Ten Reasons to Love Gong Hyo Jin
Sometimes when the show you are obsessively watching nears its completion (how are we at episode 18 already, I cry out in agony!), a heavy sadness begins to weigh your heart, and the remote control, down. You wonder, how will you go on? What will you covertly watch when you should be sleeping or working?
Luckily for me, as I begin the mourning process for You are All Surrounded (I repeat, how are we at episode 18 already!) my sorrow is tempered by an equal quotient of giddiness for its replacement, It's Okay, That's Love. And there is one big reason for my joy–the return of Gong Hyo Jin. Why should you be as excited as me? Here are ten reasons why Gong Hyo Jin is the queen of K-drama.
1. She’s the Hong Sisters' Big Sun
We aren’t the only ones clamoring for more Gong Hyo Jin. The Hong Sisters love her too. Gong Hyo Jin has appeared in not one, but two, Hong Sister K-dramas, Greatest Love and Master’s Sun, both of which are the bingiest of binge-worthy. I really, really need them to work together again, because a Hong Sister/Gong Hyo Jin K-drama trinity would be truly heaven blessed. Pretty please?
2. She is in the best "meet cute" scene of all K-drama
Full disclosure, Pasta is one of my favorite K-Dramas. I love Gong Hyo Jin’s character and everything about this show, and I don’t even like Italian food that much! But one of my favorite parts about this show, and any K-drama ever, is the “meet-cute” scene–the scene where the two main characters meet for the first time. Goldfish have never been more romantic. And Lee Sun-kyun with his deep voice. He could read me a grocery list with that voice and I would melt into a puddle. Then he would save me. Like he saved those goldfish.
3. She has killer chemistry
In some shows, the leads just don't click the way you want them to (I'm looking at you Her Legend). This is not an issue with Gong Hyo Jin. Whether she is romancing a spoiled chef, a spoiled actor, or a spoiled chaebol, she manages to mix in all the elements that create the most electric K-drama chemistry. I am guessing her chemistry with Jo In-sung will be no exception.
4. Did I mention how good she is at picking unique K-dramas
Sang-doo! Let's Go to School! Thank You. Pasta. Greatest Love. Master’s Sun. I’ve loved enough of her work to know that if Gong Hyo Jin is in something, there is probably something about it that will be a refreshing departure from other K-drama storylines. And you never know what you are going to get.
5. She can charm the pants off my imaginary boyfriend So Ji Sub
She can't literally charm So Ji Sub's pants off (but oh, I would pay money to see him like that!). But anyone that can make him smile like this is good for the universe.
Behind the scenes: Master's Sun
6. She can sing
These multi-talented hallyu stars, they really live to give the rest of us inferiority complexes. In 2011 she sang the duet “Seems Like I Love You,” with My Q. This song makes me think of Lionel Richie, in a good way.
7. She’s a fashion icon
I’m not saying that after Master’s Sun all of us started running around in long white nightgowns like they were Versace (though I didn’t see So Ji Sub complaining in #5 above). But Gong Hyo-Jin is a true style icon. She has collaborated with a variety of fashion brands over the years and is known to have a style as distinctive as her acting choices. In 2012 Gong Hyo Jin launched a self-designed line for the fashion brand LAP. My kingdom for the confidence to pull off that shiny purple skirt.
8. She’s dating Lee Jin-wook
Have you watched Lee Jin Wook in Nine: Nine Time Travels? I have, and I am pretty sure I called dibs on him. Apparently Gong Hyo Jin did not get that memo. She was probably too busy laughing and having fun with So Ji Sub. If it was anyone else, I might be mad, but they are just too cute together.
Photos from Allkpop
9. She is not afraid to play complicated women
She’s made her career, and won numerous awards, for playing determined, ordinary, complicated, and sometimes gritty women. Since I consider myself at least ordinary and complicated, it is wonderful to watch her play relate-able characters that run so counter to a more two dimensional K-drama heroine.
10. She will fill the void in my heart left by Lee Seung Gi
Despite fracturing her arm in a car accident, she is set to star in It's Okay, That's Love, which will begin airing on July 23, 2014. The show will replace You are All Surrounded, and thanks to her, I don’t have to walk around aimlessly grieving and searching for a new show. I have yet to be disappointed by anything Gong Hyo Jin is in, and if the trailers are any indication, she won’t be disappointing me this time either.