Just when I had given up all hope of seeing something like this in a K-drama:
Along comes episode 8 of What’s Up.
My god. There’s hope for women yet in K-dramas. *Doori-centric spoilers for episodes 1-12*
Long story short, Oh Doo-ri (Im Joo-eun) is a former child actress who views college as a means of getting away from her over-controlling showbiz mother. The latter used to be an actress herself but chose to give up the limelight after having a child, a decision she is now trying to rectify by having her daughter live out her dreams.
Though she has talent, Doo-ri has no real desire of doing anything with it…till she meets her hot mess of a professor, Sun Woo-young, a former musical star-turned-hobo.
She senses a kindred spirit in him and it isn’t long before she falls for him. Because Doo-ri isn’t like the rest of her K-drama compatriots, we are spared the blushing virgin-in-the-headlights routine. Doo-ri, bless her heart, just lays her feelings out on the table.
BAM. Simple and straight to the point. Future K-drama female leads, please take note.
Prof Sun, of course, thinks that she’s lost her mind but does that deter Doo-ri? Hell, no! While most girls would have slunk away in burning mortification after being rejected, Doo-ri marches right up to him and demands that he take her seriously as a student and teach her how to act. Well, you could say that the transmission of knowledge is in itself an erotic act.
Okay, I squee-ed when she grabbed him by his shirt thinking she was going to pull a Riko. And then I remembered that this is a K-drama. But look at it on the bright side. It’s one small step for us drama-watchers, one giant leap for women in K-dramas.
CAN YOU FEEL THE ROOM STEAMING UP? To be honest, these caps don’t do this scene any justice. You need to watch episode 8 to appreciate the UST between them as they stare each other down and Prof Sun taunts her in that sexy-ass drawl of his. If this drama were on the CW network, buttons would have been flying.
Because Prof Sun is a stubborn ass with unresolved personal issues, and Doo-ri is ballsy as hell, she decides to bring out the big guns.
And that means announcing to the whole school over the PA system that she is going to Make. Him. Fall. For. Her. (It should be said that she also uses the opportunity to clear up all the rumours flying around about them. How’s that for a take-charge, multi-tasking heroine?)
And then she proceeds to serenade him. In front of the entire school.
I’ll admit that I’m too much of a chickenshit to pull this kind of a stunt but that’s why I watch dramas — to live vicariously through the characters.
I know some people are squicked out by the fact that he’s her professor but it doesn’t bother me. The way I see it, they’re both consenting adults and this teaching stint is just a temporary gig to help him get his life in order again before he returns to the stage.
However the rumours flying around suggest that Prof Sun might not have long to live. Right…Imma live in denial for the remaining episodes. <Memo to self: do not go near the forums until you’ve finished watching the drama.>