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Infinite’s L courted to play Rain’s rival in She’s So Lovable

It looks like it’ll be an idol standoff for SBS’s new music-industry-set drama She’s So Lovable, which isn’t really a surprise given that the drama is about youths finding themselves through music. Rain has signed on to play the leading man and agency president who raises a pool of bright young talent, and Infinite’s L is being courted to play his biggest idol star and rival for the heroine’s affections. Do you suppose they’ll have dance-offs to win her heart? Hey, it’s called a “comedic romantic fantasy” — it’s possible.

The 16-episode drama comes from the PD-writer team behind Scent of a Woman and Dr. Champ, and stars Rain as a geeenius songwriter-producer who manages a group of rising stars in the pop industry, and helps the heroine achieve her dream of becoming a singer. L is up to play the face of the agency’s hottest idol group, called hilariously, Infinite Power. He’s gotta take the role if they name the fictional group after his own, right?

His character is described as witty and charismatic, but also extremely petty and easily miffed — he gets pissy over little things very quickly, and then immediately turns around and regrets it. Ha. Petty love triangle wars could be fun, especially if Rain really goes for the comedy.

I haven’t really seen L do anything interesting since Shut Up: Flower Boy Band, which is sad since I really liked him in that drama; but I was disappointed by his rather dull performance in Sly and Single Again. He was okay in Master’s Sun as Little So Ji-sub, but if he signs on to play the second lead in this drama, he’d better bring his A-game. Perhaps returning to more familiar idol roots like his character in Shut Up will help bring out a more assured performance. As for the drama, I hope we’re in for more Dream High, less Trot Lovers. Fingers crossed.

She’s So Lovable follows It’s Okay, It’s Love and premieres September 17.

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Here's hoping L will be awake for most of She's Lovable unlike Master's Sun. I loved him in SUFBB too so I was disappointed that he was mainly asleep for most of MS. That's what you do with young children that are too hyper to have on screen all the time!

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What am I saying? I'm thinking of Shin Won Ho in Big. Ugh. Nevertheless, use more of L, drama gods!

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Wasn't he the younger self of So Ji Sub in MS?

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He was the younger self of So Ji Sub in MS. HE wasn't asleep.

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He was in Sly & Single Again though. The main lead's secretary....he was ok in some scenes, cringeworthy in others. He's adorable but I think I might skip this drama if he's the second male lead. I don't think his acting skills are there yet.

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Oh... that was him in BIG.

Such a disastrous drama. Losing interest...

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It was actually Shin Won-ho in Big, not Myungsoo! (I can't bring myself to call him L, I don't know why they bother with that stage name anymore haha)

But I digress, I can see past my incredible fondness for him to admit that his acting chops aren't really the greatest, but he's nothing if not trying. Will be interesting to see how he does with this if he takes the role.

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L/Myungsoo says he doesn't like it when people call him by his real name.
Maybe it's because there's an actor with the same name who was in "Gakshital".

Same with Eunhyuk, who's much more comfy with his stage name than his real name, whom he shares with comedian Lee Hyeok-jae.

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lol that wasn't L from Infinite that guy was Shin from Cross Gene

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So this is kind of weird, really. There's 10 years between the guys which, ok...but one certainly comes across as a boy and the other as a man. It's going to look like father vs. son, almost. Okay, very attractive youthful father vs cute son, but still.

Oh well, you know I'll check it out at least, don't you, for My Beloved...

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Wonder if they've tried casting MBLAQ Lee Joon? Lee Joon fits the bill: good-looking idol & qualified in acting. Besides, Rain & Lee Joon can draw from their personal experiences (Rain produced MBLAQ) so the dynamics of the male leads will be off the chart!!

PS: Just wanna see re-union of Papa Rain & Lee Joon in acting ;) lol

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I was JUST thinking that!

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YES! I didn't think of that, but it would make me so happy! :D I miss them two doing things together

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I still adore their pairing.

