First Impressions – Her Private Life

Her Private Life

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A romantic comedy about a talented gallery curator named Sung Duk Mi, who is an idol fangirl underneath her professional veneer. Meanwhile, her boss Ryan becomes a passionate fanboy of her.

Sung Duk Mi lives a double life as both a gallery curator and a home master for a fansite about Si An, an idol group member. She’s a pro in both aspects of her life, and because of her fangirl dedication, Duk Mi has had to break up with several boyfriends, deciding instead to go all in for her fangirl activities instead of dating.

Ryan is a new director at the gallery where Duk Mi works. Once a painter, Ryan was a sensation in the art world from his debut to his retirement, and is now seeing career success as a director. An individualist through and through, Ryan comes to find out about Duk Mi’s double life.

This series is based on the web novel “Noona Fan Dot Com” by Kim Sung Yeon.

In all honesty.. I was torn when it came to the question of whether or not I was going to watch this drama. I have always been a fan of Park Min Young, ever since I first saw her in Sungkyunkwan Scandal and I was enamored with Kim Jae Wook in Coffee Prince. However the reason I had a heavy debate within about whether I would watch this or not was because I did not enjoy Min Young’s last drama, Why Secretary Kim; I was nervous she would play her character too similarly to this one and I felt like the drama would be too over the top in order to be relatable. I changed my mind when I saw a screen grab from the first episode and thus decided to see if it was something that I could get behind.

The first few episodes of a Kdrama as we all know are about setting the tone of the drama and I will say that Her Private Life did its job well. I was stunned by how charming the characters were from Ryan to Duk Mi to Eun Gi to Seon Joo. Everyone is pulling their part thus far and you can feel the genuine chemistry amongst the team. On the topic of chemistry .. Holy shit!! Ryan and Duk Mi’s chemistry is undeniable. Like damn… Chemistry is mostly subjective but like I definitely felt more chemistry here than I did in the first moments of her previous drama and Queen of Seven Days. Kim Jae Wook in another romcom as the lead is exactly what the doctor ordered. No spoilers but the end of episode two had me feeling very soft.

This brings me to the main reason why I’m liking this show so far… I FEEL SEEN. Ohmygod. Who can relate to being a fan girl and trying hide it from the public? ME!!!! Duk Mi is resonating so well with me. I definitely hope the show continues with what they’ve set up so far and doesn’t go off the rails. It strikes me as a fun goofy romantic comedy and I would like it to stay this way. Don’t overdo the triangle. Don’t overdo the angst. Don’t overdo anything. Keep the comedic pacing and the romantic behavior. Please don’t make me regret giving a high first impression rating.

First Impression Score : 8/10

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