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Hwang Jung-eum, Park Seo-joon courted to reunite for new drama

From twins to love interests? Well, they DID have an uncomfortable amount of chemistry for a pair of siblings in Kill Me, Heal Me… so maybe this new drama will rectify that? Offers are out to Hwang Jung-eum and Park Seo-joon to return to MBC and headline their next Wednesday-Thursday drama, called She Was Pretty.

The new series comes from PD Jung Dae-yoon (second PD on Sly and Single Again and The King 2 Hearts), and is about a beautiful girl who grows up ugly and an ugly boy who grows up beautiful. Surely there’s something deeper going on than two people who have swapped directions on the looks scale… right?

Hwang Jung-eum is being courted to play the heroine, a once beautiful young girl whose fortune changes overnight when her father’s publishing house goes bankrupt. She starts to work part-time jobs ’round the clock and her grades fall, and to top it off, the ugly gene that she inherited from her grandfather kicks into gear during puberty, making her lose her beauty too.

Park Seo-joon is up to play the male lead, who as a teenager was 10cm shorter and 10kg heavier, and a socially awkward nerd who couldn’t even look girls in the eye or give a presentation in front of his class. He grows up to look like a model who walked out of the pages of a magazine, and becomes a copywriter for a magazine as an adult.

There isn’t much plot information beyond the character descriptions, so I’m guessing that romance and hijinks ensue. Perhaps without the birth secrets this time? If Hwang Jung-eum can promise to keep the shouting to a minimum, I’ll suspend my disbelief about the pretty-to-ugly transformation and root for her to get the hottie.

She Was Pretty follows Scholar Who Walks the Night on Wednesdays and Thursdays beginning in September.

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omooo...can't wait for it!

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This is amazing. I can't wait for it now. I have to wait until September now right? I loved their chemistry in Kill Me Heal Me.. And please, PSJ is a total model who walked out of a magazine. But I dunno how they are going to make HJE ugly....

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I wish such shows would cast a normal looking lady for once, rather than someone with an ideally sculpted face who will probably get some glasses and a false mole and be called "ugly". And how about some "ugly" guys, or are they afraid no one will watch if they can't sell their hot oppars?

I like the actors and they had good chemistry in 'Kill Me, Heal Me', but the whole "ugly" vs. pretty romance between two actually pretty actors just doesn't appeal much. Still, because I like them, I might follow.

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I can't agree more with you. This pretty/ugly theme is a huge turn off for me, especially considering how obsessed Korea is with looks and appearance. You hit the nail on the head by pointing out the hypocrisy of it all just looking at the already fine-looking cast. A bit of credibility won't hurt but they're probably just going to perpetuate stereotypes (though I'd like to think their intention is good).

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well.. define a normal looking lady. i mean even if they were to really find a 'normal' looking actress, they will still be people that thinks she is pretty (etc). imo, hwang jungeum is a rly good actress and she is not those typical pretty face and all type so i guess she fits in. talking about puting on glasses and mole for a ugly character, i mean they can't possibily make themselves REAL ugly right. if there were to be a rly realistic show like ugly girl then people on the streets can be casted. altho the plot is pretty much typical but i am looking forward to it cuz of the great casts.. hope they will bring out the drama outstandingly. let's just give them a chance ya

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Park Yoon-A will be mad!!!

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My Bad! It's Ahn Yoon-A not Park Yoona...

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HAHAHA....Ditto

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feels like they have an affair behind ahn yoona and mr cha.. lols.. your comment is hilarious

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omg....the creepy thing was that right before seeing this article I was still wondering with my friend if Park Seo Joon would be doing a drama or movie next! And I totally agree with girlfriday on the part about Hwang Jung Eum keeping the hysteric-o-meter down!

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That is such a stooopid synopsis and the name reminds me of She's so Lovable which that can't help either. On top of that, casting HJE as 'ugly' after she had multiple PS is such too much of a belief for me to suspend. Her screaming and acting is already unbearable to me, now she won't even look the part? I'm so out.

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apparently, whether she has PS or not does not concern you and thank god you are out cuz you are being so sour right now it's unbearable for me. oh ya her acting is acknowledged by many as u can see from kmhm so yup.

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OMG please please drama God... makes it comes true! I couldn't not root for JS-HJE in KMHM, because who could with that golden onscreen pairing, but had to admit or HJE-PSJ great chemistry too. Now MBC seems to monitor many viewers wish and decides to reunite them again so soon! Like JS-HJE from Secret Love to KMHM, very soon too. And DB didn't mention this but PSJ character name should be Ji Sung Ji ... hahaha...

