Old vs New
We didn’t know what to do for this! Like we knew we were gonna do Old and New, but old and new what? That was the issue. Lazy Unnie made a comment about looking at people’s old work vs their new work which I thought she meant plastic surgery which brought us to the idea of examining an old drama with an actor vs their newer drama. We were gonna choose Gong Yoo, but I guess there is a limit on how much I can talk about Coffee Prince. Hence, we ended up with Park Min Young, mainly because Lazy Unnie hasn’t really had the chance to look at a lot of older dramas, but she did love her some Why Secretary Kim and Her Private Life. So here you have it! Woot.
Sungkyunkwan Scandal (OLD)
I watched this drama back in 2015 I think… It was overall okay, but I couldn’t get into it due to how much I dislike Yoochun and his character here. The saving grace for me were my two babes, Song Joong Ki and Yoo Ah In. I did enjoy the overall premise of the show because I love a good gender bender story. Did Park Min Young effectively pass as a boy? No, she did not, but that’s okay. We can’t have it all, I guess. China actually has made a remake of this which I am genuinely looking forward to because this time I actually like both the female and male leads. I thought that Min Young gave a pretty decent performance and it’s nice seeing her old face from time to time. I do remember finding this drama a bit draggy and I would love to do a rewatch with this new frame of mind that I have in which I love saeguk, but I still dislike Yoochun, so there’s that. Anyways, according to MDL, I gave this 7.5 stars.
Might be too generous.
Why Secretary Kim/ Her Private life
Both of these dramas aired back to back and even though I loved both of them, I felt like Park Min Young should have done one or the other or maybe they should have been spaced out more. Both characters, Kim Mi-So and Deok-Mi were basically the same person. Professional women in the role of assistant to a powerful man who she falls in love with or has always known for her whole life blah, blah, blah. Throw in some sprinkles of tragedy, steamy kisses and chemistry and you have two of the same things. Min Young’s performance in both was great. But once you saw Why Secretary Kim, you knew what to expect from Her Private Life. There were no surprises. And maybe that’s the kind of actress she is. Someone who you know what you’re getting when you decide to watch. Good old, Park Min Young. Relateable and dependable.