Drama Casting & News
Lee Min-ho and Park Shin-hye’s first shoot for Heirs
by | September 10, 2013 | 220 Comments

Here we go. It seemed like the day would never come, but cameras are rolling. Here’s a sneak peek at stills from the first shoots for SBS’s fall Wednesday-Thursday show Heirs, the trendy drama about the lives of the uber-rich and underage from Secret Garden writer Kim Eun-sook. Lee Min-ho and Park Shin-hye lead the ginormous cast of young stars, who will comprise the 0.1% of the chaebol elite. Well, everyone except the heroine that is.

Because lo and behold, we’ve got our rich hero driving fast cars, and our poor, plucky, hardworking Candy heroine washing dishes to make ends meet. Of course she is. As if anyone expected this writer to deviate from the tried and true Cinderella tale. Guess we’ll just be going from one chaebol/candy pair to the other.

On the upside, I’m really looking forward to the actors working together. If there’s anything we learned from Master’s Sun, it’s that chemistry is really that it-factor in a rom-com that you can’t predict. With a secondary cast a mile long (Kim Woo-bin, Choi Jin-hyuk, Krystal, Kang Min-hyuk, Im Joo-eun, just to name a few) I have no idea what kind of loveline geometry we’re looking at here. Has there ever been a love-dodecahedron in dramaland? Well, whatever the shape, here’s hoping for fireworks.

Heirs premieres October 9 on SBS.

Via TV Report, SBS


220 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. Nilechoclat

    1st to comment I love both πŸ˜€ <3
    PSH & LMH Fighting πŸ˜€

    • 1.1 becca (kgirl)

      i am head over heel in love with both PSH & LMH they r like total hotties!

  2. sweetcloud

    Well they already look like a hot couple. I wish there weren’t so many similarities with BOF but this is shaping up to be The Drama to Watch whether you like it or not, just because everyone else will be talking about it πŸ˜€

  3. canxi

    I like that he’s a rich guy who wears normal things though! I mean I’m sure his shirt probably cost like $500 buuuut, I mean it doesn’t happen very often that rich guy dresses down.

    And Lee Min Ho this better be your last high school role. You look like a man at last and you’re never gonna pass for a high schooler again after this, lol.

    • 3.1 redfox

      agreed. Lee Min Ho and his agents, you better come up with something equally badass as City Hunter, like him being an actor playing an actor playing a Joseon time actor playing King or something.

      • 3.1.1 jmjm

        haha! I would sooo watch that.

      • 3.1.2 becca (kgirl)

        ikr! i loved it when he was a total badass in City Hunter, i fell the same way πŸ™‚

        • dtdt

          I want city hunter 2, the story is so good and LMH plays the role so well. I hope to see the same actress in City Hunter 2.

          • becca (kgirl)

            ikr, i loved her!

      • 3.1.3 redfox

        or something adventurous maybe a sports themed thing. you know he advertises sportswear too right. so ….
        some sort of adventure with lost of different stuff, rivers, deserts forests. contemplating life going around the world or drop him off to an island andlet it turn him into a jundle style gourmet cook. with a matchete.

        • redfox

          jungle. sry it is dark

      • 3.1.4 canxi

        I wasn’t the biggest fan of City Hunter so seeing him in another action drama would be pretty cool O: Maybe backtrack to earlier in his career where he played thugs, lol. Just as long as they let the guy graduate, hahaa.

    • 3.2 ilikemangos

      I think they were trying to go for the laid back high school style, which is why he looks non-chaebol like (without standing next to the car, of course)

      • 3.2.1 canxi

        I know. It’s still nice though! Even in the high school dramas, I feel as if the rich kids have this air of frou frou-ness to them and the way they dress. All super proper and prim and nothing out of place. But he looks good here like how a kid would really dress.

  4. Briana

    With the amount of pretty that will be on my screen I might not be able to focus on the dialogue.

  5. JoAnne

    I’m just glad he’s not wearing Jun Pyo’s clothes. Or hair.

    • 5.1 TS


    • 5.2 Amberscube

      Hahaha! I cant watch BOF because of his hair!

      • 5.2.1 becca (kgirl)

        his hair is not that bad, i mean come on, he looks nice with any hair

        • kpoppin'

          I beg to differ. I hated his hair in BOF.

    • 5.3 saranga

      oh but i loved the hair! πŸ˜€

      • 5.3.1 becca (kgirl)

        ikr, the hair is drop dead gorgous!

    • 5.4 lillykitty

      Im with u on that one sista!!! HATED the HAIR it had like its own zipcode

  6. Windsun33

    I loved the comment about the “Candy Pair” – and oh so true. My big question is, who will be the first to get amnesia and/or cancer?

    Out of curiosity, has anyone ever seen a reverse Cinderella K-drama, where the rich girl hooks up with the plucky, hardworking, honest guy? I don’t recall any.. πŸ™

    • 6.1 redfox

      would love to see that. but you know the attitude tends to be men HAVE TO be rich. women are allowed to be poor if they are pretty but get yourself a pretty poor boy and they disinherit you and even take your cat away

      • 6.1.1 redfox

        and I mean, they think it looks bad for a man to be dirt poor. he is either an artist or a musician who hasnt made the cut…. like he hasnt got the skills to push himself and succeed-.. the same is not expected from a woman although we are equal in skill and talent. people still dont believe in women enough. it is like failing in making money is more likely for us? or are we just less ruthless….

        • TS

          What’s super-stupid about this gender poverty inequality is that there’s some serious drama in a man trying to make it.

