Park Min Young, Perfect Boyfriends, And More: What To Watch After “Her Private Life”
It didn’t take long for us to get sucked into the world of fangirling, White Ocean, and Ryan Gold. “Her Private Life” has been the series that has been setting the standard for “perfect guy” VERY high. On top of that, we had the beautiful Park Min Young and the very handsome second-male lead Ahn Bo Hyun. With all these amazing things about the series, it’s no wonder why we’re so down now that the series is over. If you’re wondering which K-dramas to watch next to fill that empty void in your heart, here are a few suggestions based on the things we loved about “Her Private Life.”
1. Park Min Young in all her glory
It’s pretty much official. Any series that Park Min Young stars in is guaranteed to be a hit. You can call it luck or you can call it having a good sense of knowing a good script when she’s offered one, but regardless, she’s a gem. She not only picks amazing roles, but she really nails the characters with her amazing acting skills! If you’re looking for another dose of Park Min Young, here are a couple of suggestions.
Park Min Young stars alongside Lee Min Ho in this action-packed romance about a trained fighter who is under the disguise on an IT expert in the Blue House. He eventually meets and falls in love with a bodyguard named Kim Na Na (Park Min Young), who also works at the Blue House. The two come to work together to get revenge.
Park Min Young is gold in any role. She’s got so many charms and abilities to make any character come to life. In “City Hunter,” she’s able to pull off being a tough bodyguard while also being a lovable female lead.
The story is also amazing at keeping you wanting to watch the next episode. It’s got the perfect balance of action and romance!
Start watching “City Hunter”:
Another classic K-drama that stars our beautiful Park Min Young is “Sungkyunkwan Scandal.” This classic sageuk tells the story of a brilliant and beautiful woman named Kim Yoon Hee (Park Min Young) who disguises herself as a man to take an exam at Sungkyunkwan University. Her father had passed away and she takes it upon herself to become successful.
Park Min Young is superb in this series as Kim Yoon Hee. She’s younger in this particular series and you can really see her shine in this role. It also takes quite the beauty to be able to pull off traditional men’s clothing!
Start watching “Sungkyunkwan Scandal”:
2. Kim Jae Wook’s serious acting skills
If you’re a serious K-drama fan, you know of a lot of the eclectic roles that Kim Jae Wook took on throughout his acting career. He hasn’t always been the male lead and he hasn’t always taken on rom-coms, which is why his role in “Her Private Life” is so special.
If you really want to see Kim Jae Wook’s acting capabilities, his role as the psychopath Mo Tae Goo in the action-packed “Voice” is definitely one that can’t be missed. What made his performance so bone-chilling was just how handsome and charismatic a serial killer could actually be.
His performance will send chills down your spine. I mean, just look at this scene:
Start watching “Voice”:
Degree of Love
How can we forget his role as the second-lead who wore his heart on his sleeve, Park Jung Woo? If you’re looking for something a bit more light-hearted and not so scary, then you should see him in this role!
“Degree of Love” stars Seo Hyun Jin and Yang Se Jong in a story about a chef who falls in love with a writer. It’s a sweet little tale about love at first sight, and if you’re into romantic second-leads, then this series is right up your alley. But this drama is also great if you want to see Kim Jae Wook as the totally swoon-worthy Jung Woo.
You can really sense the love he has for Lee Hyun Soo (Seo Hyun Jin) and you can also see the charm she sees in him despite the fact that her heart lies with someone else. He exudes so much charm that you’ll be wondering why Hyun Soo isn’t going for Jung Woo.
Start watching “Degree of Love”:
3. Summer feel romance
“Her Private Life” was the perfect series to ring in the summer weather and lead up into summer vacation. It has all the light-hearted and comedic vibes that really set the tone for the good weather. If you’re looking to continue this summer feel romance, there are several other K-dramas and movies out there that you have to check out!
This adorable movie is a story about first loves. It also stars Kim Young Kwang and Park Bo Young, two beautiful people who meet in high school and fall in love with each other. Even after several years of being friends, there is always a connection between them that is hard to deny. Things get interesting when Hwang Woo Yeon (Kim Young Kwang) receives a wedding invitation to Hwan Seung Hee’s (Park Bo Young) wedding.
How much cuter can these two be? Even with the massive height difference, they have so much chemistry.