But, like some K Netizens comments, how will they pick the Best Couple in 2015 MBC Awards for HJE? Hmmm....

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Keke you're right. Just afraid the votes will be divided between Hwang Jung Eum-Ji Sung and she with Park Seo Joon then... Anyway, can't wait. Oh Scholar hasn't even air yet. Have to be patient.

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+1! Hope this goes through; interested to see them as a couple.

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it is so wrong, but so...great.

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Haha this kind of relationship reminds me of Jo Jung Rin and Lee Minwoo in Nonstop 5

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I love HJE. One of my fav actresses. Great acting & chemistry always with her co-stars. No wonder they keep reunite her with them. I want to see her with Joo Sang Wook & Choi Daniel again more tho.

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Yes I would love to see her reunite with Daniel Choi!

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I lovedddd them in High Kick and still soooooo bitter about the ending. They were so adorable together.

In general, I would just like to see Daniel Choi in another rom com drama though, as the lead, being dorky and most preferably with his glasses intact.

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Can't wait!!!! Honestly, any Kill Me Heal Me acting reunion will grab my interest immediately.

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daebakkkkk

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They could make Park Seo Joon play the role of a rock and I would still watch the hell out of it. Hope he takes the offer! I badly need him on my screen again asap.

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I think its unfair when people repeatedly bring up her loud voice in KMHM. This is the same actress who did Secret, Endless Love and she can do both loud and somber depending on I guess how the PD wants her to act. I like the pairing and considering the fact that I've seen this woman not object to a mushroom cut in Can You Hear My Heart, chances are she may say yes. I like the idea of the drama and Seo Joon too, hope they both end up doing it.

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Exactly! She is a fine actress & can do both melo drama & rom-com.

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Ikr? She was awesome in Secret and definitely a good actress. Her screaming in KMHM is a part of her antics which, unfortunately, did not impress some people.

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'Kill Me, Heal Me' was popular, people disliked her style (which they perceive as her own choice alone, which it usually never is in Dramaland) so it has automatically defined her for some. They probably haven't watched any other works by her.

You'd think people would keep that in mind and not make their judgment absolute then, but most folks are perfectly happy to define someone without having seen more than one work. Which is unfair, but then people usually are.

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One of Hwang Jung-eum's greatest assets as an actress is her willingness to sacrifice her vanity/total lack of hangups about not looking 'pretty' in a scene. Based on that alone, she'd be perfect for this role.

And like you said, she's incredibly versatile and the KMHM shrieking was PD's orders - surely we are intelligent enough to realise that much, after seeing her do other things in that role.

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you're so right!!
thank you for bringing that up.

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Ohh this is interesting!

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Can't wait! I was rooting for the twins in KMHM but of course they couldn't end up together cos no one can beat Ji Sung. Hope this time it happens haha.

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I don't know how HJE would pull 'ugly' looks unless she will go totally for it (I'm sure if she's interested enough she will go all out, remember Oh Ri Jin's fashion sense). PSJ's character will be believable since they just have to cast a child actor. KMHM reunion is welcome since I luuurv their chemistry. If they're in, Ji Sung should do cameo!

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Don't worry, she always all-out . Remember that she was a woman with bowl-cut hair in Can You Hear My Heart, perm in Full House 2, and then a fat woman in the beginning of Incarnation of Money.

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I bet she'll have bad hair and glasses, and look like a beautiful woman with bad hair and glasses. That's the accepted "ugly woman" look in dramas... unless of course it's a minor character in which case fat = ugly.

Of course, there's a 50% chance she'll get contacts and a better haircut (and lose weight) and become miraculously attractive by the end of the drama, because no man can be expected to be with an ugly girl. *rolls eyes*

I'm sorry, I'm just a little frustrated with these so-called "ugly women" on TV who are actually gorgeous. It sends the wrong kind of message, IMO. If you want a dreama starring an average or ugly heroine, that's great, I would love that. But have her actually be average or ugly, to actually send the message that those kind of women are also relevant and interesting.

Trying to send that message with a lovely actress really, really backfires.

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I agree with you, but then Korea seems to operate by a whole different standard of what is 'ugly'.

Like their 'ugly' is Go Ah-sung and Choi Soo-young....who routinely get bitched at for the way they look despite being extremely attractive and talented young women.

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After watching Personal Taste and Coffee Prince, you won't be surprised at what make up (or lack thereof) and hair can do with the right costuming.

