Kim Hee-sun courted to be Kim Yoo-jung’s Angry Mom
Hm, this is an interesting (potential) casting—I’m not quite sure I see it yet, but I’m intrigued.
Kim Hee-sun (Wonderful Season, Faith) is the name being circulated as the titular mother character in MBC’s upcoming drama Angry Mom, which is the drama about a mother going back to high school to help her bullied daughter. The daughter role will be played by Kim Yoo-jung (Secret Door) (we’d known she was considering), and the two Kims could make for a really cute mother-daughter pair.
A representative from MBC announced the casting possibility, and Kim Hee-sun’s management confirmed that she had received the offer and is in the process of reviewing the synopsis. The mother character was once a legendary badass in her teenage days—and as a Busan girl, she would’ve been extra rough-and-tumble. Daughter to a sashimi-restaurant-owner mother who loves to swear and a father with a rap sheet for fighting, Angry Mom inherits her parents’ penchant for cursing, quick temper, and sashimi knife skills.
As a young mother, she’s the kind of person who prefers dramas to news or current events. But when she finds out that her daughter is being victimized by bullies at school, she decides to do something about it directly, and what ensues is a positive, “upbeat and poignant” story that seeks to also highlight trouble spots in South Korea’s educational system.
The thing for me is, Kim Hee-sun looks like a young mom, but not a young mom who can go back to high school and pass for Kim Yoo-jung’s classmate. Okay, not many thirtysomething actresses can do that, but I’d thought of someone like Jang Nara—maybe it’s her tininess that adds to her aura of youth—because Kim Hee-sun projects a sophisticated, mature image. (Perhaps that’s mostly styling?) Still, she does look awesome for her age (or any age)—she’s 37—and we always joke that she hasn’t changed in the entire time she’s been in the industry, which is twenty years. (For reference, you can see in the photos below how she looked from the early 1990s through this year.)
In any case, I’d be happy to suspend some disbelief if everything else works, and I’ve actually grown to love Kim Hee-sun way more in recent years than in her heyday as the ’90s It Girl; seeing her bubbly, witty personality in variety shows, being outspoken and full of cheeky innuendo, has really made me a fan. So this could be quite the fun drama.
Angry Mom will be a Wednesday-Thursday drama to follow Kill Me, Heal Me (which follows Mr. Back). It premieres in March.
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