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Chaebol’s Daughter adds UEE, Im Ji-yeon, and new title

After some initial casting setbacks, SBS’s new money-or-love melodrama Chaebol’s Daughter, the new series from the team behind A Warm Word, is back on track with a pair of leading ladies. The series has a new title as well: It’ll be called True Romance, which I guess is thematically relevant, though I sort of liked the simple (and more informative) Chaebol’s Daughter. Producers have an offer out to UEE (Ho-gu’s Love) to headline the series opposite Sung Joon (Hyde, Jekyll, Me), who just confirmed that he’s signed on.

Also joining the drama is up-and-coming actress Im Ji-yeon, who made a splash with her first leading role opposite Song Seung-heon in Obsessed. She’s signed to play the second lead and the heroine’s best friend; rounding out the foursome is Park Hyung-shik (What’s With This Family), who was the first of the group to be attached to the series.

The drama is about a chaebol’s daughter who believes firmly in true love above all else, and wants more than anything to find someone who will love her for her, without her giant inheritance. So she works a part-time job at a food market and pretends to be poor, all in an effort to find her perfect middle-class Prince Charming.

Sung Joon plays a middle manager within the conglomerate, who has a huge chip on his shoulder about his poor parents being looked down upon. He’s calculating and doesn’t waste his time with anything that won’t help him get ahead, and considers love a luxury for the wealthy. We can always count on dramaland to create extreme opposites with a massive social chasm to cross in the name of true love. At least this gives our heroine ample reason to keep her identity hidden to the bitter end, if she finds out how prejudiced he is against the rich.

Im Ji-yeon will play a sweet but dim girl who makes friends with the heroine at their part-time job. She’s not the brightest bulb, but she’s hardworking and honest, and extremely loyal. Park Hyung-shik has been cast as the heir to a shopping mall, who plays well and spends his money well. He acts as if he’s already inherited his fortune, but he falls for the heroine and begins to change his ways.

I hadn’t really thought of UEE for this kind of heavier melo role, but I can see her and Sung Joon making a nice pair. She carried a rather dark role in Ho-gu’s Love (Why were you such a downer sometimes, Ho-gu?), and her weekend drama Gold Rainbow certainly took some sharp emotional turns, to say the least. It sounds like a pretty positive “considering favorably, working out the details” sort of a deal, so it looks like she’ll be a lock. Let’s hope for some chemistry to heat things up!

True Romance follows Heard It Through the Grapevine in June.

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I haven't seen her in a couple of years, did she learn some acting skills since then?

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she = Uee

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I think she's okay. Her character in Birdie Buddy had lots of ups and downs. It wasn't a meaty drama but I think she did well with the part. I think Golden Rainbow was bust for the writing. Yay for Sung Joon in another real lead role.

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Sometimes rather flat, but otherwise a big improvement in Hogu's Love.

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She act in other drama and win some awards for this.she's the best actress for me

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Im Ji Yeon > Uee anydays..
what a stupid casting.

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Seriously ? Have you watched Obsessed ? I was shocked how bad she was lol.
Like, I didn't have any expectations about her and just wanted to check out if the Knetz were too harsh as usual on her but dayum, she was worse.
When she talked, her tone was so flat and empty that it seemed like she was just reading her lines. Her expressions were so blank for most of the movie. It's like she was there but not really because she really didn't make an impact and it's quite awful when you think about her character.
So yeah', I get that she is a newbie actress but winning awards for that performance, really ?

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its bcoz she was great in that movie shes won that award....lol. thats the character she need to played.and she does it so. KMHM writers offered her a lead role bcoz she knows better than this drama writers..thats why Jin Soo-Wan dramas always amazing.And another things i'm curious is it really true Uee is the female lead here..?coz this drama writer must be so idiot if she put Uee instead of IJY...Uee < IJY..this writer need to learn from Jin Soo Wan eyes how to find a good actress..

