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Press conference day for rom-com She Was Pretty

This is rather late for a drama to be having its pre-broadcast press conference—the show airs in two days!—but I suppose better late than never? It’s for MBC’s She Was Pretty, and I hope the lateness of the press conference isn’t indicative of lateness anywhere else. (Press conferences are most commonly held a week prior to broadcast.)

That aside, I am looking forward to seeing how the drama shakes out, partly because it looks like a fun, fluffy rom-com and partly because I found the two leads cute together in their last drama, Kill Me, Heal Me. Sure, Hwang Jung-eum and Park Seo-joon were playing siblings there, but they had a really weird zany chemistry together that worked. (Plus, he acted with such romantic tension toward her early on that I was kinda creeped out by it until the show explained they were adopted siblings. I mean, that’s not entirely un-squicky, but at least it’s better than the other thing.)

Hwang Jung-eum plays a woman who was once a “first love icon”—pretty, popular, the have-it-all It Girl. Then adulthood played her a twist, and now she’s frizzy-haired and frumpy, the complete opposite of how she used to be. Meanwhile, Park Seo-joon was a dumpy loser type who grows into model looks, and he sets out to find the first love who’s seemingly gone into hiding.

Hwang has often adopted unflattering looks to play drama character—you could say she’s even made a career of it—so it isn’t shocking to see her made up to play the “ugly” girl. You almost wonder if she gets a kick out of seeing just how ugly she can get for a role, though I’d argue that frizzy hair and bad clothes don’t turn a pretty actress ugly. But fine, we’re in dramaland. Disbelief-suspension engaged.

Hwang said at the press conference, “I’ve never felt pressure over ruining my image in a drama. In fact, ruining my image is more comfortable. Still, in this drama I did think, ‘Is it okay if I ruin myself this much?’ What’s important is that viewers accept it. Some might see it cutely, while others could change the channel. I thought about it a lot.” She described asking to see the rough cut because she was feeling uncertain about how it would look, “and thankfully even though I didn’t look good, the director made it so that it looked okay.”

Of taking the role, Park Seo-joon said, “Before I was cast, I heard Jung-eum noona had been cast and called her. Because the role is different [from Kill Me, Heal Me] and the drama is different, and the scenes will be depicted differently, I thought positively of the fact that we’d worked together before.” He’s always been wonderful in all his roles—he’s one of those actors who can infuse a character with groundedness and realism—so I have no doubt I’ll love him in this one too.

Meanwhile, Choi Siwon is no stranger to zany comedy, and I’m looking forward to seeing how he plays this “mystery man with a twist.” The character’s a features editor at the magazine where Hwang Jung-eum is an intern, and he’s got an bold, cheeky attitude and a free spirit. He also happens to live long-term at a hotel, for reasons that remain, for now, a secret. I like him best when he’s poking fun at himself and going all-out with the wacky humor, so I’m actually glad to see the crazy eyes he’s working at the press conference, heh.

Rounding out the cast is Go Jun-hee, playing a woman who seems perfect but has tons of flaws. She’s best friends with the heroine, and Hwang Jung-eum asks her to impersonate her for her supposed reunion with Park Seo-joon. Ha! So it’s The Truth About Cats and Dogs, is it? Okay, you’ve got me, I’m in.

She Was Pretty will premiere on Wednesday, September 16.






Via iMBC, MBN, Newsen, Sports Chosun

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excited for this! anyone know who will be subbing it??

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Same here!
Viki got the license, we should be able to follow the show there. (^____^)

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Omg yes!! Thank god that Dramafever didn't pull an 'exclusive' on this one. Its not accessible in my country so I always hate when DF get exclusive rights for a drama lol.

Thank god I can watch it on Viki. Its the only site where I can see translations as they happen and don't have to wait for 100% subs.

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This guy, Choi Siwon is such a homophobic hypocrite! I can't stand to see him or any of his projects, which is really too bad cause I was looking forward to this show..

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yea i was really looking forward to this show too..
i bothers me so much

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I just hope Hwang Jung Eum won't be screaming her head off in this show, like she did in KMHM, coz that was really annoying, so annoying. that's all.

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what do you mean by that? siwon, what did he do?

