It is clear that Netflix recognizes the potential of Korean dramas. Fans of k-dramas, as they are popularly referred to, are spread across the world and the streaming giant is surely looking to tap on that fandom. My First First Love is a step in the direction. The coming-of-age romantic drama tv series delves into the age-old phenomenon of first love through the characters of four college going 20 year olds as they unravel the messy mystery of love. Kdramas are known for their melodramatic romantic stories and My First First Love is no different. The show immediately became a success among its target audience of teenagers and young adults.
Netflix first announced its plans of developing My First First Love on September 18, 2018. Writer of ‘Little Black Dresses’, Kim Min-seo, came on-board as the writer of trendy teenage romance, with Oh Jin-seok as its director. Principal photography of the Netflix Original began in September 2018, and ended in January 2019. Finally, on April 28, 2019, the show made its way to viewers TV screens.
My First Love Cast: Who’s in it?
The primary cast of the Netflix Original includes actors Ji Soo, Jin-Young, Jung Chayeon, Choi-Ri and Kang Tae Oh. Lead actor Ji Soo has previously featured in several K- drama series such as ‘Angry Mom’, ‘Cheer up!’, ‘Page Turner’ and ‘Fantastic’ among others . Ji-young, Kang Tae and Jung Chaeyeon Oh all have a simultaneous, thriving musical career and are members of the bands ‘B1A4’, ‘5urprise’ and ‘DIA’ respectively. Lastly, Choi-Ri is a South Korean actress best known for her role in the historical 2016 film ‘Spirits’ Homecoming’. They are seen playing four college going young adults trying to cope with their respective messy encounters with first love.
Interestingly, the lead role of ‘My First First Love‘ was first offered to Nam Joo Hyuk, but he declined. Jin-young in a statement to Link 8 entertainment said, “I am thrilled that I am participating in a project that allows me to meet fans all over the world….It is always nice to Hallyu (Korean New Wave) spread overseas, and I will return the interest with acting that won’t disappoint”.
My First First Love Plot: What is it about?
‘My First First Love’ is a romantic coming of age drama which deals with the lives of its five main characters Yoon Tae Oh, Hang Song Yi, Seo Do Hyun, Choi Hoon and Oh Ga Rin as they unravel the complexities of first love while attending college and living together in a house on campus. Tae Ho ( played by Ji Soo) and Song Yi (played by Chaeyeon) are two close friends sharing a platonic friendship of close to 20 years. Seo De Hyun (played by Jinyoung) Tae Oh’s best friend, and Song Yi’s boyfriend. The duo of Tae Oh and Choi Ri are bohemian friends who leave their respective homes in the pursuit of their dreams and eventually end up living with Tae Oh.
Complications arise when the pair of longtime platonic friends Tae Ho and Song Yi start falling in love with each other. De Hyun who is Tae Oh’s best friend and Song Yi’s boyfriend thus becomes a consequential part of this love triangle, enabling the drama to unfold.