Star in My Mind is a Thai BL series about a campus romance. The main character confessed his feelings to his high school classmate, who rejected him. They reunite in university after spending a year apart. Tormented by his earlier confession, the protagonist must navigate his embarrassment and frustration around his love interest.
Despite following a generic BL formula, Star in My Mind still goes off the rails and turns into an incoherent mess. The lousy writing, cliched romantic tropes, and agonizing relationship melodrama weigh down the narrative. What should have been an easygoing love story is strangely exhausting to watch.
Star in My Mind Summary
Around 6 hours
Cute and sweet
Around 40 to 45 minutes
Daonuan, also known by his nickname Nuea, is a high school student. He is leaving Thailand to study in Germany for his final year. On his last day of school, Nuea confesses his feelings to Kluen. Nuea had a schoolboy crush on his classmate for a long time. However, Kluen's tepid response leaves Nuea heartbroken and devastated.
A year later, Nuea returned to Thailand as a university student. He is studying fine arts, joined by his friends Ne and Pong. Nuea is shocked to meet Kluen on campus again. Kluen is a science student who goes to the same school as him. Nuea feels embarrassed about his previous love confession and pretends not to know Kluen around the other students. His former classmate plays along, although he makes a few snarky comments to Nuea in private.
Nuea insists he has gotten over Kluen and doesn't have a crush on him anymore. However, the two students discover they must live in the same dormitory. They get reacquainted again due to their close living quarters. Although Nuea tries to mind his own business, Kluen seems to appear around him all the time. Reluctantly, Nuea admits he still has lingering feelings for his classmate. Yet, Kluen is already in a relationship with Gia, his girlfriend from high school.
Nuea is a candidate competing in a campus popularity contest. Kluen is also part of the competition. During the process, Nuea befriends several students from other faculties, including Phoon, Sean, and Maithee. Phoon is attracted to Nuea and starts flirting with him. Papang, a female contestant, also develops a crush on the same guy. Nuea is surprised by his multiple suitors and tries his best to navigate these relationships. Since he had been rejected in a similar situation, Nuea understands the heartbreak and doesn't want to hurt anyone's feelings.
Although Kluen acts cool and standoffish, he shows hints of jealousy around Nuea. He seems especially agitated about Nuea's close bond with Fah, not realizing these two are siblings. Nuea realizes Kluen keeps finding ways to spend time together, but he doesn't know how to interpret these mixed signals. Kluen's girlfriend is also a concern for Nuea, who doesn't want to get involved with an unavailable guy.
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Star in My Mind Cast
Dunk Natachai Boonprasert (ดัง ณัฎฐ์ฐชัย บุญประเศริฐ)
Nuea, also known as Daonuea, is a university art student. He attended high school with Kluen. He left Thailand to study in Germany during his final year of high school. Nuea had a crush on Kluen and confessed his feelings before his department, but Kluen rejected him. The two former classmates reunite at the university campus.
Dunk Natachai Boonprasert
Dunk Natachai Boonprasert (ดัง ณัฎฐ์ฐชัย บุญประเศริฐ) is a Thai actor. He is born on October 1, 2000. His first BL leading role is the 2022 drama, Star in My Mind. He also appears in Bad Buddy (2021), Sky in Your Heart (2022), Our Skyy 2 (2023), and Hidden Agenda (2023).
Joong Archen Aydin (จุง อาเชน ไอย์ดึน)
Kluen, also known as Khabkluen, is a university science student. He comes from a wealthy family, who runs a beachside resort. He is an only child and has a close relationship with his mother. Kluen attended the same high school as Nuea, a former classmate who confessed his feelings for him. Kluen and Nuea have an awkward reunion now that they go to the same university.
Joong Archen Aydin
Joong Archen Aydin (จุง อาเชน ไอย์ดึน) is a Thai actor. He is born on March 10, 2001. His first BL project is the 2019 drama, 2 Moons 2. He stars in Star in My Mind (2022) and Hidden Agenda (2023). His other roles include Sky in Your Heart (2022), The Warp Effect (2022) and Our Skyy 2 (2023).
