‘It’s Okay, That’s Love’ is a South Korean television series written by Noh Hee-Kyung and directed by Kim Kyu-Tae. It tells the story of a writer and a psychiatrist who both suffer from mental illness and gravitates towards each other.
‘It’s Okay, That’s Love’ Season 1 became immensely popular among critics and fans. Therefore the question on everybody’s mind must be whether Season 2 is in the works. We get into that here, right after offering a quick look at the show’s details.
It’s Okay, That’s Love Cast: Who is in it?
Jo In-Sung stars as Jang Jae-Yeol, a mystery fiction writer and a DJ who has a troubled childhood. Jo is known for his roles in other television dramas like ‘What Happened in Bali’ (2004), ‘That Winter, The Wind Blows’ (2013) and ‘The Great Battle’ (2018).
Gong Hyo-Jin stars as Ji Hae-soo, a psychiatrist with unacknowledged anxiety issues. Gong is known for her work in television dramas like ‘Sang Doo! Let’s Go To School’ (2003), ‘Master’s Sun‘ (2013) and ‘Don’t Dare to Dream’ (2016).
Sung Dong-Il plays Jo Dong-Min, Hae-Soo’s senior colleague, who is also her first love. Sung is known for his roles in a long list of films and television dramas. Some of his work in other television dramas includes ‘The Slave Hunters’ (2010) and ‘Your Honor’ (2018).
Lee Kwang-Soo plays Park Soo-Kwang, a housemate of Hae-Soo with Tourette syndrome. Lee is known for his roles in the films ‘Confession’ (2014) and ‘Collective Invention’ (2015).
It’s Okay, That’s Love Plot: What is it about?
‘It’s Okay, That’s Love’ begins by introducing us to Jang Jae-Yeol. Jae-Yeol is a quite celebrated mystery writer. He is a confident and charismatic young man. His bestselling work always revolves around dark and gory content. As the series progresses, we learn about Jae-Yeol’s traumatic childhood which has made a permanent mark on his mind.
Thus, behind the seemingly confident personality lies a troubled mind riddled with mental illness. Jae-Yeol feels lifelong guilt of making his brother go to prison when he falsely testified him, instead of his mother for accidentally killing his father. Jae-Yeol suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder and sleeps only in his bathtub.
We are then introduced to Hae-soo, a psychiatrist working at the university hospital. She is smart, kind and compassionate with her patients and believes in getting in their shoes to understand mental health first, rather than treating it rashly. She is also extremely ambitious and has strong, self-made opinions. However, she too has a traumatic childhood. As a child, Hae-soo witnessed her mother cheating on her father with another man. This traumatic incident has left a mark on her, and she suffers from anxiety, panic attacks and is afraid of physical relationships or commitment in general.
The two meet on a talk show where Hae-soo is interviewing Jae-Yeol. The interview instantly starts a conflict between them due to their strong personalities and even stronger thoughts and opinions. Jae-Yeol maintains his charisma and acts condescendingly towards Hae-soo, which gets on her nerves.
Later, Jae-Yeol is looking for a place to move in until his house is renovated and coincidentally moves to Hae-soo’s house where she lives with her housemates. Their relationship that began with a conflict soon develops into a close bond. The series then goes on to beautifully depict how the two are brutally honest with each other and try to help each other realize their mental disorders. Hae-soo helps Jae-Yeol in getting over his life-long guilt over his brother.
She understands his obsessive compulsion and tries to let him be, rather than stopping it completely. Eventually, they realize the attraction they feel towards each other, but Hae-soo’s fears kick in, and she suffers from anxiety attacks. Jae-Yeol however, comforts her and slowly makes her fears go away.
‘It’s Okay, That’s Love’ is one of the best Korean dramas out there. The romance between the lead couple itself makes for a great show, but the writers have ensured that the focus remains on the lead characters and how they deal with each other’s psychological issues.
The series then takes a dramatic turn when Hae-Soo realizes that Jae-Yeol’s mental illness is deeper than it looks as he starts exhibiting schizophrenic symptoms. Jo In-Sung has given his best performance in portraying Jae-Yeol’s struggle, as the couple comes to terms with his schizophrenia. The series manages not only to showcase a great romance but also worked towards destigmatizing mental health-related problems.
It’s Okay, That’s Love Season 2 Release Date: When will it premiere?
‘It’s Okay, That’s Love’ Season 1 premiered on SBS network from July 23, 2014, and ran until September 11, 2014, for 16 episodes. ‘It’s Okay, That’s Love’ ranked third on the CPI (Content Power Index) that measures the popularity of a show based on streaming and buzz in social media.
The actors were praised for their brilliant performances and received multiple nominations and awards. ‘It’s Okay, That’s Love’ finished on a complete note, and there is no official news of an ‘It’s Okay, That’s Love’ Season 2. In the event that ‘It’s Okay, That’s Love’ Season 2 does get made, the show will likely get a release date in 2022. We will keep you posted about official updates here.
It’s Okay, That’s Love Trailer:
Here’s a long trailer of ‘It’s Okay, That’s Love’ that will give you a better idea of the show.
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