So I Married An Anti Fan tells the story of an unhappy k-pop idol, played by actor Choi Tae-joon. His character’s fate becomes entangled with that of a journalist, played by Choi Soo-young, who in real life is a member of the internationally famous k-pop group Girls Generation. If that was not enough of a k-pop k-drama twist, his romantic competition in the series could be the entertainment mogul played by real life k-pop star Hwang Chan-sung of 2PM.
Choi’s character Who Joon is a k-pop star who has it all—a record-breaking career and adoring international fans. However, like many a classic k-drama hero his perfect life is a well marketed illusion. Who Joon is thwarted in love and suffocating under the weight of his fame. He’s not a bad guy, but he is a little out of touch.
Hard working reporter Geun-young works for a magazine where her strong work ethic is not rewarded. Like many a k-drama heroine, Sooyoung’s character recently broke up with the seemingly perfect boyfriend. Shortly after buying her a pair of sparkling Cinderella heels, that boyfriend kissed someone else. The magazine assigns her to cover a celebrity party that Who Joon attends. She’d love to get an exclusive, but gets mistaken for an overzealous fan and then a tabloid stalker. It doesn’t end well. Who Joon breaks her camera and she throws one of her sparkling shoes at his head.
The incident gets her fired from her magazine job, but it also catches the attention of JJ, an entertainment mogul, played by Hwang Chan-sung, who is irrationally jealous of Who Joon. He’s so jealous he courts the woman Who Joon loves just to show him up. In a Prince Charming moment JJ picks up Geun-young’s other sparkling shoe. Could he possibly turn out to be her prince?
After getting fired Geun-young tries to set the record straight, sharing the story of Who Joon’s bad manners with the media, but it doesn’t get her reinstated. Instead she becomes known as Who Joon’s anti-fan. That lands her on a reality show I Married An Anti Fan paired with none other than Who Joon.
The show-within-a-show’s premise is reminiscent of We Got Married, a South Korean reality show that aired from 2008 to 2017, in which celebrities pretend to be married and completed challenges together, hopefully helping them to grow closer. Choi Tae-joon actually appeared on We Got Married in 2016 with Bomi, a member of the group Apink.
Sooyoung’s character does not like her pretend husband at all. Still, she’s broke and appearing on the show is a lucrative job. Also, it might give her a chance to expose him for the not-so-nice guy she’s sure he is. For JJ the premise seems like a lucky chance to dim Who Joon’s star.
The Viki Original drama is based on the 2010 novel So I Married An Anti Fan, which was made into a webtoon and also adapted into a Chinese film. Choi Tae-joon previously appeared in The Undateables and Suspicious Partner, while Sooyoung can be seen in Run On, Tell Me What You Saw and will also appear this year in Move To Heaven. Hwang Chan-sung can be seen in My Holo Love, What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim and previously appeared with Choi Tae-joon in Suspicious Partner.