“The more you hate, the more you love” — Whether this is something you believe in or not, Her Private Life is the newest kdrama that represents this saying perfectly. Romantic comedies always tickle my fancy and yes, we’ve seen maybe hundreds of love stories unfold already.. but why is it we can’t get enough of them?
Tvn’s latest offering is a testament that romcoms never get outdated and that if you paint a picture even with the same subject, theme, and setting; the details such as colors and perspective that can make a difference.
1. Male (Kim Jae Wook) and Female Lead (Park Min Young) are a fresh and talented pair to watch– Her Private Life features the character Sung Deok Mi who lives a double life as she is employed as an art curator by day but at night, is a devoted fangirl who worships an idol of a kpop group. Park Min Young shows more range here as she goes through silly and more comedic moments that differentiate her character from her most recent successful kdrama (What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim). She goes through great lengths to hide the fact that she is a fangirl and is also a passionate and hardworking employee who loves her craft.
On his first romcom kdrama as the leading man, Kim Jae Wook portrays Ryan Gold, a former artist turned art gallery director. Did I mention that he is very handsome and has a chiseled face that literally, and I would say this every time I see him, he has looks that can kill?😂 I first saw him act at the kdrama “Voice” (Season 1) where he portrayed a murderer and damn, he does indeed look the part. This time around, he plays the icy and unforgiving male lead which he is doing a very good job at. It’s a cat and dog type of relationship for them as their first few meetings weren’t the best impressions of each other. What would a kdrama be without its conflicts and exasperated sighs am I right?😜
2. The story explores an industry or phenomenon that is not commonly portrayed in today’s dramaland – I’m an avid fan of kdramas and enjoy listening to korean music but I’m not an invested fangirl for any Kpop bands or singers. The first 2 episodes enlightens “muggles” on how a true fangirl/boy devotes their time to their favorite idols. It’s also interesting to see and explore the inner workings of how an art gallery operates since both of them work in one.
Even if it’s not a new kind of love story (Enemies becoming lovers), our leading characters’ jobs and hobbies is surely an unexplored and unique part of the show. Deok Mi is a fanpage manager and is obsessed with her idol, Shi An, that she attends concerts and takes snapshots of him to post on a website.
3. It’s a feel good show but it isn’t afraid to delve into sad or slice of life realities – Romcoms can inject heartwrenching backstories or unfortunate circumstances as a way to humanize protagonists. Deok Mi’s family seems to have unresolved tensions between them and Ryan has to deal with the issue of suddenly being unable to paint along with a traumatic childhood seen via flashback. I hope that his personality though is not a result of his past but that he is who he is regardless. I’d like to see Deok Mi fall in love with this version of Ryan, not a man who is secretly kinder and more humble but just needed to resolve his internal problems first.
I am intrigued on how Ryan will fall in love with Deok Mi because his character is so closed off and seems uninterested in love. With the icy stare and the way Ryan carries himself, I’m excited to see how he’ll open his heart to someone else.
Life is not all rainbows and happy endings as we need to resolve problems and overcome hurdles to grow into better and stronger versions of ourselves. Her Private Life has laid out the begginings of its unfinished picture and only the future episodes will tell how colorful, out of the box, and satisfying their journey will be!