Drama Casting & News
Nam Sang-mi becomes Goddess of Marriage for SBS
by | April 12, 2013 | 88 Comments

New drama alert! It’s called Goddess of Marriage, and this one headlines three stars I like very much, which automatically makes me sit up a bit straighter and hope a little harder for a good result. I mean, I always hope for a good result, but when you’ve got Kim Ji-hoon (so gruffly sweet, as in Flower Boy Next Door), Nam Sang-mi (warm and earnest in an endearing way, as in Light and Shadow), and Lee Sang-woo (so awesome as the best oppa ever in Thousand Day Promise) — well, you really want the drama not to waste all that collective charm.

It’s a weekend series for SBS, and as you may surmise from the title, the story explores the meaning of marriage through the storyline of its lead, a radio writer played by Nam Sang-mi. She dreams of a sweet, pure love and falls into a love triangle with our two men, with the ensuing romance looking at the reality of love versus the ideal. It’s not clear which guy is the bigger lead from the descriptions and both actors are on similar levels of fame, so we can’t start crying yet about the one who gets left in the cold. I suppose we could wish for nobody to be left out of the romance, but I’m pretty sure that’s a different kind of drama entirely, and maybe not one we get to see on family-friendly weekend broadcasters. So crying it is.

There will be a number of other characters and love triangles featured, as the show follows four women all dealing in some form with the question of what marriage means to them, a concept that calls to mind the cable drama Marriage Plot (though hopefully in a more cohesive and skillful way). That means that we’ll be getting a balance of personalities and romantic experiences… or we will if the drama does a decent job with the premise. And despite its slot on weekends, it sounds like Goddess of Marriage skew more toward being a modern trendy careerwoman drama, as opposed to the usual multigenerational family sprawl.

Goddess of Marriage comes from the PD of Brilliant Legacy and will follow the upcoming series Birth Secret, which places its premiere all the way in July. It plans to begin filming at the end of April, though, which does give the show a pretty roomy head start to film and prepare — let’s hope it uses that time wisely.

Via Star News


88 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. karen


    • 1.1 pabo ceo reom

      Beyond sweet! I love all 3 of them.

      Now the dilemma is whose heart is gonna be broken?! πŸ™

      • 1.1.1 Gaeina Lee

        That’s what I have in mind as well. I am torn between both of them. Want to see our best Oppa in TDoP and Horse Healer find his happiness and get the lady, but in other hand, I want to see KJH be happy and get the lady as well..
        Dilemma, dilemma indeed. ^^

        • mai

          Sorry to interrupt here. Lee Sang Woo is happy in Feast of The God ^^
          I love him <3

  2. Princessmia

    Sounds good. Can’t wait. Love all the leads.

  3. cherkell

    Now that’s a horse race — can’t BOTH of them be Best Oppa Ever? Mega-ditto here with the Anticipation Factor; this is a really solid cast and I hope that this turns out well for all involved.

    Ha. No wonder Kim Ji-hoon’s been travelling around the States. Get that vacay time in while you still can sweetie, because it’s back to the grindstone once you return to Korea! πŸ™‚

    • 3.1 Korazy Lady

      I can’t believe kakashi didn’t scope this first! I am excited!

    • 3.2 JoAnne

      I suppose we could wish for nobody to be left out of the romance, but I’m pretty sure that’s a different kind of drama entirely, and maybe not one we get to see on family-friendly weekend broadcasters. So crying it is.

      when they do the movie version, it can go this way.

      • 3.2.1 tieuyeunu

        best solution is to let the two guys ride off into the sunset and Nam Sang Mi can go home with our other soon to be name 2nd-female-lead-who-doesn’t-get-the-guy.

        • kilmenyanne

          Love this.

    • 3.3 Ennayra

      Wait, Kim Ji-hoon’s been travelling around the States?! Where? When? And what is his itinerary? lol.

  4. Mystisith

    I wish Lee Sang Woo could have an interesting and meaningful role for a change: His part in the recent Horse Doctor was a joke. I bet he will be the nice guy who wants to settle down with the heroine and have a family while the young wolf will be the passionate boyfriend.

    • 4.1 KDaddict

      Lee Sang Woo hasn’t had a decent role since First Wives Club, 5-6 years ago! What gives???

  5. meanrice

    Does Lee Sang Woo always play second lead? I can’t afford to cry over him again. I’m very dehydrated these days.

    • 5.1 fun-lugha

      There was this infuriatingly looong daily about 3 years ago where he played the lead…and got the girl!

