Lee Soo-kyung sheds comic image for melodrama
The basic premise of I Love You Ten Million Times [천만번 사랑해, also translated less literally to Loving You a Thousand Times] caught my interest because it seems to be full of dramatic possibilities: a young woman becomes a surrogate for a childless couple, then marries into that family.
With more information coming out (and the teaser poster, above, featuring surrogate Lee Soo-kyung and her husband Jung Kyeo-woon), however, I’m thinking this drama may not be for me — it sounds awfully “makjang.” That is to say: chock-full of potential histrionics. Money problems for the main character, in-law clashes, illegitimate children, hateful stepmothers, extramarital affairs.
As the main character, Lee Soo-kyung plays a woman preparing to take the exam to become a teacher, whose family is poor because her father suffers an illness. She takes the surrogate position to a childless couple because of the money, while the husband in that couple (Ryu Jin) cheats on his wife with someone at work (Lee Shi-young). And her future husband (Jung Kyeo-woon) is Ryu Jin’s younger brother, but was born out of wedlock and suffers his (step-)mother’s hate, which he accepts with understanding. Thus there’s brotherly tension as well, because the mother insists on leaving the sole inheritance to her son, which puts even more pressure on Ryu Jin as the eldest to have a child. Hence the surrogacy. Super Junior’s Heechul and ex-Sugar member Park Su-jin have also been cast, but it appears their roles are outside of the main family.
Through dramas like Golden Age of the Daughter-in-Law, Lawyers of Korea, and Soulmate, Lee Soo-kyung has a bright, innocent image from comedy-infused roles, which she says will completely change for this drama. Because her previous image was so strong with viewers, she explained that she wasn’t sure if she would be able to pull off such a turnaround, but we’ll soon see.
I Love You Ten Million Times takes Can Anyone Love‘s place and airs on SBS weekends, beginning August 29.
Via Asia Economy