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First character stills from Nam Sang-mi’s Goddess of Marriage
by | June 15, 2013 | 35 Comments

The first stills are out from upcoming SBS drama Goddess of Marriage, the weekend series that explores modern love and careerwomanhood as experienced by four disparate main characters, led by Nam Sang-mi (Light and Shadow, Life Is Beautiful). The others will be played by Jo Min-soo (Pieta, Will It Snow For Christmas), Lee Tae-ran (Comrades), and Jang Young-nam (Jang Ok-jung, Vampire Prosecutor).

This also answers my earlier question about which of the two leading men, Kim Ji-hoon or Lee Sang-woo, would end up with our heroine. I don’t know whether I should be glad that it will be Kim Ji-hoon, who didn’t get the girl in Flower Boy Next Door, or sad that it won’t be Lee Sang-woo, whom I really just want to see getting the girl one of these days.

In the story, Lee Sang-woo and Kim Ji-hoon both fall for Nam Sang-mi—the former is an architect and the latter a prosecutor from a wealthy family—but the description hints that Nam, who’ll play an assertive radio writer, will be marrying into that wealthy family.

The description makes me think immediately of tvN’s Marriage Plot, with four sisters entangled in various love conundrums, though I think this drama will widen the scope. Marriage Plot was about marrying off four single ladies in their twenties and thirties, but here we have moms and housewives as well.


Clockwise from top left: Nam Sang-mi, Jo Min-soo, Jang Young-nam, Lee Tae-ran

 
Lee Tae-ran plays a mother of two who used to work as a television announcer, who’s now a Cheongdam-dong daughter-in-law—a term that brings to mind elegantly dressed, upper-class snobbery and maybe also some stifling of personal expression. She’s married to Kim Jung-tae (aw, alternately dorky and scary, though maybe he was just scary in Miss Ripley), who is the hyung to Kim Ji-hoon, and the two ladies are set up to become sisters-in-law.

Jo Min-soo plays a Supermom character who’s raising three kids, and she’s married to Kwon Hae-hyo (so great as the incorruptible drama director in King of Dramas). He’s described as a kind-hearted husband who is overpowered by his wife’s strong energy and can’t raise his voice, which seems adorable. Jang Young-nam plays the wife of a cheater who… finds herself “enraged” to discover his adultery and yet begins a “cute punishment” as a “wise wife and mother”? Er, what? What about the part where she kicks him to the curb and finds her life better without his sorry ass? Her husband is played by Jang Hyun-sung (one of the many Vampire Prosecutors in that series).

The writer has a number of weekend/family drama hits under her belt, having written the very cute Sons of Sol Pharmacy as well as Golden Age of the Daughter-in-Law and I Believe In Love, while the PD’s credits include Lovers in Prague and How To Meet a Perfect Neighbor.

Goddess of Marriage follows Birth Secret and premieres on June 29.

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35 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. Jess

    This also answers my earlier question about which of the two leading men, Kim Ji-hoon or Lee Sang-woo, would end up with our heroine. I don’t know whether I should be glad that it’s Kim Ji-hoon, who didn’t get the girl in Flower Boy Next Door, or sad that it’s Lee Sang-woo, whom I really just want to see getting the girl one of these days.

    ……..maybe I’m not reading this correctly…but what? So who will be the leading actor???

    • 1.1 javabeans

      Nam Sang-mi is set up to marry into Kim Ji-hoon’s family. (Sorry for the confusion! Fixed now.)

      • 1.1.1 pabo ceo reom

        Either way it was gonna hurt me! Although now that it’s confirmed Kim Ji-hoon will get the girl, I feel really bad for Lee Sang-woo.

        He should just ditch the drama and come for me!

      • 1.1.2 Jess

        Haha, thanks! I seriously thought my comprehension skills were beginning to decline.

        This is a tough one. I’m all for Kim Ji Hoon, yet I also wanna root for Lee Sang Woo.

        *SIGH </3

        But if this is gonna be one of those looonnggg dramas, then I'm not sure if I'd wanna watch it.

    • 1.2 Bengbeng

      i think both will be the main lead man. I think eventhough he got married with KJH, she will remain friends with LSW, who will always be there when she’s having a problem in her marriage life. Who knows, she could get a divorce and end up with LSW. Just like what happened in Feast of the Gods, when had better chemistry with Sung Yuri vs. Sangwook, so he ended up with SYR =)

      Whatever, I love them both and will definitely watch

  2. Norkys

    Kim Ji-hoon <333 I can't wait to see him again. :) And the story sounds good. ;)

  3. Chrissy

    Mmm Lee Sang Woo did have dramas where he got the girls lol Wasn’t he second lead in Feast of the Gods and got the girl?