          Actually, in the j-drama, Oh, My Dad, the anti-hero is a homeless scientist whose wife left him for being a loser. And he’s getting rescued by a rich and capable woman. And I’m watching it.

          • TS

            I should clarify: there’s seriously good drama in a man trying to make it and learning he has to think of others’ feelings and needs.

          • redfox

            must watch it then!. I think there are some guys who work hard and struggle but women rarely appreciate it.
            the father in May Queen was a great poor guy. better to have a loyal daughter than nothing right

          • Gidget

            I see what you’re saying, but think the paradigm can be expanded. Drawing the lines in that way reduces men’s struggles and suggests their main need is (in a nutshell) to be feminized. Between men and women, our emotional hardwiring is different. I like to see the differences in a complementary way and avoid the trap of broad brushstrokes that could ne misinterpreted to say that because men aren’t like women, they’re somehow defective.

            There is definitely some serious drama in a man trying to make it. But I see it not in the construct of making-it-and-needing-to-learn-emotional-depth. I see the greater story of how hard it is for a man to make it. Made more poignant by the reality that most men define themselves based on their achievements and how well they provide.

            Because the male chaebol/scion doesnt need to worry about providing, I’d say the richer story for them is the unique pressures that their position puts on them. First, from the time they’re born they’re surrounded by people who see and value them for what they have rather than who they are. To protect themselves they adopt some typical coping mechanisms that leave them isolated and lonely. Second, because of the achievements of their forbearers are so vast, it’s common for the male descendants to feel deep down like there’s no way they can ever measure up, leaving them feeling diminished as a man.

            It’s difficult for any man to feel like he’s underachieved. For the chaebol/scion, unless he’s the one chosen to run the family business, or unless he’s unusually gifted and can create something great on his own, rather than pursuing a career of mediocre achievements he’ll often choose the path of pouring himself into goofing off. He protects himself from underachievement by trying to succeed at little else than expressing his wealth and status. But that lie can’t be maintained forever. Because his masculinity carries with it an inherent need to achieve something meaningful, living for the fast life will progressively deepen his insecurities as a man. Outwardly this is expressed as becoming more and more of a jerk in his interactions with others.

            These patterns sprout in jr high and begin to take root in high school. Hopefully the writer will explore some deeper topics in this show by unpacking some of the ‘whys’ for the chaebol stereotypes.

        • Windsun33

          I think the only ones I have seen where the guy is poor, it has always been “Fake Poor” – that is, he is having issues with his chaebol daddy, but ultimately will inherit 97 million shares of the company. Even in the one I do recall (forget name) where he was actually poor, it ended up another one of those birth secret things, where he was actually the CEO’s long lost son.

          • owl

            Min ki in Dalja’s Spring.

    • 6.2 TS

      I’d so watch that!

    • 6.3 sweetcloud

      For the reverse girl chaebol/boy candy you have My Fair Lady, with Yoon Eun Hye, Yoon Sang Hyun, Jung Il Woo and Moon Chae Won but despite the stellar cast it seemed like a dud so you might not want to check it πŸ˜€


      • 6.3.1 ilikemangos

        Was just about to say My Fair Lady. I would also categorize Couple or Trouble, one of the hong sisters, as one of em.

      • 6.3.2 TS

        Oh, you’re right! And I did watch some of that, but got bored and completely forgot about it. So, yeah, right again, it was a dud.

    • 6.4 Gidget

      Well it’s only the second leads, but that’s kind of e storyline for the aunt/uncle in Masters Sun. With them it’s taken one step further. Uncle doesn’t seem to be hardworking at anything but being Auntie’s Toy Boy. But, then again, that seems to be a full time job.

      • 6.4.1 sweetcloud

        It reminds me that there’s a similar secondary couple in My Girl with the aunt and her plumber/gardener

    • 6.5 abishrg

      The only one I remember is I Miss You, it’s a successful fashion designer that falls in love with a homicide detective, of course you have to completely ignore their background hehe, I’m sorry it’s difficult to find a drama with that plot.

      • 6.5.1 Windsun33

        You’re right – I have seen that drama, but been a long time so don’t really recall the ending – I might go back and review it.

    • 6.6 XO

      “I Do, I Do” had the successful shoe designer paired up with the poorer knock-off guy. But you’re right, there aren’t a ton of these out there! I think a romance where a woman is more powerful than a man must be a difficult sell.

      • 6.6.1 XO

        I meant of course that it would be difficult in the traditional world of dramaland… I for one would love more shows like that!

      • 6.6.2 owl

        He was way younger, too, which falls under the boy toy category, which is a little different still. How about A Gentleman’s Dignity, wasn’t the married guy a ‘kept’ man?

      • 6.6.3 Gidget

        Your example reminded me: it was at the beginning (in the back-story) and at the end of the story arc of Me Too Flower.

        • ladida

          ME TO FLOWEEERRRRR. I’m sorry I have nothing of value to contribute, I am simply contractually obligated to screech whenever someone mentions that drama. Oh, wait maybe I do:

          I remember when watching MTF I was struck with how detailed and involved and relatively honest it was about class and wealth. And you’re totally right; it’s a reverse-Cinderella story in that the heroine considers the hero’s being rich to be a turn off and the hero turns away from his wealth. And the rich hero didn’t have parents to hinder his relationship, because his wealth was his, not his parents’.