Pepper Phanuroj Chalermkijporntavee (เป๊ปเปอร์ ภานุโรจน์ เฉลิมกิจพรทวี)
View Benyapa Jeenprasom (วิว เบญญาภา จีนประสม)
Mek Jirakit Thawornwong (เมฆ จิรกิตติ์ ถาวรวงศ์)
Earn Preeyaphat Lawsuwansiri (เอิร์น ปรียาภัทย์ หล่อสุวรรณศิริ)
JJ Chayakorn Jutamas (เจเจ ชยกร จุฑามาศ)
Winny Thanawin Pholcharoenrat (ธนวินท์ ผลเจริญรัตน์)
Satang Kittipop Sereevichayasawat (กิตติภพ เสรีวิชยสวัสดิ์)
Pawin Kulkaranyawich (ภวินท์ กุลการัณยวิชญ์)
Thor Thinnaphan Tantui (โต๋ ทินพันธ์ ตันตุ้ย)
Ciize Apichaya Saejung (ไซซี อภิชญา แซ่จัง)
Namfon Sueangsuda Lawanprasert (น้ำฝน สรวงสุดา ลาวัณย์ประเสริฐ)
Mark Jiruntanin Trairattanayon (มาร์ค จิรันธนิน ตรัยรัตนยนต์)
- The leads (Dunk and Joong) are the stars of Hidden Agenda, another university BL series in 2023. This time, their characters are on the school's debate team.
- Kluen's actor (Archen) appeared in the 2019 Thai BL series 2 Moons 2. Meanwhile, the actor who portrays Phoon (Pepper) has a supporting role in the Thai BL drama Vice Versa (2022). He portrays one of the protagonist's best friends.
- Fah's actor (Mek) appeared in the 2019 BL series Dark Blue Kiss. He is also the lead of the spin-off series, Sky in Your Heart.
- Pokpong's actor (JJ) and Pai's actor (Pawn) appeared in the 2020 BL drama My Gear and Your Gown. JJ also had supporting roles in 2gether (2020) and Enchanté (2022).
- Ne's actor (Thanawin) and Sean's actor (Satang) had supporting roles in the series Fish Upon the Sky (2021). Satang and Ne's actor (Winny) appeared in the 2022 series My School President, portraying a secondary couple.
Star in My Mind Review
Drama Review Score: 6.0
Star in My Mind has a simple premise, featuring two classmates who reunite after a failed high school love confession. The lightweight plot begins on a straightforward trajectory. Its first few episodes coast comfortably on predictable events, cliched interactions, and harmless romantic fluff. The entire universe revolves around the leading couple and their interpersonal drama with nothing else happening. The large supporting cast is only there to provide relationship commentary and state the obvious.
Although the scenarios aren't innovative, the cute BL tropes might still be enjoyable if you keep expectations low. The leads are fairly compatible, carrying a fun dynamic with decent amounts of chemistry. Kluen's actor (Joong) has modelesque looks that will draw you to his presence. His costar (Dunk) also conjures adorable moments with an endearingly neurotic personality. While their performances aren't remarkable, both do an okay job conveying an engaging rapport.
Despite following a generic formula, Star in My Mind still becomes an incoherent mess as it progresses. The storyteller tries to convince us Kluen & Nuea had an epic bond in high school, which doesn't seem authentic. These guys shared one measly exchange years ago, but the series acts like they're star-crossed lovers denied the romance of a lifetime. The more this awkward narrative is forced on us, the less their characters make sense. I'm confused by the contradictions and inconsistencies in Kluen's behaviour, especially regarding his relationship with Gia.
Star in My Mind is overeager to create unnecessary conflicts and include shallow love triangles. What should have been an easygoing romance becomes bogged down by angst, arguments & misunderstandings. Realistically, the leads reach a point in their relationship where there shouldn't be obstacles. You like him, and he likes you back, so what seems to be the problem? Yet, the characters keep crying and bickering over their self-inflicted agony. Star in My Mind hits rock bottom in Episode 6, packed with so much senseless melodrama that it's unwatchable.
Episode 7 marks a turning point for Star in My Mind. It's like somebody stepped in, realized the dire state of the narrative, and immediately course-corrected. Every miserable conflict is magically resolved within five minutes, and there's a clean sweep getting rid of all the pesky love rivals. Afterwards, the series switches gears to lighthearted BL fluff again. Even though the resolutions were dumb and inelegant, they flushed away most of the unpleasantness in the plot. I was just relieved about not sitting through another hour of manufactured relationship drama.
Star in My Mind has a happy ending for Nuea and Kluen. On paper, I appreciate the tale of redemption about two guys who reconciled after fumbling their adolescent love. Unfortunately, the incessant melodrama earlier soured my opinion of their relationship. The tears, the quarrels, the cliches, the love triangles, and the plot holes overshadow any romance. I don't feel connected to this BL couple, and their contrived love story doesn't move me. Overall, Star in My Mind fails to make a positive impression. The terribly written series registers very little in my mind.
Star in My Mind butchers a generic love story and turns it into an incoherent mess. Nothing happens in the plot except the senseless relationship drama that goes around in circles.
Although Nuea and Kluen have a fun rapport, there's too much melodrama around their romance. The pointless love triangles and contrived misunderstandings sour my opinion of this relationship.