“On Your Wedding Day” is the perfect first love movie that gives off that warm summer vibe. You’ll love the sassiness from Seung Hee (Park Bo Young) and the warm-hearted, but romantic Woo Yun (Kim Young Kwang). It’s one of the cutest movies you’ll watch this summer!
Start watching “On Your Wedding Day”:
“One Sunny Day” is a short web drama starring So Ji Sub and Kim Ji Won. It’s a series about two single people who go to Jeju Island for different purposes. They cross paths and find that they really connect with each other. From that point, the two start to open up to each other.
This series is the perfect healing K-drama for the summer. It’s got a peacefulness about it that will seriously touch your heart and have you relating to both the main leads. You’ll totally empathize for So Ji Sub as the broken-hearted Kim Ji Ho and will also root for him finding love in Kim Ji Ho (Kim Ji Won) – yes, the two have the same name in the series. It’s fate!
Start watching “One Sunny Day”:
4. The perfect boyfriend
Let’s be real. Even in the fictitious world of K-dramas, it’s sometimes hard to find THE perfect boyfriend. Since “Her Private Life” aired, there has been a lot of buzz around Ryan Gold (Kim Jae Wook) and how he is the most perfect male lead. There’s obviously an endless amount of reasons as to why he’s so perfect and we’re obviously going to miss him. But in case you need some other “perfect boyfriends” to awe over, here are a few recommendations.
“Encounter” stars Park Bo Gum as Kim Jin Hyuk and Song Hye Kyo as Cha Soo Hyun. The two first meet while in Cuba, but when they return to Seoul they realize that Soo Hyun is actually Jin Hyuk’s new boss. The two end up getting involved in a whirlwind of a romance and there’s a rollercoaster of emotions.
Park Bo Gum as Kim Jin Hyuk is pure perfection. With the enchanting backdrop of Cuba and the natural charm that Park Bo Gum gives up regardless of the character he plays, his character is the perfect boyfriend.
He is not only persistent and understanding of Cha Soo Hyun, but he also gives her space when she needs it. He is always there to listen to her and always putting her needs before his own. He gifts her with thoughtful things instead of expensive things, making sure that she knows he always thinks of her.
But we all know that it’s not only his character that is perfect as Park Bo Gum would probably be a pretty perfect boyfriend in real life.
Start watching “Encounter”:
Go Dong Man (Park Seo Joon) and Choi Ae Ra (Kim Ji Won) play two best friends who have been through everything in life with each other. They are there through the good times and the bad times. But what makes Dong Man so perfect, besides the fact that he is always there for Ae Ra, is that he always gives her space to cry and be herself.
He is also relentless at trying to help Ae Ra achieve her dream of becoming an announcer. He is literally her biggest fan. He also knows when she is feeling down and will drop everything to go to her and make her feel better. He puts her dreams before his and it is the sweetest thing ever.
Start watching “Fight My Way”:
“My ID Is Gangnam Beauty” stars Im Soo Hyang as Kang Mi Rae and Cha Eun Woo as Do Kyung Suk, the two childhood classmates. They meet again in University, but Kyung Suk realizes that Mi Rae isn’t the girl he knew from high school. The catch? Mi Rae got plastic surgery and looks completely different from how she used to before.
What makes Kyung Suk pretty perfect is how he appreciates and likes Mi Rae before she got the plastic surgery. He remembers that the only time he was able to smile in high school was when he saw her dancing at the bus stop. He remembers every detail when it comes to Mi Rae and makes it pretty obvious that he has feelings for her.
One scene in particular that stands out is when Kyung Suk has no money but still wants to take Mi Rae out, so he makes sure that she’s taken care of the entire night until his last penny. It’s so sweet!
Start watching “My ID is Gangnam Beauty”:
Hey Soompiers, which of these K-dramas are you going to watch next (or re-watch)? Let me know in the comments below!
binahearts is a Soompi writer whose ultimate biases are Song Joong Ki and BIGBANG. She is also the author of “K-POP A To Z: The Definitive K-Pop Encyclopedia.” Make sure you follow binahearts on Instagram as she journeys through her latest Korean crazes!
Currently watching: “The Secret Life Of My Secretary,” “Absolute Boyfriend,” “Angel’s Last Mission: Love,” “One Spring Night,” “Arthdal Chronicles” and “Produce X 101”
All-time favorite dramas: “Secret Garden,” “Goblin,” “Because This Is My First Life,” “Star In My Heart”
Looking forward to: Won Bin‘s return to the small screen and the second season of “My First, First Love”