      • 6.6.4 Windsun33

        It might in fact be a “power” thing in Korean dramas – women’s equality is about 50 years behind the US and Euro on that. It is possible that it might actually offend a bunch of people, especially those more into the “traditional” roles. That might also be why so many of the “strong” women in k-dramas are also evil – giving a not so subtle hint that any woman that is rich on her own got there by being a witch.

        • Jessica

          I don’t think that’s exactly it.

          More like, these shows are geared towards women and most of us aren’t exactly filthy rich.

          It’s a type of escapism for many of the audience for a prince charming to sweep a women off her feet.

          Especially when you consider how many noona type shows there are as well.

          • Gidget


          • ladida

            I don’t know. Noona dramas are relatively new in their popularity (and there are vocal segments of viewers who hate them because of the gender disruptions they suggest) while Cinderella stories have been around in kdramaland forever. I think it has more to do with the Cinderella trope being a tried and true thing that drama writers can always depend on for a story. And while it’s cliche, it does give them a template from which they can explore class issues. I mean it’s usually very shallowly done, but still.

        • charlie

          unlikely…south korea’s president is a woman…however, traditional gender roles are valued in korea

    • 6.7 rhienz

      There are many dramas which story is about rich girl-poor boy, from what I can remember there are Witch Amusement, My fair lady, The snow queen,

      • 6.7.1 oftheshore

        Ah, Witch Amusement! I will forever love JB’s recaps, but will probably never finish watching the show itself. What a waste of everything, from a manly chef character to an awesome theme song (which I still have on my iPod)!

    • 6.8 YT629

      It’s so strange, but my Chinese friends who watch kdramas had no idea what I was talking about when I made a reference to the Candy trope. And then when I hummed the Candy theme song for them trying to jog their memories of the anime, they looked at me like I grew horns. But like, all of my korean friends know the theme song. You’re the best Lee Soon shin even made a meta joke about the fact that Soon shin’s ringtone was the Candy theme song. Watching Candy Candy in the early 90s was a big part of a my childhood along with Sailor Moon. And both of those series are japanese anime that were just subbed/dubbed into korean. Was japanese anime (even these hugely popular ones) just not as big in China?

      • 6.8.1 Windsun33

        I have seen a few recent k-dramas where outright references, more than once, were made about the Candy Girl – Her Legend is one where he specifically implies that Candy Girl was a loser. But I cannot recall the term being used directly in any dramas until just the past year or so.

        Not sure, but I think the Chinese version is “Bean Cake Girl”, but I could be wrong on that.

        • amanda

          The First Drama High had a lot of Candy references. I’m starting to think I must look up this “Candy” …

    • 6.9 Melbeek

      Would Nice Guy count although a melo? SJK was pretty darn poor although he ahem found his way to pay the bills in other means until he entered MCW’s rich life. But I do agree with you. It would be nice to see things flipped the other way sometimes…

      • 6.9.1 ladida

        Definitely! It definitely counts, because his ‘ahem’ job was basically seducing rich women, no? The difference with him is that he weaponized (?) it, or actively used his position as a tool of seduction. But the difference in wealth wasn’t really emphasized in their relationship, especially in contrast to JAe Hee’s marriage to MCW’s character’s father.

    • 6.10 Krabbit21

      Well there’s History of a Salaryman with Jung Ryeo Won playing the spoiled granddaughter of a rich CEO… but it seems like Korean dramas prefer to have rich guys over girls…

    • 6.11 Mar

      Nice guy, joongki play a poor boy there, even though his clothes and car shows that he’s too rich for the chacacter he played, but at least in the story he’s poor and moon chae won character is rich

      • 6.11.1 ichahan

        yeah, he’s actually a poor boy. but his job (bartender, conman) make him rich

    • 6.12 Taber

      Lover in Praque, the guy wasn’t plucky but he was hardworking and his dry humor had me ROTFL.

    • 6.13 Laica

      I think Joong-won’s aunt and her husband in Master’s Sun is reverse Cindella, thirty years later. I love them.

      But in all seriousness, I don’t think I’ve ever seen one. The most power a woman is ever allowed to have in the relationship is being a few years older. But then he’s usually richer, hotter and smarter/more successful. And she has to face all kinds of humiliations due to her reaching “above herself” so that the slight power dynamic she has within the relationship due to her age is mostly overcome by the disadvantages she faces due to those extra years in the eyes of everyone outside the relationship.

      Oh wait, there was Yoon Eun-hye’s drama with Oska! But that was such a bad drama that I didn’t finish it, so I don’t know how it turned out…

      • 6.13.1 Laica

        Wow, looking at the replies above, I guess there have been a few! I suppose the imbalance is so great though, that we tend to feel like it’s always a Candy stoyry.

    • 6.14 yet

      Fantasy Couple? people?

    • 6.15 Perrie

      Billionair Man! With Ji Hyun Woo and Lee Bo Young! It’s so funny! A tiny synopsis is that Lee Bo Young is a rich heiress but is frugal/cheap while Ji Hyun Woo believes he is a heir to a chaebol and goes on an adventure looking for his father, hahahah! Check it out!

      • 6.15.1 Windsun33

        But even there, in the end it turns out that his story was true, so once again he was “fake poor”.

    • 6.16 Jen

      Fantasy couple (rich heiress-plumber), Nice Guy (rich hardworking girl-bartender/gigolo/ex con), my fair lady (heiress/butler), that winter (blind heiress-con artist) and a handful others. Well, the numbers are def. overpowered by the opposite dynamics but there have been quite a lot. Still, i get the fascination that the men sorta HAVE to be richer. If i were to marry, it’d be nice to have a rich loving husband if i get to choose.

