Why ‘Nevertheless’ is the Latest Must-Watch Korean Drama on Netflix
Netflix's new K-drama Nevertheless tells the story of a blossoming romance between two art school classmates portrayed by actors Song Kang (of Love Alarm and Sweet Home) and Han So Hee (of 100 Days My Prince and record-breaking K-drama The World of the Married).
Yu Na Bi (Han) doesn’t trust love but wants to date, while the irresistibly charming Park Jae Eon (Song) enjoys flirting but thinks dating is a pain and has no interest in being in an exclusive romantic relationship. Despite their differing viewpoints on love and dating, they develop a strong connection inspired by butterflies and begin a flirtatious relationship.
Here are some reasons why you’ll fall head over heels in love with the show:
1/5 Popular webtoon story
The 10-episode K-drama is based on a popular webtoon of the same name, which has been enjoyed by fans all over the world. Producing director Kim Ga Ram and lead actress Han also mentioned that they are fans of the original webtoon.
Kim said that when she read the webtoon, she really wanted to create it as a live-action series to convey the realistic message about love and relationships. No spoilers here—you’ll have to watch it yourself to see how the K-drama compares to the webtoon.
2/5 Realistic romance
While there are plenty of K-drama romances to enjoy, the truth is that many of them tend to be more fantasy-like than realistic. Nevertheless will show the sweet moments we all love in romance dramas but also depict a realistic side to what modern dating looks like.
Song talked about how the script had appealed to him because “it had that sweetness of romance that we expect of young love, but there were other things that differentiated the story and made it stand out.” So expect a hyper-real romance between young adults.
3/5 Relatable characters
Kim talked about the title of the series and how relatable it'll be for viewers. She explained how despite knowing that you’ll be hurt, you can still fall for someone. Nevertheless depicts a romance that inadvertently blossoms despite the hurt and despair.
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Han also shared how she “hopes the audience will find my character relatable” and how she “wanted to be real and raw” in portraying her character’s emotions. Whether you’ve experienced love before or will experience it in the future, the characters will have various relatable aspects.
4/5 Perfect casting
The casting of Song and Han garnered a lot of buzz. In fact, Han revealed she was initially really nervous because of how much love and interest they received even before the K-drama's premiere. Kim added: “When I read the original webtoon, I thought of Song and Han. Thankfully, they really liked the webtoon and wanted to work with me.”
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Both actors have been praised for being in sync with their characters. Han talked about how she “shares a lot of similarities with Na Bi” as well so she has been able to enjoy filming Nevertheless comfortably. In addition, just like Na Bi, Han is also gifted artistically. She drew some of the drawings featured in Na Bi’s home.
5/5 Sizzling chemistry
We’ve gotten glimpses of the pair’s chemistry through teasers and stills, and it’s already very exciting. Song and Han talked about how being the same age helped them develop a friendship and contribute to great chemistry. Kim further complimented their chemistry as being “so natural on screen.”
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There will also be some episodes rated 19+ in order to show their flirtatious and sexy relationship. Song teased: “There’s a lot of heart-fluttering scenes in our drama.”
A new episode of 'Nevertheless' airs every Sunday on Netflix.