Drama Casting & News
Lee Min-ho takes the lead in Personal Taste
by | January 10, 2010 | 194 Comments

Lee Min-ho has picked his next project!

Remember Personal Taste? Based on a popular novel, the drama adaptation had once been rumored to reunite Goong stars Yoon Eun-hye and Joo Ji-hoon, but after a lot of unconfirmed talk, the project fizzled. The story would have starred the male lead as a straight guy pretending to be gay to live together with the female lead and, well, stuff would ensue.

On January 11, Lee Min-ho’s management announced that he would star in the MBC drama, which now appears to be in different production hands. (The first round was to be directed by Kim Sang-ho, who did the comedy Fantasy Couple and horror thriller Hon.) Now the director will be Sohn Hyung-seok of family drama Job Well Done and Kim Sun-ah’s When Night Comes; writing is Park Hye-kyung of Stained Glass. (I think I preferred the first PD…)

Lee Min-ho’s role is of “Jeon Jin-ho,” who passes himself off as gay. His hobbies (?) include organization and ironing, and he’s known for his stoic poker face. He’s a stickler for cleanliness, but he also has a talent for figuring out women’s feelings.

Personal Taste hasn’t yet chosen its female lead, and will begin filming in late February for an April premiere.

Via Star News


194 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. sachi4jay

    I cant wait to see it. Lee Min Ho=<3

  2. Toya

    Oh this is gonna be interesting. Can’t wait to know who’s the female lead.

  3. jenae

    Ohhh this looks like it’s going to be good! I hope he gets paired with Yoon Eun Hye!! 🙂

  4. Yoo Jin

    OMG!!! I’m so happy they are going to have this drama! I was so upset that the drama fizzled cause the plot looks like a lot of fun. It’ll be interesting to see Lee Min Ho play this, i think he was pretty good in BOF (especially compared to the acting of everyone else lol) but i think he still needs to prove himself despite the BOF hype.

    i kinda hope Park Shin Hye will be in this drama….i am absolutely in love with her. She is adorable and an amazing actress ^.^ Plus i think she’ll be cute paired up with Lee Min Ho 🙂

  5. javabeans

    Who’s gonna join me in hoping for Moon Chae-won? I think he and Moon (or even Park Bo-young) would be fantastic because they’ve known each other for years, before they were famous, so they’d have that friendly camaraderie working in their favor…

  6. Angela

    Sweet! Can’t wait… though I wish they had stuck with the original director.

  7. Rainey

    I is geeked!

    It took long enough. Now, just be good.

  8. okdubu

    ooh did not know moon chaewon/park boyoung/lee minho are old friends!

    i think i like park boyoung more but in terms of a couple maybe moon chaewon would look better with him!

    I AM SO EXCITED! this will be something to distract me when finals week approaches T_T

  9. Shay

    Now this is the type of storyline I’m talkin’ about!

    javabeans, I’m rooting for Moon Chae Won! She’s a great actress, and plus I think she and LMH have chemistry, judging from that photoshoot they did a while back.

  10. 10 Anonymous

    Thank goodness he chose a trendy over melo! Can’t wait!

  11. 11 Samsooki

    JB, I actually wish for YEH and JJH.

    After Antique Bakery, I think JJH would be just perfect. And maybe YEH could use a little JJH to rekindle the magic…

    But, if JJH is far far far away from being able to return to a drama, then LMH sounds okay. In that case…. how about Han Chae Young, dressed down, completely made over to be not so barbie-ish? She has acting chops, so it would be nice to see her in something where she plays someone not so on the edge of model-dom.

  12. 12 gallivanter

    Ooh, I could be on team Moon Chae Won. It’s about time she got a read role, anyways.

    Let’s hope we don’t have another My Fair Lady on our hands with all the changes…

  13. 13 Toya


    I’m with you for Moon.

  14. 14 hanguk-drama-luver:D

    omg yay finally i’ve been wanting to see him in a drama since bof finished iam so happy 😀

  15. 15 Rabgix

    I…am so watching this.

    I don’t even–

    AIR NOW.

  16. 16 javabeans

    Yeah, LMH and MCW have acted together twice, and he’s acted with PBY at least three times. They’re so cute:

    • 16.1 sonia


  17. 17 sl

    oh my gosh finallY!!!
    i’m so excited for this. can’t wait.

  18. 18 ockoala

    Very exciting news, and the story sounds very promising. LMH looks a lot like Jae Hee in the picture with MCW. I’d love either pairing, inspired choices, JB (as usual, spot on!). But I think MCW is due for a breakout role, whereas Park Bo Young is already a shiny newly minted movie star with Speedy Scandal. I would watch it no matter what just to see whether LMH is as good as I remember him in BBF.

  19. 19 Marie

    This sounds like a great series any of the three girls would be good but my fav would have to be Park Bo young or Park Shin Hye.
    Its’s a pity that JJH is no longer in the running I have a soft spot for him and he would have been perfect for the role. Good luck to him in the future.
    Looking forward to this series.

  20. 20 Hmm

    How about Sandara Park as the female lead? Heck, I don’t care if she’s the 2nd female character. I guess I’m the only one who saw chemistry between them in those CASS CFs.

  21. 21 Penn

    Lee Min Ho is cute and I want to see him in another drama. However, I can’t picture him in as gay or even pretending to be gay. Anyhow, I’m looking forward to Personal Taste. Sounds fun.

  22. 22 observer


    he looked pretty gay in one of the music videos…he wore mascara and had his hair like a girl

  23. 23 dulcedeleche

    AHHHHHHHH! I was sad when i heard that this drama wasn’t going to get made. The general plot is so predictable but it’ll probably be REALLY entertaining. I’m excited 🙂

  24. 24 jo

    i prefer park bo young anytime!! but i doubt it cuz *gasp* scandal?!
    but wow finally he decided on a project
    isn’t he tired of doing CF already? for a while i thought he’s gonna pull a kim taehee on us.

