I knew going into Oh My Venus, I would just be heavily biased by the beauty of Shin Min Ah and So Ji Sub. I already mentioned it in a post and I knew their chemistry would be a slippery slope and I’m right. I love this show.
Shin Min Ah plays overweight and dowdy lawyer Kang Joo Eun. She’s been dumped, embarrassed on TV and now wants to change her life. She by chance meets “John Kim” and sees her ticket to a transformation.
Jung Gyeo Woon plays her boyfriend of 15 years Im Woo Shik. He recently dumped her and evidence points to him cheating on her. Yes, Gyeo Woon is back as a cheater AND in a makeover story. I don’t know if he was so good in Birth of a Beauty (that’s reaching) they had to have him or there was a shortage of men who want to be typecast as a piece of crap. I digress. He works at a fancy pants company (more on that later).
Yoo In Young is Oh Soo Jin, Joo Eun’s new co-worker and former teenage friend. She used to be chubby and is now slim and fraught with food issues. In Young is fun to watch when she’s a little devilish. I really liked her in Mask, and even though I haven’t completely figured out her issues besides not eating watermelon, she’s an interesting character.
So Ji Sub is hot. I mean, is a chaebol who hates being that, but is very aware of his future positioning at a Gahong, the fancy pants company (this tangled web is small!). He’s also a mysterious and famous personal trainer named John Kim who is trying to live that lifestyle as long as possible. There’s some dramatic family issues complete with the grandmother matriarch and a chief of staff that pops more than a prairie dog.
Now I know we have a delightful little bromance with eye candy Sung Hoon as MMA fighter Jang Joon Sung, the “Korean Snake” & KPOP star Henry as manager/trainer Kim Ji Woong. And you should all know right now that I have the attention span of a gnat when there’s a bromance. I fall easily for them. What is not to love? They are the besties to Young Ho. They know to keep the John Kim persona quiet, but also respect his wishes and don’t ask too many questions. You can tell they care for each other and in a way, balance each other.
Sung Hoon is just incredible to look at. I watched Noble, My Love and actually thought it was good for a about an hour after I watched it and then floated back down to earth. He’s dreamy, okay? He shows some potential in this role. Especially in scenes with Ji Sub.
Henry is the opposite character-wise. It’s nice seeing him make use of English and Korean (Konglish) in a humorous way. I like him as the sidekick. I also like him doing his job. He tends to be overly goofy, but I like that he can break from that and get shit done. Plus he’s not doing music in this. He does cook though, so I guess we just can’t let go from all that time on Masterchef Korea.
So there’s Young Ho and Joo Eun’s relationship. Which is electric. I was worried that the drama would be too focused on fix me, make me pretty and everyone will love me. There are some thoughts like that, but that’s a given. Joo Eun is not totally weak, but she’s been broken down and in a rut. I feel like a lot of women can relate to being in an non-progressing level of contentment. Moving through life, but not pushing for more. Young Ho has changed people’s lives, but it’s not emotionally enough for him. Yes the drama plays on fate, but I like it a lot. Here are two people that might need each other. The stacks are against them as a couple, but that makes for a good pairing. (One we have been waiting for because of the actors’ CFs together.) This one has a good mix of maturity and sweetness. I don’t feel like we’re dealing with adults acting like teenagers. Yes, I’m looking at you Birth of a Beauty, I’m still a little mad about that drama.
Um, I kind of love this little dig.
And I love that he noticed this, too.
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*4 episode test – An unofficial test that is given to Korean dramas in the dramaverse. First taught to me by India of DramaDebussie.com, it is basically a trial watch of a drama. If after 4 episodes, it does not progress well, you drop it without any conscience.