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From MGY to UEE... smh
Tbh I can't continue Hogu's Love because her acting and the lack of chemistry with CWS. Can't finish Golden Rainbow as well despite JIW is one of my darlings.
Im Ji Yeon was also pretty bad in Obsessed.

I'll only look forward to male leads, not fond of the female leads.

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Agree. They should have gotten better female 1st & 2nd leads.

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Are you kidding .i watch hogu's love just because of her .she's the best actress ever

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I think that UEE can do a pretty good job at this drama, but I'm rather worried about the male lead. I watched him in several dramas now, but I'm not sure he does well as a lead actor.

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Best actress ever is an exaggeration, there are many actresses that way better than her. UEE is hit or miss, and she often has this blank expression on her eyes

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I used to be a fan of uee but sadly not that much anymore..she lost too much weight and her face looks really weird recently..Her acting was never great but she was always likeable I thought..except I didn't like her at all in hogu's love. I thought she lacked chemistry with choi woo shik and didn't really care too much about their love story. I think that her acting was not good enough for her to play an emotionally dysunctional and ambitious young woman trying to get over the trauma of being raped. I've always liked her and I still sort of do but I don't think she should've taken that role..I kept thinking about how awesome it would've been if park bo young played her instead..I know she has more of a 'cute look' but her acting chops and chemistry with choi woo sik would've more than made up for it. Anyway I know she can have a lot of chemistry with her co-stars especially with jung il woo..that drama they were in was utter crap but wow did they have amazing chemistry.I think she should stick to weekend dramas and maybe try to work on her acting before she taking on heavier roles..that being said I still liked a lot of her previous projects and I like her better than a lot of other korean actresses!

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EEP. I love storylines like this.

Plus I actually like it that the actors are not playing either older or younger than their age.

So it's all good. Now it's only the writing and directing. And that... sigh, is too unpredictable.

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The synopsis sounds nothing new and predictable. But who knows the storyline and actings could make us addicted to watch it. Not familiar with UEE, Hyung Sik or Ji Yeon. But I saw 4 dramas that Sung Joon was in. So, I'm a bit confused with his actings skill. Two of them were good (Discovery of Romance and Can We Get Married). But another two weren't good enough for me (Lie to Me and Hyde Jekyl).

Just hope the writing and directing are good to make us engage to watch.

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Whenever I see Sung Joon, I think of Jung So Min. Where has she been hiding at?

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You should check out "Shut Up Flower Boy Band" and "In Need of Romance 3" (its storyline is unrelated to either 1 or 2, so you do t need hem for reference)...really enjoyed him in both!

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Me too i am not familiar xith male lead but i m a big fan of uee,her acting is so touching

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Yeah like if this was meant to be a more darkly comedic drama like History of a Salaryman. I could see it being refreshing since the "candy" heroine is in fact a rich girl and the brooding cold male lead is in fact a working class guy who made his way up the social ladder the hard way. but unfortunately I suspect its going to be played straight and we'll have the exact same set ups and dynamics as usual with just a slightly shifted premise. I hope I'm wrong! there's definitely potential here and UEE is at her best when she's being steely and no nonsense. so hopefully her character has a bit more edge to her than the synopsis lets on. and likewise i hope sj's character isnt a stone statue (he can def radiate intensity when needed so, if the PD cant utilize that, then its a hopeless case tbh). crossing my fingers! (and toes, and eyes and arms...)

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I'm ok with UEE but...with some more kilos. She was so skinny in Ho-gu's love it was almost painful to look at her!! Don't know who says the skinnier the prettier but it's depressing. I like her more with her cheeks...Anyway
I'm everywhere Sung Joon is so I'm happy he confirmed :)

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Yeah. I think she didn't have a swimmer's body.

But part of me kinda feels bad for them because it's really hard to maintain a certain body shape. I kinda just go along with it.

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I'm just thrilled that Sung Joon finally gets a lead role in the big 3. Show's premise and the rest of the cast aren't all that exciting for me, so I have low expectations for this show. But with Sung Joon as the lead, I'm bound to watch this anyways! :D

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I'm also just for Sung Joon.

