MBC rom-com courts Kim Sun-ah as its leading lady
I Do, I Do is the name of a new drama series heading to MBC, and the front-runner to play the lead is reportedly Kim Sun-ah. As so often is the case, there have not been any final decisions made yet, though her reps have confirmed that she’s looking at the drama, among others.
On their own, each of the elements of the plot sounds pretty old hat — single careerwoman in her thirties, younger man, workplace romance — but when you put them all together for this particular premise, you’ve got my interest. Kim Sun-ah plays a “gold miss” (as in, single and proud of it, a defiant twist on the “old miss” designation) who’s at the height of her career as the top shoe designer in her company. She has a one-night “mistake” with a rookie employee and gets knocked up. Given that the title is “I Do,” I presume a slightly awkward wedding ensues, quite probably of the shotgun variety. And somewhere in the midst of all of this, the two find love.
It sounds similar to the setup of 2008’s low-key romance I Love You (starring Ahn Jae-wook and Seo Ji-hye, who marry after a one-night stand gets her pregnant), except with the age gap reversed between the leads. Which can be a significant difference, considering that she’s top dog and he’s a brand-new hire. The description doesn’t explicitly indicate that the love interest is younger, but it seems the likely setup; in fact I hope he ends up being a lot younger, because I see room for a lot of narrative potential in that. Reports hint at a “top star” considering the role.
Kim’s last drama, Scent of a Woman, frequently dipped into weepy melodrama territory — inevitable, since she was playing a terminally ill cancer patient — but Kim’s shown she’s got solid comic chops in previous roles. It’ll be nice seeing her back in the comedy game (I love her being funny and sly, as long as she steers clear of the cutesy-wootsy baby-talking) after doing a string of more dramatic fare.
I Do I Do won a prize in 2010 for the New Story Creation Project held by the Korea Creative Content Agency, which develops content and ideas for various fields, including broadcasting. I know little about that organization or its projects, but I suppose the fact that the story won an award in something gives it a little boost of confidence.
The show is currently in development at Kim Jong-hak Productions, and looks to air in May.
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