Jang Hee-jin replaces ill Gu Hye-sun in currently airing You’re Too Much
Gu Hye-sun, Jang Hee-jin
Bad news for Gu Hye-sun, who is being forced to quit her relatively new weekend drama, You’re Too Much, due to health concerns. According to reports, a severe allergy recently triggered anaphylaxis and brought on dizzy spells and difficult breathing. She was taken to the emergency room and is currently receiving medical care. According to producers, multiple meetings were held to figure out how to work around Gu’s health, but in the end it was decided that she needed to leave entirely and focus on her recovery.
You’re Too Much has only aired six of fifty total episodes, so there’s quite a way to go, and stepping in to take over Gu’s character is Jang Hee-jin (Introverted Boss). I imagine it’ll be quite tricky to have to jump into a new character so quickly, particularly as the role involves singing, dancing, and Uhm Jung-hwa impersonations. Her character is the sweet, sacrificing Hae-dang, who has spent the last decade impersonating pop diva Yoo Ji-na (Uhm Jung-hwa). The drama started with the two women striking up an unlikely friendship, which soured when Ji-na stole Hae-dang’s man (sigh), and seems now poised to build on their rivalry as Hae-dang starts to built up her own career and stands up for herself.
It’s rare to have a drama swap in a different actress to play the same character (rather than, say, writing out the character and introducing a new one), though not unheard of; recently, another MBC weekend drama, Blow Breeze, had to swap out an actress when Oh Ji-eun sprained a leg and damaged a ligament while filming and was replaced by Im Soo-hyang. In this case, I actually think Jang Hee-jin will make a great replacement, and think the show was lucky to be able to find someone like her on such short notice. I’ve noticed Jang turning in wonderful performances in supporting roles in recent years (Scholar Who Walks the Night, Village: Secret of Achiara, Mirror of the Witch, Introverted Boss) and wondered when she’d get her headlining role. The circumstances surrounding this one may not be optimal, but I hope she’ll take on the role with her brand of charm and sass.
The drama’s producers said, “Everyone feels sad for Gu Hye-sun’s departure from the show. On set, she approached the drama with a brighter and more energetic spirit than anyone, and showed her own style of charm in expressing the pivotal ‘Hae-dang’ character.” On Friday, Uhm Jung-hwa posted an SNS message in support of Gu, saying, “Hye-sun. I hope you recover your health as quickly as possible…”
You’re Too Much airs on Saturdays and Sundays on MBC; Jang Hee-jin will join the show starting with its next episode (number 7) tomorrow.
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