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how about ...
Rain vs Gikwang, well there's height difference between the male lead, but both have 'nice' body. LOL.

And I loveee to see more of Lee Yubi ~~ adorable Joong-ki's sister kkk. So for the female lead I choose Lee Yubi. IU and PBY are okay too :p

P.S. : I wish there's no second female lead as dirty as Park Soo-in -_- She's one of the reason I can't stand Trot Lovers. It's not even a makjang or melo but romcom. heoool

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hehe the idea of Kikwang and Lee Yubi in the same drama is amusing to me, he played her sister's love interest in Twenty Years Old :D

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Exactly what I was thinking. Why would the female lead go for the boy when she has a hot man trying to win her over?

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Yeah, I'm confused about that too. Of course I pick Rain. L is like a baby twig in this scenario, lol

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Why? Why does he keep getting acting offers when he can't act?

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The forever puzzling question XP Well, because he's an idol, that's why. Though I don't get why they need an idol when they have Rain. Yeah, he's older now but he's still pretty hot in the music scene. Let's hope L magically improves.

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So Rain is basically going to play some of JYP alter-ego?! LOL

Ready for all the pretty that Myungsoo's gonna bring. Hopefully he acts decently enough. I didn't really like his acting in SUFBB, though I didn't really mind that much 'cause his face is too pretty to ignore.

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Is he gonna be okay? I mean, L is good looking and all but he's still very much a boy to me. A puppy. A very cute one but hot namja usually trumps puppy. And Rain is a Man, especially after army duty and with Abs of Steel for us to potentially ogle (I'm sure production's going to take advantage of that and give lots of fan service).

I can see L pulling off impulsive and petty hothead and that could be fun to watch but I'd rather have a SL who stands a chance of winning the girl. A love triangle with unequal legs is just not as fun.

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L as rival to Rain... urghhh not really my cup of tea.
There are tons of idols more capable, why get him?
I like his character enough in Shut Up but the acting was just super cringe-fest for me! the others in that drama were awesome, Sung Joon and Yoo Min Kyu! Thank goodness the writing behind his character was great!
then one after another his drama appearances has just gone to worse for me.
and now as 2n dlead, not really seeing it.

If they had to go with an idol, why not get one from 5urprise since they are actor-idol group. I mean Seo Kang Joon has been bringing it in his dramas. But I guess they still have not got the star power to be 2nd lead.

I was looking forward to this drama especially after reading somewhere that the female lead was offered to Park Bo young but now not so much. I am okay as him being one of the love rivals, but not as 2nd lead. How I wish the production team has a change of heart and bring in someone else or another one...

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I agree with you, I find him very cute but even in SUFBB where I lived his character, I found his acting to be sub par compared to some of the others

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To be honest, I've been waiting for L to have another drama cause I think he has the potential to improve because he's not god awful and he's had some good moments but second lead's a bit of a big jump for him...lol

Hopefully he's learned to relax and realize that characters are people not caricatures, cause that's my biggest beef with him now.

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He is so cute! But that's it.

And

Nananananana can't hear you... not ready to let It’s Okay, It’s Love go!

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Lmao are you seriously worried about that already? It's only week 2. There is still plenty of time left before It's Okay, It's Love ends.

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Only Two Words:

Bad Actor

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He he, Only Three Words:

Really Bad Actor

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"I hope we’re in for more Dream High, less Trot Lovers. Fingers crossed."

I haven't watched "Trot Lovers",what is it like?!
"Dream High" is a teenage drama & the focus was on those students who wanted to become good singers & competed with each other.
Why is it better for this upcoming drama to be more like "Dream High"!?
Rain's character doesn't remind me of any of those in "Dream High"!

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I think you should watch Trot Lovers first, or read the recaps. Then .. you'll understand why ^^ kkk

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I personally would not recommend Trot Lovers--unless the show turns around in the last four episodes.

I guess everyone will have their own opinion and there are people out there who like it I'm sure, but it is very hit-or-miss for me and unfortunately falls more often on the miss side of things.

