Rom-com mystery My Secret Hotel confirms cast
Confirmations are in for tvN’s next Monday-Tuesday drama My Secret Hotel, along with clearer plot and character descriptions for our main cast: Yoo Inna (You From Another Star) will be headlining alongside Jin Yi-han (A New Leaf), as a hotel wedding planner who gets stuck planning her ex-husband’s second wedding. Gack. That sounds horrible, and yet great fodder for a rom-com. The twist is that a murder in the hotel throws everything off-course, and the exes get sucked into the murder investigation all while juggling their sudden reunion under awkward circumstances.
The 16-episode drama (from the writer of Goodbye Wife and the second PD on Doctor Stranger and City Hunter) is being called a romantic comedy mystery, which is a relief since the premise already sounds wacky to begin with. Yoo Inna plays the head of the wedding planning division of an elite hotel that specializes in boutique weddings. She’s described as a perfectionist at her job, optimistic in all things, and a hardworking cheerful person who dreams of becoming the hotel’s general manager someday. According to her legal paperwork she’s never been married, but technically, she married Jin Yi-han’s character seven years ago — they just never made it through the marriage long enough to file the paperwork.
Jin Yi-han plays a successful architect with looks and brains, and a prickly demeanor. He and the heroine fell madly in love seven years ago and followed a fiery romance with a wedding. But he’s someone who thinks of relationships as easily coming and going, and in the end they fought and broke up before even making it to their hundredth day as a married couple. They’ll reunite when Yoo Inna ends up having to plan his second wedding to another woman, and in the course of that craziness, they’ll get swept up in a murder that happens at the hotel.
Namgoong Min (I Need Romance 3) plays the hotel director, described as thoughtful, gentle, broad-minded, and popular with the ladies. He’ll be the other leg of the love triangle, as well as an important figure in the mystery because of a delicate personal connection to the murder case. Lee Young-eun (To the Beautiful You) has also joined the cast as the hotel’s public relations manager, and she’ll be an ambitious career woman who competes with Yoo Inna for Namgoong Min’s affections. She’ll also prove to be an adversary in the workplace when she tries to use the circumstances surrounding the murder to get a leg up on the corporate ladder.
The divorce-and-remarriage drama trend seems to be going strong, though murder rom-com is a fresh spin, and the wedding planning hijinks might spice things up nicely. At any rate the cast is worth tuning in for, and now that we know the setup, I’m looking forward to the Yoo Inna-Jin Yi-han pairing. My Secret Hotel follows High School King of Savvy and premieres mid-August.
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