Worst Case of Second Lead Syndrome You’ve Experienced
Aptly enough, this is a dual winner category. Also, I went with a broader definition of SLS. In neither of these cases did I want them to “get the guy” or “get the girl”, but in both I strongly felt they were way better than the lead.
Winner Number One
Winner Number Two
Sometimes, a Google image search turns up a result for which the only response can be, “the level of perfection is too high”. The photo above is a great example. Ms. Chae shrugging her shoulders in bemusement at being stuck, quite literally, on second floor in her career.I first saw her in Coffee Prince , but it was the next role of hers I saw that cemented her in my mind as a super second. The Drama 총리와 나 (Once Was A Romcom) distinguished itself by taking a surprisingly strong, vibrant OTP, full of genuine romantic chemistry and comedy, and sucking the life out of both the characters and their arc. Which is why I only ever use the more accurate English translation of its Korean name. Ms Chae’s character though, went in the exact opposite direction. As Seo Hye Joo, she morphed from a clichéd clingy second, nursing unrequited love and bitterness toward the female lead, into a strong, independent and self-assured character, master of her own destiny, and slave to no zombie spouse.
The next Drama in which CJA showed her super second skills was one featuring Joo Won and Kim Tae Hee as leads, but I’ll be writing more about that one in a later post. For now, suffice it to say that though she’s ten years younger than I am, I happily use the hashtag conferred on her by a longtime fanboy. She definitely is #AwesomeNoona — sheer magic!