Kdrama Women’s Week || Day One: Favorite Second Lead Character
Seo Do-yeon from I Hear Your Voice
One of the many things writer Park Hye-ryun got right in I Hear Your Voice was the character of Seo Do-yeon, particularly in relation to the heroine, Jang Hye-sung. These two ladies were rivals, yes—but they weren’t rivals in a love triangle. Their problems with each other had to do with the lies they told when they were young and the things they did or didn’t do. These two women changed the course of each other’s lives, both for worse and for the better.
It was heartbreaking to hear Do-yeon talk about the day she chickened out at the courtroom door and how that disappointment in turn drove her to give up her art so she could atone for that cowardice. She became a prosecutor, one driven by the cold pursuit of justice.
But her character didn’t stop there. Do-yeon could have been set up to be the designated courtroom villain, but instead Writer Park gave her a lovely character arc where she was able to learn that justice could be compassionate, not just cold. (In fact, her side plot with her birth father was the only one to make me cry.) Once you threw in her hilarious and petty rivalry with Hye-sung and her ability to go in for the courtroom kill, I was totally sold.
(Photo credits: Dramabeans)
Runners-up: Yoon Baek-hee from Dream High, Princess Kyung-hye from The Princess’ Man, Oh Doo-ri from What’s Up!