Han Ye-seul struts as a sexy ajumma for Birth of a Beauty
Shooting has commenced on Birth of a Beauty, and Han Ye-seul has glammed up to the nines to play its lead. With a plot that sounds like a drama version of 200 Pound Beauty, the drama is about a woman who slims down drastically and finds that her life changes as one of the pretties. To which I say, Duh! What world are you living in where that’s a surprise?
This plotline always sounds icky to me on paper (where beauty automatically equals a better life), but I will admit to quite enjoying 200 Pound Beauty. It had its problem points too, but that movie was buoyed by a winsome performance by Kim Ah-joong and preserved the sweetness and personality of the heroine. I can see this drama working its way around some of the potential pitfalls given the right approach, so I hope to see it manage the story well.
The heroine is described as a loud ajumma before her new image, so that in itself sounds hilarious. Han Ye-seul is best in these bold comic roles; Fantasy Couple really made her career. Her character has a romantic loveline with the hero (Joo Sang-wook) who brings about her makeover, which… okay, fine, is another iffy bit for me, but Pygmalion and My Fair Lady are well-loved stories, right? Maybe it’ll work. Maybe it won’t be weird.
Birth of a Beauty will be an SBS weekend series to premiere on November 1.
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