An inside look at the lifestyle of an aging diva in You’re Too Much
Weekend family drama You’re Too Much has released another teaser and more stills, which star singer-actress Uhm Jung-hwa (Witch’s Romance), who seems to age like fine wine. Whereas the first teaser featured Gu Hye-sun dreaming of becoming a famous singer just like her, this one shows that maybe her celebrity life isn’t all that it’s made out to be.
In the upcoming drama, Uhm Jung-hwa essentially plays a parodied version of herself, a ’90s pop diva who has stayed as a fixture in the entertainment industry until now. The teaser shows her being surprised as she realizes she’s no longer relevant when people don’t seem to recognize her anymore. When her hat gets plucked off in a busy supermarket, she wonders, “Why aren’t people looking at me?” Then as she sits outside glumly, she thinks, “Sometimes living feels like a joke.”
Then over dinner with Gu Hye-sun (and Jae Hee in a special appearance), she sighs, “I guess it’s over for me as a woman.” Lying in bed that night, she thinks that being alone is the scariest thing.
Gu Hye-sun’s character is described as a wannabe singer who wants to become Uhm Jung-hwa’s copycat. I think it would be interesting if they did turn Gu Hye-sun into the crazy makjang second female lead, hellbent on usurping the first lead’s position (like Lee Yuri in almost every family drama ever), but the synopsis seems to point toward Gu Hye-sun playing the more traditional hardworking Candy with dreams of becoming a star. As a hilarious detail, as a nod to Uhm’s top star being named Yoo Jina, Gu Hye-sun’s character took on the stage name Yoo Jwina to sing cabaret.
Jae Hee (Save the Family, The Firstborn) will play Gu Hye-sun’s manager and longtime boyfriend; after dating for ten years, they know each other inside and out, and he’s both her source of refuge and like a family member.
The still cuts featuring Jung Kyeo-woon (Oh My Venus) in mourning garb come from his character’s mother’s funeral. He looks both depressed and angry as the chaebol heir who loved his kind, caring mother dearly and flew straight home from his work overseas upon hearing the shocking news of her suicide. He nurses an inner hatred of his father, played by Jeon Gwang-ryul (Hwajeong, Jackpot), who made his mother lonely throughout her entire married life.
Another set of pictures show Gu Hye-sun at a snow-covered burial site; she’s there visiting her mother who died trying to pay off the debts that Gu Hye-sun incurred to create her own album. Maybe she and Jung will share a bond through dead mothers?
But I’m most looking forward to the relationship between Uhm Jung-hwa and Gu Hye-sun, which I can see becoming an awesome girls-stick-together sisterly bond, like Uhm Jung-hwa had with Kim So-eun in The Man Who Can’t Get Married. The teaser shows bits of this potential relationship as Uhm Jung-hwa goes about her daily celebrity life, which is unexpectedly much lonelier than you would expect. They seem to be on friendly terms, so maybe their rivalry hasn’t started yet.
You’re Too Much will premiere on March 3 after currently airing weekend drama Blow Breeze ends its run.