Romantic Comedy with Mental Illness Issue Starring Zo In-sung and Gong Hyo-jin
In 2014, SBS released a unique teaser for their new drama It’s Okay, That’s Love starring actor Jo In-sung and actress Gong Hyo-jin as the main characters. The two of them are dancing together and showing the characters’ relationship. You can watch the teaser for the drama in the video below.
Turns out, the drama is about a writer who has a mental illness and how he copes with it in daily life. Directed by director Kim Kyu-tae, who previously directed Jo In-sung’s previous drama, That Winter, the Wind Blows, the drama is a way of reminding people about mental health issues. Not many Korean dramas use mental health as their main element and the focal point around which the story develops. Even though the drama uses mental health as the theme, viewers won’t get bored because the actual genre is a romantic comedy. Want to find out more about the drama? Then, this is the right article for you!
It’s Okay, That’s Love: A Story About Self-love and Acceptance with a Major Plot Twist
It’s Okay, That’s Love tells a love story between a writer and a radio DJ named Jang Jae-yeol (played by Jo In-sung) and the first year psychiatrist named Ji Hae-soo. Both of them meet for the first time while participating in a TV show where they are the guests. Turns out, Ji Hae-soo and Jang Jae-yeol become roommates. When they first meet, Ji Hae-soo doesn’t feel comfortable with Jang Jae-yeol’s weird habits, such as sleeping in the bathtub, etc. Fortunately, Ji Hae-soo isn’t the only housemate who lives together with Jang Ja-yeol. There’s Jo Dong-min (played by Sung Dong-il), a psychiatrist, and Park Soo-kwang (played by Lee Kwang-soo), a cafe waiter who has Tourette Syndrome.
At first, their relationship isn’t quite good because of Ji Hae-soo’s anxiety about developing relationships. Her past, where her mom was cheating on her dad, caused her to have serious doubts regarding relationships and she also developed a cold personality. Their clashing personalities become a reason for their fights. Ji Hae-soo also has a phobia of sex because of her past. Well, don’t be surprised if you watch several sex scenes in the drama.
Jang Ja-yeol has a fan named Han Kang-woo (played by EXO’s D.O), a high schooler who is always following him around. He starts meeting with Kang-woo since Jang Jae-beom (played by Yang Ik-june), Jang Ja-yeol’s brother who is in prison, stabbed him at the club. Turns out, Kang-woo is only an imaginary person that only exists in Jang Ja-yeol’s mind. Because of this, Jang Ja-yeol is diagnosed with Schizophrenia.
But, after finding out more about Jang Ja-yeol’s past that affected his mental health, Ji Hae-soo becomes sympathetic and finds herself developing feelings for Jang Ja-yeol. Things start to get messy when Jang Jae-beom gets out of prison and begins to chase Jang Jae-yeol to get his revenge. What’s going to happen with the couple’s relationship? You can find out in the drama!
It’s Okay, That’s Love: The Cast
Actor Jo In-sung is playing the character Jang Ja-yeol. Jang Ja-yeol is a handsome writer and radio DJ who has OCD with color. He also can’t sleep in a bed and can only sleep in his own bathtub. From the very first time he meets Ji Hae-soo he gets into an argument with her every time. But, looking at Ji Hae-soo’s tender heart makes him fall in love with her.
Model and actress Gong Hyo-jin is playing the character Ji Hae-soo, a psychiatrist in her first year. She has sex phobia, which makes her unable to have sex. Due to her unfortunate past, she always has doubts when it comes to a relationship. Because of this, she always uses her cold personality to guard herself. But, her meeting with Jang Ja-yeol is an exception. At first, Ji Hae-soo finds Jang Ja-yeol annoying. But, after building trust in their relationship, she finds herself falling for Jang Ja-yeol’s charm and starts a serious relationship with him.
Actor Sung Dong-il is playing the character Jo Dong-min, Ji Hae-soo’s senior in the psychiatric hospital and her housemate. When Ji Hae-soo was young, Jo Dong-min was her first love. Being the only older person in the house, he actually has an ex-wife and children in the United States. Later, Jo Dong-min becomes the appointed psychiatrist for convicts and helps Jang Ja-yeol to find his brother.
Actor Lee Kwang-soo is playing the role of Park Soo-kwang, a cafe waiter who has Tourette Syndrome. Because of his syndrome, Park Soo-kwang can’t control what he’s saying when he is nervous. Jo Dong-min often helps him to reduce his panic attacks. When it comes to love, Park Soo-kwang has no luck until he meets So-nyeo (played by Lee Sung-kyung).
Singer from EXO, D.O, plays the character Han Kang-woo, a high schooler who appears as an imaginary fan on Jang Ja-yeol. Han Kang-woo always shows his manuscript to Jang Ja-yeol. After finding out that he is only a figment of his imagination, Jang Ja-yeol is trying to get rid of him.