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PARK SEO JOON. <3 Need to see him in a new drama! I like Hwang Jung Eum too. First time seeing her act was in KMHM.

This new drama doesn't sound that great and it would be weird to see them as a couple after just watching them as siblings.

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OMG Oh Ri On and Oh Ri Jin! I miss their antics!!
Because it's so wrong to ship them in KMHM and I'm Team Ji Sung anyway, I'll ship them this time around...
With lots of humor pretty please, writer-nim!!

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Omg omg omg!!!!so excitedddddd...please dont dissapoint us like warm and cozy

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We'll I would enjoy the casting but the plot sounds....frustrating.

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I don't especially love her. It's not that she's a bad actress but her face just really annoys me lol -.-

Park seo joon, on the other hand, I LOVE. If they cast another actress (HJE please decline) I will watch the hell out of this drama. Just throwing this out there but why not moon chae won? She needs to make her small screen comeback ASAP!

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I can't stand her but have to say, of all the actresses I can think of she is probably the most believable to me as "ugly". No amount of bad hair, poor posture and bad clothes could make Moon Chae Won ugly. Ugh, PSJ, whyyyyyy???

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Lol I'm like you, Kayla. Never liked HJE and it's not acting related... Just not a fan.

PSJ is so cute!

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I was shocked watching Park Seo Joon playing wacky character in KMHM, after playing sweet puppy in WR. I wish this drama turns well. Love both chemistry in KMHM.
Just make sure there's Ahn Yoona making a come back for "Oppaaaaa~~~!!!"

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Just because the fact that Hwang Jung-eum was asked by the director to shout in a few scenes from KMHM doesn't mean she keeps shouting in every drama she's in. I am glad that she's received the offer but the plot doesn't sound interesting to me. She has enough acting chops to pull off more challenging roles. Let's keep traveling and wait for other scripts, Jung-eum unnie.

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Ji Sung cameo??? Please, Drama Gods!!!!

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Ji Sung cameo would be awesome, but he's taking care of his new baby and wife.

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haha wud love it if it happened.

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I'M SO IN if ever they both accept this!!! :)

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Yesssssssssss! Can't help but hope both of them will accept this! I'm so blinded that I will watch it and I don't care what story the production have in mind as long as they act together.

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wahhh!!!
Hi there chingu! Looks like we're both looking forward to their desicions :)

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Oh, I'm really liking this pairing!

Let's hope it happens.

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Honestly, this just sounds stupid.

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I don't know if there's much to the story, but I loved their chemistry in KMHM! Perhaps I will check it out!

Man, now I want to go watch KMHM again...

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oh God.. I cannot stand her. Please say no

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Love Hwang Jung Eum and Park Seo Joon but the storyline sound so stupid no offense, but OMG Ji Sung cameo and I will die happy that is if they confirm for this drama then Ji sung cameo would be awesome.... KMHM reunion indeed...

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The premise sounds pretty stupid...but it would be so amazing to see them together.

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The premise is a little meh, but I am SO onboard with any KMHM reunion! How awesome would it be for poor Ri On to get the girl! I'd love for both to accept the offer but the plot's general strangeness makes me wonder if they will. Unless it's going to be a thoughtful portrayal and analysis of society's standards for beauty and not yet another Candy-esque romance (how many more girls in debt due to irresponsible fathers do we need?), I don't see either of them taking the roles, which is a shame 'cause I love both of them and want to see them together ASAP. Fingers crossed?

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The plot sounds like something that would be a Korean drama. I'm interested only because it sounds like lots of misunderstandings and hijinx with a sprinkle of rom-com antics. I also think Park Seo Joon would be great as a geek to chic character and would totally rock this role.

Hwang Jung Eum and Park Seo Joon did have good chemistry in KMHM, but HJE can become annoying really fast with the overacting, shouting, and overly cute expressions. I had to skip/mute her scenes several times in KMHM because her voice became way to loud and annoying. I'm hoping another actresses name with be tossed into the mix before the OTP is secured.

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The story sounds incredibly stupid but then that's what we said about Kill Me Heal Me too...

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you're absolutely right!

Nobody should judge a drama based on the synopsis alone..

Sometimes, the ones who looks good on paper doesn't look good when act by actors who don't fit the role or give their roles justice.

Anyway, I'm positive that these two choose good projects and support them no matter what :)

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Not to mention one of Hwang Jung-eum's hobby seems to be turn black horse dramas into successful ones with good ratings. How many times already ppl seems to doubt her upcoming drama choices but they ended up great instead? She's something special, that one. One of Rating Queens with real acting talent & ability to pick good scripts.

