Son Ye-jin in Thirty-Nine: her first K-drama since Crash Landing on You – and going public with Hyun Bin – co-stars Jeon Mi-do from Netflix’s Hospital Playlist
The Korean star of hit TV shows and films like Something in the Rain, Personal Taste and, of course, Crash Landing on You, Son recently revealed that she plans to join the upcoming drama Thirty-Nine. The 12-episode romance drama series will revolve around three friends about to turn 40. Shooting is expected to start in August, according to Woman Chosun.
So what do we know about the series – and Son’s role in it – so far?
Son Ye-jin will play a dermatologist
But Son has acted in many other roles, including a florist in Summer Scent, a prosecutor in Don’t Look Back: The Legend of Orpheus, and a manager at a coffee shop chain in Something in the Rain.
Now, Son makes her first foray into medicine in Thirty-Nine, playing the wealthy head dermatologist at a posh clinic to the rich and famous in Gangnam.
It’s her first drama with JTBC after three years
Thirty-Nine will be Son’s first JTBC drama after a three-year break from the network. (Crash Landing on You was broadcasted by TVN.) This is significant because Son also chose JTBC over major South Korean TV networks SBS, KBS and MBC when she returned to the screen after a five-year break in 2018 with Something in the Rain.
Considering that Son’s first JTBC project was such a hit, plenty of K-drama fans are looking forward to what her second go with the network will be like.
Thirty-Nine’s screenwriter has an amazing filmography
Thirty-Nine seems poised for success – and not just because Son is its leading lady. The K-drama’s screenwriter and director are definitely of note too.
The director, Kim Sang-ho, is also well known for his past milestones, and recently directed Run On, which starred Im Si-wan and Shin Se-kyung.
Hospital Playlist star Jeon Mi-do will also have a lead role
Fans of Netflix’s Hospital Playlist will be happy to know that Jeon Mi-do, who plays Chae Song-hwa, decided to take the lead role of acting coach Jung Chan-young in Thirty-Nine. News about the offer emerged earlier this March. Many K-drama fans are looking forward to seeing what the chemistry will be like between Son and Jeon, considering that the show is about a group of female friends.
- Yoo Young-a, the screenwriter behind hit TV show Encounter starring Song Hye-kyo and Park Bo-gum, returns for the new JTBC romance drama
- Son will play a wealthy dermatologist in Gangnam – not unlike her chaebol heiress role in Crash Landing where she met boyfriend Hyun Bin – alongside Jeon Mi-do