’s new romantic comedy drama Introverted Boss, from the PD-writer team behind Marriage Not Dating. The opposites-attract comedy stars Yeon Woo-jin (Divorce Lawyer in Love) and Park Hye-soo (Age of Youth) as an extremely introverted boss of a PR firm and his suspicious new employee.
Yeon Woo-jin stars as a successful CEO who’s shrouded in mystery because he somehow runs a public relations business without interacting with people—he avoids social situations and appears to be a cold man, when he’s really just extremely shy and sensitive. The drama is about his personal growth as he begins to consider a life outside of his room, and the unexpected events brought about by the arrival of a strange rookie employee, played by Park Hye-soo. She’s an extrovert, of course, and she’s especially good at meeting with clients and doing presentations in front of others, but her one focus is getting revenge on her boss for reasons unknown. Co-stars include Yoon Park (Age of Youth) and Jeon Hyo-sung (Wanted).
Gong Seung-yeon will play a chaebol heiress who is introverted, described as the opposite of the outgoing heroine. Is this just a drama where everyone is either extremely introverted or extroverted, and there is no middle? Despite her status, the character is said to put a lot of effort into not standing out or becoming the center of attention. It seems likely that she’ll be a romantic rival for Yeon Woo-jin’s affections. Seeing as how both Park Hye-soo and Gong Seung-yeon are young actresses on the rise, I’m interested to see them go head-to-head on a meta level too, with such different characters.
Also joining the cast are hilarious supporting actors Yeh Ji-won (This Week, My Wife Will Have an Affair) and Heo Jung-min (Oh Hae-young Again), who provided much of the comic relief in PD Song Hyun-wook’s last drama, Oh Hae-young Again. Heo Jung-min will play an elite graduate of Seoul University (I’m already laughing) who works at the PR firm, described as a nagging team member who nitpicks about every little thing.
Yeh Ji-won has been cast as a working mom who’s a warm, congenial advertising planner, often seen as a mother to the whole staff. But she’s always late to arrive at the office and early to leave, and she’ll have a contentious relationship with boss Yeon Woo-jin. Yeh Ji-won was consistently the funniest thing about Oh Hae-young Again, so I have no doubt that she’ll make this character memorably wacky as well.
Introverted Boss will air on Mondays and Tuesdays following Rude Miss Young-ae 15 in January.
- News bites: November 11, 2016
- Park Hye-soo, Yoon Park for tvN rom-com Introverted Boss
- Yeon Woo-jin courted to become Introverted Boss
- Yoon Doo-joon up for new drama from Marriage Not Dating team
- This Week, My Wife Will Have an Affair: Episode 1
- Oh Hae-young PD and Marriage Not Dating writer reunite for Sensitive Boss
- Oh Hae-young Again: Episode 1
- Master–God of Noodle: Episode 1