How actor Yoo Yeon-seok expresses “The Variable of Love”.

How actor Yoo Yeon-seok expresses “The Variable of Love”.

In JTBC’s Wednesday-Thursday drama “Understanding Love,” actor Yoo Yeon-seok is slowly accepting the variable of love that he thought was a constant.

actor Yoo Yeon-seok

In the drama, Ha Sang-soo (actor Yoo Yeon-seok) has lived a life far from normal, spending a difficult family environment and childhood, although he looks like he has nothing to be desired with a good academic background, work, and excellent appearance. Therefore, for him, prudence was the default value in everything, and love was considered a constant that had to maintain a constant value. Yoo Yeon-seok (played by Ha Sang-soo) has also pursued a normal and unchanging life to the extent that he expresses his character with “normal, hesitant, and constant.”

However, this belief gave Ahn Soo-young (Moon Ga-young) anxiety and distrust. The moment when he hesitated for a while while considering his relationship with Ahn Soo-young made a distance between the two. Regarding this, the production team said, “The most important value in Ha Sang-soo’s life is responsibility. My feelings for Ahn Soo-young cannot be light and I think seriously enough to hesitate. Ironically, Ahn Soo-young misunderstood this and chose Jung Jong-hyun (Jeong Ga-ram), while Ha Sang-soo chose Park Mi-kyung (Geum Sae-rok) to protect his values. “For Ha Sang-soo, Ahn Soo-young is a variable that cannot be constant,” he explained why Ha Sang-soo had no choice but to hesitate.

Ha Sang-soo, who was convinced of his heart for Ahn Soo-young after hesitation, vowed not to hesitate anymore. The production team said, “The 10th ice hockey kiss scene means to abandon all of his hesitation and walk to Ahn Soo-young, and his love for Ahn Soo-young awakened Ha Sang-soo as a man,” indicating that the time was an important inflection point for Ha Sang-soo.

Ha Sang-soo did not stop here. He even harbored unstable wounds of Ahn Soo-young, including the death of his beloved brother, frustrated dreams, distant family members, discrimination from academic background and origin, and affection for certainty. The production team said, “In the 12th episode, Ha Sang-soo lived in a simulation, but in front of Ahn Soo-young, it doesn’t work well.” He confesses that he is anxious and uncomfortable, but makes this situation and feelings irrelevant. His values collapsed in front of Ahn Soo-young. At the same time, I realize that I love Ahn Soo-young that much. Ha Sang-soo, who accepted the force majeure, even embraces all the actions of Ahn Soo-young, he said.

Ha Sang-soo’s change is becoming more persuasive when he meets actor Yoo Yeon-seok’s acting. The patented eye acting is basic, and the understated expression of emotions and good acting make even those who see the change in characters who have flexibly accepted and understood love feel natural.

With only two episodes left until the end of the show, Ahn Soo-young even removed her phone number and disappeared completely, once again despairing Ha Sang-soo. As Ha Sang-soo destroyed his values, attention is focusing on whether he will be able to regain Ahn Soo-young with his straight love for Ahn Soo-young.

Meanwhile, JTBC’s Wednesday-Thursday drama “Understanding Love” will air 15 episodes at 10:30 p.m. on February 8 (Wed).

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