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Couple hearts and thumbs-up for Ho-gu’s Love press conference

The first word that comes to mind whenever I see anything about this drama is cute, and all its attendant synonyms. For our sake I hope Ho-gu’s Love, tvN’s latest rom-com set to premiere in another two weeks, is as peppy and fun as it appears, because it seems like a quirky and upbeat show that’ll lead us into the year on a sunny note.

The drama held its production press conference on the 29th, and the cast was full of smiles (and promises for what they’d do if ratings were good), led by UEE as the “swimming goddess” lead and Choi Woo-shik as the Ho-gu/Fool in love with “zero game.” Aw. Poor Ho-gu.

Choi Woo-shik said that when he’d first met PD Pyo Min-soo, he didn’t know he was being considered for the lead role. PD Pyo described thinking then that Choi was already 90 percent like the character, which is why he cast him. Meanwhile, Choi just went in thinking he wanted to work with the director and promised to work hard no matter how small the part was. Ha, little did he know he’d be getting his first leading role out of the deal.

Choi did agree with that he’s very much like Ho-gu, and said that when he’s in front of love, he becomes “timid, pathetic, and petty” too. Haha, I’m sure he’s exaggerating about himself, but that just makes me look forward to all the antics Ho-gu will get caught up in. (His co-stars countered his comment by saying that despite that funny side, Choi Woo-shik also has quite the masculine, confident side as well. Which I can see, based on how he’s managed to pepper in a number of serious, darker parts alongside his cheery ones.)

I’m looking forward to seeing UEE play off the difference between her polished looks and her character’s unexpected coarse side, what with the foul mouth and hot temper (which we saw in the teasers). She said she’d never cursed so much in her life, and some of it called for saturi diction, which had the side effect of twisting her normal speech at times. But on the upside, she added that all that swearing is a huge stress-reliever. Yes, I swear for my health too! Only for that!

UEE shares a swimming background with her character, and said that she’d always wanted to do a project that involved swimming. She was glad to have this role come across her path, and felt particularly like it was fit for her, so she didn’t want to let it slip away.

As for the ratings promises: Expectations for cable drama numbers have leveled off a bit, and I’d generally look to 1% as the benchmark for a minimum goal—you definitely want to hit at least 1%, though you’d have to get to at least 2% or 3% to be considered successful. (That is, unless you’re Na PD or part of his network, in which case expectations are much higher. That’s just what you get for being excellent all the time.) So the cast of Ho-gu’s Love has fixed their hopes on the 3% mark, with second lead Im Seul-ong (playing a perfect lawyer with a dorky side) offering to take an icy winter dip in the sea with Choi Woo-shik if they hit that point.

UEE one-upped that promise by offering herself up and co-star Lee Soo-kyung (playing Ho-gu’s quirky sister) to dance in front of the CJ E&M building: “And I’ll prepare Soo-kyung’s outfit myself.” Apparently this was news to Soo-kyung, but she gamely went along the proposal.

Ho-gu’s Love will follow Valid Love on Mondays and Tuesdays. Its first episode airs on February 9.









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My god, she looks so skinny. Where did the honey thighs go?

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yeah... she looks cachexic but thats where korean beauty standard goes. I miss her curve in OB. :(

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Is that why her face looks so different, too? I always recognized her by her cheeks!

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She does have LOT of crap about her 'overweight' things. I first notice her in Running Man and I loved her ever since...especially in OB. Agreed...I think she's too skinny now :(

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I'm really looking forward to this! Hoping it's super fun, cause I need that right now. (Please be good)

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Choi Woo Shik looks so cute!! :D

And please, Drama, let Seulong gets the girl this time, the second female lead for example.

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My god, im so excited for Woo Shik. He'll be perfect for this.

If you follow him on twitter or IG you know he is pretty offbeat in real life as well lol

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Haha. Aw. He is hogu in real life too. But not a stupid hogu, but an innocent cute hogu with lots of aegyo and charms.

PS: I don't know how strong the 'hogu' word is. I hope I haven't used it wrongly. But ya'll know what I mean, right? :)

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This looks adorable and I could go for something just plain laugh-out-loud. I hope this is it - the four of them are adorable and clever and I really want to like it.

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I love Choi Woo Shik...I can't wait!

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Yeah i am getting pretty excited for this =)

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UEE look so much skinnier 0_o. Eep at her protruding bone.
Didn't know much about Choi Woo-shik, but he looks adorable.

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I really hope this is good. It seems like there are few light, fun dramas airing at the moment so I'd be very glad if this took up that mantle.

UEE really has lost a lot of weight though. I hope she's taking care of herself, all the same.

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I love all the BTS videos and think that Uee and Wooshik's chemistry is already soo good.
And a glimpse of Seulong's character...since I follow him as fan, I also think it fits him! Polished look but dorky in real life.

I'm so hyped for this drama..