      • 5.1.1 D

        The Road Home? I watched that just becos of him..

        • Rashell

          Don’t Hesitate. He’s the best H ever, but the h is TSTL.

          He also gets the girl in Feast of the Gods.

          • meanrice

            Oh man i am only on ep 13 of that. I can stop stressing then and enjoy the payoff!

          • Rashell

            Ohh, hope I didn’t spoil it for you!

          • jomo

            Shhhhhhh!!! Everyone else must suffer as I did waiting to find that out. Man that show just about killed me!

    • 5.2 nzltt

      I know. He is so much better to be just second lead. But I believe in him. You can see how he steal the girl in “Feast of God” πŸ™‚

    • 5.3 Annie

      I think he’s going to be Nam Sang Mi’s leading man in this one.

    • 5.4 momosan

      Well, and he also got the guy in Life is Beautiful. 😎

  6. OMG

    Hope this role takes Kim Ji-hoon to the next level!

  7. kakashi

    No! I can’t deal with Kim Ji-hoon being a second lead again! Nooooooo

    • 7.1 Belle3005

      Ditto! Just let Kim Ji Hoon get his girl already!

      • 7.1.1 lili

        Me three!! I don’t think I can take another heartbreak for a Kim Ji Hoon’s character. He’s leading male material, he should get the girl!!

        Though I must admit Lee Sang Woo is hot as well…nevermind, let Kim Ji Hoon be the leading male already!!

  8. foodluver88

    OMG. OMG. OMG. i haven’t been this excited for a cast in a long time. please, drama, be good. and make those tear-inducing moments be worthy of tears from genuine emotion, not frustration with the writer/director/editor/anyone else who can screw up a cast this awesome.
    i’ve always rooted for kim ji-hoon or lee sang-wwo in their dramas. now this is going to make me confused. at least i can dream about getting the guy who doesn’t end up getting nam sang-mi?

  9. Snowman

    PD of Brilliant Legacy? Jin Hyuk? I thought he’s signing on to direct the new Hong Sisters’ drama.

  10. 10 Mar

    Something about this casting and the plot just..gels. I like it alot. I hope the best for this show.

  11. 11 Oxy

    Dear drama god, please let LSW be the main lead..please pretty please..I promise I will watch less korean drama everyday and focus more on the kids…

    • 11.1 Rashell

      Don’t make promises you can’t keep. πŸ˜‰ Of course I may just be projecting my own issues on to you. My sweet little boy said to me yesterday, “Mom, are you moving to Korea?” He’s 4. Yeah, maybe I watch a “little” too much kdrama.

      • 11.1.1 risa


      • 11.1.2 MariD

        Lol… I’m glad I’m single, the only people that compain about my obsession are my brother & best friend… I just ignore them πŸ™‚
        Can’t really do that to your husband & kids lol,..

        • KDaddict

          Before accepting proposal, my friend said:
          Do Not interfere with me Korean drama watching. It’d be grounds for divorce.
          How about that for foresight? πŸ˜‰

    • 11.2 Pipit


  12. 12 Rashell

    I love both these guys! I’ll take whichever one she doesn’t want. My husband won’t mind. I’m sure.

  13. 13 risa

    Ack! This reminds me of Feast of the Gods, which also starred Lee Sang Woo, in that for most of the drama, it was really hard to tell which adorable oppa was gonna get the girl. That was hard on a fangirl’s heart. (I don’t recommend FotG, btw– my hormones made me watch it.) It looks like I’ll have the same challenge with this drama– how can I possibly choose between KJH and LSW? I could solve my problem by shipping KJH + LSW, but I also really like NSM, especially when she’s being bubbly.

  14. 14 birdscout

    Omona, omona! Two of my favourite guys πŸ™‚

  15. 15 Yasmin

    aww man! I cant really choose at all! I chose saw lee sang woo get his heart broken in Horse Doctor (i got to episode 48 and just couldnt go on despite knowing its only got two more episode!) and I loved kim ji hoon in FBND even though he didnt get the lead either! ACK! Who do i choose! XD

  16. 16 fun-lugha

    Loved her in Lights & Shadows…am still raving about that drama, and totally fell for Ahn Jae Wook like all over again!

    • 16.1 aznative

      Me too, but I’m only 1/3 of the way into the series.

  17. 17 Alex

    Now I just really, really want all three of them to end up in a stable polygamous relationship. Not just because when you have two guys like that to choose from, the best thing to do is keep them both – although that is certainly a factor. Also because many guys would have an equally hard time choosing between the awesome lady and the equally awesome guy!