The main problem is the writing. The cast is not bad as individuals, but there is something decidedly wrong about the drama. I believe Ji Hyun-woo is miscast, although I really do love him and do not think he's doing a bad job in the role. The other leads are great, particularly Jung Eun-ji as Choon-hee and Shing Sung-rok as the President.

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It's gone down the spiral of amnesia doom, apparently, which sucks out all goodness of any drama.

I'm not watching though. Still can't touch anything with Ji Hyun-woo in it, thanks to the permanent scar from A Thousand Kisses. But even reading the recaps, I am getting the impression he's really hit and miss when picking projects.

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Not even Queen Inhyun's Man? That one was pretty good. :)

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I just get A Thousand Kisses flashbacks whenever I see JHW's face...

I wish I had watched QIM before, because I still can't.... even if everyone says it's good and even if it's from the team of Nine (which I love).

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They are both set in the music industry like this one. Dream High manages to use it's tropes well and be pretty adorable and non-frustrating. Trot Lovers.... doesn't.

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Rain and L in the same drama? Bring on the pretty!

I loved him in SUFBB. He's since had a couple of years to mature and improve his acting skills.

Admittedly, L was disappointing in Cunning Single Lady, but then again, he really wasn't given much to work with - I think they cast him to just sit around and look pretty.

The boy is seriously competitive. Casting him opposite Rain will only force him to work harder to prove himself.

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so he is really the second lead, Just tell me who's the lead actress!!!

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Gosh I'm annoyed. Why court someone who'll look like a kiddo compared to Rain?!? I really hope he declines or at least that he isn't given too significant a role. Even if the genre screams idols, I was hoping we'd get some real actors because Rain will just knock him outta the park without breaking sweat. Specially with comedy because damn, there aren't a lot of actors who're more hilarious than Rain when the guy is on fire.

I'm still pins and needles on who they'll pick for the female lead. I've been seeing too many IU murmurs and that's just gonna be so unfortunate. She's young and looks even younger. I really want someone who'd look good with Rain. Oh and can also act - of course that's not an afterthought lol.

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To be honest IU is one of the best idol actress out there in korean dramaland. she can act and sing. And IU being young doesn't make any difference as long as they have good chemistry. Don't forget that she worked with jo jeong suk with 13 yrs age gap before and their chemistry was awesome. BUt i don't want IU as female lead of this drama as plot sounds similar to her previous drama. she needs to try out different role

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IU is easily the best idol actress to come out in recent years. There's no denying that. But she also has a baby face that I can't see working out with someone who looks as mature as Rain does. Of course, if she's really courted, accepts the role and ultimately prove me wrong, I'd be no more than happy. But for now, I wouldn't want her doing this...

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I just hope all these young idols don't get caught just staring at Rain all the time. hehe I mean, Rain is like the idol's idol.

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I feel meh about L's acting.But I think he could prove it wrong like the member of EXO in "It's OK,it's Love"! :))

Any rumors regarding the female lead?!

When it comes to drama casting,why do they announce male lead first?! It somehow gives the impression that K-dramas are usually MEN CENTERED with having a wishy-washy female corners!! For instance,"Go Mi Nam" character in "You're beautiful".
I like "Kim Na Na" in City Hunter a lot because she is a ballsy,kick-ass girl who expressed her feelings confidently & doesn't give an inch!
I hope the female character in this drama will be well-written!

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Can they cast Song Hye Kyo for a cameo? I just want an updated Three Bears song! lol

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watch King of Dramas and you'll understand. The money/reputation and promotions of the show depend entirely on the male lead/s, with the female lead playing an ancillary role at least as far as promoting activities and hype are concerned (she's paid less too). That's just how gender biased the country and industry is

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the drama is about youths finding themselves through music..

agency president who raises a pool of bright young talent..

idol star and rival for the heroine’s affections...

So can we expect an attempted murder like Trot Lovers? I mean the drama is about music , right?

Perhaps SBS can afford to hire an actual writer, unlike KBS.

