Song Ji-eun cast as Sung Hoon’s leading lady in My Secret Romance
Hm, okay, I’m recalibrating my expectations. Last week when I heard that Sung Hoon (Five Kids) was headlining a rom-com drama called My Secret Romance from the 1% of Anything PD, about a couple who has a one night stand and then runs into each other unexpectedly three years later, I was excited because the story sounded fun, and because I’m really enjoying the low-key, natural chemistry and pleasantness of 1% of Anything. Plus, Sung Hoon has been on the rise and I was thinking this might be the one to catapult him into drama leading man status.
Now the leading lady has been cast, and it’s Secret idol Song Ji-eun, whose TV credits include daily drama Sweet Home, Sweet Honey and tvN’s The Superman Age. She’s not a terrible actress… but she’s not a great one, and I’d been so hoping they’d score another talented up-and-comer like Jeon So-min in 1%. Song Ji-eun is still green as an actress, and while there’s no reason she can’t improve in this role, I think it’ll be safer that I be more realistic about my expectations.
Song’s character is a perpetually single young woman with a bright personality who doesn’t do much with her appearance and is rather conservative when it comes to dating—which is why she’s shocked with herself when she has a one-night stand with Sung Hoon’s character, a fun-loving second-generation chaebol. She disappears in the morning, which bothers him more than he likes, and after their encounter, he turns from a partying playboy to a workaholic businessman who loses his mojo. Three years later, they’re both surprised when she shows up as his company’s new nutritionist, and initially pretend not to know each other. What ensues is a conflicted push-pull romance as they feel their reignited attraction and wonder if an encounter that began as a one-night stand could become a more meaningful relationship.
My Secret Romance will be fully pre-produced and is planning to begin filming soon, for a premiere next year.