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awww. i love hearing that he didn't expect the lead role and was all for receiving any part... and in the end got the plum lead role.

he's so quirky and loveable in anything he does. i only really remember him from rooftop prince, fated to love you, and pride and prejudice, but all the characters he played were memorable. he seems so good at getting into his characters and making them really his own. i can really see him as being a leading man in both dramas and films in the future too, if he keeps this up.

him and uee together just has got to be adorable. i'm really in the mood for something properly funny/hilarious.

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Oh sweetie! Too much weight loss! I always liked Uee because she wasn't the typical rail thin actress.

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UEE's so thin now. :( I hope she gains a bit more weight because the weight loss is a bit too much.

Excited to see Wooshik in his first lead role!

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Love Uee's dress.

Omo! Choi Woo Shik looks sooooooo adorable here, it's making me breathless! That smile! Those dimples! I'm in love..

How cute is that CWS has his arm in Uee's loop, kinda like the beta male character he is in HL.

I. Can. Not. Wait!

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I read this: "PD Pyo described thinking then that Choi was already 90 percent like the character", and then laughed, and then went "awww", and then laughed again. He does seem sort of sweet and goofy in real life. I guess that's a little Ho-gu-like. Am probably going to be checking out at least the first episode of this, despite my total lack of interest in rom-coms in general.

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Yes UEE is skinny but dang, her makeup, dress, shoes, hair and everything looks really good! Props to the stylist.

Can't wait to watch this drama and one where someone doesn't have a personality disorder, woohoo!

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Is it me or are there way more photos for this post than normal? Especially of CWS? I will watch them for the cuteness. I adore his smile.

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Maybe UEE slimmed down to star opposite Choi Woo Shik who is not really bulked up. But I do miss her curviness. :(

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I love the couple photos where Choi Woo-shik has his arm hooked around UEE's elbow, like she's his ~prince charming. The whole alpha-female, beta-male thing is totally cute. I just hope they find a balance as the drama progresses. Can't wait!

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I know right! hahhaa I was like "this picture is weird" then I noticed his arm lol :D

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Lol, I didn't notice it at all. It is something we don't see everyday :)

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wow i am really feeling jb's excitement over this drama like how many posts did she already do? lol :)

And the trailer looks fun too, hope someone would sub the video. :D

p.s i'm seeing knetz being angry at lee soo kyung for her rudeness during the presscon. like denying uee's statement that she spent the new year with soo kyung and even calling woo shik "stupid". i guess it's just her play of words but doing it in a public event seems a little bit off. well i just hope this wouldn't affect their relationship behind the camera

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Didn't realize how tall CWH was until he stood next to Uee who's wearing heels. I'm excited for this drama, like Javabeans I hope it's all kinds of cute with little angst and no makjang lol.

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I'm excited about this drama and seeing CWS and UEE in the lead roles. I also love love love Seulong in any drama so I know he'll be great here too (I hope he get's a chance to headline a drama soon).

I also read on allkpop that there is some controversy with the second female lead acting very immature and strange during the press conference. She was laughing randomly, unable to sit still, and being rudely commenting on her fellow co-stars (sunbaes).

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Waiting for this drama after Healer ends. UEE and CWS make a nice couple, who would've thought. She looks incredible in that orange dress, props to her stylist and makeup artist.

ZOMG Healer banner!!

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Oh dear I hope the big scandal that has blown up cause of the rookie second lead actress Lee Soo Kyung dosen't affect the drama negatively. Yikes for once I understand Netizen's ire, was she perchance drunk.... I am really looking forward to the drama so hope this dies down.

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As some of you have already posted, I really hope this whole scandal about Lee Soo Kyung does not blow up too much. I really want this drama to do well.

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Anyway what happened with her? I have just watched the interview and she really acted strange? Maybe she was just nervous, but even then she seemed kinda drunk. No offense

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Oh my... the rookie actress was high. She had all the symptoms of a drunk person- giddiness, laughing and smiling way too much, animated gestures, slurring, lost, daring... Now looking at these photos...her expressions does seems too much. I guess she drank or had something to calm her nerves before the conference but it backfired.
Also if you see the conference video, you'll know that instead of the main cast, the host mostly ask questions to the rookie actress and all the journalists were laughing at her answers. It doesn't show that they are laughing at her funny answers but rather her weird answers. They were so amused that the conference ended with most of the questions either directed at her or she answering or taking over most of the questions which is simply unheard of before. The host and journalist knew something was off and at the same time they found a story of interest. The rest of cast looked so uncomfortable. They did their best to be professional but alas... I want to know what the rookie actress has to personally say on this instead of her agency who gave a very lame excuse.

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Is it just me or does UEE looks really different?

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Honey thighs are gone! She's so skinny now!

But did you guys read about the rookie actress' behavior at the conference? She seemed drunk lol.

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Uee looks so thin, why did she have to diet off her lovely figure :(

but she and Choi Woo-shik are both competent enough actors that I'm optimistic about the actual drama. The teasers were adorable and hilarious.

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I'm really hoping that this will live up to my expectation. Everything about Hogu's Love sounds so brilliantly quirky and full of hearts (probably tears in the latter episodes) and I'll really adore this show if this turns up just like that.

Love the cast, and I hope Seulong will at least win something this time around.

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