Not excited at all about UEE joining...I find her bland.

I like Im Ji Yeon...I hope she gets a loveline with Park Hyung Shik.

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YES SUNG JOON :D I'm so excited that he has a lead role again! And although I do agree that the storyline is not that interesting, this seems to be a good role for him.

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Emm not very excited about the pairs but I really like both leads separately. Yeah for Sung Joon for his first lead roles finally fuh. I agree with some comment here UEE so skinny that sometimes it kinda disturbing to look at. I mean I follow her since debut and seeing how much her figure change from ideal to emmm.... ( I dont why most Korean think skinny is perfect ideal figure). But definitely I'm looking forward for this show.

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I'm gonna have to watch it if Uee is in it! Uee is one of the better idol actresses!

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Well, that's like saying: Herpes B is one of the better deadly diseases. I still try to avoid them ...

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What an analogy! smh.

Objectively speaking UEE is not that bad. She really can act. Although I don't know how I feel with her paired with Sung Joon.... I hope they can pull it off. For some reason I don't see them as a couple.

And I agree with the other commenters about UEE's weight in Hogu's love. It was part of the reason I dropped the drama, I couldn't stand to watch her, she looked so emaciated. I loved her look in Golden Rainbow she was vibrant and healthy looking there.

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Having Uee is better than another idol... Think about the other choices left Yoona, Suzy, Park Chorong, Kim Dasom, Hyeri, Sunhwa, Jooyeon, Sulli etc.

While they can cast "actual" actresses they're aren't a lot of actresses in the right age group & are free to act in this.
There's Jung So Min, Han Groo, & Park Eun Bin but they're the underrated actress that people tend to forget about, which is not fair cause they're pretty talented.
Then there's the talented batch like Moon Geun Young & Moon Chae Won but 1 rejected while the other one wasn't offered (weirdly). Then of course there's the all looks not talented ones like Jin Se Yeon, Go Sung Hee & Im Soo Hyang.

As you can see in MY OPINION yes Uee is the better choice.. At least when it comes to acting she doesn't overreact she's more stable when it comes to it. Of course she's not the best actress but I'd take her over other idols mentioned above or the untalented ones. MGY, MCW & the underrated actresses are definitely the better casting choice for sure though.

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YAY for Uee and Sung Joon headlining a drama finally. Best news for today.

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So, Sung Joon is confirmed? *sigh* well, I just have to grin and bear it since I really love story lines like this. I'm not fond of UEE either. Would have preferred other actors.

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Male lead in a drama on SBS...happy for Sung Joon.

From Moon Geun Young to UEE - totally caught off guard. Le Sigh, it is not Jung So-Min. I was one of the ones holding out hope for her to be cast as the lead here. To see Jung So-Min & Sung Joon paired together again on screen would have been oh so nice.

Confirmation of UEE as the lead - It's happened. It is what it is.

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I like this cast. They may not be the strongest actors but I'm glad to see fresh faces on my screen, and I'm in for the writer anyway.

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They can both act, at least. Uee and Sung Joon that is. Same with Park Hyung Shik. It's a downgrade from Moon Geun Young but not bad.

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I never liked Uee before, but after her turn in Hogu's Love I'm totally on board! I can definitely see her in this especially if they allow her to have some more comedic moments even if this is a melo.

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I really like Uee in the right roles and found her so loveable in both Ojakayo Brothers and Hogu's Love. So, I'm pretty happy she's getting to headline a weekday miniseries in the Big 3. The pairing is one I can't quite picture in my head, but I wanted someone close to Sung Joon's age. I got that, so I'm very happy to give them a chance and hope it turns out we'll.

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We're on the same page. I really enjoyed her roles in both OB and Hogu's Love. I think they'll make a cute couple...I never would have though of pairing her with Choi Woo-Sik but they were so sweet together. :)

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You're right uee can handle any role.she's the best but i don't like the other cast

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Weird but refreshing choices.

