Just to make sure that we're on the same page, Oh My Venus is a currently airing kdrama with Shin Min Ah and So Ji Sub. Casting aside, it's the story about a girl who used to be referred to as the Venus of her school, but 15 years later she's gained some pounds and is living an unhealthy lifestyle. The male lead is a famous trainer and together they're supposed to help her pursue a healthier life, physically, but I would also like to add mentally.
Now, I'm guessing everyone has the same, or at least similar reservations to this premise. If you haven't seen the trailers, or even if you have, you probably think one of these things.
1. It's going to be a drama that endorses becoming skinny to be prettier and get the male lead.
2. She's probably going to wear a fat suit (200 Pounds Beauty) or get a more voluptuous actress to play her (Birth of a Beauty).
3. They're going to spend a huge portion of the show making fun of her weight.
If you watched the trailers, it's possible you didn't like the fact they were going for a comedic, sensual, portrayal. I want to say now, make sure to watch all of the trailers because the first couple were not a good representation. They were a fantastic example of the GREAT chemistry the couple is going to have though. The last, 4 minute long trailer was much more indicative of how the show is going to be. Even after seeing the 4 minute trailer, I was still unsure.
But after watching the first episode, I can say any possible negative thoughts have now disappeared.
The male lead already has interest in her. It's not romantic, but he's definitely not disapproving or unattracted to her weight. He just wants to help her. His friend is even flirtatious with her and so kind.
They didn't overdo the fat suit or her face. She's not constantly bumping into things or landing on things to make them break.
So far in the show there have only been weight comments from her friend, and she just ignores her and says she's going for a Western look. She's also already been trying diets, not healthy ones obviously, but she does care about her weight so it's not something new that she's just decided. Also, while her friend makes those negative comments, she's also wholeheartedly supportive of her. Have to take the good with the bad I suppose.
Now that the misleading ideas about the premise are out of the way, I'll show you why you should watch as it airs, or at least keep an eye on it.
I don't like using the attractiveness of the actors and actresses to recommend dramas because despite how pretty or smexy they may be, that doesn't always make for a good drama. But I can't help the fact that in describing their characters you're gonna see the pretty.
Meet Kang Joo Eun, played by Shin Min Ah (My Girlfriend Is A Gumiho, Arang and the Magistrate).
She is a feisty, intelligent lawyer, who seems to generally speak her mind when the situation is not too embarrassing. One can not be faulted for shutting down when embarrassed.
Cue Kim Yeong Ho, also known as John Kim, played by So Ji Sub (Master's Sun).
Rich chaebol trainer who has some sort of past with a girl in America. I don't really care about the backstory for that relationship. He's sarcastic and witty, but kind in equal measure which makes him stand out as a male lead.
On to the 2 other musketeers. Jang Joon Sung, played by Sung Hoon (Noble, My Love).
Right now his character is not highly developed but I do know that he is an athlete, seems to be a boxer, and that he is also kind. I know. Two kind men? In one drama? Don't be too shocked, because next up:
Kim Ji Woong, played by Lau Henry.
This actor is... like wow. He is officially considered Canadian. His first language is English but he can also speak Korean, as well as a bit of Japanese, French, Mandarin, and Thai. Also happens to freaking fantastic at violin and a composer. I know... this has nothing to do with his character but since he doesn't have much of a drama resume I thought some insight might be nice.
His character is the most adorable thing. Speaks English ALL the time. Literally meets Kang Joo Eun, says it's destiny, gives her his jacked when she's cold, and even goes and checks on her a few days later.
And now our do badders. Im Woo Sik played by Jung Gyu Woon (Dr. Champ, History of a Salaryman, Birth of A Beauty).
He's her boyfriend of 15 years who has now become her ex. He's also dating an old friend who used to be the overweight girl in school but is not tiny and powerful and if I may say so, a bitch. Despite this, he shows concern for Kang Joo Eun and it doesn't seem like he cheated while they were dating. I'm going to give him the benefit of the doubt that he just fell out of love with her since he hasn't explicitly said weight yet.
Next up, one of the most gorgeous women I think in existence, Oh Soo Jin, played by Yoo In Young (My Love From Another Star, Mask).
I hate her. Kang Joo Eun and her were friends when she was overweight but because Kang Joo Eun got the guy she was in love with's number, she seems to be holding a grudge. I'm... not understanding her reasoning. Also, she eats a freaking salad with no ranch and like only eats the corn. I'm not saying this is a bad thing... but... like that sounds unedible to me lol.
I've watched episodes 1&2. I'll definitely be posting tiny updates with eventually a final review. Right now though I definitely recommend it. The plot hasn't had a chance to pick up yet but there have been plenty of great moments between the mains. The chemistry is already sizzling and I can't wait to see where this goes, granted it doesn't violate those ideas that I thought the premise was going to make it like. I'm not going to say she's not getting made fun of at all, or that her weight's not an issue, but it's Korean culture and they're not overplaying it like other dramas or movies have seemed to.
Dramafever is the place to watch it, Viki gets it 2 weeks late. Tell me what you think of it if you've watched it, comment or message me. I'd love to have someone to talk about each episode with. If you're more prone to wait... I suppose check my final review way later?
Hope everyone's having a good time watching kdrama, even if it's not this one! Also, the music? I leave you with.