Casting confirmations in for Rosy Lovers
Lee Jang-woo, Han Sun-hwa, Kim Min-seo, Han Ji-sang
We’ve got loads of new info on the upcoming MBC show, Rosy Lovers, which will follow a collegiate single dad’s struggle to overcome life’s obstacles and his quest for happiness. In true weekend drama fashion, the show will explore in detail the relationship between the central character and his mother, hyung, and noona, as well as demonstrate how they are connected to two other families.
- Lee Jang-woo (Pretty Man, Oh Ja-ryong is Coming) plays Park Cha-dol, a high-spirited, outgoing, and funny young man who is also quite innocent. He became a father too early, but he is tackling life with gusto and refuses to let his “accident” keep him down. The baby of the family, he grew up without a father, and his mother raised him and his brother and sister alone. He’s eager to graduate college, to get a job, and to start earning money so that he can take care of his mom, but despite his best intentions, he finds that making a living isn’t as easy as it looks.
- Han Sun-hwa (Marriage Not Dating, God’s Gift – 14 Days) is his love interest, a cutesy and aegyo-filled character. I know the news of her casting got a lot of eyerolls, and that her acting was a bit stilted in her last show – but despite the “leading” label, the role doesn’t sound like a terribly demanding one. Although in the minority, I’m still looking forward to seeing her take on the part, and I expect the long-running show to help her hone her skills as a thespian.
- Han Ji-sang, a musical theater actor who is new to dramas, steps into the shoes of Cha-dol’s older brother. He used to work as a corporate drone, but he quit to follow his dreams of making films. He’s currently lolling about at home and driving mom crazy in the process.
- Kim Min-seo (Good Doctor, Level 7 Civil Servant) portrays hyung’s love interest and coincidentally, Han Sun-hwa’s older sister. She’s a rich girl who has never known hardship (the same applies to younger sis, of course), and a model student.
- Yoon Ah-jung (Temptation, Empress Ki) is cast as Cha-dol’s noona, a smart and shrewd woman who refuses to live a lonely and meager life like Mom. Growing up, she studied as if there was no tomorrow, and built up all sorts of qualifications to become successful, but her aspirations come to a screeching halt when she puts the family house up as collateral for funds for her wedding, only to get divorced three months later and to return home with nothing but the stigma of a failed marriage.
- Phillip Choi (High School King of Savvy) plays a guy who looks like the straight-and-narrow type. He’s wealthy, but also is a big talker, to whom bluffing is second nature. We haven’t been told how he’s related to the rest of the cast, just informed that the character is an important one.
Philip Choi, Yoon Ah-jung
Veterans Lee Mi-sook (Miss Korea, You’re the Best Lee Soon-shin), Park Sang-won (Faith, Sandglass) and others round out the cast, and despite all that the main character has to deal with (a work-exhausted single mother, a deadbeat big bro, a shotgun wedded-and-divorced big sis, a young child to parent, and the possibility of losing the house), the show’s focus will be on his success in the face of adversity, and the hope gained by leaning on family, however turbulent relations might be.
Rosy Lovers will be helmed by Yoon Jae-moon (Love and Law, A Thousand Kisses), written by Kim Sa-kyung (she worked with Lee Jang-woo in Oh Ja-ryong is Coming), and will air on MBC in mid-October.
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