    • 6.17 joyyoo

      try My Fair Lady/Take Care of the Young Lady and Witch Yoo Hee =)

      • 6.17.1 TheBelovedvampire

        The newest show that has rich girls vs poor boys is “Ugly Alert”
        I am enjoying the hell out of it ^^ it’s so sad it’s a daily but it knows how to grow characters.

        In fact in “Ugly Alert”, the boy always try to escape cause he knows he is poor & unfortunately has a criminal records as well πŸ™ but it’s the girl that always finds him & brings him back <3

        U can also watch "What's Up", there were no rich boys as long as I remember ^^

        • indigowine

          but there wasn’t any outstanding rich girl in What’s Up as well, was it?

    • 6.18 chocopie83

      YEH’s take care of the young lady?

    • 6.19 nova611

      how about ” take care of young lady”?
      oska is the hardworking guy there
      not really honest, about him being gigolo

    • 6.20 kanz

      Bachelor’s vegetable store.. Where poor, hardworking, and honest male lead fell in love with the fake daughter of a chaebol and second female lead also from rich family..

    • 6.21 mia

      My Fair Lady…..yoon eun hye as the heiress with the poor butler played by yoon sang hyun ?

    • 6.22 Mia

      Kind of. Han Ye Seul played a rich woman (she looked amazing too) in “Couple or Trouble” (aka Fantasy Trouble) with Oh Ji Ho as a good ole fashioned, hard working, blue collar type of guy raising his nephews. That’s all I can say without revealing the plot. I just loved HYS in it.

    • 6.23 michelle

      yes dear try “my fair lady” she was rich he was a pesant

    • 6.24 Monette

      There is My Fair Lady.. Eun Yeun Hye is the lead actress. She fell in love with her butler…

  7. owl

    Loveline geometry, ha~girlfriday! Reminds me of the geometry problem where you have to make as many shapes as possible by just touching points and not crossing one line with another. Tricky!

    • 7.1 TS

      You have to not cross any other woman than the female lead.

  8. Windsun33

    I am just hoping this does not turn into a total idiot-fest like some of the last/current season have. With what I have seen so far, my Fall/Winter viewing might be pretty sparse, not seeing much I am excited about.

  9. Z

    At this point, I just want them tho name his character Gu Jun Pyo and end the farce. Not saying it can’t be good because we all know this drama had it’s share of flaws the first time we watched it in 2008.

    • 9.1 AnotherFan

      LOL and I agree. And you only saw “flaws” in that drama? I saw gaping holes and a bunch of enchiladas – had to drop it after maybe 10 episodes. But my husband kept on watching and seemed to enjoy it (I know, he’s one of the very few man I know that actually loves k-drama), so I suppose the viewing experience thingy is very subjective…

      • 9.1.1 Quiet Thought

        I seem to be one of the few people out there who found ‘Boys Over Flowers’ to be offensive and borderline mysogynist. I thought it was bad enough that they took a good, strong heroine and converted her into a some rich boys’ tag-along, but then they deliberately crippled her so she could have no dreams of her own and basically had no future other than being the school bullies pet poodle. It turned my my stomach.

    • 9.2 Gidget

      And then they could maybe add a line of dialogue for CJH’s character saying that the secret to the family’s wealth was that an ancestor found the Gu Family Book..

  10. 10 snow_white

    oho….still can’t believe that both of my favorite actors are working together……CAN’T WAIT!!!!!

    πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  11. 11 TS

    Love-dodecahedron: there was something like that in Jang Ok Jung since no one was ever interested in another woman. I’m not even sure how that court lady got into the King’s pants since everyone was so obsessed with Ok Jung.

    No doubt this heroine’s sheer “pluckiness” will garner her a massive stable of flower boys.

  12. 12 Aoiaheen

    OMG! She’s literally washing dishes.

    I don’t care. I stare at my calendar willing the days to pass.

  13. 13 eli_n

    wait what the heroine isn’t a chaebol heiress?? Well I’m a lot less interested now. I thought this drama was going to be gossip girl-esque and be more glitz-glamour-and-scandals-of-young-hot-rich-teens-who-act-like-spoiled-adults? That was the main selling point for me despite the sprawling it-stars cast; yunno, that this time the heroine will be actually be part of the elite rather than the candy outsider.

    UGH. I’m already disappointed Lee Min Hot is playing what sounds like retread of his BoF role (seriously wish this was a college drama. I think I’m gonna need to maybe squint a bit and try reeeaall hard to buy that half the cast are high school students).

    Looks like this whole chaebol-and-the-peasant trope in dramaland trope WILL NEVER DIE.

    • 13.1 TS

      Drama writers can’t resist poor but plucky heroines.

      I wish they’d write more Blair Waldorfs. Even a Jenny Humphrey would do, since she’s a mix of good and bad too.

      • 13.1.1 ilikemangos

        And i repeat.

        The world needs more complex blair waldorfs.
        I disagree on the latter. Jenny humphrey annoyed the heck out of me the whole way through, even if she was realistically flawed.

        • eli_n

          OMG YES.

          Has there ever been a Blair waldorf type in kdrama? Bitchy but awesome, as opposed to just being a horrible 2nd lead ala Yeon-ah in You’re the best, LSS (May We Never Speak of It Again)? The closest I could think of is KSR’s character in secret garden..

          This makes me feel nostalgic for GG; can’t comment much on Jenny though, I gave up after the third season -couldn’t stand the constant merry-go-round of couples in that borderline-incestuous group of friends.

