Drama Casting & News
Yoon So-yi cast as lead in Color of Woman
by | November 23, 2011 | 49 Comments

Cable drama Color of Woman has cast its leading lady (or recast, after Eugene dropped out). Yoon So-yi, who most recently starred in fusion sageuk Warrior Baek Dong-soo, will be taking on the very difficult job of romancing Jae Hee in his first project since his return from the army.

I’m excited for Yoon So-yi, who’s having a good year. She’s not a new star, but she has yet to be a headliner, so this is the next big step in her career. She was great and really expressive in Baek Dong-soo as the daughter to all and lover to none. Her unrequited love for best friend/first love Dong-soo pretty much killed me. (It also didn’t help that her romantic rival was a cardboard cutout who paled in comparison to the spunky, badass Jinju.)

Anyway, in Color of Woman, she’ll be playing a career woman at a cosmetics company who’s bright and ambitious, and works her way up from nothing. She comes from an average family and is described as having average looks, which is always a hilarious description for female leads. Yes, because most women are this statuesque and born with her bone structure. Comedy. Her character undergoes a massive upheaval at the outset of the drama: she’s betrayed by her boyfriend and her dream of becoming a teacher goes down the drain. So she turns her life around by starting at the cosmetics company where drama and hijinks ensue. It’s described as a melo-comedy, so… I guess it’s going to try for poignant and funny, though I’ll tell ya, that’s not really the easiest combo out there.

Also joining the drama is Shim Ji-ho (Stained Glass, Frozen Flower, pictured below) as the second male lead. He’ll be playing the nice, warm, daddy long legs type, who’s a good listener and keeps to himself, enough to be considered secretive.

Color of Woman will air Mondays and Tuesdays on cable network Channel A. It’s been planning for a December premiere, but that’s pretty tight scheduling, by my count. We’ll see if they make it!

Via NoCut News


49 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. jazza

    i love her in Warrior Baek Dongsoo!

    • 1.1 Alexx

      YEAAAA!!! Me 2 too!!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    • 1.2 NTran

      AGREE WITH YOU πŸ™‚ i even loved her more than the female lead πŸ™‚

  2. jenny

    omfg i couldn’t agree with you more…i want to strangle writers of WBDS wtf jinju is so frigging awesome the other girl was like this zombified doll…arghhh i’mglad she is getting this role =)

  3. will work for soju

    I really liked her character in Warrior Baek Dong Soo. She was also great in Goodbye Solo, but then again everyone was great in that sho. She is very beautiful so they’ll have a hard time making her look plain. My bet is on chunky glasses and a pony tail.

    • 3.1 Akiness

      Don’t forget the possibility of frizzy hair. They tend to have a thing for that too.

  4. wATER IS required for Survival.

    “she’s betrayed by her boyfriend and her dream of becoming a teacher goes down the drain.”

    Ehem, a la Flower Boy Ramyeon Shop?

    • 4.1 Jomo

      Well, in all fairness, they all start like that…
      “…she was betrayed by her boyfriend and her dream to become a _________ goes down the drain”
      so we and the hero meet her at her lowest point.

      • 4.1.1 ordinary shoujo

        πŸ™‚ +1

      • 4.1.2 myweithisway

        +1 too!

      • 4.1.3 wATER IS required for Survival.

        Oh, because the whole world revolves around boyfriends. Right…
        There are other ways to be at one’s lowest. Like losing your life-long bestfriend or being god-damn broke.

        But yes, it’s true. Most dramas start with the female leads down in the dumps.

      • 4.1.4 Emily

        exactly. and don’t forget, it has to be betrayal. the ex is always a cheating scumbag. It was never a fulfilling, loving relationship that naturally ran its course. of no XD

  5. Jomo

    She is ebullient, effervescent, and bubbly.
    She is always the cutest part of the cast interviews and BTS vids.

    I hope a good director will keep her more even when she is supposed to be up, but I loved her sad and pensive faces in WBDS. I guess you learn a LOT when you play opposite sunbaes like Choi Min Soo.

    She reminds me of Song Hye Kyo only with emotions.

    • 5.1 anais

      True, of all the characters in WBDS, hers probably had the most interesting scenes with Choi Min Soo’s Chun. What a great opportunity that must have been for her.

