Drama Casting & News
Han Chae-young in talks to join Pretty Man
by | October 7, 2013 | 32 Comments

With the two leads secured for KBS’s Pretty Man—that would be Jang Geun-seok and Lee Jang-woo—the drama is now in talks to get Han Chae-young (Ad Genius Lee Tae-baek, A Man Called God) onboard as one of the leading ladies, though it’s not the main heroine role which is yet uncast.

Which makes sense, since the heroine is essentially named Averagina (Bo-tong-ie) while the character Han Chae-young is up for is described as “goddess-like”; Han is pretty much a spot-on casting choice for that description given her polished, glamorous image. She’ll pretty much be the opposite of the heroine, though it’s not like we didn’t assume that anyway. K-dramas, how you love your opposites. (I don’t actually think her acting suits goddess roles best—she’s better playing plucky characters, but unfortunately has been typecast by her looks, I think. There’s something very awkward about her that doesn’t translate into smooth elegance.)

The pretty man of the title refers to Jang Geun-seok (though I’m pretty sure everybody’s going to be pretty in this show), who plays a lady-killer who steals hearts left and right. But it’s through the heroine Bo-tong-ie that he comes to realize that love trumps everything else, including money, reputation, and power. The drama is based on a popular manhwa and will be written by the scriptwriter of The Gift of Room 7, Spy, and No Breathing. Directing is PD Kim Young-jo of Cinderella’s Sister.

It would be a rather swift return to work for Han Chae-young, given that she gave birth to her first child (a son) in August, but dramaland rests for nobody. Pretty Man will follow the currently airing Secret and will be KBS’s next Wednesday-Thursday drama beginning in November.

Via Herald


32 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. j

    Han Ye Ri has been confirmed as the heroine. Is it only rumor?

  2. july

    I think Han Yeri will not play in beautiful man because she will shoot sea fog movie instead. Btw I like han chae young in delightful girl chunhyang, but after she play in changing partner movie with lee donggun and ujh…

  3. DayDreamer

    Han Chae-young is certainly beautiful. And I’ve also liked her in two of the roles I’ve seen her play in.

    So far, I’m only liking the second leads in this drama so I might not watch it.

    • 3.1 bd

      Always thought she was a bit overrated for her looks.

      She has that Julia Roberts big mouth thing going on.

  4. Shadow-chan

    That Bo-tong-ie name is really awkward for me…
    Cause I play a P&P rpg (you know, something like D&D) where there’s a demon called Gotongi… well, guess what I think of now everytime I hear that name…

  5. eny

    I like her drama Delightfull Chunhyang n Exxibition of Firework, I like her voice when she talk

  6. Lisa

    Hmm this seems like a watchable drama (for the prettiness)
    I haven’t actually seen anything with Han Chae-Young but for some reason I agree with you JB that there’s an awkwardness to her elegance that doesn’t quite translate perfectly.
    Looking forward to who will be cast as the main female lead! (But dayum doesn’t that writer have some impressive movies under his/her belt .-.)

    • 6.1 kdwkyah

      probably gonna watch this for the writer as well 😀

  7. Nicole

    I love Han Chae-young! I know she’s not the greatest actress but she just holds a special place in my heart. I’ve seen a lot of her work. I agree, she is very pretty and has been typecast especially in the past few years (since she got married actually), but her acting is better suited for more down-to-earth characters (like her drama roles 2005-2010).

    And OMG, I did not know she was pregnant before! Congratulations for her and her family. ^__^

    • 7.1 kumi

      I bet you’ve seen her in ‘Boys Over Flowers’. 😉

      • 7.1.1 kumi

        Sorry, this was meant for Lisa above.

  8. ilikemangos

    It could be that delightful girl choonyang has never left your heart jb!
    for people that have seen her in only her recent shows would say she plays smooth elegance to a tee.
    I agree with you though. I did like her best during her more plucky heroine days.

  9. snow_white

    I liked her in Delightful Girl CH but all other roles were boring…..

  10. 10 Anxiously Anticipating Heirs

    I didn’t even know Han Chae-young (who will forever be Jin Bo-bae to me) was pregnant. Congratulations to her.