          Though that same interchange of pairings could be potentially refreshing if done right in Heirs. At least that’ll be a damn sight better than the usual heroine who has a harem of guys inexplicably in love with her clichΓ©

          • Kay

            Actually, I think Suzy in Dream High reminded me of Blair Waldorf-esq character….super bitchy but had some deep issues

          • RM

            But ultimately vanilla compared to Blair Woldorf.

        • canxi

          I feel like Krystal might be the Blair Waldorf or at least I could see her pulling that type of judgemental-perfectionist role off. With just a hint of a sensitive soul underneath, lol. I think it would be good for her to try that sort of role, anyway. She’d be the perfect “mean girl”.

          • TS

            I really hope she makes a fantastic Blair Waldorf! Seriously, if every male in this drama is in love with PSH’s character, I’ll puke and give it up.

          • eli_n

            Hmm I think she could pull it off but that sensitive mean girl role isn’t that uncommon now that I think about it. Like what kay said about suzy in dream high.

            But blair isn’t just mean, I’m hoping for a character that’s also kinda manipulative and snarky and just plain FUN. I don’t think I’ve ever seen that character type in dramaland..

          • canxi


            Ahahaha! I really hope not. I don’t want this to be a harem type thing at all with PSH and her band of merry admirers and pursuers. Definitely want her to have a male friend (or two! wow! unheard of) and ya know I don’t think I would mind a crazy love…shape. Hahaha!

            I know! Blair was all of those things and it would be cool to watch Krystal work with a character as complex as that. I think she kinda has that sort of hoity-toity public image, anyway, and she can use that to her advantage!

        • TS

          True. But at least she had some “talent” and had different aspects to her, unlike k-drama second female leads. Basically, some depth.

          I think that’s why I like Yi Ryung in Masters Sun so much: she’s flawed, insane, and knows it! And her love for Kwang Woo is genuine, and heartbreaking.

      • 13.1.2 Patch

        I was never a religious GG watcher but I liked how early season 1 set Jenny up to be the new Blair.

        Making the heroine yet another Candy feels like a missed opportunity. Maybe a long lost relative dies and they’re suddenly wealthy? You still get the outsider pov and she’s still the plucky girl with the poor background but it would be slightly different.

      • 13.1.3 Ha Ni

        The thing about “plucky” heroines is that they tend to wither towards the end. Usually become a crying/sulking heap of emoness that generally loses her backbone and succumbs to noble idiocy half the time. Can barely stand it

        • Gidget

          “a crying/sulking heap of emoness”


  14. 14 BibiRouge

    Love Lee Min-ho’s hair !

    Might not be the most original drama ever, thought, we’ll have to see…

  15. 15 djes

    what kind of heir who wears a simple shirt, a G-Shock (really?) and rides a Ferrari?

    I’m so excited, I can’t wait to see this drama!

    • 15.1 kopytko

      Actually, it’s not a ferrari but maserati. I guess that would be an everyday vehicle in that dramaverse.

    • 15.2 kumi

      He’s also wearing a white paracord bracelet (Solomon Bar), made by JD Lenzen πŸ˜‰


    • 15.3 Gidget

      What kind of heir wears a simple shirt? Two words: Old. Money.

    • 15.4 kumi

      Really rich people (not ‘very rich’, but ‘fabulously rich’) are not so much into flaunting their clothes. At least, not in US. However, they still keep their attachment to good cars; this sentiment is hard to beat down.

      • 15.4.1 deb

        I saw a documentary the son of Johnson & Johnson’s current CEO made. This is a family with BILLIONS to to their name.
        Old money. The first interview with the father, you would have thought he was some frazzled, eccentric college professor. He looked a bit unkempt. You got nothing to rice when you are that rich.

        • deb

          wow I think my iphone is hungry?? I meant to type prove not RICE

  16. 16 Celery

    Call me when KWB appears – that’s all I’ll be watching.

  17. 17 Andrea

    I still can’t deal with the fact that Lee Min Ho plus company are supposed to play HIGH SCHOOL KIDS.

    But I’m going to tune in anyway because there’s so much hype about this. God, it has made me really curious and there’s so much pretty people that the eye-candy won’t hurt. If it ends up being a good drama, great. If it’s not… Well, I’ve no expectations, therefore I won’t be disappointed.

    • 17.1 owl

      Just for the heck of it, I looked up how old Olivia Newton John and John Travolta were when they starred in Grease. 30 and 24, respectively.

      Same difference. I’m in.

      • 17.1.1 Andrea

        You’re right. I’ll try to suspend my disbelief, but usually this is something that bothers me, no matter where the show/movie is from.

        I do love Grease though, lol.

  18. 18 bambledd

    I know I’ll get a lot of flack for this but – why Park Shin Hye? To me, she’s so … average… next to Lee Min Ho. And it’s not like her acting skills speak volumes that would make up for stretches elsewhere. So what’s the hype about?
    Is she really that popular in Korea to star opposite him??

    • 18.1 pogo

      I’m going to risk going down in flames from his fangirls, but – she’s actually a better actor than he is, and far better at inhabiting a range of characters. And her track record at generating chemistry with her costars (based on her last four kdramas, even the terrible ones) is better than his.

      • 18.1.1 liz

        imo both PSH and LMH are overrated. But PSH is better actor than LMH at least.