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Did not know he was an idol.

I actually liked him as the sassy PA in Sly and Single Again. Not sure I would watch it because of Rain though.

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O...kay...
Uuum, casting L is kinda weird but right but weird?
He against Rain? Whew... How to said it? Uneven? Its like puppy vs man?
But for drama about idol, L really is like idol from idol's text book. He can sing, he can dance, he have a pretty face, and he have charisma on the stage. No one will doubt he's not an idol, if one see him.

But again, L's acting and as second lead too... I just hope he take an acting lesson after sly.

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I'm more interested to know who they'll cast as the female lead. That will make it break the deal for me. I like IU a lot but after Dream High and Lee Soon shin I'm sure even she'd want to do something different and not keep on playing a protege. I think they should go for someone like Park Bo Young. I think its high time she's done a drama. Though I think they more likely to cast park Shin Bye or Ha Yeon Soo.

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his acting is meh but i have to admit, he is cute.

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Hm, I'm going to say no. I've only seen him in Master's Sun but I was less than impressed there. I don't mind them giving it to an idol given the setting but I feel like there are better ones who could take this role - and not the usuals like Yonghwa, Siwan or Taecyeon. (Anyone but Taecyeon.) Maybe a newer idol who hasn't gotten much of a chance yet? I don't know - I don't have any suggestions.

Also if they go with L (and presumably IU), they are going to look like BABIES next to Rain and that will just be all kinds of weird, tbh.

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I have no strong feelings toward either of them. I'm really in this drama for the producing team, and I hope the drama stays with the slice-of-life theme they've stuck to so far. Just give me grounded characters, atmospheric music, and gorgeous visuals. That'll make me happy.

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Wonder if they've tried casting MBLAQ Lee Joon? Lee Joon fits the bill: good-looking idol & qualified in acting. Besides, Rain & Lee Joon can draw from their personal experiences (Rain produced MBLAQ) so the dynamics of the male leads will be off the chart!!

PS: Just wanna see re-union of Papa Rain & Lee Joon in acting ;) lol

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Now that would be awesome. And Joon could definitely pull off arrogant but insecure. It doesn't seem like Joon is going for roles of this nature though, unfortunately, but that would be pretty ideal.

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Aw I will always have a soft spot for him because of Shut up. But, damn. If he's going up against Rain? He's really going to have to step it up.

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I like him.. but I don't see him as a rival for Rain. He seems like a young boy (from high school haha). I guess, they can use that to their advantage in the drama.

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I wonder what "fantasy" is supposed to mean in this context??

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How does he keep getting cast in dramas? Speaking from a fan, he's not cringe-worthy, but I just don't think he's good enough.

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I like L as an idol, but I haven't watched any of his dramas, and from the comments this sounds like a bad idea.
And I can tell from looks and charisma alone this is going to be a bad idea.
Then again, the star power of Rain might draw in viewers and get some of the spotlight on him and boost his popularity.
But yeah, it's all about Rain.
I just hope they write a really awesome female character for the lead role and cast someone who can match Rain. Please can it not be someone really young like IU. It's just gonna look icky and like he's taking advantage. He's already the boss, he doesn't need to be way older than her as well.

I hope they have a fresh take on the story as well. I wasn't a massive fan of Dream High. And I knew Trot Lovers wouldn't be my cup of tea.

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I've seen L on most of his dramas, and his role on Shut Up Flower Boy Band fits him well. He was just a young version on Master's Sun so he has less screen time. And his role for Cunning Single Lady didn't do him justice since he's obviously there mostly for being the pretty boy. Since he's going back to his idol role, I hope he'll improve more acting-wise. Him and Rain feels like Kim Tan and his hyung on Heirs, I don't see them as "rivals". The main girl better match both of them then, or else it could be an awkward rivalry--reminds me of Big.

But I'll watch this drama for sure! SBS wed-thurs dramas are on a roll since last year. I'm just excited to watch one drama to the next!

