SBS courts Song Yoon-ah to headline Secret Mother
Will strong mother figures become our next dramaland trend? I’m all for it, if it gets powerhouse actresses like Lee Bo-young (Mother) and now Song Yoon-ah to headline bold dramatic performances.
Song Yoon-ah (The K2) is currently in talks to star in a new SBS drama titled Secret Mother, which is described as a “women’s mystery thriller.” The drama deals with a mysterious surrogate mother/nanny who enters the home of a woman holding the secret behind a child’s death. Song has been offered the role of that secret-holding woman, a doctor who gives up her career to devote herself to childrearing, becoming a stay-at-home mother. She seems cold on the outside but has an awkward side, and on her husband’s recommendation, she brings in a surrogate with whom she forms a deep friendship.
The initial tagline hints at mystery and darkness, but it’s not quite clear how dark or sinister this will go. I suspect it won’t be as twisted as I’d like, but I tend to always want dramas to go darker than they do; in this case, I’d love to see Song Yoon-ah being complicated and vulnerably evil again (despite The K2′s flaws, I thought her performance there was charged and compelling).
Secret Mother will be directed by PD Park Yong-soon, who was co-director on the sentimental melo 49 Days and main director on rom-com Divorce Lawyer in Love and desperate-mother-out-to-save-child thriller Wanted.
The drama is scheduled to air in the Saturday-Sunday slot following the newly premiered series Tale of a Good Witch.