Nodame Watch: Shim Eun-kyung’s hat goes back in the ring
The search for the heroine of KBS’s Nodame Cantabile remake — now called Cantabile Romance — is veering into its own farcical saga at this point. Shim Eun-kyung (Miss Granny) initially turned down an early offer to play the heroine, which was a crying shame since she’d be so perfect for the role. And then we all saw what happened when idol-actress Yoon-ah (Prime Minister and I) was courted after her.
As soon as Yoon-ah bowed out of the drama following the wave of fan reactions, a fresh batch of casting speculations cropped up in the media touting Ha Yeon-soo (Monstar), Lee Hana (High School King of Savvy), Kim Seul-gi (Flower Boy Next Door), and Chun Woo-hee (Han Gong-joo, Vampire Idol) as Nodame hopefuls. All four actresses eventually denied that they were in the running, and it started to feel like casting this heroine would be more difficult than carrying a glass slipper throughout Seoul and just putting it on random feet until we found our Cantabile Cinderella.
But in the course of the day we came full circle: Shim Eun-kyung’s name is back in the headlines as Nodame all over again, though we’re still far from confirmations. The movie she was scheduled to film this summer (the gritty revenge thriller Waiting For You) was reportedly pushed back to the end of the year, freeing her up to consider the drama. Producers approached her agency eagerly, and all that’s set for now is that she’ll meet with them and possibly reconsider.
It’s pretty funny that her just taking a meeting with the producers is kicking up this much fuss, but I suppose it just shows how sought-after she is as a young actress, and also how much people want her to play this character. Shim has this fantastic crackling energy about her and a surprising depth in her performances that always moves me to laughter, tears, or often both. At this point I don’t know if Group Eight would ever live it down if they let her slip away again, so let’s hope they do whatever it takes.
If Cantabile Romance ever finds its heroine, it’ll air in October.