Let’s be honest, It’s Okay Not To Be Okay is one of the best K-dramas to hit 2020. From the interesting and unconventional romance between Seo Ye Ji and Kim Soo Hyun to the jaw-dropping outfits of Mun-Yeong that kept our eyes glued to the screens, we can all agree that it’s so difficult to move on. So it’s no surprise that this series garnered a lot of fans, including actor Alden Richards.
Aside from becoming a full-fledged streamer over quarantine (Alden revealed he's been a gamer since he was seven!), he confessed that IOTNBO has kept him preoccupied. “Bihira lang akong ma-hook sa series, usually movies talaga,” he tells Preview and reveals that It’s Okay To Not Be Okay was the first K-drama he watched from start to finish.
If anything, Alden praised the show’s unique type of storytelling. He was particularly impressed with how the series was able to tackle the very sensitive topic of mental health, through a gripping story and fully fleshed out characters. “All the characters involved are damaged. Hindi sila yung perfect stereotype bida na walang flaw—Everyone has a flaw in that story. It was 100% [so good]. How it was written, how it was shot, everything was perfect. Ang galing.”
As an actor who’s been in the industry for 10 years, Alden is obviously familiar with the inner workings of a TV and movie production, and he has developed a knack of predicting story outcomes. But he was still impressively surprised with the plot twists and turns in IOTNBO. He shares that out of his 10 plot theories, only three of them turned out to be correct by the end. “Ang galing ng mga Koreans magsulat ng series. That’s why a lot of Filipinos are really hooked on watching K-dramas. Kasi they’re really good. We have to give it to them. Magaling sila,” he admits.
Alden isn’t the first person from local showbiz to praise K-dramas. Director Joey Reyes often trends online for his controversial but positive statements about Korean shows, and how Filipino teleseryes can learn a lot from them in terms of writing, character development, and overall production quality. Now that both an actor and director have spoken up about K-drama ingenuity, we do hope that their critique and commendation would help improve local TV series. After all, Filipino talent is world class—as proven by the numerous films and actors who get noticed at international film festivals and award shows.