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Kim Soo-Hyun And Seo Ye-Ji Talk About Their Characters In "It's Okay To Not Be Okay"

Working on this healing drama was both a challenge and a life-enhancing experience for the two of them, and they hope the viewers will experience some sort of healing in the process of watching it as well

Mark your calendar: June 20, 2020! That's when the much-awaited K-Drama It's Okay to Not be Okay, starring Kim Soo-hyun and Seo Ye-ji, will be released on Netflix.  

Metro.Style joined the series' virtual press conference earlier today, wherein the lead stars talked about their characters in detail and shared how it was like working with each other on this healing drama. 

In It's Okay to Not be Okay, Kim Soo-hyun is the handsome, smart, and sympathetic Moon Gang-tae, a caregiver in a psychiatric ward. He takes care of his older brother, Sang-tae (portrayed by Oh Jung-se), who's on the autism spectrum. Fate leads him to a special woman, Ko Mun-yeong (Seo Ye-ji), a well-known children's book author who has an antisocial personality disorder. She's cold, rude, selfish, and lacks empathy. However, when their paths cross, they open up and help each other go through the process of healing their own wounds.     


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There are so many elements that make It's Okay to Not be Okay exciting and intriguing, but one of the things that we really can't wait to see is the on-screen chemistry between Kim Soo-hyun and Seo Ye-ji, which we've gotten a glimpse on in the series' trailers. 

At the virtual press conference, Kim Soo-hyun shared what it was like working with Seo Ye-ji: "At the very beginning, obviously, as one tends to be around people you meet for the first time, there was a sense of awkwardness and difficulties between the two of us, but as we began to really transform ourselves into Gang-tae and Mun-yeong, and so we had to spend a lot of time together, I feel like we have a comfortable chemistry between us now. And so I hope that you can enjoy our chemistry on-screen as well."

She also points out how he's been very considerate of her since they started working on this project. "I feel like our chemistry started off and continues to be quite good. And I think I would even go as far as to say that he’s by far the best partner that I’ve had."  

"It's Okay to Not be Okay" stars Seo Ye-ji and Kim Soo-hyun | Photo by Chun Youngsang for Netflix


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This is Kim Soo-hyun's comeback series after finishing his military service. The last K-Drama he starred in was The Producers back in 2015. This was followed by cameos in Hotel del Luna and Crash Landing on You. As one of the highest-paid actors in South Korea, he has become famous for his roles in TV series like Dream High, Moon Embracing the Sun, and My Love from the Star, and movies like Secretly, Greatly and Real.

Meanwhile, Seo Ye-ji's last K-Drama was Lawless Lawyer. The other series she starred and appeared in include Save Me and Moorim School: Saga of the Brave.

Both acknowledge how unique and well-written this story by writer Jo Yong is. It's Okay to Not be Okay has an interesting concept that inspires them to push the envelope in terms of what they can offer with their acting. And as much as they enjoy working on this drama, they hope the viewers will be delighted watching it too, and that their characters will resonate with them on a deeper level.   

Seo Ye-ji says, "I truly hope that all of you will be able to experience healing through this story and also feel consoled through our drama series, and above all, I hope you’d be happy along the ride." 


Check out the gallery below to read about what Kim Soo-hyun and Seo Ye-ji has to say about their drama and their characters in it:

Catch "It's Okay to Not be Okay" on Netflix this June 20, 2020. There will be two new episodes weekly, to be released every Saturday and Sunday.

Lead photo by Chun Youngsang for Netflix | Other photos courtesy of Netflix