      • 5.1.1 lambayyx

        mte. i wanted Chun to be her biological dad sooooo badly </3

        • anais

          me too! They had such a more meaningful relationship than she and her actual dad. And Chun was a far better daddy to her. And he needed her to give meaning to his life. And Chun just deserved more than he got. Waaaaaaahhhh.

  6. weissman

    she is amazing

  7. neener

    haven’t seen her in action…..hehehehe!

    haven’t seen WBDS, maybe later..I’m full by all the dramas now…

    but can’t wait for this since Jae Hee here!HAHA!

    • 7.1 Gana

      Oh really? You still haven’t seen this drama Warrior Baek Dong Soo ?? You will LOOOVE it!! ^_^

      ** I had already watched this, ofc….it was very amazing martial arts and SUPER cool! πŸ™‚ **

  8. Jenny

    I wanted to strangle the stylist in WBDS, she looked terrible. I get it that Jinju was raised in the mountains etc but her hair and styling just covered up her gorgeusness.
    But yay, looking forward to seeing her in this.

    • 8.1 Jomo

      Totally agree.
      I think they had to do that since it makes no sense that Dong Soo wouldn’t fall for her instead of Block of Ice Nun! …. Deep breath ….

      I don’t remember another show bringing out more frustrations than this one as far as who ended up with whom. The whole series, with almost every pairing.

      • 8.1.1 aoiaheen

        Agree. It was almost as if the writers sat down and said, “let’s see… how can we frustrate our audience the most?”

        • NA

          So agree with you guys… I was so angry cause she was so great in acting and everything …. and the other girl well I dont even Know her… But If i finish the drama was because of herrrrrr all that nights I stayed late watching online… Agree the writes did bad job with her character πŸ™ but im pretty sure she will do great in this drama and jae Hee love him πŸ™‚

  9. Unnursvana

    She was so in Warrior Baek Dong Soo and I liked Jae Hee in Delightful Girl Choon Hyung. I might add this to my drama list.

    • 9.1 Unnursvana

      *she was so awesome

  10. 10 aoiaheen

    Good to hear that she’s a leading lady this time. She totally deserves it. She was amazing in WBDS. Totally dwarfed the “cardboard-cutout” (lol’d on that one, gf)

  11. 11 Arhazivory

    Its Jin Ju!!!! The real female lead in WBDS. XD That’s the only thing I’ve ever seen her in and she was great!

  12. 12 Jomo

    I just googled Shim Ji-ho, and I think if he plays evil (fingers crossed) he will be giving Jae Hee a run for his money with uri Jinju.

    Oh, I am POINTER SISTERS for those one!

  13. 13 Z

    isn’t she taller than jae hee??

  14. 14 JoAnne

    She looks adorable, looking forward to this.

    And…um…Shim Ji (hell)oh! How did I ever miss him all this time?

  15. 15 dramacafe

    I’m jumping with joy when I found out she’s finally gonna be lead in a drama and of course we know what this means. SHE GETS HER MAN! Wohoo! I’m so glad somebody noticed her performances and decided to make her lead! She’s great in WBDS yet for some unfathomable reason the powers that be in WBDS kept on pushing that ice biotch for Dong Soo. But that’s all in the past now. Her being cast as lead now opposite no less than Jae Hee is enough cause for joy!

  16. 16 anais

    So happy for her. After having come across her great performance in Say You Love Me, I was surprised that she had not taken off more.

    As for her being normal, she’s my definition of drop dead gorgeous. Her face can range from being the subject of a Hollywood glamor shot by George Hurrell or Cecil Beaton to being full of vitality and cutesiness to being ice queen cold to being heartbreakingly poignant. I hope she continues to grow as an actress.

    • 16.1 Cynthia

      Agree 100% regarding her appearance. The SECOND she came on screen (as an adult) in WBDS, my first thought was “OMG – she has Kate Hepburn’s facial structure!”
      Those wide-set eyes, high cheekbones and square chin are unmistakeable. I haven’t seen another actress before or since who has the same look, as she does. How they’re going to handle her being “plain” is going to take some doing.

      • 16.1.1 anais

        Ha! That’s funny. I thought of Kate Hepburn as well!