The leads give okay performances and share decent amounts of chemistry together. However, I wouldn't say the acting is anything special or memorable.
Star in My Mind has a happy ending where the leads reconcile after resolving their miserable conflicts. Half of the last episode is like a promotion for their spin-off series, Sky in Your Heart.
Some filming locations are uninspiring, taking place in dinky parking lots or generic rooms. Overall, the production values are acceptable, but maybe a bit unimpressive for GMMTV.
Star in My Mind follows a generic BL formula with the usual cliches and unoriginal storylines. The careless writing, needless conflicts, and pointless love triangle drag down the quality even more.
Star in My Mind Episodes
Star in My Mind has a total of 8 episodes. Each episode is around 40 to 45 minutes long. It is a long BL drama, and you can finish the entire series in around 6 hours. Star in My Mind started airing on April 8, 2022 and ended its last episode on May 27, 2022.
In addition, Star in My Mind has a spin-off series called Sky in Your Heart. The spin-off features a new love story with some characters from Star in My Mind.
Episode 1 April 8, 2022
Star in My Mind begins with a high school love confession. It's Nuea's last day of school before leaving to study in Germany for his senior year. Before he departs, our protagonist confesses his feelings to Kluen, his secret crush. Unfortunately, Kluen rejects him and leaves Nuea devastated.
More than a year later, Kluen and Nuea reunited on the university campus. Nuea pretends not to know Kluen before his new friends. However, the leads must share a dormitory, forcing them to interact. Kluen is snarky and teases Nuea occasionally. Nuea insists that he has gotten over his high school crush, although his actions indicate otherwise. The episode ends with a surprising kiss between the two main characters in broad daylight.
Episode 2 April 15, 2022
Nuea and Kluen are the only students staying in the dormitory over the weekend. Nuea agrees to go shopping with Kluen to buy a gift for his mom's birthday. They tease each other over a recent video, making the other students gush about their close relationship. Unable to find a suitable present, Nuea suggests drawing a portrait of Kluen's mom.
Nuea and Kluen bond as they draw the picture together. They almost kiss at one point, even though Kluen already has a girlfriend. Meanwhile, the leads prepare for the talent portion of their upcoming pageant competition. The episodes with Nuea sustaining an injury during rehearsal. Kluen gets jealous when a handsome stranger, Fah, steps in to help Nuea.
Episode 3 April 22, 2022
Fah is Nuea's older brother, who takes care of him after the injury. Kluen doesn't realize their relationship and feels jealous of their close bond. Nuea returns to the dormitory, where he spends the night drinking with his friends. An intoxicated Nuea sleeps in the same bed as Kluen. In the morning, Kluen is awake and enjoys cuddling his new bed buddy.
Nuea clarifies the misunderstanding and explains to Kluen that Fah is his sibling. Later, the leads visit Kluen's mom for her birthday party. She is a gracious hostess and welcomes Nuea enthusiastically. The birthday goes well, and all the characters have an enjoyable time. The episode ends with Kluen and Nuea chatting by the pool before they frolic playfully in the water.
Episode 4 April 29, 2022
It's the night of the pageant competition where Nuea and Kluen are competing. Nuea is nervous before the contest begins, but Kluen comforts him. They lock eyes and share an intimate moment. Nuea performs well on stage and responds eloquently during the Q&A session. Nonetheless, his friend Phoon wins the popularity contest.
After the contest, the group goes on a beach vacation to celebrate. Nuea and Kluen go on a cute date together, making custom-print t-shirts with their drawings. Meanwhile, Phoon becomes more assertive and steps up his flirting with Nuea. At night, Nuea's friend Papang confesses her feelings for him. He doesn't want to hurt Papang and avoids an explicit rejection, despite harbouring no feelings for Papang.
The episode ends with Nuea confiding in Phoon about what happened earlier. Phoon comforts him charmingly and holds his hands. As Kluen observes their intimate interactions from a distance, he looks upset. He believes Nuea and Phoon are becoming a couple.
Episode 5 May 6, 2022
Nuea and Kluen have a thoughtful conversation in the middle of the night. Nuea is still upset about how he handles Papang's love confession. He remembers his failed confession in high school, which devastated him. He doesn't want to hurt Papang the same way.
Although Nuea acts standoffish around Phoon, his friend continues hitting on him. However, Nuea becomes annoyed after observing Kluen and Gia's close interactions at a social gathering. He leans on Phoon for emotional support. Kluen gets feisty after seeing them together. He confronts Nuea in the bathroom and kisses him impulsively. However, Nuea rejects the kiss and thinks his partner is toying with his feelings.