        I feel like LMH gets away because of his looks/hotness but since I can’t feel it I watch for acting and he isn’t good at delivering it tbh. He couldn’t pull off his last character on faith and in City hunter he was bad and sometimes good depending of the scene.

        His crying scenes also lack so much I can’t feel much
        PSH lacks at being funny?/bright? IDK but she looks fake when she tries to act as happy/birght girl, but she is good at crying scenes though…

        • Maris

          Shinhye is in reality bright, cheerful and amusing so it is actually quite amusing to find that she can be considered fake when she is acting it out.

          • liz

            IDK it always seems like she isn’t 100% happy or that she is lacking energy on camera… kinda weird but I can never think she is really happy…

            Off-screen yes I did see how sweet and nice she is, but on screen, she being cheerful seems forced to me.

        • Gidget

          I don’t know about his other performances, but I don’t think we can pin Faith on him entirely. My take was that he was just doing what was asked of him. And because the show was so thematically schizophrenic, having to portray the character in the center of it all left him floundering artistically. To make his character come more to life, LMH would have had to played the character in a way that was just as schizophrenic as the show.

          Since his career is so young, I wonder if it’s unfair to say it’s entirely his fault that he couldn’t figure out a way to relate to Crazy. He would have needed some good directorial guidance for that.

          This may be completely off-base since I don’t speak Korean and can’t fully understand the nuances of his performances. But from physical performances alone, it seems like he does his strongest work under a couple of scenarios: 1) when he relates to his characters at a personal level; and when he doesn’t relate to the character 2) when he has chemistry with the other actors/characters. In these cases, he just seems somehow stronger at playing opposite other performances in-the-moment, than creating a performance independent of what’s going on around him. Does that make sense?

          Reflecting on it, I suppose that the great actors can understand, sketch and portray their characters in a relatively independent way. But that’s not to say that there shouldn’t be room in the landscape for enjoyable entertainers who do well when placed in the right environments. Bob Hope comes to mind. He never was a deep actor. His performances were always in lighthearted dramatic fare and he acted the part of himself in every single role. Despite all that, he was well loved throughout his long successful career because as an entertainer he made people happy.

          If LMH carves out a career on sheer ability to make women swoon, what’s the harm in that?

      • 18.1.2 ladida

        Agreed. And there’s way more hype about LMH than there is about her.

    • 18.2 kopytko

      I don’t understand why she’s so popular either. I’ve got a feeling she’s always the same type of character – naive-innocent-slightly dumb. I couldn’t get where the praises for her heartfelt acting came from. But I don’t care. If I don’t like the drama, I’ll drop it right away.

    • 18.3 gale

      She is the most overrated actress in Korea, boring, repetitive,one dimensional, can`t emote,can`t kiss, looks like piece of plain white paper if she is not caked with make up.

      Good thing is Lee Min Ho is not far behind her in terms of talent,so they can both suck at the same time.

      • 18.3.1 mong


    • 18.4 Oluchi

      Same though crossed my mind. Really hated her in ‘you’re beautiful’, esp the kissing scenes

  19. 19 Lu

    This may (no will actually) sound pretty shallow, but LMH is sooo sexy in these pics ! I know I will tune in if not for the story at least for the eye candy ^^

  20. 20 Badmamajama

    i am worried for park shin hye. She tends to pick this kind of characters a lot and though i really like her i don’t think she necessarily brings anything new to the table, that’s why i couldn’t stomach flower boy next door after three episodes. I’ll cross my fingers and hope for the best.

    • 20.1 daphne

      i think PSH mentioned on one of her interviews that she is right now leaning on this type of roles while she is young. eventually, she will get more serious/ mature roles as she aged.

      • 20.1.1 Badmamajama

        that’s a weird way of thinking imo. who’s to say she won’t slide right into equally uninteresting roles? but my problem isn’t that she’s getting the same roles, it’s that she isn’t doing anything interesting with them. I think she’s gotten way comfortable to ever transition to anything other than fainty, damsel in distress.

  21. 21 kdramafan

    Maybe I’m the only one who is not very impressed with the drama premise and the A & B listed celebrities that seem to have the role to outshine the drama by their appearances & by the dramas own story..Dunno…just not impressed.. I like LMH but Park Shin Hye started to get on my nerves in her most recent dramas..I think her acting is seriously over-applauded and she still needs lotttsss of practice especially when it comes to facial expressions… Anyway..I’m not tuning in after reading the plotline and seeing the pics..Peace..

    • 21.1 Quiet Thought

      Actually, you are not the only one. I’ve read through these comments and the last few sets of comments on other Dramabeans entries on this series and I am pretty sure that NO ONE is impressed with the drama premise. Except maybe the kdrama executive who thought ‘Sword and Flower’ and ‘Gu Family Chronicle’ and ‘7th Level Civil Servant’ were such great premises that he greenlighted them without a finished SCRIPT OUTLINE!!!!

      He must have had asperations to rise to the level of the Hollywood execs who thought ‘John Carter of Mars’, ‘Battleship’, and ‘The Lone Ranger’ were such fabulous ideas that they also didn’t need a coherent script to make money.

  22. 22 El

    Gahhh >.< my bof feels! Lol but really excited for this. I think if one of these (school life, rich guy poor girl) storylines didn't come around like every 2 years the drama world would get awfully boring lol and as long as lee min Ho stays with his young handsome looks I don't mind him playing this role over and over again^__^

    • 22.1 momoi

      haha I agree with you about getting bored. I need a drama like this when life is really hectic and stressful lately.