  25. 25 anjell


    when i read your first comment, i thought they wouldn’t look good together but after seeing the picture, i now understand why you think they’d be perfect ^^
    they do look cute together..but i’m rooting for Park Bo Young… I really thought she was great in the speed scandal..and i think it’s about time she stars in a good drama…

  26. 26 yabb

    OMG if Moon Chae Won and Lee Min Ho are together in this show, I will definitely watch. She brings such a grace to all her roles. Even when she’s completely evil and misguided (like in Shining Inheritance), I still think she has a charm about her.

    @22, you’re right–I, unfortunately, can completely see Lee Min Ho (and just about every other “flower boy”) pretending to be gay (and convincingly).

  27. 27 zashibear

    Finally news about his next project. Hopefully the lead girl will have good chemistry with him.

  28. 28 popcorn

    HIHIHi…. I’m hoping for Park Shin Hye too but Moon Chae Young is also good. W/e it is, I’m happy he picks a project. 😀

  29. 29 Lisa

    Oh, I had totally forgotten about that drama and how much I was looking forward to it. ):

    But ohhhhh happy happy joy! LMH!! Sooo excited to see him in something new! This. Better. Be. AWESOME.

  30. 30 vrosemarie

    The PD sounds errr… special.

    But it’s LEE MIN HO. You can’t even say his name without caps coz he’s AWESOME.

    I’d watch it whoever the girl is. On second thought, she could be irritating. Oh please, be a bearable actress. Moon Chae Won sounds okay. So does Park Bo Young. Or just grab any little kpop tart, and I’ll be happy. HAHA.

  31. 31 Sonam

    I want Lee Min Jung to be the leading lady. They looked really good together in BOF.

  32. 32 zerohundred

    Holy smokes, just the other day I was thinking about this drama and feeling sad that it never came to be anything. I’m really excited that they’re doing it now! And Lee Minho! He’s a really good actor for this. I’m way more excited than if it was Joo Jihoon, actually.

  33. 33 Dame

    Rumors have it that Lee Na Young would be the female lead and…
    Well, we’ll see in a while maybe…
    Anyway, welcome back Lee Min Ho!!!

  34. 34 Linwe

    I must be the only one in the world who wasn’t enamored on LMH’s BOF performance (thus the hype around him) but i do think he has talent. if the female lead is cast well then this is a sure-watch as the premise is (while not original) but cute and fun.

    I love a good rom com based on misunderstandings 😛

  35. 35 E

    this sounds ridiculously awesome…I was really looking forward to this project the last time it came around but I would’ve loved it more if Hyun Bin and Yoon Eun Hye were cast in this haha….

    Maybe….the girl from High Kick Through the Roof but I’m sure she’s still filming that one.

  36. 36 Snikki

    I vote for UEE… kidding! 😀

    Whoever it is they pair with him, I hope they have great chemistry. I’ll be looking forward to this. But since this is an MBC drama, does this mean we’ll get to watch it on ViiKii a month after it airs? 🙁

  37. 37 gia

    Lee Na Young, is not she too old for him, she is 1979, him 1987

  38. 38 Sere

    Huh! I thought this project was dead for good. Good to hear that 1)Lee Min-ho picked it (a trendy drama, YES!) 2)this wasn’t dead for good. It sounded ok on paper with JJH and YEH, but I like LMH and I think he can totally play the part.

    And I’m with JB on Moon Chae-won. I can’t WAIT for her to get a role as the leading lady. She deserves it soooo much and she has great chemistry with LMH so yeah, keeping my fingers crossed for them.

    So, 2010. It’s shaping up to be good year for dramas, Y/Y?

  39. 39 maree`

    I hope for SNSD’s Kwon Yuri. She can act well, and I’m sure that maybe if she were to go and audition for this role, she and Minho would make a cute couple!

  40. 40 dangermousie

    Am excited to see Lee Min Ho again however Stained Glass was one of the worst-written dramas I have ever seen. Yikes, I hope the writer learned to write between now and then.

  41. 41 Sara

    wonderful news…..waiting so long for LMH to pick his next drama

  42. 42 kemptafied-master

    @#39: Yuri? I will agree with that =) She needs to get her first lead role as well. Yoona did a fantastic job already..and I’m hoping to see Yuri and other SNSD members as well in the acting field <3

  43. 43 peachys2sleep

    It would be awesome if, they casted BOTH Moon Chae-Won and Park Bo-Young. ahahaha… but alas I feel like it would only happen in my dreams.

  44. 44 signalonlove

    Nayoung is too old. Chaewon is alright, but I personally prefer either Yoona or Yuri. I haven’t seen Yuri’s acting yet. Any one care to link me??

  45. 45 clouis


  46. 46 jandi

    interesting storyline! me likey!
    moon chaewon will def. be great.
    yuri is more of an idol on focus
    but she’ll be cool too. i could
    already imagine!

  47. 47 Jea

    heck yeah! finally he’s back!

  48. 48 raindrop

    Everything sounds great but the scriptwriter, hmmm ?
    Park Hye-kyung wrote Stairway to Heaven before but wasn’t it melodrama but personal taste sounds like rom-com.(?) I hope it lives up the hype.
    Best of luck for him in 2010 🙂

  49. 49 RyoNishikido


  50. 50 Ror in Error

    @ E
    I kinda like that pairing but I have a feeling Hyun Bin is kinda past his rom com days given his more recent choices in dramas. 🙁
    Plus it seems like the drama will go from a stereotypical definition of gay (effeminate) so they’ll need a “flower” type like Lee Min Ho…its kind of a turn off right now just thinking about it *le sigh*

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