Son Ye Jin and Lee Min Ho in Personal Taste
I did not see this coming. What an… interesting pairing. Son Ye Jin has recently been confirmed to play the female lead in the new Lee Min Ho drama, Personal Taste [개인의 취향]. It’s been 2 years since her last TV drama, Spotlight, and she had moved onto build success on the big screen, including the Blue Dragon Award for Best Female Lead in her 2008 film, My Wife Got Married. She was most recently seen in the thriller, Into the White Night with Go Soo.
Lee Min Ho obviously needs no introduction after the Boys over Flowers craze. As expected, the new MBC drama has garnered a lot of attention as his return after BOF and is scheduled to follow Still, Marry Me in April.
Son Ye Jin plays a sassy furniture designers in her late 20s, Park Gae In. Gae In is the daughter of a legendary figure in architecture and the CEO of a furniture store (Door) marketing to singles. She tends to act carelessly which can lead to mishaps and gets hurt often because of her trusting nature, but still keeps her strong and bright nature.
Lee Min Ho‘s Jeon Jin Ho becomes her roommate and pretends to be gay after finding out that she’s always wanted to have a gay best friend. He falls into the usual gay man stereotypes: fashion sense, organization, ironing, understanding women.
I liked Lee Min Ho in BOF and had passingly wondered what he would take on next and I absolutely love Son Ye Jin, especially in Alone in Love, so I found the casting to be intriguing. But I shuddered when I saw Park Hye Kyung attached as the writer, who’s brought us the travesty that was Stairway to Heaven. (And Stained Glass, which I didn’t see so I can’t comment.) Stairway to Heaven is definitely on my 5 worst drama list (*shudder*). Thankfully there is better news on the directing front. I haven’t seen any of his dramas but Son Hyung Seok‘s most recent drama Job Well Done had some positive buzz around it, whether that’s due to the director or not. He also helmed When Night Comes and Auction House. At least, it’s not Park Hye Kyung and Lee Jang Soo (Director of Stairway) together.
The drama is based on a 2007 romance novel of the same title, which is a play on Gae In, also meaning “personal” in Korea. Double entendre completed. Is it me or does this feel a little early 2000? Pretending to be a gay roommate, play on female character’s name in title… If not for Son Ye Jin, I would be pretty lackluster about this but her casting has gotten me interested. If the two leads have good chemistry, I can usually enjoy a romantic comedy. I’ll try to remain optimistic.