      • 22.1.1 ilikemangos

        I think subconsciously i’m looking forward to heirs because k-drama land needs the IT drama at least once a year. And this year, although with marked improvement on the quality of its k-dramas, haven’t hooked me quite the way it used to..
        I wonder why.

        • DramaFan100

          Come on. I hear your voice was IT drama.

          • ilikemangos

            Definitely one of my favs. of 2013 but it never quite reached the popularity levels of Boys Before flowers or You’re Beautiful.

          • lillykitty

            NO the IT drama is MASTER’S SUN!!!!!!!

  23. 23 momoi

    I’ve been wanting these two to work together for a while, so I’m really happy about this.

    I miss the poodle hair though.

    He looks slightly more chubbier (and with him that would probably be like 5 pounds).

    Still miss the poodle hair.

    Anyway cast looks great, but curious what the characters and story will be like. Everyone is assuming things, but I find it easier not to assume and just take it all as it comes.

    • 23.1 jmjm

      I did notice his chin looks different. I started thinking he had some work done…but maybe you’re right and he’s just gained a little weight.

      The poodle hair needs to stay in its kennel. Digging the short hair…we’ve not seen it from him yet. It does make him look younger, too.

  24. 24 Trina

    For me, I hope there are nooo songs that play over and over again. Yes, I am talking to you Parraaaddiisssseeee!!! I wonder will there be cameos from AGD in Heirs drama. Not that bitchy crying stalker girl in AGD.

  25. 25 Binkbaf

    been waiting for october to arrive a while now. it’s back to back awesomness. Master’s sun and then that. πŸ˜€

  26. 26 liz

    I hope LMH and PSH chemistry got better because I didn’t feel anything watching their CF.

    The drama seem a mess and if the main couple don’t have chemistry, then there is nothing to watch.. unless the second couple explodes chemistry like Kb and KE on bof, soul couple hahahah I watched half of bof because of them, didn’t care about the others characters and main couple.

    • 26.1 pogo

      I usually like her with her male costars, but if that CF was any indication, we should worry – she was positively crackling in the Jang Geun-seok version of her Etude House CFs, but with LMH…..nothing.

      I’ll really feel burned if that turns out to be the case and then to add insult on injury she ends up having great chemistry with Kim Woo-bin (who of course will not get the girl).

      SoEul were the true OTP of BOF, which is so funny because those characters were only good in the Korean drama (thanks to Bummie and So-eun of course) – in every other version, they are just annoying.

      • 26.1.1 lily

        I don’t think Kim Bum/Kim So Eun were that good tbh. However, the main couple was so awful and had zero chemistry so people looked to the next best thing.. which was soeul lol

        • pogo

          Yeah, they were definitely still green as actors (especially him) but the writing and their chemistry was what made it gold in comparison to LMH/GHS.

    • 26.2 sara

      He had much more chemistry with Yoona in that mountain commercial.

  27. 27 becca

    Lee Min Ho looks good with any hair style. Plus, Park Shin-hye and Lee Min Ho look so much a like it’s not funny, but it is worth it cuz, double the sexyness!

    • 27.1 owl

      Twins separated at birth?

  28. 28 jmjm

    I know everyone is saying this is a total retread of GJP from BOF, and I was right there with you all at first, but I came to believe LMH when he said this character was different–darker and more complex whereas GJP was innocent and pretty superficial. Something about those stills just give me a total different feel than GJP, so I’m happy if that’s right. I need it to be right. Also, I need LMH’s next role to be an awesome action character a la City Hunter. Please say yes.

    • 28.1 becca (kgirl)

      I am sort of thinking the same thing, i am wondering what his next role will be, but eh, who knows right. lol πŸ˜‰

    • 28.2 ilikemangos

      I think you’re onto something…But i can see why he’d say that. Gu Jun Pyo, although iconic(my sister who hasn’t watched a single k-drama for yeaaaaars still remembers his name), was a very immature and innocent hero for me. I already thought going back to his highschool roots was more of a downgrade compared to the roles Lee Min Ho’s taken on after boys before flowers, but i hope Kim Tan is not Gu Jun Pyo 2.0

      I pretty much check out anything Lee Min Ho stars in because, lets face it, he has that star power even if his acting isn’t premium.

      • 28.2.1 becca (kgirl)

        same here, but for the most part I just hope that there is no songs that sre over played like in BOF you know what i mean. that Paradise song was way over played and played in the wrong spots in the show. the plyed in in the god danm fight scene for cryin’ out loud! >:(

  29. 29 doomy

    lee min ho looks so fucking good i’m going to pee everywhere.

    park shin hye won me over in fbnd but i really don’t want to see her doing this role. :\ i totally agree with wanting a blair wardorf-esque fucked up rich bich played by an actress who would have searing chemistry with lee min ho. i would give my firstborn to be In Charge of a lee minho drama, man. i’m sad that i’m a lot more jaded now, back when bof happened i still used to get that pure adrenaline rush. almost PAAAAAAARADIIIIIIIIIIIIISE.

    • 29.1 becca (kgirl)

      they both won me over when i first saw them. PSH from GFB & LMH from BOF, CH, ect. total hottness with those 2 put together! i just about died πŸ˜€

  30. 30 becca (kgirl)

    hey i gtg, so i shall be back tomarrow hopfully πŸ™‚ ttyl

  31. 31 AnotherFan

    Sorry to sound a bit mean but I have to let it out – is LMH very made-up or there was some nip/tuck done on him? He certainly looks different (and it’s not the tan)..

