Days before its premiere, It’s Okay to Not Be Okay has dropped heartwarming stills of stars Kim Soo-hyun and Oh Jung-se, who are portraying brothers in the romantic fantasy drama.
It’s Okay to Not Be Okay tells the story of psychiatric ward health worker Moon Kang-tae (Kim Soo-hyun, The Producers) and famous children’s book author Go Moon-young (Seo Ye-ji, Lawless Lawyer). Destiny deems for the love cynic Kang-tae to cross paths with the anti-social and inexperienced Moon-young in hopes that they could help heal each other’s emotional wounds. In the process, however, an odd romance blossoms between them.
Oh Jung-se (Stove League) plays the character of Moon Sang-tae, Kang-tae’s older brother who was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) back when they were still kids. Following the untimely death of their parents, Kang-tae has taken on the responsibility of looking after himself and his brother. As they grew together, they have gotten closer as siblings and have found a home in one another.
In the snaps, Kang-tae evidently cares deeply for his brother, as depicted by his concerned eyes and protective expressions. Sang-tae seems to be as carefree as a child who still gets excited when his brother buys him new clothes. In the trailers for the series, they were shown to be always inseparable—from going to the store to buy food, walking together in the late afternoons, to riding a bus towards home in the evenings—the two simply enjoy each other’s company.
Similarly, the still cuts reveal them as they take a bus headed to some place while Sang-tae is all suited-up and has his sketchbook securely clasped in his arms. Then when the night came, the two appear to be on the lookout for someone or are trying to avoid getting seen as they, highly likely, make their way home.
The drama will be displaying more everyday adventures of the “Tae-Tae” brothers, which could help increase awareness on ASD and other mental health conditions that many people are diagnosed with. The show may also convey the message that all people with such diagnoses deserve to get the very same affection that Kang-tae has been selflessly giving his older brother Sang-tae throughout the years.
It’s Okay to Not Be Okay is helmed by director Park Shin-woo of Encounter (2018–2019) and will air on tvN every Saturday and Sunday at 9 p.m. KST beginning June 20. Viewers from around the world may catch it via Netflix on the same day.
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