    • 17.1 msim

      I cannot even find the words to say how much I like this idea!

    • 17.2 nomaden

      LOL!! Oh the things that crack me up in the comments… DB’s comments are DAEBAK!

  18. 18 azj

    I’m so excited about this drama. I don’t know who to root for. I love these 2 guys! Can’t wait!

  19. 19 damianna

    kim ji hooooon! *faints*

  20. 20 Melmax

    Aren’t LSW and NSM in a relationship since Feast of the Gods? I look forward to this.. KJH is gorgeous ang so is LSW! Maybe NSM can have a twin so each of our boys can have a girl.. Thanks JB

    • 20.1 aznative

      Nam Sang-mi wasn’t in Feast of the Gods, the female lead was Sung Yu-Ri and I don’t know about a relationship.

    • 20.2 BellaMafia

      I think you got it confused with Sung Yuri. She was in FOTG, not NSM. The rumor was LSW was dating SYR, but they denied it. NSM was dating Lee Sang Yoon (they had a relationship since their drama Life is Beautiful), and they just broke up.

      • 20.2.1 Melmax

        ok…Got confused

  21. 21 janey

    ACKKKK I HAVE TO WATCH THIS! The two leads are two of my fave K-actors I LOVE THEM BOTH :OOO How can she choose? I want her to be with BOTH of them…Can’t she?

  22. 22 hana

    waaa i love these two guys!! how can I i mean she choose between these two? urgg I hope this drama is good

  23. 23 aX

    Yes, another NON Idol Kdrama (… so far)! πŸ˜€ I like all three actors! I can’t wait!!!

  24. 24 malta

    Excited for summer with Kim Ji Hoon and Lee Sang Woo! I’ll watch anything for Lee Sang Woo! uh-oh I don’t want a love triangle. No second leads. Neither of these men should be playing a second lead! Enough already dramaland!

  25. 25 Rebecca

    Kim Ji-hoon! He was so hot in FBND *drools*

    • 25.1 goldeng

      yes, he was… have you watched Stars are Falling from the Sky?… you should! *coughshowerscenescough* :33

      • 25.1.1 jomo

        I was looking for someone to mention SFFTS!

        I loved that show despite it having every possible drama cliche and mostly because of KJH and the kid, Pa Rang.

    • 25.2 bd

      KJH might actually look better in Joseon garb.

      Should check him out in “Joseon X-Files” – which is not only one of the best K-drams ever done (tvN), but also one of the best (sageuks) or (sci-fi) series ever done.

  26. 26 all4movies

    I wanna, I wanna, I wanna watch this.

    I think Lee Sang-woo deserves to finally get the girl since he’s been the poor forgotten good guy so many times (not counting that crazy food drama). But don’t make me pick because I love Kim Ji Hoon too.

    Nam Sang Mi is so lucky to have 2 awesome guys after her. I hope one of them doesn’t turn out to be an evil psycho nutjob.

  27. 27 snow_white

    hey….PD of Brilliant Legacy was supposed to do the next Hong Sisters drama, right?? I’m confused…

    yay…Kim Ji Hoon πŸ™‚

    • 27.1 gratisetamore

      I agree with you -the writer and director at FOTG were crazy not to have taken advantaged of the sizzling chemistry between SYR and LSW.They made them end with each other anyway but oh so lame.

      They are always blaming SYR for not responding warmly to LSW’s affections but she was only following directions. She aggressively kissed Kang Jihwan in Detective Cha ,the movie which was shot ahead of FOTG .

      But if they sizzled in their scenes the more dating rumors would float around.

  28. 28 goldeng

    yaaaaaaaaaaaay kim ji hoon!!! omo hes so adorable and cute and hot and talented and his eye smile~~ agghh i love him *—-* the drama sounds abit like The woman who still wants to marry and if this one is as awesome as that drama im gonna love it! crossiing my fingers this drama hits daebak :3

  29. 29 anna

    Do you ever just read a synopsis for a drama and go … sooo boring?! I honestly can’t find anything interesting about it, but I just love the casts so much. I don’t know πŸ™

  30. 30 SJ

    woah best news for today & i even asked you db/gf re this today in open thread – thnx for this info! i can’t wait – i luv kjh in all his dramas new/old, he’s my dream boy hahaha lolz, well that’s probab why he’s enjoying his vac now in the US woah i’m still disappointed i didn’t get to know he’s here in my city till the other day sobbing sobbing! i luv nang sang mi she’s so sweet in L&S with my other guy ahn jae wook!

