Park Shin Hye finally pursed her lips to kiss in “Pinocchio”. But, how much chemistry did she generate with her leading men?
Park Shin Hye and Lee Jong Suk
In “Pinocchio”, Lee Jong Suk’s Dal Po grew up with Park Shin Hye’s In Ha, and carries a torch for her in spite of being her uncle (by adoption). Later, Dal Po and In Ha are rookie journalists at competing networks, and must struggle against past family grievances.
Skinship: There is a saucy dream in which toast is the only thing blocking In Ha and Dal Po from kissing. However, after this tease, In Ha and Dal Po actually do lock lips, and both are active participants. Any longtime viewer of Park Shin Hye’s dramas can appreciate what a breakthrough this is.
Chemistry: Park Shin Hye and Lee Jong Suk generated some heat during intimate moments. Sadly, outside of skinship, they came across as kissing cousins.
Park Shin Hye and Jang Geun Suk
Park Shin Hye’s character, Mi Nyeo spent most of “You’re Beautiful” masquerading as a man, and doing a poor job of it. So, her relationship with Jang Geun Suk’s grouchy idol singer, Tae Kyung was more comedic than romantic.
Skinship: Mi Nyeo hugs an unwilling Tae Kyung repeatedly, then later, it is Tae Kyung’s turn to hug a weepy Mi Nyeo with conviction. Their kisses tended to be freeze frame affairs in which one or both of them were wide eyed with shock. In one case, an intoxicated Mi Nyeo falls face first into Tae Kyung and vomits in his mouth.
Chemistry: Park Shin Hye and Jang Geun Suk were like two family friendly cartoon characters.
Park Shin Hye and Jung Yong Hwa
Someone must have noticed the chemistry between Park Shin Hye, and Jung Yong Hwa, the second male lead of “You’re Beautiful”, because they were paired up in “Heartstrings”. Park Shin Hye is classical music nerd, Gyu Won, and Jung Yong Hwa plays Shin, the aloof leader of a popular band.
Skinship: Gyu Won gets caught up in her own fantasy while riding on the back of Shin’s bike with her arms wrapped around his waist. After Shin transforms from indifferent jerk to perfect boyfriend, there is dreamy hand holding, and some hugging. Unfortunately, kissing is frequently preempted by Gyu Won’s friend (a running joke), and when it does happen, the kissing is open eyed on both sides.
Chemistry: Bad kissing aside, Park Shin Hye and Jung Yong Hwa did actually have a spark, and made a cute couple.
Park Shin Hye and Lee Min Ho
Eun Sang (Park Shin Hye) is a maid’s daughter pursued by rich teenagers, Tan (Lee Min Ho) and Young Do (Kim Woo Bin). Eun Sang gets buffeted around like a play thing while Tan and Young Do work out their issues with each other.
Skinship: Eun Sang’s first kiss with Tan is actually him marking his territory, because it was violently forced upon her as she attempted to answer a call from Young Do. Eun Sang also gets the wrist pull a lot.
Chemistry: Jong Yong Hwa was initially cast as the second lead in “Heirs”, but he thought better of a third run at Park Shin Hye, and the role went to Kim Woo Bin, instead.
This casting change was beneficial to the scenes with Kim Woo Bin and Lee Min Ho, because every time Tan and Young Do had a bitchy confrontation, the chemistry between the two actors went from simmering to explosive. The spluttering sparks between Lee Min Ho and Park Shin Hye could not hold a flame.
Readers: Which pairing with Park Shin Hye was your favourite?
If you would rather see two of Park Shin Hye’s male leads together, we understand.