    • 10.1 Nicole

      Ha not many people who’ve seen Man Called God here, glad to find another person.

      • 10.1.1 bandaid

        Loved that series!

  11. 11 TS

    She is so gorgeous. I feel like I’ll watch this show just to admire her.

  12. 12 dramarookie.blogspot.com

    I’ll have to give this one a try. I avoided Jang Geun-seok dramas for the longest time because his look really didn’t appeal to me. But when I gave him a chance, he just sucked me in. I still don’t know how. Hopefully, Pretty Man will be the same way : )

  13. 13 redfox

    ah I really hope this one is going to be at least watchable.

  14. 14 Quiet Thought

    “The Influence” is almost non-existant on YouTube. Apparently its only claim to fame is that Han Chae-Young can put on her resume that she was once cast as a human lava lamp.

  15. 15 lily

    is jang geun suk incapable of picking dramas where he won’t look like a flamboyant hot mess

    • 15.1 redfox

      but you know what? yes he is a hot mess, and makes me slap my forehead and just moan in disbelief and I secretly hope he´d come to his senses. but until that, I still like that pot of craziness and somehow …..whatever. ahh, really, so what. the world needs a guy like him as well….I think? I am kinda sensitive to off-frame, abnormal, weird, special….cause I don´t think there is such a thing as a normal person. if there is, a “person” in them must be switched off. everyone is part crazy.

      not so much to argue with you, just pondering to myself here.

      • 15.1.1 redfox

        P.S. he is more normal than me in some sense.

  16. 16 Neena

    Apparently Jung So Min was approached for the role and was reviewing it, but there have been no further news on that. Oh Ha Ni was a similar role, so I hope she doesn’t pick this one in fear of getting typecasted.

    That and I ain’t gonna buy “average” because she is quite pretty.

    • 16.1 jeera

      I still prefer that they would cast someone pretty for the female lead though the character calls for someone who is average or plain looking. They can hide her prettiness through her wardrobe & some “make up”.

      I’m hoping that Group 8 would give a chance to pretty & promising actresses like Han Hye Rin (Rascal Sons, Just You) or Song Min Jung (Dear Love). Group 8 has this knack of making an actors quite popular – we don’t forget the likes of Yoon Eun Hye & Joo Ji Hoon of Goong & of course Jung So Min who’s acting debut was Playful Kiss a Group 8 production and who will forget the F4 in BOF.

  17. 17 jem

    really? she’s not lead again? come on, I thought she was an A-lister, why does she keep getting 2nd lead ever since she got married? I really like her in chunhyang, she should be the lead, she could totally make it as average, just like in chunhyang.

  18. 18 Annie

    In the manhwa, isn’t her character more like Dokkgo Mate’s handler (with a grudge against the chaebol family that she was once married into) who pushes him to get secrets from successful women? I’m not sure that she’s a second lead so much as an important character in her own right.

  19. 19 pokepoke.monster

    For some reason, she reminds me of a japanese actress but i cannot call a name to it ><

    • 19.1 pokepoke.monster

      Oh remember now. She reminds me of Chen Jiani, a Chinese actress haha 😀 I was watching The Patriot Yue Fei no wonder the face stayed in my mind ><

  20. 20 Susi

    “There’s something very awkward about her that doesn’t translate into smooth elegance” = big boobs! lol

  21. 21 valleydale

    I plan to check this one out. I really love Jang Geun Seok, and find him appealing in a sort of quirky way. I loved how his character in You’re Beautiful was such a brooding a-hole, but when he smiled, you could hear angel choirs sing. He has the ability to absolutely transform before your eyes. I love that in an actor. I agree they shouldn’t allow his character to conform to JGS’s apparent personal hair style preference—ie., hot mess.

    It’ll be interesting seeing whom they cast as his leading lady. I like Han Chae Young in everything I’ve seen of her work so far. Hope she’ll be able to bring her bundle of joy on-set.

  22. 22 tonbotomoe

    She’s beautiful.

    I rather the main female lead give Mr. Pretty Man a good one right in the face as a lead in to romance rather than being a doormat ala Mischievous Kiss

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