  31. 31 altair

    Just reading about it bored me. I find all the leads “Meah!” or worse: second-hand leads. I guess it is a drama targeted at korean audience, so as I am international audience I’ll pass!

    • 31.1 lili

      Don’t like, don’t watch…nobody is forcing you!!

    • 31.2 ck1Oz

      Duh. Yeah. Of course it’s targeted at the Korean audience. It’s in Korea with Korean product placements with Korean actors.

      Sigh. What site do you think you are? Korean… dramas and shows.

  32. 32 cza

    the 2 actors i like,.. :(. who will be the heart broken in the end??.. i dont want one to be..

    i love them both

  33. 33 Sadhli

    2 great news back to back. first it was Lee Jun Ki and Kim Ji Hoon…….I can now stop worrying about future shows as 2 are already in my kittie……..
    but dont want to see KJH letting go his girl. want to see him smiling……….please make KJH main lead….pretty please.
    Thanks for the news

  34. 34 bebe swtz

    You had me at LEE. SANG. WOO n.n

  35. 35 anon

    I doubt though :'(
    I literally screamed seeing Nam Sang Mi and Lee Sang Woo’s namesssss

    • 35.1 anon

      what I mean by male lead is getting the girl btw… lol :'(

  36. 36 Lilian

    Ooh…I see what you mean. I like the cast too. Hope it is an interesting watch! And not 50 episodes long?

  37. 37 Makoto

    Lee Sang Woo… oh I miss his deep voice. Someone bought me Feast of the God’s dvd last year and told me that it was a good drama. I initially wasn’t interested but she kept asking me how was the drama so I decided to watch it finally, and end up as Lee Sang Woo’s fans. πŸ˜€

    • 37.1 jomo

      LSW has a silent inner sexy machine that works similarly to electrostatic induction.

      You don’t realize the strength of his magnetism until other people come on screen, but you don’t look at them or listen to (read) what they are saying. Because suddenly there just isn’t enough time for HIM, there’s NEVER enough of him on the screen. When he leaves you are bereft, like a puppy who lost his squeaky toy.
      Until he comes back! Look, he’s back! Happiness floods back as your eyes send happy thoughts to your heart.

      That’s what I think feel about LSW.

      • 37.1.1 howforwardsale

        Makes sense.

      • 37.1.2 KDaddict

        Fell in love w LSW in First Wives Club. Been waiting for him to get another good role. I’m glad he got the guy in Life is Beautiful. Yet, it is not quite the same, is it? Do you remember that kiss they had, behind the pillar, with his fingers scratching the wall? LOL!

  38. 38 linalina

    Lee Sang Woo! Absolutely love him! I really really hope he gets the girl & is not the 2nd lead! Jebal!

  39. 39 moi

    So looking forward to this one. Like the cast. JiHoon bias ~ love ~

  40. 40 yoon

    yeahh…another awesome casts. I like both of that male and the sweety nsm. Let this show brings us “something different” weekend drama πŸ˜€

  41. 41 jomo

    She definitely saved a country in her one her last lives.

    Not that there aren’t other K actresses that have worked with hot men, I know, I know.but she gets to work with good actors that I like.
    How about this list: Lee Sang-yoon, Kim Rae-won, Lee Jun-ki, Ji Hyun-woo, Kim Myung-min?

    Hmmmm….in LIB, did LSW and NSM have any scenes together? I can’t remember…

    She also has the most difficult name for me to remember. It is very unusual, and doesn’t have the most often used sounds.

  42. 42 Jennifer

    Woop!!! I totally love Kim Ji Joon. Eeeeeeee!!!!

  43. 43 denise

    The actor makes the role regardless of leading status. All 3 leads are awesome and talented. πŸ™‚ But, hell let the two guys be a couple instead.

  44. 44 Cam


    I don’t know why I really like Kim Ji Hoon more because I enjoyed watching him in that drama “Flower Boy Next Door”. How adooorably cute! I pray that KJH will DEFINITELY get his leading role in this draaaama!!! *crossing fingers*

  45. 45 Thaovietnam

    I love Lee Sang Woo very much.

  46. 46 Cate

    Good casting of 2 actors of the same caliber so the love triangle is so much more interesting. But I am rooting for Lsw. So sexy with his gentle demeanor, smile, quietness and manly look all at the same time.

  47. 47 Francis PeΓ±a E

    Hola a todos, una consulta alguien sabe los nombres de los temas de la Diosa del Matrimonio o los interpretes??
    No los pude encontrar.
    Muchas Gracias!!

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