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drama about music seem to be trend right now, with addition this upcoming drama n nodama contabile remake

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Anyone here saw Scent of a Woman or Dr. Champ? I was just wondering if this writer writes second leads well or more in the lines of the Hong Sisters. I didn't like L in Master's Sun but he was passable in SFBB. In any case, guess Rain will just blow him out the water anyway lol.

I'm waaay more curious about the female lead. I hope they'd announce who they're courting already. I'm a little too impatient and excited right now.

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i didn't watch Dr. Champ, but i like Scent of Woman quite a lot, and it has one of the most heart-breaking 2nd lead syndrom for me (the sweet 'poo' doctor :* )' so at least it will be less worrying on the second lead written character :)
not sure about L pulling off a good written character though, hehe..
so, all in all, i'll still watch this for Rain! :D

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just saying, L is not on par to become Rain's rival :3

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Seriously? L??? He was good in SUFBB but he's kind of sucked in everything else I've seen him in, his line delivery is so awkward. And why do you need another idol when you have Rain?!

If they must have a current idol, at least get Lee Joon/Yoon Doo-joon/someone else who can actually act, and try not to be like Trot Lovers without the trot.

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The age gap is so large. Rain is a mature adult...and hot. And L is a kid, cute but still a kid.

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NOOOOOO, just NOOOOOOOO. he cant act laaaa

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NOOOOOO just NOOOOO. he cant act!!!

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YES,yes,yes.....
I loved L in SUFBB and I have been waiting for him to get a perfect role.....
I really don't mind his acting since I'm his crazy fangirl^_^........but now I have 2 reasons to watch this drama.......
It's pretty much clear that I'm going to love the antagonist more....Sorry Rain...

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L? okaaaayyyy. *cricket sounds*

1. he's cute
2. he's kind of cute.
3. he's really cute

i just dont get any other reason why the production cast him. i'm not into infinite so i dont know his personality and his charm.

i just have this negative perception to idol turned actor/actress. but who knows maybe he'll improve.

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i definitely agree on 1-3! LOL. I met L a couple of times when I was still living in Korea. Infinite is one of my fave kpop groups and L has been a very charming idol, quite reserved, but definitely knows his way to every fangirls' hearts. A very decent and natural guy (according to my friend who knows him and some of his friends)

He needs more experience when it comes to acting, and he's been working hard to learn more and I think we should just give him a shot at this. Who knows, he might surprise us all.

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I'm so jealous that you were able to meet L. Sigh. I wish I live in Korea. ;) And yeah, I agree that we should give L a shot, mabe his acting improved. Fingers crossed that it did. >.<

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He's quite close to my friend, so my friends knows him more than I do. He doesn't really hang out with girls that much, I'm just lucky I have my friend so I usually see him when we go out as a group. He's a very shy boy, which is one of his charms actually. He's pretty reserved and I think that's better than doing a lot of "fan service".

After the scandal w/ his ex-girlfriend, he decided to focus more on his career..which is why I'm hoping that people would give him a chance on acting as well. He's been more matured now than he was. Him and infinite are taking more projects this year, good news for the fan girls since he doesn't have time at all to date anyone.

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Can't be L. Was Baro busy?

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Is hoya busy? Why not him? Both rain n him are dancing machine hehe i like hoya in reply 1997

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can't wait 4 oppa's acting comeback!!!!

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did anyone think about JYP and rain??? the story somewhat remains me of them.. where jyp made rain and he developed and come out of it...

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This boy is SO CUTE.. being a fan of both kpop and dramas, I've known a lot of idols and actors for the past decade.. L has got to be one of those gifted with beauty. But we haven't seen him bloom yet as an actor.. and i think the best way to see that is to actually give him a shot on a bigger role like this.

Give the boy a chance! There are a lot of idols who tried acting and because of that we were able to see more of their talent and skills, so why not Myungsoo?

We might be surprised how much he improves for the past years.

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OMG! i heard that Krystal from SNSD and Hoya from Infinite is going to be in this drama.

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