    As to “Heirs”, I am like reading an updated recap of “Boys Over Flower”? Guess the chemistry and the delivery would really need to be outstanding for me to invest in this drama. But for now, I am really not excited. Hmmm…

    • 31.1 becca (kgirl)

      LMH doesn’ look 2 dif

    • 31.2 michelle

      the only difference i see in him is the haircut witch makes miracles cuz he looks younger by few years for sure! it’s normal to change for every character cuz they are different age and style..he looks fresh and young here i mistake him for a 19 years old already yeah! but i really doubt he had anything “done”

    • 31.3 deb

      I agree his face looks pretty different. it could definitely be just weight gain though (I’m convinced he did get a nosejob after BOF, hopefully nothing else after that).

  32. 32 Noelle

    Oh no it’s BOF all over again. I hope they change something up or I’m not gonna bother. Sorry Woo Bin.

  33. 33 soprection

    On the bright side, I think he looks a lot younger here. His hair looks like it could use some moisturizer and a brush though.

    I’m also disappointed that this is a chaebol/candy story and that PSH’s character is an outsider instead of one of the elite. I wanted Korean Gossip Girl (but better written, hopefully)! Instead she’ll be all downtrodden and ostracized by all the rich characters except Lee MinHo’s hero who despite his better judgment will start to come to her rescue because he’s falling in love with her. It’s just so typical. I hope they’ve got some kind of surprise up their sleeves because the cast might get me to check it out but if the story’s not there, they won’t be enough to keep me watching.

    • 33.1 ilikemangos

      Omg… She is going to be lonely boy Dan.
      Gahhh i hated his character, too. But of course, im sure park shin hye’s character will never reach the level of annoying that he did.
      This is probably gossip-girl inspired but in no way is it the korean version of gossip girl. That would be pretty cool?hilarious?exciting?bad? to watch.

  34. 34 houstontwin

    I really don’t understand kdramas about High School. The characters usually look and act like adults. Are High School students older in Korea?

    • 34.1 Windsun33

      No, but apparently there is a shortage of decent young actors with name power. I think one of the things I liked about Queen’s Classroom was that it brought in a lot of new young faces that actually WERE of high school age. Made it much more believable.

  35. 35 Kay

    All those who are watching this for the eye candy, say I.
    *raises hand*

  36. 36 MEK

    why do they put so much makeup on him? are they filming in the states for some of the scene?

    • 36.1 anna

      I notice this all the time, not just in his drama. They caked up a tube load of bb cream on him.

    • 36.2 Cynthia

      I’m puzzled about all these ‘too much makeup’ remarks (not just yours). Other than BB cream, I’m not seeing much of anything else. And yes, they did do filming in California – surfing scenes and whatnot.

  37. 37 anna

    And of course she’s the poor, hard working Candy type. The “Dan” of this drama then?

  38. 38 omg

    omg, he have more make up than the girl

  39. 39 Carole McDonnell

    thanks! And yes, the haircut here is way better than BOF. It was very hard to take him seriously with that perm. I love curly hair but some perms just look so unnatural.

  40. 40 Symone

    Lee min oh going 2 be soooooooooo awesome in this i can feel it lol

  41. 41 lily

    sort of want this to fail because the hype is so annoying and everything I’ve seen from it (rich boy, poor girl, chaebols, high school etc) seems so ‘been there, done that’.

    • 41.1 Windsun33

      My problem right off the bat is the high school part – been there, done that about 100 times now. Surely there is another venue besides high school to put these 10+ years past high school age actors into.

  42. 42 Brian

    Poor Park Shin Hye, working hard to make a living. Still I think she’s a better Candy than Gu Hye Sun was — I’m still interested to see how the story plays out.

    • 42.1 michelle

      i agree! i think she’ll be wayy better than gu hye sun(no offence) and lee min ho in here i think he’ll be completly different from gu jun pyo..pretty sure about that..i can feel it and well the pictures do talk for themselfs don’t they?

  43. 43 Miranti

    Uff, sorry to say but I skip. I thought after City Hunter and Faith he’ll stop the Junpyoesque stereotype and play mature roles more but no it doesn’t happen.

  44. 44 Maria

    I want to see Lee Min Ho in a medical drama next where he plays the top doctor in the Surgery department in love with the pretty OR nurse married to the Chief of Staff in the hospital. Yes!!!!

  45. 45 Patch

    I was hoping for a chaebal prince/princess tale, the Kdrama version of Chuck and Blair.

    I’m all disappointed now.

  46. 46 junjae

    I’m very conflicted in this! I don’t want Master’s Sun to be over, but I cannot wait to see Kim Woo Bin and Kang Ha Neul!!!!!

  47. 47 Ennayra

    I think I rewatched Faith too many times, because now I find Lee Min-ho a lot more attractive than I used to. I’m honestly surprised, guys. When did this happen???

  48. 48 Jess

    I have been dreaming of this couple for too long! CAN. NOT. WAIT!

  49. 49 Z

    I will say that I love the way he’s styled in these shots. I hope they stick with laid back fashion choices for him instead of the uber-ostentatious “Look At Me I’m Rich” clothes from BOF.

    I miss the hair though, I kinda liked him in the perm, as ridiculous as I was. And this short hair does nothing for me. Plus, what are they gonna cut when it’s time for the Mid-Season Makeovers or after the inevitable Time Jump? He’ll have to sport an army buzz.

  50. 50 Hee

    For once I really want a swap over with rich girl poor dude! The whole modern Cinderella story is sooo boring and predictable!

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