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Birth of a Beauty adds Wang Ji-hye, Han Sang-jin

With its leads in place, new SBS weekend drama Birth of a Beauty is starting to line up the rest of its cast, beginning with Wang Ji-hye, who’s making a return to weekends not long after her last drama Hotel King, and Han Sang-jin, who was last in the revenge drama Big Man. I’m pretty used to seeing Wang Ji-hye play the same second lead character repeatedly in lots of dramas, but this time they’re promising a fun rom-com character who isn’t the typical cold second female lead.

Birth of a Beauty comes from the PD of Madame Butterfly and the writer of One Well-Raised Daughter, and stars Han Ye-seul (Myung-wol the Spy) as a brash, overweight ajumma who drops weight, gets plastic surgery, and begins a new life as a stunning beauty. Joo Sang-wook (Sly and Single Again) plays the chaebol heir who gets her to undergo this transformation, for reasons unknown. It’s something to do with recovering a long-lost love, the trauma from which is causing him stress cardiomyopathy (literally, a broken heart).

Han Sang-jin has been cast to play Joo Sang-wook’s hyung, his half-brother from when their CEO father had an affair with his secretary. Hyung runs the company in Little Bro’s absence, and his return to the fold will cause some strife within their family. Hyung is described as a cruel and dangerous sort, who particularly likes to gamble and take huge risks.

Wang Ji-hye will play a celebrity MC at a cable network, and her character is described as beautiful and feminine, and known for being every man’s ideal — the type to incite protective instincts on cue. She won’t be the usual cold manipulative second lead, but her character will be Han Ye-seul’s rival. I’m still iffy on the premise of this drama, but so far the cast is shaping up nicely, and maybe if it’s half as funny as they’re promising, it could be an easy weekend watch.

Birth of a Beauty follows Endless Love and premieres in November.

Via TV Report, Star News

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So a 2nd lead a bit like Wang's role in Protect the Boss? She was an absolute hoot in that - if it's anything similar I'd hope to give this a look.

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Lol. Exactly what I was thinking. We miss that kind of female characters in Kdramaland. I'll take this.

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I loved her character in PTB! specially when she gets hit on the head by the can, and Choi Kang Hee asks all worried, "are you okay?" and Jaejoong goes like "Kwenchana~" and she is like pouty and says "ankwenchanaa!!" kekekekekeke...this scene made me laugh so much :D

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Love her character in Protect The Boss. One of the funniest second female lead ever! Then again, everyone is really funny in PTB.

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I liked Wang Ji-hye in Protect the Boss, and I adore Han Sang-jin. However, that premise raises so many red flags for me. The awful track record of portraying "beauty" in kdramas, and quite frankly, mass media in general does not instill faith. There is a chance that the show could be satirical and point out the flaws of our warped conceptions of unattainable beauty, but I doubt it. Well, good luck to the cast, production team, and future viewers. I hope it turns out way better than I'm imagining it.

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Isn't that HSJ have been in this kind of character in few dramas already.. waeee older-half brother or whatever it is.

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Daamn, I love Wang Ji Hye so it's a shame that it's going to be a pass for me. I just can't with the sypnosis of this drama.
Plus, it's a SBS weekend drama. Okay, it's kind of unfair but don't know ... Except for New Tales of Gisaeng, I have never been able to finish one of their weekend dramas compared to KBS. I guess that's why KBS weekend dramas are so popular and have most of times the highest ratings in their timeslot.

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well, I dont like the story penned by this screenwriter....

In his/her last 2 dramas, the female lead is getting married to the second lead first before going back to the male lead....
I hate this kind of story...its some sort of betrayal....

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I really do think wang ji-hye deserves another shot at a lead role.

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The only thing that good is the casts.
The writer makes me affraid, the plot ??? meeeh , what's that ? I want to know why these good actors want to play in this drama.
JSW-HSY-WJH ... I'm praying the best for this drama. It's HYS come back drama ...so please make it good, dramagod T_T JSW, in the future ... would you like to pick a drama with good writer please ? Just like in TEN, Giant, or Good Doctor. This one really makes me affraid to the max.
And WJH, I love her in PTB. Hope her character here is a lovable one. No antagonist for her please .... Just tired of the antagonist 2nd lead in drama!

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its taiwan or chinese drama remake i know

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