Mental illnesses are one of today’s society’s greatest taboos. Before social media, which has become a platform for the youth and the young adults to talk about mental illness and how it isn’t something to be ashamed of, mental illnesses are pretty much non-existent and fictional. Words like ‘depression’ and ‘OCD’ used to be words that are interchangeable with the day-to-day adjectives that we use. But now, because of social media, movies and dramas like these, more and more people had come to understand that mental illnesses are real and shouldn’t be taken lightly.
The SBS drama, It’s Okay, That’s Love tackles just that. It is a drama that looks into the lives of four people who seemingly have normal façades, but have gone through hurtful experiences that left them emotionally and mentally damaged. It is a story of looking deeper into a person to be able to understand what each person is going through to be able to help them get better.
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Jo In Sung plays a character with Schizophrenia
Jo In Sung plays Jang Jae Yeol, a bestselling author, a radio DJ and a TV personality. With his seemingly perfect life in which he has both money and fame, who would’ve thought that he had a traumatizing childhood, one that would lead to his brother attempting to kill him in the future. Because of the damaging experiences he’s had in the past, he’s developed a very apparent, OCD and even has an imaginary friend that seemed very real to him.
Because of his strange working habits and personality that seemed conceited and arrogant to Ji Hye Soo (Gong Hyo Jin) this leads to them clashing and turning their boarding house, which Jang Jae Yeol owns, btw, to become a war zone.
Jo In Sung’s portrayal of Jang Jae Yeol is very convincing in the aspect that, people who looked perfect and strong people on the outside can also be fragile and can also be victims to mental illnesses. His character is true to the saying ‘Don’t judge a book by its cover.’
Gong Hyo Jin as a psychiatrist with an anxiety disorder
Ji Hye Soo, played by Gong Hyo Jin, is a strong willed and head strong girl. She isn’t scared to air out her thoughts or to catch a potentially dangerous patient who’s escaped from the hospital, she’s scared of something else. Witnessing her mother, have an affair with another man, yet still going home to her wheel chair bound father, who has suffered stroke, led her to develop an anxiety disorder in which she cannot even begin to think about having any physical contact with the opposite gender. And this is the reason why she chose to become a psychiatrist in the first place; to be able to understand her condition and to overcome it, eventually.
Even though she (Gong Hyo Jin) and Jang Jae Yeol is always at the end of each other’s wits, they eventually make up and their budding romance starts. The drama conveys the message that to be able to heal, you’d first have to acknowledge it in yourself that you need to get better and that you’d need a few good people on your side to do that.