This time on “Would I Date Him?”…I reflect upon the leading man from the series Level Up.
Our candidate: Level Up’s An Dan Te, portrayed by Sung Hoon, is a corporate restructuring specialist. He takes on a gaming company and is pushed to deal with his emotional distance…why does he keep people and family at an arm’s length…will he ever be ready for love?
While Sung Hoon is not one of my cadres of cuties (actors I follow and watch their dramas), I have enjoyed dramas featuring this actor, most recently 2017’s My Secret Romance.
Background. An Dan Te has a successful career reviving and restructuring failing companies. That only requires him to work with the analytical side of his brain. The emotional side he keeps locked down.
TELLS IT LIKE IT IS. Dan Te spoke the truth, often in a blunt manner. He did not play game with words.
ANALYTICAL. Dan Te was able to assess and make decisions based on facts and experience. His lack of emotion served him well in the business arena when logic ruled. However, when he needed to connect with others, he struggled. He brooded in a bath (not a shower the typical location for broody kdrama men). He had a pet turtle (unusual but perfect pet for him). Dan Te’s brain was attractive…if that makes sense.
EMOTIONALLY DISTANT. Dan Te was comfortable with NOT being emotionally involved with others. That worked well in certain situations but not in interactions with people. Over the course of the series, he looked at why he was this way and allowed himself to have a connection to his step brother and co-worker. It was gratifying to see Dan Te evolve in this arena.
Is he my next date?
Hmm, smart, good lucking, and willing to work on the human connection? YES, sign me up for some one-on-one dating training. 👍