A flashback reveals that Kluen and Gia actually broke up in high school. Kluen realized he didn't have feelings for her after Nuea's confession. In present time, Nuea continues to act hostile towards his love interest. The episode ends with another heated confrontation in the parking lot, where Kluen initiates another kiss. This time, Nuea doesn't resist.
Episode 6 May 13, 2022
After the parking lot kiss, Nuea still believes Kluen is toying with him and can't accept his feelings. They tearfully part ways and spend the rest of the episode moping. Nuea's friends cheer him up and push him towards Kluen. Nuea visits Kluen's apartment after hearing that he has fallen ill. However, it was just a minor headache. Nonetheless, Nuea prepares food and takes care of him.
Kluen reveals that he broke up with Gia in high school, even though they remain close friends. He harbours secret feelings for Nuea since his love confession. However, Nuea questions his sincerity. Kluen suddenly leaves in the middle of their exchange because Gia calls him urgently. Nuea is further convinced that Kluen prioritizes Gia over him.
Meanwhile, Phoon asks Nuea to be his boyfriend for 24 hours. Phoon convinces Nuea that it is meant to give him closure. Nuea takes pity on his friend and agrees to this peculiar arrangement. Phoon immediately tells everyone they're dating, upsetting Kluen. Suddenly, Phoon kisses Nuea in front of everyone. Kluen is furious and punches his love rival. As they break into a physical brawl, Nuea breaks up their fight. He is angry at Kluen for resorting to violence.
Episode 7 May 20, 2022
Kluen cries after the argument with Nuea. He mopes around, reminisces past memories, and can't concentrate in class. The following day, Nuea tells Papang that he doesn't like her as more than a friend, breaking her heart. Later, Gia explains to Nuea why Kluen suddenly departed during the last episode. He came to her rescue after a violent fight with her real boyfriend. Gia insists she only has a platonic friendship with Kluea and reassures him Kluen's feelings are genuine.
A flashback shows Nuea's high school love confession. Although Kluen rejected him initially, he changed his mind and regretted his dismissive response. In present time, Nuea visits Kluen's home and forgives him for everything. They reconcile and officially become boyfriends. The leads spend time discussing the past. Kluen reveals he knew Nuea had been doing his art homework for him all along. The episode ends with Phoon approaching Nuea for a chat, the first time they communicated since the fight.
Episode 8 May 27, 2022
Phoon and Nuea have a sincere chat where they apologize to each other. Phoon accepts the reality and gives up pursuing his crush. Later, Nuea introduces his new boyfriend to Fah, who seems protective initially. However, Fah gives his approval and endorses his brother's relationship. Kluen and Nuea have cute lovey-dovey moments as a couple. They spend the evening sleeping in the same bed together.
Nuea and Kluen accompany their friends on a trip. They meet Prince, a wealthy young man who provides lodging for them. Nuea and Kluen's friends tease them for being a loved-up couple, which they accept in good spirits. The two boyfriends watch the stars together and reaffirm their love for each other. Nuea expresses amazement that he is in a relationship with his high school crush. They share an intimate kiss in the middle of the night.
Meanwhile, Fah is sorrowful after his old girlfriend marries his friend. She invites him to her wedding, where he becomes heavily intoxicated after the party. Fah drives under the influence with his friends, and the episode ends with him getting into a car accident. His story continues in the spin-off series, Sky in Your Heart.
Star in My Mind Season 2
Sky in Your Heart 2022 series sequel Drama review
Star in My Mind ends with a cliffhanger in the final episode, introducing the plot to Sky in Your Heart. Technically, it's more of a spin-off series than a sequel. Nonetheless, the second season follows up on the events after Star in My Mind. Unlike the original, Sky in Your Heart focuses on Dao's older brother, Fah. This doctor volunteers in a rural village after a drunken car accident. He meets a young schoolteacher and butts heads initially. Their relationship improves once they work past the early misunderstandings.
In my opinion, I prefer Sky in Your Heart over Star in My Mind. It's almost like a rip-off that follows a similar story as A Tale of Thousand Stars. Nonetheless, the casual and lighthearted drama is still pretty enjoyable. Sky in Your Heart isn't closely related to Star in My Mind, although watching both series may enrich your understanding. If you're a fan of Dao & Kluen, they appear in the spin-off with various cute relationship moments.
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GMMTV is a heavyweight in the BL world. It has produced numerous acclaimed dramas and launched many successful careers over the years. GMMTV is the leader in the Thai BL industry and possibly around the world. Some of its well-known works include SOTUS (2016), Theory of Love (2019), 2gether (2020), A Tale of Thousand Stars (2021), and Bad Buddy (2021), among many others.