Byun Yo-han offered starring role in new tvN rom-com
Talk about your rising stars. We all know that tvN’s mega-hit Misaeng did wonders for its entire cast, but no one’s star traveled as far and as fast as Byun Yo-han’s. The 29-year-old actor went from virtual unknown indie film regular to the quirky and hilarious Han Seok-yul in Misaeng (his television debut, no less), and now he’s being courted to headline his very own tvN drama this spring.
The new series is a romantic comedy called Ex-Girlfriend Club, the latest project from PD Kwon Seok-jang of Miss Korea, Golden Time, and Pasta. After 24 years at MBC, PD Kwon left the network this past June, and has joined independent drama production company JS Pictures (Nine, Two Weeks, A New Leaf). Ex-Girlfriend Club will be his first drama outside of MBC, and he’ll be teaming up with writer Lee Jin-mae of My Country Calls and I Am Sam.
The drama is about a man who’s obsessed with his present girlfriend’s past boyfriends, and a woman who’s obsessed with her ex-boyfriend’s present girlfriend. Ha, that sounds about right. Isn’t that like, every relationship ever? Byun Yo-han is being courted to play the leading man, a webtoon artist and philanthropist who’s warm and friendly to everyone he meets.
He’s a people person whose contact list is overflowing with women’s phone numbers, and he also happens to be totally clueless about what a source of stress that is for his girlfriend. The character description paints him as more of an idiot about those things, and not intentionally a player; he just makes friends with anyone very easily. His naivety is his charm, and he’s somehow smart but kind of dopey at the same time. Aw, he sounds adorable.
I can totally picture Byun in the part — he’s got fantastic comedic chops and a knack for pulling off unlikable behavior while still remaining lovable. Goodness knows that’s an important trait to have if you’re going to play a dramaland hero. It’s pretty amazing that he’s being fast-tracked to leading man in his second TV show ever, but I guess when you debut in the It Drama and do an incredible job, there’s no slowing that train down. Okay, I think the world is ready for Heartbreaker Byun Yo-han to enter the room. All we need is a great leading lady, and I’ve got something to look forward to this spring.
Ex-Girlfriend Club follows Superdaddy Yeol (which follows Heart to Heart) on Fridays and Saturdays in May.
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