Ji Hyun-woo to romance Angry Mom Kim Hee-sun
I wonder if this pairing will work, but it’s mostly the premise of this drama that sells me. Now that MBC’s new heartwarming mother-daughter drama Angry Mom has secured Kim Hee-sun (Wonderful Season) and Kim Yoo-jung (Secret Door) to star, the hunt is on for Mom’s leading man. The offer is currently out to Ji Hyun-woo, who made his army comeback in the disappointing rom-com Trot Lovers last year, and could really use a winning romantic role right about now.
The drama stars Kim Yoo-jung as a high-schooler who sticks up for her bullied friend and becomes the victim of bullying in turn. Kim Hee-sun is her mom, a former Busan badass who got pregnant in her teens and raised her daughter as a single mom. When Mom hears about the bullying that’s going on in her daughter’s school, she takes matters into her own hands and goes undercover as a high school student to fix the problem. It’s simultaneously mortifying and endearing, and rife with comedic potential.
After School’s Lizzy co-stars as one of the bullies who makes Kim Yoo-jung’s life hell, and if he signs on, Ji Hyun-woo will play Kim Yoo-jung’s teacher, who then develops a befuddling loveline with Undercover Mom when she arrives as a new student. It’s Never Been Kissed but with kids! I already love the idea of him thinking she’s just another of his students when in fact it’s a noona romance. This is going to be confusing in the best way.
Obviously we’re all going to have to suspend our disbelief that Kim Hee-sun can pass for a high-schooler without raising some eyebrows, but eh, it’s not like any of dramaland’s crossdressers do any better at making their transformations believable. And she is one of those actresses who (no fair) looks the same in her late thirties as she did in her teenage debut.
I’m actually pretty excited about the show because it combines high school drama, undercover hijinks, and a heartwarming family dynamic that’s sure to get me in the heart. The romance is something they’ll have to get me to warm up to, but I’d love it if they could pull it off. ‘Cause a badass sassy mom who goes through all that to protect her daughter deserves a hottie teacher as a reward. I’m quite sure it’s cosmically even-steven.
Angry Mom follows Kill Me, Heal Me on Wednesdays and Thursdays in March.
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