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Posted : 2014-07-18 19:21
Updated : 2014-07-18 23:10

Jo In-sung's drama touches on mental illness

SBS drama "It's Okay, That's Love" will air starting July 23.
/ Courtesy of SBS

By Baek Byung-yeul

Jo In-sung, left, and Kong Hyo-jin
Heartthrob actor Jo In-sung, 32, will star with actress Kong Hyo-jin, 34, in SBS TV's upcoming romantic comedy drama, "It's Okay, That's Love," which will go on air from next Wednesday.

As Jo reunited with star director Kim Kyu-tae and renonwed drama writer Noh Hee-kyung, who also worked together in last year's slipper hit romance "That Winter, The Wind Blows," there have been tremendous expectations for "It's Okay" from drama fans.

The 16-part drama is a love story between a mystery writer and radio DJ Jang Jae-yeol (Jo) with obsessive-compulsive disorder and a psychiatrist Ji Hae-su (Kong). It will be the fourth drama of the Kim-Noh combo.

Jo said he chose this drama just because he wanted to work with Kim and Noh pair again, following "That Winter."

"When I was offered this role, and I feel lucky that I can show a different side of me through this drama," Jo said to reporters at a hotel in Nonhyeon-dong, southern Seoul, Tuesday.

"The relationship between Jang and Ji is as real as an actual couple in your everyday life," Kong said.

The writer of "It's Okay" said she wanted to counter prejudice against mentally psychiatric patients.

"Breaking such prejudice will be the main theme of the drama," Noh said.

For supporting characters, Do Kyung-soo of popular pop boy band EXO will feature as a high school student, who dreams to be a novelist, actor Lee Kwang-soo plays Park Soo-kwang, who suffers from neurological disorder and veteran actor Sung Dong-il stars as a Ji's first love.

The Wednesday-Thursday drama, "It's Okay. That's Love" airs at 10 p.m. from July 23rd.


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