Excited about Song Hye-kyo’s upcoming drama? We break down all the things you should know about Now We Are Breaking Up
The wait is almost over! The return of the top Hallyu star, Song Hye-kyo is here. The South Korean actress will be making her comeback to the small screen in Now We Are Breaking Up. One of the highly-anticipated Korean dramas this year, Now We Are Breaking Up also marks Jang Ki-yong’s last role before enlisting in the military.
Riding on the anticipation for Jirisan and My Name, this drama is bound to give us the same heart-fluttering romance we’re craving for. Ahead of the drama’s premiere, we break down everything you need to know about We Are Breaking Up.
1. Her character will be a fashion lover
Song Hye-kyo’s character, Ha Young-eun will be an extension of the actress’ fashionable style. Song will be playing a “trendy, intelligent and realist” manager of the design team of a fashion company, The One.
Hot on the heels of becoming Fendi’s first South Korean global ambassador and endorsing other brands such as Chaumet and Bottega Veneta, we can expect some stylish looks and designer pieces from the Tatler’s Most Stylish 2020 honouree.
2. The show will feature a charismatic leading man
Model-turned-actor, Jang Ki-yong will be playing Song’s leading man. A stylish actor in his own right, Jang caught the attention of many from his roles in Go Back Couple (2017) and My Mister (2018) which eventually landed hun his first lead role in Come and Hug Me (2018). A series of dramas followed including Search: WWW (2019), Born Again (2020) and recently, My Roommate is a Gumiho (2021). He recently captured hearts in My Roommate is a Gumiho before enlisting for his mandatory military service.
This new role might just be the rising actor’s biggest break yet, playing Yoon Jae-Guk, who’s described as a “wealthy and popular freelance photographer who has the brains and the looks.”
If the characters play right by the age of Song (39 years old) and Jang (28 years old), that we may get another noona romance (pairing of an older female lead with a younger male lead) following Song’s last drama, Encounter (2018).
3. Along with a stellar supporting cast
A star-studded cast is no surprise for a Song Hye-kyo drama and Now We Are Breaking Up is no exception. Choi Hee-seo from Mistress (2018) and Stranger 2 (2020) will be playing Hwang Chi-sook, Ha’s high schoolmate and director of the fashion label’s design team. Kim Joo-heon from It’s Okay to Not Be Okay (2020) and Start-up (2020) will be taking on the role of Seok Do-hoon, a skilled PR company CEO.
Two K-pop stars will also be part of the cast including EXO’s Sehun, who will play a new designer working with Song’s character and Yura from the girl group Girl’s Day, as a popular celebrity boasting a large social media following.
It was reported in November 2020 that Soo Ae (who would’ve been making her comeback after four years) and Yoo Teo (who would’ve nabbed his first lead role) were first offered the main roles but both declined the offer.
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4. And an A-list production team
Aside from the main leads and supporting cast, the crew helming the drama is also an impressive list of A-listers from the industry. Lee Gil-bok will be taking the director’s seat, he previously helmed hit dramas such as My Love from the Star (2013) with Jun Ji-hyun, Vagabond (2019) and Dr Romantic 2 (2020).
The drama will be written by Je In, who previously worked on Misty (2018). Earlier reports said that popular screenwriter, Kim Eun-sook who worked with Song on Descendants of the Sun (2016) and The King: Eternal Monarch (2020) will be penning the drama but it’s been confirmed that Je In will be working on it instead.
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5. Plot and release date
The drama will tell the story of love and breakups, putting the context in the fashion industry. We will follow the main couple, Ha (Song), the team leader of the design department of a fashion company and Yoon (Jang), a freelance photographer as they grow in love and out of love.
Filming began in April and the drama will be released on November 12, every Friday and Saturday in SBS and Viu. There will be 16 episodes in total, each running for about 70 minutes.
6. The exciting trailer
In late October, the full trailer for the highly-anticipated drama was released. We can get a glimpse of the life of Song’s character, Ha in the fashion industry. She scolds someone about what copying means to a designer. Later, she crosses paths with photographer Yoon (Jang) who shows interest in her. He says, “we might have already met.” But Song’s cold reply implies that she feels bitter towards him.
In the trailer, we also get to know her stance on love and relationships. “Men and love, all of that is just fun and games involving hormones.” But her friend reminded her of her time in high school 20 years ago. Further on, we see Yoon and Ha together again, he then asks her, “Why did you pretend not to know me?” indicating they might have known each other in the past.
In the end, the words “Our story today of our relationships, work and love” flash through the screen.
7. The heart-fluttering poster
Song and Jang show their undeniable chemistry in the official poster for the drama. There, they are directly facing each other with their faces inches away from each other but the tip of their nose, touching. Both are also looking at each other as they get closer together.
This article was originally published on March 11, 2021 and was updated on November 10, 2021.