Heart to Heart’s blushing romance kicks off this week
I can’t believe January shows are already starting, but the drama machine waits for no one. First up in the new year is Heart to Heart, the new Friday-Saturday romantic comedy headed to tvN. It stars Choi Kang-hee (Level 7 Civil Servant) as a woman who blushes uncontrollably (and therefore hates attention) and Chun Jung-myung (Reset) as an attention-starved psychiatrist who helps heal her.
More importantly, he’s the one person she doesn’t blush in front of, which seems like an important point — it’s a little bit like Master’s Sun where one guy happens to be the heroine’s perfect anti-matter curse-negating zone for whatever reason, allowing her to let her guard down around him. PD Lee Yoon-jung (Coffee Prince) and the cast gathered for the show’s press conference on December 30, where they teased the light, feel-good “healing romance” to come.
Choi Kang-hee said, “I got a lot of offers to act over the last year, but I became afraid of acting and found it difficult, so I couldn’t choose a project. I took a break because of that, and it wasn’t easy to gather the courage to return. I didn’t want to play the same characters over again. I thought of PD Lee Yoon-jung at times — doing that short miniseries [Beating Heart (2005)] with her was my happiest time. Because the script had her name on it, I chose this project.”
Chun Jung-myung said about his costar Choi Kang-hee, “She’s one of the most considerate actresses I’ve ever met. When it comes to chemistry, it’s Choi Kang-hee. Noona is like an onion. Every time I go to set, I peel and peel and peel, and I see a new side of her. She’s so fun.” About his role, Chun said, “His puffed-up arrogance is his charm. [Lee Jae-yoon’s character] is gentle, while I get to do whatever I want.”
Second lead Lee Jae-yoon (Gold Rainbow) is, on the other hand, a character who’s nursing a seven-year crush on the heroine. He’s a detective and she likes him back, but feels like she can’t date because of her inability to hide her emotions. Chun Jung-myung sets out to help her with that, and she discovers that she strangely doesn’t blush around him. Wonder Girls’ Ahn So-hee rounds out the cast as the hero’s little sister, an aspiring actress who can’t act.
Choi Kang-hee’s character hides herself away by dressing as a grandma (stills below), and she said about the transformation: “The grandma makeup takes about four hours to do. I think it’s a big advantage. Whenever I’ve done miniseries in the past, I don’t get to sleep, but [while they’re doing the makeup] I can’t move my eyes, ears, or hands, so I get plenty of sleep.”
PD Lee Yoon-jung said about the drama, “It’s a story about loving yourself. [Choi Kang-hee] and [Chun Jung-myung] meet and heal each other, and learn to love themselves. It’s about loving your own shortcomings and loving each other, through which you start to love yourself. I would like it to be a drama where you watch while laughing, and then suddenly get choked up and cry.”
Heart to Heart premieres this Friday, January 2.
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