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Best Love casts former idol as former idol

The Hong sisters trendy drama Best Love is going a bit meta for its latest casting, in that an ex-idol group singer is playing an ex-idol group singer.

Lee Hee-jin has joined the drama — which is about washed-up star Ae-jung (Gong Hyo-jin) and a top star (Cha Seung-won) paired on a We Got Married-like variety show — and plays Jenny, who got her start in an idol group. But even more interesting is that Jenny was in the girl group alongside Ae-jung — and after the group disbanded, the ladies became fellow sympathizers, as well as rivals.

Does this mean we’ll get to see Gong Hyo-jin dressed up in hilariously outrageous ’90s getups, preferably with processed orange hair, shellacked to within an inch of its life? ‘Cuz that would be awesome.

Lee Hee-jin herself was a member of popular late-’90s and early-2000’s girl group Baby V.O.X (which I’d say usually sat third in the girl-group battles, behind SES and Fin.K.L), a group perhaps more famous now for being the early platform for Yoon Eun-hye, pre-Goong and –Coffee Prince. See below to refresh your memories, and try to spot the familiar faces! (The group members were: Kan Mi-youn, Kim EZ, Shim Eun-jin, Lee Hee-jin, and Yoon Eun-hye.)

Lee has since been reinventing her career and image as an actress, and was most recently seen in the drama It’s Okay, Daddy’s Girl, where she played Moon Chae-won’s older sister, who married herself off to an immature rich boy to save her financially endangered family. (Her character was a bit mopey and weepy, but I liked Lee’s warm acting in the drama, and she earned praise for it.)

Best Love will be a Wednesday-Thursday drama on MBC, premiering in May.

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Lol it looks weird seeing them so covered up (in the last picture) but yay! I really liked her character in daddy's girl - she could be annnoying at times with the crying...but she did win me out in the end :)

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I seriously only watched to the end of IODD because of her loveline with her juvenile husband. I just found it so much a reversal of what I expected. I kinda wished it was the main story! They had a really nice chemistry - friendly, not so much romantic, but I could feel the affection. I wish there was a whole drama about a similar romance - totally unlikely pairing that you don't root for at first, but can't get enough at the end.

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Yeah, I was too. I wished there were more scenes with her and her husband. I thought it was funny how he would just laze about at home and follow her around house. I really liked her in It's Okay Daddy's Girl.

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I loved Baby Vox. The good old days and the ridiculous outfits.

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She's simply gorgeous. A pure kind of beauty.

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i love the little cartoons in the corner of the bottom picture kekeke :D

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I thought no one else noticed. HAHAHA. Kawaii~

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You know... I was wondering since the Hong Sisters did a drama that centered around a idol boy band, if they'll do a drama that centered around a idol girl band. I guess this is sorta like that.

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oh weird, anyone else thinks she looks like Ellen Page in that top picture??

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haven't seen her in anything yet...but it looks like she has only received good reviews so far so i'm guessing this is good

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She is damn pretty.

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Why would you let any girl name herself "EZ?" Seriously -____-

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because that is her real name.김이지. i think they were going for a cool, american style of spelling her name...i don't know.
it would have been better as Eiji or even Lizzy...

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Izzie?

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Oh JB, don't mention "Daddy's Girl"...I'm still coming to grips about it. I had so much expectations for Moon Chae Won's first leading role...and it was horrific. Goes to show that you really need a good script and production team to make dramas work.

Hopefully the Hong sisters can work their magic again and give us a refreshing drama to keep us entertained.

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I think hers was one of my favorite stories from It's Okay, Daddy's Girl. I love it when a playboy realizes he loves his wife for real and when their marriage changed from one of convenience to one of love. Wow!! She didn't even seem like a former idol with how she acted on that drama. I'm getting excited just thinking about the next Hong Sister's project. HWAITING!

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Yoon Eun-hye's face stands out in in the photos!

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i remember sitting on my sister's bed pouring through her shinhwa, ftts, finkl, ses, s#arp, sung si kyung, early dbsk even ... ah those good old days

i am so interested to see how this'll work out

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omg, brings back memories! I was SUCH a huge FTTS and g.o.d. fan back then. I still have a g.o.d. pencil case -__-

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I had a friend who was a fan of Shinhwa, H.O.T., g.o.d, Sech Kies...just to name a few of the boy bands. She was my first exposure to K-pop. The looks for the girl groups like Baby V.O.X, SES, FinkL is still fresh in my mind. I really hope they have some scenes like that in the drama!

