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Miss Korea’s first shoots with Lee Yeon-hee

I wouldn’t say these first stills of Miss Korea are terribly revealing, but at least they’re something. The upcoming MBC rom-com series starring Lee Yeon-hee has just begun shooting, and this set of photos features her in the role of a woman who was once the most popular girl in high school, now an elevator girl.

Like so many former hotshots whose star flamed out in high school, it looks like her best days are in her past as she struggles to scrape by… until a group of former schoolmates led by Lee Seon-kyun decide to try to save their flagging cosmetics business by turning her into Miss Korea. Romance, of course, ensues. (And comedy, too — hopefully lots of it. The writer’s previous projects include Pasta and Romance Town so it may not be the rollicking kind of comedy, but I expect a light, bantery tone with situational humor.)

My first question is, Do they still have elevator girls? To… push the buttons for you? But apparently they do, and not only is it a real job at the fancy department store where Lee Yeon-hee works, there’s a whole department with an elevator girl manager and everything. Lee Yeon-hee will be the eldest unni of the crew, which includes Kim Ye-won (Standby).

Miss Korea will air as a Wednesday-Thursday drama and premieres in December.

Via Ten Asia

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I haven't seen Lee Yeon Hee in any rom com before, her characters always a serious one. So, maybe this one will have different effect to me to see her other side.

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Paradise Ranch has a bit of comedy elements, and she was horrible in that.

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To give her some credits, the drama itself was horrible and seriously awful.

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I agree. She was tolerably OK in Ghost (Phantom).

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seriously? i couldn't stand her in ghost(or anything else she's been in).

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Same here, couldn't stand her in Ghost. Same blank expression from beginning to end. She is more tolerable in rom.com, especially if its a short one. Her appearance in Gu Family Book for 2 eps was the best I've seen her.

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Excuses

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you should watch her act in east of eden.. good enough i guess, and she even got an award for that..

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an MBC award which doesn't really mean anything when it comes to acting

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I only watched about 1/3 of Paradise Ranch, and most of the funny stuff I saw was just how bad the writing and directing was.

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I'm not a huge fan of the premise, I admit. However I'm happy that this isn't an extremely problematic ugly to pretty transformation as I initially suspected, and instead is a rags to riches, opportunistic endeavor for both parties.

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I think the premise could go either way, but I will at least give them credit for something a bit more original than a Candy Dish Washer :D

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might give this a try.

only 2 places I really liked Lee Yeon Hee: 1) Millionaire's First Love and 2) Gu Family Book. Otherwise, not a fan of her (anymore). I say "anymore" because I was in LOVE with her after watching "Millionaire's First Love" - that was many years ago... since I thought she did well in Gu Family Book (the first two episodes were the best and really well done, imo), maybe she did improve.

As for Lee Seon-Kyun... As a straight MALE... I have a man-crush on Lee Seon-Kyun. Ever since Coffee Prince, he has been my favorite male actor. Love this guy - he's my role model.

so... due to my explanation above... might try this out.

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"As for Lee Seon-Kyun… As a straight MALE… I have a man-crush on Lee Seon-Kyun. Ever since Coffee Prince, he has been my favorite male actor. Love this guy – he’s my role model."

lol same here love his voice too if I could switch voices with any guy on earth I'd take his.

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Also I thought I was the only straight male that watched K-dramas glad to see I'm not

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No - and I also prefer romcoms.

And yes, LYH gave her best performance in "Gu" - albeit a short one, and yes, the 1st 2 eps were the highlight of "Gu" and it went downhill from that.

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For me, I really disliked the first 2 episodes of GFB. Almost gave up the drama but thankfully I continued and really enjoyed the drama after that.

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Ah noo.. I have some straight male friends who enjoy watching K-dramas, and no one questioning their sexuality.
It's not different with straight females like watching boxing tournament / WWF shows, no?

You guys have a great favorite actor.

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I had forgotten she was in that movie until everyone said so. Or maybe I never knew,lol. Maybe her acting depends on who she works with?

I haven't seen much of her to judge... I know she was in 'M' (2007 film) with Kang Dong Won and won a best new actress award for that. So, it may just be the case...which would be interesting. And strange.

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Eeeh, I'll check out the first episode. I'm still iffy on the whole premise and I like that they are at least acknowledging that she is very pretty.

Though how in the world were she and LSK ever high school classmates? They look at the very least six or seven years apart.

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LOL, an elevator girl? Those don't still exist. I don't even know why they ever existed, tbh. How hard is it to push some buttons?

That being said, these look like they come from a photoshoot. I would have expected her character to look a little frumpier, tbh.

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They do exist, elevator guys too. Mostly they work at these super tall first class buildings with lots of offices. They're actully quite helpful too, this year I went for a training to one of them, and the elevators had this strange system I couldn't figure out by myself lol

I don't know if I'll like this drama, but I'll check it out just for The Voice *drools*

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I live in NYC...and funny thing is, there's this one shabby building with this old style elevator (the ones with the criss-cross patterned "door" or whatever that thing's called) and it has an elevator guy in it. He takes tips too. Lol.

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Actually at AT&T Park in San Francisco (SF Giants baseball team plays there), the elevators have elevator folks pushing buttons.

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I am pretty sure that is a union labor agreement thing, not because they serve any useful function.

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Some 5-star hotels and hospitals have them too.

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Well I stand corrected. Thank you everyone.

