Star scholar Joo-won is official royal babysitter for SBS’s My Sassy Girl
If Park Hae-jin’s mastered the deadpan look for Man to Man, Joo-won’s (Yong-pal) got the incredulous reactions down pat. I tried to be sparing with the screen grabs of the 3-minute trailer that’s been released for SBS’s upcoming My Sassy Girl, but I really couldn’t pass up Joo-won’s various reactions to Oh Yeon-seo’s (Come Back, Ajusshi) sassy antics. Not that I’m complaining, if you’ll excuse my shallow detour, because I want to get my fill of his pretty face since it won’t be as readily available for the next two years.
The teaser starts with Gyun Woo, played by Joo-won, receiving his new official duties as private tutor to the Crown Prince, and it looks like he gets more than he bargained for as he unwittingly introduces himself to the princess. They recognize each other and Gyun Woo has to stop himself from calling her “flower-snake,” hah. I guess being the private tutor to the young prince includes babysitting the princess, because Gyun Woo accompanies her as she picks fights in the street and enjoys (rather grossly) a late-night chicken feet snack. There’s a reason to his suffering though, as the princess warns, “If you don’t find my jade ring, I will make your life a living hell, Scholar Gyun.” This is the jade ring given to the princess by her lover who has gone missing, and we saw Gyun Woo unknowingly pick it up from the ground at the beginning of the trailer.
There are Serious Things going on in the palace, though, and there is a faction within the courts that apparently want the princess out of the way. We see Gyun Woo and Lee Jung-shin’s (Cinderella and the Four Knights) character Kang Joon-young, come to her rescue on multiple occasions, while a voice offscreen says, “Tonight, the king will lose his children and cry tears of blood.” Ominous, indeed.
Hmm, it looks like the baddies (led by veteran villain Jung Woong-in (Monster)) know about the princess’s missing lover, and they set a trap for her, but have no fear, Gyun Woo is here! It’s only small glimpses, but Gyun Woo’s concern for the princess is pretty adorable and swoony. It’s not clear whether the evil politicians got something on our heroine from the trap they laid, but next thing we know, she’s given a choice to either marry a Qing royal or get kicked out of the palace. Ahh, nothing like a good arranged marriage to bring buried feelings of lurrrvveee out from the land of denial, as evidenced by Gyun Woo’s brooding and requisite sword fight with his romantic rival.
I have to admit, I squealed a little too hard twice in this trailer, one right after the other. But honestly, you can’t expect me to watch Joo-won brood while pondering aloud things like, “My woman,” and not act like a giddy schoolgirl. And then this happened:
*Rewind, play, repeat* Can ya blame me?
My Sassy Girl is will take over the Monday-Tuesday slot on May 29 from Whisper, which is ending tomorrow. This means we only have one more week until Joo-won graces our screens, hurrah!
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