    • 3.1 fun-lugha

      Exactly! In that other daily (melo?) as well, he did get the girl. It seems like DB writers always point out the same thing and us readers always go like “but he has gotten the girl before!”

  4. Monseuldesir

    Poor, hot Lee Sang-woo. Even when the woman reciprocates his love, he STILL doesn’t get the girl.

    • 4.1 Gala

      He got the boy in life is beautiful? Heh

      • 4.1.1 Jasmin Rice

        ha ha ha. What a waste of 6 packs.

  5. Princessmia

    Yes he got the girl in feast of the gods

  6. CL

    I believe the plan is for NSM to marry KJH in the drama, but then she also has a love storyline with LSW. No one knows who she’ll ultimately choose in the end. So to conclude that NSM will end up with KJH before we actually watch the show is premature.

    • 6.1 Mystisith

      My feelings too. I will wait to know more about the story. Those dramas about weddings and matchmaking with a lot of characters tend to be less predictable. A good thing in my book.

    • 6.2 Chrissy

      Exactly lol Being engaged or married to the first guy doesnt mean anything. I learned that from tv or life haha

  7. Noelle

    skip.

  8. jomo

    I like all the actors in this – lead and supporting.

    Kwon Hae-hyo has been my ahjussi crush since MNIKSS. He was in a lot of good dramas and he nails it in every one (not in any order): Winter Sonata, What’s up Fox? Hit, KOD.

    It’s tough who should get the girl since I love KJH and LSW a lot. Have to say that in a “I’m too sexy” showdown, the edge goes to LSW because he doesn’t try as hard.

    Plus he has height and bulk, both of which I like in a manly man.

    LSW didn’t get the girl in Life is Beautiful either, but he did get the boy.

    • 8.1 Mystisith

      I absolutely adore his love line in Life is beautiful. Too bad, the church got cold feet and they couldn’t have their ceremony. Maybe if the drama was shot today…

  9. trixicopper

    LSW got the girl in the daily drama Don’t Hesitate. Of course she was a really stupid girl, so I’m not sure if that was a good thing. :) (it was also a stupid drama)

  10. 10 jayne

    as much as i adore LSW, i always have this ‘thing’ about KJH. So I vote for KJH to win the girl :D

  11. 11 snow_white

    Yay for Kim Ji Hoon as the main hero :-D
    I’m definitely looking forward to this…..and I really liked Kwon Hae hyo in KOD…..so that’s a plus point….

  12. 12 CL

    Trailer
    http://youtu.be/H4P5ju9IV08

  13. 13 oozzeee

    Regarding Chang Yong Nam’s character, so she got cheated on in A Wife’s Credentials, and now she’s gonna get cheated on again?

  14. 14 Emily

    I’d like to point out that in “Life is Beautiful,” LSW got the boy at least!

  15. 15 Sajen

    “Jang Young-nam plays the wife of a cheater who… finds herself “enraged” to discover his adultery and yet begins a “cute punishment” as a “wise wife and mother”?”

    so can someone explain to me what the hell a “cute” punishment as a “wise wife and mother” means cause that does not compute to me.

  16. 16 Ash

    I have zero interest in the premise for this, but augh, that cast. Nam Sang-mi alone is tempting, but Kim Ji-hoon, Jang Young-nam, and the rest, too? I may have to give it a shot.

    (The comments remind me that I stalled out at ep 14 of Life is Beautiful. I’ll have to pick that one up again soon.)

    • 16.1 OxyR

      I dont know why people like LIB, I couldn’t pass 1 epi. without falling asleep.

  17. 17 Maricel

    How many episodes are going to be them?

  18. 18 mlou

    At least Lee Tae-Ran isn’t in another military role! She was great in “A Wife’s Credentials” (one of the best dramas of the decade), and I’m looking forward to this cast that is over the age of 21!

  19. 19 tisyamey

    I vote for Lee Sang Woo oppa!!!! lol… I’m older but still I get to oppa him coz I want to! ;)

  20. 20 Bengbeng

    hahaha, so funny. Lesson of the story, look first inside =). I hope your daughter’s ear are OK now =)

  21. 21 anon

    NOOOOO i wanted lee sang woo!!!!!!!!!!! :’(((

  22. 22 denwanai

    HAHAHA the first episode has a character that lives in the SAME house that is the set for the actress in Lee Soon-Shin is the Best. Didn’t they realize that people would recognize such a distinctive set?

  23. 23 gigi

    I did not like the ending. To much trategy.

  24. 24 Hiha

    hahaha, so funny. Lesson of the story, look first inside =). I hope your daughter’s ear are OK now =)

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