ENA’s “Love is for Suckers” is a romantic comedy starring Lee Da Hee and Choi Siwon as two best friends who have known each other for 20 years. When they meet as the producing director (PD) and a cast member of a reality dating show, they unexpectedly begin to develop romantic feelings for one another.
On October 5, the drama held an online press conference with Lee Da Hee, Choi Siwon, and director Choi Kyu Shik. Lee Da Hee stars in the drama as Goo Yeo Reum, a variety show PD in the 10th year of her career. Despite her hard work, all the programs she gets involved with wind up being unsuccessful. Choi Siwon plays Park Jae Hoon, a plastic surgeon lacking passion in both his work and love life, who ends up appearing on Goo Yeo Reum’s dating show “Kingdom of Love” as a contestant.
Lee Da Hee remarked, “When I first got the script, it was fun. There were aspects similar to me so I thought, ‘this sounds like my story.’ I decided on my appearance because of the script I could immerse into and the instantly appealing lines.” Choi Siwon added, “The frame-like narrative felt new and the script was fun. I thought that I definitely had to appear. Since I also know director Choi’s personality well, I wanted to appear.”
When asked whether a 20-year-friendship as depicted in the drama was realistic, Choi Siwon answered, “I have a best friend who I’ve known since fifth grade. Nothing’s happened because we aren’t each other’s ideal types. Thankfully, we’ve been good friends for over 20 years. Even if I don’t know her inner feelings, I believe she feels the same.”
The two actors’ comedic chemistry is a key point of anticipation for the drama and Lee Da Hee commented, “I didn’t try very hard. What’s within me just comes out.” Choi Siwon then made her laugh as he chimed in, “Lee Da Hee is an incredibly funny person.”
Another intriguing point about “Love is for Suckers” is being able to watch a variety show within a drama, through the dating show “Kingdom of Love.” The director explained that the show was a bit more intense than real variety shows and revealed that he had referred a lot to the dating reality show “I am Solo.”
Lee Da Hee teased, “If you watch the ending of Episode 1, there’s a sudden heart-fluttering point between friends. Choi Siwon actually made my heart flutter while filming that scene. There’s a certain atmosphere where you can see the emotions that are felt from within, better than any words or lines. I figure that those aspects will have appeared nicely in that scene.”
She added, “The male lead is Choi Siwon, production by director Choi Kyu Shik, written by writer Kim Sol Ji. Beside them is Lee Da Hee. That’s all I’ll say.” Choi Siwon added, “This summer is Goo Yeo Reum [‘yeoreum’ means ‘summer’ in Korean] and ‘Love is for Suckers’ is Lee Da Hee. This will become a key point soon.”