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lol I actually think this sounds more worst and stupid than when I first read KMHM synopsis, this sounds like some teen idol drama with pretty boy and ugly girl switch stuff...

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but I guess we can't judge a book by its cover

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Not a big fan of Hwang Jung-eum but plot sounds good...
I will give it a try! :)

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If they both accept, I'll give it a shot though I don't know about this plot. I was hoping the ugly vs. pretty thing was referring to their personalities, lol. But maybe those changed, too...you never know.

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I love dramaland and all its siblings/mother-son-to-lovers ways.

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If Hwang Jung-Eum & Park Seo-Joon sign on, I hope it turns out to be another good drama project for the both of them. They make for an exciting pairing so I would love to see them work together again. And we have proof of this from KMHM, where they had great chemistry, comic timing, and a really good rapport with one another.

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Sounds great. Hope they do it.

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Love the partnership of HJE & PSJ. Bring it on!

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both are my fav, so im in if they confirm. :)

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it wud be nicer if Ji sung to make a cameo. haha

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It really seems off but I am gonna give it a try

even if HJE is sure georgous is some pictorial, but I really saw the ugly theme, she is really weird in Full Huse Take Two, plain looking (but still cute) in CYHMH and not to mention many comment about him being ugly/not attractive enough to be lead female in many drama reaction, I believe she can pull it off, some her scene in KMHM also not a definition of bad/good looking either, she has uniqueness to try diff role and I give her a chance for that

PSJ in drama? again? why not? he is handsome without much effort but then he has chemistry and I'd love to see him as male lead,

I hope the plot can have much things going on, maybe they'll have a cameo
Ahn Yo-Na as ex gf
real Ji sung as ex by
Ji sung and LBY as some ahjussi
or Oh ri On as funny cameo,

Perry Park as ex gf

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I dont know about others but I like watching pretty people in a film/drama if its especially young romance. Sure they could make HJE all ugly but I wont complain if she gets a makeover and becomes prettier.
You can call me unacceptable but most of you wouln' watch korean dramas if leads were really ugly as fuck.
For e.g. be true? Would you really have enjoyed the romance in 'Birth of a beauty' if the lead was the fat woman rather than Han Ye Seul? No.

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yesss, i hope they both accept i love jung eum, after watching secret then kill me heal me. also after watching KMHM park seo joon really caught my eyes and i really like him, his also a good actor.

i know the premise sounds weird like pretty to ugly and ugly to pretty, pretty shallow but you never know, it might be deeper then that and more complex. cause KMHM was totally scoffed at sounding crazy. but i love rom coms so im waiting for this one and both these two had wonderful chemistry in KMHM although ji sung and jung eum are my ultimate kdrama otp

im excited i hope they both get on board and hope the drama is good

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Before having seen Secret and Kill Me Heal Me, my feelings toward both Hwang Jung-eum and Park Seo Joon was pretty much neutral. I didn't dislike or like either of them. I had seen Full House 2 and A Witch's Romance, but it didnt garner enough interest from me to go about and look for more of their dramas. After Secret, I started to think that HJE is quite a stellar actress, and I find it more impressive that she is someone who really works at her craft. She isn't afraid to look unattractive for a role either, which is a breath of fresh air when you consider how many young actresses out there is more self-conscious than anything in front of the camera nowadays. And Park-Seo-Joon is impressing me with the range and diversity in roles he has taken up since A Witch's Romance. He is really putting himself out there. The fact that he never quit Kill Me Heal Me during the disarray of casting issues and media drama really makes me appreciate him as an actor and person.

HJW and PSJ did a beautiful job in Kill Me Heal Me, and I'm sure if they both decide to take this project on, they will floor us with another splash of ground-breaking performances. As long as the script writer and the live-shoot system don't drown it first. o_O

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i don't get how some people are saying that the plot is not good and etc. i mean all the dramas are not good if you are gona think it that way. what about those drama that have divorce couples then they patch together, those male leads that are super rich and female leads being poor? it doesn't brings out a good message either. those male leads that scold people etc, you think it's a good example to show on tv. erm no. there is no perfect show or whatsoever. if you want a educational drama then i guess you are in the wrong line. every drama has it's own plot. rather than saying how much u hate HJE/ how much this plot is bad, why not u just not watch it. it won't bother you so much. and yes it bothers me a lot because i actly support the casts and WILL BE looking forward to watch this

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it's september now, where is it?

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Even better: make a Shin Se Gi cameo ! Let see how Sung Joon prevails in the presence of an Alpha hahaha

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