Original cast confirms for Age of Youth Season 2, adds Kim Min-seok
The coming-of-age female-centric drama Age of Youth was a sleeper hit for JTBC in 2016, and was confirmed for a second season earlier this year. The drama told the going-ons of an eclectic group of college-age roommates who lived together in a share house, experienced personality clashes, and bonded together as friends. Recent news revealed that one of the main cast members, Ryu Hwa-young (Father Is Strange), would only be appearing in the second season as a special guest, but it looks like the rest of the original roommates will be returning. In addition, Kim Min-seok (Defendant) has been added to cast.
In addition to Ryu Hwa-young, the original cast consisted of Han Ye-ri as the serious eldest housemate; Park Eun-bin as the bubbly, boy-crazed member who was the social glue of the household; Han Seung-yeon as a naive girlfriend who dated the worst guy ever; and Park Hye-soo as the wide-eyed freshman. After receiving accolades for their performances in Age of Youth, Park Eun-bin and Park Hye-soo went on to leading roles Father, I’ll Take Care of You and Introverted Boss, respectively. Han Ye-ri has continued to be an active member of the film industry, and has since appeared in two contemplative movies, The Worst Day and A Quiet Dream.
Kim Min-seok has been offered the role of one of the main male leads, who will be romancing a new female heroine who will be replacing Ryu Hwa-young. His character’s name is Seo Jang-hoon, which is also the name of a famous former basketball star, and perhaps to differentiate himself from his celebrity name-twin, he acts the complete opposite way.
I think Kim Min-seok is a brilliant choice to add to the original cast because he’s rookie enough that he’ll fit in terms of experience level with the rest of the girls, who were also relatively unknown newbies before the first season, but he also is on the rise as a youthful trending star for his supporting roles in huge hits like Descended From the Sun and Doctors. His vibe reminds me of the bright-eyed Yoo Ah-in from Antique Bakery, so I think it would also mesh with the overall tone of the drama.
Age of Youth Season 2 is still in the works at JTBC, but they’re looking at a late summer broadcast.
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