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Yeom Jung-ah cast as has-been actress in new drama

My Love, Madame Butterfly is the name of a new weekend series in the works by SBS, which has just cast its leading lady in Yeom Jung-ah (Royal Family). Here’s a case where I wonder if the title wordplay is worth it, because who else heard that title and figured, “Ah, so it’s an angstfest”?

But no, all operatic allusions to tragic sacrifices aside, it appears this will actually be a heartwarming drama. The title plays on the main character’s name and can be literally translated My Love, Wife Nabi. (Nabi = butterfly. Nabi Buin/Wife = Madame Butterfly.) Or maybe it’s a happy version of Madame Butterfly where [Spoiler alert…? I mean, it’s like a hundred years old] the leading lady doesn’t kill herself for the sake of her child.

In any case, I can see this being a cute character for Yeom, who most recently earned heaps of praise for her role in Royal Family. Her character Nabi was once a top star, whose iffy acting ability was overlooked thanks to her beauty and killer fashion sense, which afforded her immense popularity. However, the tide started to change when she got caught up in numerous incidents damaging her image. Stories of her haughtiness, vanity, rude speech, and difficulty spread and she lost all that favor, plus people started to notice (or care) that she couldn’t act. Up sprang an army of 100,000 anti-fans. (Ha, after Jeon Woo Chi, I’m thinking she’ll play the heck out of this character, managing to make us like her despite all the negatives.)

So that’s Past Nabi, formerly famous, now infamous. The drama follows her when she, as a new bride, moves in with her in-laws and becomes part of their family. But (strangely?) without a husband. We’re not told yet why that’s the case, so for now we’ll just have to wonder. Nabi’s character displays an interesting array of traits: sometimes servile, sometimes comic, sometimes very serious. She’s a strong personality, and the show aims to depict her life with the in-laws with humor and poignancy.

My Love, Madame Butterfly airs on weekends on SBS following Delicious Life. It aims for an October premiere.

Via My Daily

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Sounds interesting! Ill be waiting for more news on this drama

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It reminds me slightly of Greatest Love-just the part about the has-been actress. If its a weekend drama, how many episodes will it probably have? This premise interests me, but I normally stick to at most 24 episode dramas.

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Those stories of past glory work for me. Strangely, they are almost always about women & not men. See how it's hard for a woman to age in that E business.

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Strangely enough, it reminds me of Dream High. :D My favorite return-to-fame-and-glory kdrama.

(Assuming Madame Butterfly Lady Watchamacallit *will* return to fame... see, your mind-boggling spoiler-avoiding tactics were effective, jb!)

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This actually sounds really interesting and fun. I loved Yeom Jung-ah in the 1n2d Actress Special and in Royal Family, so I'm looking forward to it.

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Thanks for the 411. I'm interested.

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Loved her in Royal Family and loved her more after the 1N2D Actress Special. I think I might tune in for this one.

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No husband? Who did she marry either way this should be interesting.

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Has been? Yoon Eun Hye would be perfect for this role.

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Looks like her leading man is Kim Seung Soo... think I'll pass. Ajhumma dramas do makjang like no other.

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Hmm sounds kinda weird to me...cant say i am excited about this project..

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After seeing her in Royal Family, I'm down for this, This woman is amazing!!! As long as her character isn't scripted as child-ish!!

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Thank you!

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She was good in Royal Family. I hope she will get a leading man of her age. I think Ji Sung was a little younger looking for her.

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she was awesome in Royal Family. excellent acting skills. hope the drama will be good

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YUPSSSS!! I have watched that drama last year but it was really good! :)

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holy crap she's the stepmom in A Tale Of Two Sisters!

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Loved her so much in Royal Family , she was AWESOME , and loved her more after the 1N2D Actress Special.

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Loved her so much in Royal Family , she was AWESOME , and loved her more after the 1N2D Actress Special. am gonna watch this for sure .....

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Wow ! Have been following this drama and am hooked on it. It is a must see for me and my wife on the week ends. Tonight she found out that her husband has died in a fire in Hong Kong.

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Enjoyed the drama. So much family values, tru love and sacrifices. Watched many times

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