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Even the few places that do still have them, I am betting it is probably on a lower pay scale than even the janitors and probably about the same as door greeters. Probably not the most enviable job in the world.

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Japan's fancy department stores still have them.

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In America, at the Fine Arts Building, they have elevator men. It's part of the charm.

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Yes, but they mostly seem to function actually as direction givers - ie., what floor are the stuffed panda dolls on type thing. I see in some stores that they don't actually ride the elevator, they stand outside the elevators to help customers find things.

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I'm actually really looking forward to this :)

But what is she doing in the last picture on the right...?
Does that look like covering a dead body only to me...?

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Yeah looks weird. Maybe she is covering the homeless with a blanket or so...

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The premise may be slightly intriguing but this is going to drag if it'd be a 20-episode drama like what happened with Romance Town (which I still believe should be retitled to "Bad Financial Decisions After Winning A Lotto").

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I dunno what elevator girls do in Seoul, but she looks more than anything else like a detective investigating a mass homicide. Involving several people stuffed into laundry bags.

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Oh, so I'm not the only one! :D

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On the plus side, since this isn't a Saguek, it looks like she's taking the opportunity to show some leg. That always helps.

Well, it always helps ME, I don't know about the rest of you . . .

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I'm grateful for it, too. I'm a huge LYH fan and she has a nice body for her size, so I'm all for her being a little more risque.

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wait for your casting,believe it :)

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The plot esp about the female lead's past is convincing for me at least. I mean, at least it caught my interest unlike any recycle dramas these days... (if you know what I mean)

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What is she doing in those photos, i`m completely confused. She looks like serial killer not an elevator girl.

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LOL

Don't know about serial killer but yeah, she certainly doesn't look like an elevator girl.

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I had this thought it was going to be a project of some old men and women from some unknown small town to use one of their wallflower young lady for budget creation but that would be a bit city hall-ish like

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Didn't JB or GF write those news in the last article about this project. Because I remember thinking this too.

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" is about a group of neighborhood ajusshis who fight tooth and nail to turn a young lady from their town into the next Miss Korea. Why? I don’t know. But the idea of a bunch of gruff middle-aged ajusshis grooming a girl for a beauty contest does sound delightfully ridiculous."

That's what you meant right?

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I love Yeonhee and hopefully she surprises everyone in this drama like Ara did in Reply 1994. Sometimes it really is just about being in the right project.

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The premise is interesting enough for me to check this out. Here's to hoping it will actually be good.

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I read somewhere that the drama is set in 1997...maybe that explains her job..

Anyway...I'm interested in giving this show a try....SO MANY DRAMAS!!

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Ummmmmm....
Where's the ugly turns into beauty part?
She's all right and more than just all right in those stills. I think.

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Lee Seon-Kyun count me in I see everything he's in I want to see both or all three I can't remember movies he was in last year so much but Netflix doesn't have them and my computer monitor isn't big enough to watch movies.

Lee Yeon-hee on the other hand uh she's lovely and she was good in the first two episodes if Gu Family Book but that's all I can say. However I just finished Secret and I had similar thoughts on Hwang Jung Eum but then she was spectacular in Secret so maybe Lee Yeon-hee can do the same thing here, maybe, hopefully, I hope.

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What are you talking about? Hwang Jung-eum already on a different level than Lee Yeon Hee since long time ago, way before Secret. Look at her filmography, roles, awards. Do you even watch her actings before Secret? High Kick Through the Roof, Can You Hear My Heart, Giant, Incarnation of Money, Golden Time?
Even their projects are on a different class.

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thank you. Hwang Jung-eum is amazing.

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@Sajen - I'm not a huge fan of Hwang Jung-eum, but she is an actress on an entirely different level from anything Lee Yeon-hee can ever hope to reach, i.e. she's good at it.

LYH did well in Gu, mostly anyway, so maybe she'll build on that?

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I would not downgrade anyone for getting panned in Gu Family Book - even the pet dog got bad reviews in that one :D.

She is still pretty new, so I will give her a chance - I am assuming that she can do something besides cry and look bug-eyed until I see different. I have seen her in a couple of other shows, but she was not really prominent enough in the ones I saw to form much of an opinion either way.

But, hey she's really cute, so that is a +5 :)

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LYH is far from being a "new" actress. She's just a crappy one. Shes had plenty of time to improve but judging from her interviews she doesn't think she needs improving. Big ego she has.

Who cares if she's "cute" Cute actresses are a dime a dozen. I'd prefer an actress who can actually act.

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I'll watch it. Seems fun.

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Eeeeee, there is a creepy head in the lower right corner of the last picture ...

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Might be funny. Will check it out.

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A little irrelevant...but her hair looks gorgeous. Is that a perm of some kind? Of rollers/curling iron?

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I really like Lee Yeon Hee, think she's gorgeous, loved her in East of Eden.

Will watch this show.

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Like her too and LSK!

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pretty . less cosmetic mistakes

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Hmm interesting that they've made her an elevator girl. Only time I've ever seen them was at the one of the Sogo department store chains in Taipei a 5-6 years back. It was simply due to tradition I assume and I'm not sure if they still exist because its definitely not economical to hire people to press buttons and announce the opening and closing of doors.

In any case, I'll be keeping an eye out for initial viewer feedback of this drama but I'm skeptical that I'll be intrigued enough to actually tune in myself.

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I suspect they chose elevator girl because that was about the most dead-end job they could think of.

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Is this when she's supposed to be "ugly" -_-

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