      • 16.1.2 anais

        Oh, and I know why else. It’s not just the cheek bones. She and Kate Hepburn both have cat eyes.

  17. 17 Alvina

    Man, I LOVE Jae-Hee (who can forget his wide-eyed sexyness in 3-Iron?) but I have a feeling that if Shim Ji-Ho plays his cards right, he’s going to end up charming me.

    Especially if the daddy long legs character SMILES and is kind in addition to being the secretive daddy long legs type.

    From my understand, Jae-Hee is supposed to be playing the rich angsty chaebol fallen on hard times trope. I like a good drama lead but these days, I’ve been wanting some variety πŸ™

  18. 18 cherkell

    “It also didn’t help that her romantic rival was a cardboard cutout who paled in comparison to the spunky, badass Jinju.”

    ROTFL!! Best. Line. Ever. Can’t you tell there’s no freakin’ way we will let the WDBS writers off the hook? I WILL NEVER FORGIVE THEM!!!

    If you guys remember correctly, this is the second time Yoon So Yi was called upon to fill in for a departing lead — she did the same thing when “Hero” had to replace Kim Ming Jung (after Han Ji Min had left prior to that). In the Foreshadowing Department, one of her co-stars in “Hero” was Hottie Boy Ji Chang Wook. And this should be interesting, since her new show is on Channel A Mondays and Tuesdays, with his new show is on Channel A Wednesdays and Thursdays. Ah, the planets are in harmonic convergence again. πŸ™‚

    • 18.1 Jomo

      I’m thinking of getting WordPress to make images for tshirts or mugs that say:

      Una Lives!
      With a gorgeous image of him against a sky.


      Eff you, Chorip!
      With an βœ– or something across his face.

  19. 19 crazedlu

    aahh! yay. friggin, dong soo. -_-; anyways, i’m excited for yoon soyi!

  20. 20 babylove

    Woah, the second lead is cuteeee πŸ™‚

  21. 21 Cam

    Whoooo!!! It’s MUCH better!!!!

    I I love that way she act so tomboy Jin Ju in that amazing drama “Warrior Baek Dong Soo” and she was doing so great job. (thumbs-up) πŸ˜‰ She’s really beautiful and I am sure that she would be DEFINITELY match to this drama with Jae Hee…ah, I expect that they would have an unbelievable chemistry while working together.

    I am looooooking forward to this drama because of my JAE HEE and Yoon So Yi ~ ~ ~ ! ! ! \^___^/

  22. 22 Zoya

    Hoooooray!!! I can’t wait to watch both of them – JAE HEE and YOON SO YI ….*pauses & smirks*…. in THIS drama!!

    (evil laughs)

    …..I LOVE THAT!

  23. 23 mems

    Oh please, please, please, PLEASE let the script be awesome for this drama. And even though it’s ridden with cliches, please, please, please, PLEASE let them be done well.

    Was that enough pleases? Please and thank you.

  24. 24 malta

    Sounds like the plot to Fireworks with Han Chae young and Kang Ji hwan…

  25. 25 astr

    remember watching shadowless sword. she’s really beautiful

  26. 26 bd

    I really like Yoon So-yi, but I’m going to disagree w/ GF about YSY’s role in “WBDS.”

    Didn’t think the character was that well written (granted, there were worse – like the “other” girl) and YSY doesn’t really do the cheerful girl act well (kinda came across forced).

    She is SO much better when her character has an edge and attitude like in one of her early roles – the urban martial arts action film “Arahan.”

    And yes, she looks fabulous in athletic gear.

  27. 27 rainyrainy

    she deserves to be the leading lady , I was so sad that she was only the second female lead in warrior baek dong soo and that she didn’t get baek dong soo at the end even though she had wayyy better acting skills than the other actress ( sorry , no offence to her fans )

  28. 28 Thara

    Shim Ji Ho is back again πŸ™‚ YAY!!! I like him a lot in Rules of Love. He is such a cutie back then, Now he seems mature.

    And I also like Yoon So Yi in City of Glass

    For Jae Hee, He is one of my favorite actors…

    So, no doubt that I will watch this drama when it is out πŸ™‚ Waiting for it !!!

  29. 29 Wulan

    Jinjuuu..i love her character in WBDS,so adorable…
    So happy to know she play in this role…

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