This is a bit of a surprise: Rookie actress Park Hye-soo (Age of Youth, Yong-pal) has already nabbed her first leading role in the new tvN romantic comedy Introverted Boss, opposite Yeon Woo-jin (Divorce Lawyer in Love). The new drama from the PD-writer team behind Marriage Not Dating has confirmed that the two actors have signed on to headline as the introverted boss and his suspicious extroverted employee. And it looks like we’ll be getting an Age of Youth reunion right away, because Yoon Park is also in talks to join the cast in an unspecified supporting role. Judging from his past characters, I’m sure he’s up to play Mr. Perfect second lead.
The rom-com stars Yeon Woo-jin as the “silent monster” CEO of a public relations firm who is steeped in mystery. People believe him to be cold and prickly, when he is in fact so extremely introverted and sensitive that he hides out in his room all the time and avoids people whenever possible. The drama is about his personal growth as he slowly takes steps to come out of his shell.
Park Hye-soo has been cast as an outgoing rookie employee who runs around meeting clients and reporters all day long, parsing press releases and shuttling materials back and forth from the moment she wakes up each day. Her specialty is giving presentations in front of people, but when she’s at home by herself, she becomes silent and lethargic. At work she’s acknowledged for her energy and job performance, but she only cares about one thing: getting revenge on her boss. We’re not told why she wants revenge, but the drama is about what happens when the sensitive boss meets this suspicious new employee.
The setup is quirky and fun, and I’m excited about Yeon Woo-jin reuniting with the Marriage Not Dating team. Park Hye-soo is totally unexpected, to be honest—she’s so new and her image is so young that I have a hard time picturing her as a romantic lead opposite Yeon Woo-jin. She does fit the rookie employee part of the character, so as long as she can pull off the extroverted personality and be the total opposite of her doormat character in Age of Youth, maybe it’ll be an unexpectedly fresh pairing?
Introverted Boss airs on Mondays and Tuesdays beginning in January, following Rude Miss Young-ae 15.
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