I do remember early DBSK as well!

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omg YEH looks so different! she's the only one I know and recognize...can't wait for whatever she does next!

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OMG @ the turn of the millennium fashion :D That brings me back, haha. Is YEH sporting fake dreadlocks in that first picture?

Plagiarism and title change craziness aside, I'm pretty excited about this drama - the Hong Sisters haven't done me wrong yet!

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You know, I still don't see how it's plagiarism since the drama will be airing on MBC - the channel that created the fake marriage concept in the first place. If anything, MBC should have really told the channel that brought up this whole craziness to shut up (in a more sophisticated way) and not just hint about that other channel having plagiarized the whole WGM idea. But whatever, as long as they don't go pushing the drama back or anything like that. That would be bad. X/

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Hi, I'd just like to clarify that I don't believe the plagiarism accusations - that and the title change are both "craziness" to me :p (And to further clarify - I also didn't feel like your post was accusing me of believing the plagiarism at all. I just wanted to make my stand clear and in writing. :) )

Anyway, I totally agree with you - no pushing back this drama! I've entered a dry spell since Dream High ended.

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HAHAHA. I know that's not what you're saying. I just felt since you brought it up it would be a good way for me to ask that annoying question that's been on my mind: In what way was the original script plagiarism? I was hoping someone might really know the full details about the case (aside from what jb and fri have already provided us). I guess we'll never really know now that the story has been changed around a bit.

But yes, let's hope for smooth sailing from here on out. *crosses fingers, knocks on wood, throws salt over shoulder, wishes on a shooting star, searches for the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow*

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I guess my disgruntlement is that MBC was the one that was plagiarized if they're talking fake marriages, so why did the Hong Sisters have to change when it seems that the law might be on their side. I guess it's possible that they just wanted to avoid any problems that could arise from the accusations. Silver lining is that we got a good cast on our hands, so maybe it was for the best. Oh pish posh, at times like this I wish Lawyer Samsooki was still around to give us the LAW 101 lectures. X'(

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Baby V.O.X., SES, FiNKL,.........my favorite groups!!! Oh, they bring back memories!!!...time to dig out my old VCD's, DVD's and CD's and listen to their music.......

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LOVED Baby Vox. I've actually been listening to one of their compilation albums lately. Their song and mv "Why" was one of the first songs that got me into kpop...and then that lead to kdramas.

Can't wait till the show airs!

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http://news.nate.com/view/20110405n06561
Bae Seul Gi joins MBC "The greatest love" as the 4th member of Treasure girls.

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omg haha; now it really does play on those old memories. I hope she does her bokgo dance XD

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Yoon Eun Hye is the only one I could probably remember from the group and maybe the oneright next to her. The three girls on the right look like they could be sisters. Lee Heejin is rly pretty but which one is she in the pic?

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in the first group pic, she's the one in red sitting down; in the second, she's the one on the right in the middle row.
i think. LOL.

the last i saw of them was on chocolate and i could recognize them right away, they don't really look that similar in reallife. but completely forgot their names except for eun hye's...

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this is interesting..when will this coming out..

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How INTERESTING about this former singer Lee Hee Jin (she was in ex-singer group with my best top actress Yoon Eun Hye), ooooh!

So! I will see what happens to this incoming drama, heh! =D

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the last i saw of them was on chocolate and i could recognize them right away, they don't really look that similar in real life. but completely forgot their names except for eun hye's...

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Very pretty. Her expressive eyes remind me of Han Ga-in.

Looking forward to watching Best Love. Gong Hyo-jin's pretty amazing as an actress.

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i'd put FinKL before SES ;P

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Another member of Baby V.O.X is into acting also. I've wondered what happened to all of them. I still have a big poster of Baby V.O.X in my room still lol. I only watched videos of Fin.K.L because of Lee Hyori. I've always been more of a fan with S.E.S and Baby V.O.X. Ahh... brings back memories of good times. Looking forward to seeing her in this drama.

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