I am surprised so many people criticizing Uee. I don't like her performance in You're Beautiful but i think she shows a lot of improvement in her latest drama. I don't know why, but I always think of her as the Korean version of Nanako Matsushima. Not that she can act as well as her, but they are both very tall and elegant. She definitely looks more like an actress than an idol.

Im Ji Yeon was a little bland in the movie Obsessed but i think she can carry the role of the second lead well. Was really surprised she took on the role. She rejected the lead role in Kill Me Heal Me but accepted this secondary role? She seems to be more compatible with Hyungsik. Not sure if she will have loveline with Sung Joon or Hyungsik.

Hyungsik is a little inconsistent. But i find that he can be quite good given the right role. He is better when acting in serious dramas instead of comedy. I look forward to his performance in this drama.

As for Sung Joon, I never like any of his performances. I hope this drama will change my point of view.

My concern is both Sung Joon and Hyungsik looks younger than Uee. Not sure if they will look good together. Uee probably will look more compatible with Sung Joon.

Will look at the teaser to decide if I am on board.

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are you sure Im Ji Yeon is the 2nd lead?
coz I don't think Uee is bigger than her.

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WEEEE! Sung Joon! I love him. Especially after watching him in I Need Romance 3.

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yes. I hope Sung Joons´character doesnt change too quickly and stays gloomy for as long as it makes sense and maybe only shows signs of softening here and there.

I still kinda want to push a guitar on him...somehow...even if there is no place for it...but um....somewhere, anywhere. we can make lace for it? right? writer nim? kind of plant it ... um... I dunno.

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YES! I would want a guitar strapped onto him for the entire show also LOL. After INR3 and SUFBB I kinda wish he would start singing again, just one OST featuring his deep~ vocals would make me happy teehee :D

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stop uee hate omgg

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This sounds really interesting, and three of the actors here are ones that I love: UEE, Sung Joon, and Park Hyung-sik. UEE is just awesome, and I love her in anything. Sung Joon is awesome, and so handsome and talented. Park Hyung-sik is just adorable and he's so hard not to like. I love melos, they're my guilty-pleasure K-drama crack. This sounds like something I'd like. Looking forward to it!

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i will watch it because of uee.i am not interested in the other cast.all the drama of uee where overrated ?

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Yes to UEE she has improved alot, and I did find Im Ji-yeon okay in obsessed (the all story not so much but..) so I don't think she will have too much problem in a second lead role. Yes to Sung Joon, I do have a soft spot for him so I'm really happy he is getting a lead after the HJ thingy. I liked warm word, it' was a well written,film,and produced melo-drama so I''m looking forward to this one.

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Having seen Warm Word and Can We Get Married, I fear that most of our comments are posted in vain. We'll probably watch multiple couples in different stages of marriage, relationship or divorce and separation. I kind of hoped that would not be the case and I would have had the opportunity to see your beloved SJ in a good part so I could finally understand what is all the rage about. I have seen Shut up, Gu, I need romance 3 and Discovery. Don't get me wrong, he's not bad, but he's not anything extraordinary either. Except for his height of course, if that is what you mean. As far as this drama is concerned, what I sense is that the production preferred new and upcoming actors in order not to either be blamed for the low ratings and in case of high ratings you give the rookie a good chance for the future.

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Yes and no. Warm Word is very much an ensemble drama, but Get Married is much more structured.

More importantly, because both dramas are "relationship-driven", the acting skills of the lead actors/actresses are much more important than in "high concept" dramas even though the leads get more screen time in the later.

Get Married would never have worked if Jung So-min didn't step up her acting significantly, for example.
Warm Word suffered a bit from the somewhat questionable casting: Both female lead characters were written as un- and mono-expressive respectively, and you need actresses with very subtle acting to pull that off.

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No.....! Not UEE.. please... How to ruin a good drama potential. How they managed to go from Han Groo to Moon Geun Young and choose UEE in the end! Someone is not thinking there!

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Wow, I never realized Uee was so disliked. When did this happen?

I enjoy her a lot and think she's cute. I enjoyed her cold character in Hogu's Love. She'd look nice paired up with Sung Joon. And I think they could work well together.

The rest of the cast seems nice as well.

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She's an idol. That means that talented or not, she has a greased, red-carpeted track towards a variety of roles. She has shown some slight improvement but like most idols she is bland and unoffensive and "cute" regardless of whether or not the role calls for these characteristics. Even when they play villians idols never go beyond petulant bitchiness. It's a bore. Meanwhile, talented people who have actually studied acting and struggled in small parts or regional theater and for whom it is their world sit by silent phones.
So that's why the dislike.

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Um...all right. I may not necessarily agree with all of this and hate how you twisted my cute comment in that way. I certainly don't believe that any of this applies to Uee. Besides, I can name some non-idol actors who I think fit your description too...but...opinions, lol.

I see what you're trying to get across, but as long as you're good at what you do, I don't care about the other job. And Uee hasn't disappointed me in the things I've seen of her. I enjoy seeing her name pop up and think her success in acting is well deserved. I do believe some of the negativity here comes from the hope of seeing a particular actress in the role, though. But all in all, I'm looking forward to seeing her do a great job.

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She's great. People are bitter and snobby.

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I like the storyline, but not a fan of either UEE or Sung Joon. Sadly I'll have to skip this one...

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Nope. Lost interest. lol

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Just as I stated on another site, with the right material, I think UEE is a good or great actress depending on the role/script. And this one seems to be right up her alley. Sung Joon has a certain charisma, and with the intensity he has, I think he's a good fit for his part. Park Hyung Sik was great in What's With This family? Lim Ji Yeon is unfamiliar to me, and she's only been in movies so far, so I have no opinion on how she is as an actress, but she just might have the chops to do it.

Also, I don't see the point in complaining about who rejected or passed on the scripts because alot of factors are involved: the actress/actor just doesn't want to do it, schedule conflict, etc. But that doesn't mean it's doomed. And the most recent and best example to prove this is Healer. Lee Sung Gi and Lim Ji Yeon rejected it. Yet Ji Chang Wook and Park Min Young portrayed their roles really well and made the drama a great one.

So give them a chance. Everyone has their hits and misses.

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I thought sure the drama both Lee Seung-Gi (You're All Surrounded) and Im Ji-Yeon (Obsessed) dropped out of was Kill Me, Heal Me. I think it was sometime back in December that it was reported here on Dramabeans and elsewhere on the web.

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@ August. I stand corrected. Ji Sung killed that role and so did Hwang Jung Eum. I know it's a bit of a stretch because both are versatile actors, but it just goes to show that not because someone rejects something that means its trash.

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Should have been all the fans' rage ingulged back then, the KMHM project would have gone out of the window the moment one after the other both LSG and HB had declined the leadind role. We would have missed SJ's superb performance and a beautiful story but who cares since the fandomes could have slept tight! Besides the whole project must have been trashy anyway...DID again, right?

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I know this news is about Uee and IJY but I cannot help but squeal at Sung Joon's confirmation! This will mark his first leading role for Big 3's drama, I'm very happy for him! The role fits him perfectly and I've been dying to see SJ embracing his angsty self again (his 'angst' in HJM was beyond disappointing, but it's the writing, not him).

As for the plot, I'm not sold at this moment to be very honest. It sounds way too familiar and too 'dramaland' to make me interested. But I'm liking all the cast so far; Uee has always been one of my favorites in the idol-actor category and Hyungshik has that natural charm.

I have no comments about Im Jiyeon but she certainly doesn't look like a "sweet girl who is hardworking and extremely loyal". We'll see!

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Wrong blog, lad...As you may have already guessed by now, the large majority here are woman and we all have our own pair to admire. That's the main reason why we couldn't care less...

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I think UEE is fine. She's one of the better idol actresses that quite decently surprised me. I think she did decently in Golden Rainbow, so I think she can do this one. I also think she will make a good pairing with Sung Joon.

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I'll watch anything with Sung Joon in it. =)

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