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I didn't have a 2nd lead syndrome when I was watching Kill me, heal me, though I really like Park Seo Joon, I just don't think they even have any chemistry. So why this?! I do welcome any RomCom so whatever, but if its on that premise, well, as I've said they have no chemistry so let's just hope it will be good.

oh, the lengths these people would go through just to entertain me is beyond belief when all I want is for Tae gwang and Eun Bi to end up together in School 2015, because that should have been it. I just wish this would have been their show, maybe someday... when they're a bit older, not giving up on my OTP - Yook Sung Jae and Kim So-Hyun.

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Is it just me or do they kinda look like brother and sister. At least they seem to have the same smile.

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It's NOT just you!

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my 'RION-RIJIN' feeling haha. mte :D

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most exited for Siwon and if he is half as funny as the first few glimpse, I will be banging my head on a wall somewhere to see him go to army after this. cause I could really watch a 60-episode sitcom with him.

the story is kind of meh

never cared about looks anyway

but Hwang Jung Eum at least is making it interesting already, somewhat

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Choi Siwon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Rocking that suit...... *drooling*. He can have it all. *whew*
I don't see anybody else yo. All I see is Choi Siwon ??????? and I am going to love every bit of him in this drama
*fans self*. Just got really hot in here

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"all I can see is choi siwon " - Can't agree more! He is looking fine! Especially in the poster Yo! that stare! ? Life! ??? I will check this out~

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I could take a dive into that smile of his. I really don't mind swimming 7 oceans to take a dive into that. Yeah, I am that thirsty?. Sue me ?

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Random note but when is that finger heart trend finally gonna die

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Really. I was beginning to think it was some kind of legal mandate.

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I LOVE every single one of them but I wanted to hack their thumbs and index fingers off. I'd like to see them try make a heart out of the remaining ones.

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IKR! Whenever Lee Joon Gi does it. I CRINGEEEE!

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Not any time soon, since the likes of BIGBANG have been using it at all their overseas concerts too. It'll probably spread for a while yet.

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in my country that finger sigh refers to money, i had no idea it's a finger heart

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Miss Hwang and Miss Go are really beautiful ! Go Jun Hee totally rocks that hair style !! Hope the drama turned out to be as fun as some of the teasers let it seems to be.

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I'm so excited for this drama !!!
The last long teaser is really great and Jung Eum & Siwon are truly funny (Jung Eum drunk, worth gold sincerely,
I remember when ORJ was drunk in KMHM it was hilarious DON'T WORRY MY MAN I WILL BE YOUR BLACK ROSE HAHAHAHAHA)
It'll be funny, sad, highly addictive and I predict it'll be a fucking torture to wait every week... my god, is this Wednesday already ? T-T

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I love the main girl so I can't wait to watch this. I thought she said she was taking a break but I'm not sure. It hasn't been that long since her last drama. Not that I mind, anyways can't wait for this.

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what's with the hands gesture in the Pics?

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This finger heart is seriously so funny haha. When will it die down?

It feels like they are showing off how much money they have.

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I dont know but for me it looks more stylish than mcdolands heart shape? and using your hands ? to form a heart is too corny haha I think I like this heart shape using fingers ?✌️ saves you energy and dignity hahaha ??

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I didn't know what it was supposed to be and was wondering why they were asking for money, lol.

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I thought they were either asking for money or snapping. Haha.

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yes that was my first impression when I see school 2015 cast do that in their press con hahaha but I got used to it lol ??

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Hwang Jung-eum is getting uglier and uglier by the day. How can they put her in romantic roles? eeech...

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because she is getting uglier and uglier by the day,no wonder many love and love her by the day.How odd it is that she became a better and better actress, since she doesn't need to try hard to convince these weird people.(sarcastic)

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LOL.. ++++111111111 smart!

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hahaha HATER.

She is not among the prettiest actresses but her acting is A-level, which made her shine in her roles before. Her talent is what made her pretty.

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I agree. I really dislike this subliminal suggestion that people who are not drop dead gorgeous are allowed to have some kind of love life. That's disgusting.

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I totally agree with you, beauty is not everything, a beautiful heart and a beautiful personality is worth much more ???

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+1 if you see beauty it means that you are beautiful, ugly people only see ugliness just like them, hahaha

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"I’d argue that frizzy hair and bad clothes don’t turn a pretty actress ugly."

I agree with that statement as well, but audiences are so weird sometimes when an actress changes her look. Does anyone remember in Felicity when Keri Russell chopped off her curls and the ratings went down drastically? She still looked super cute, and the makeover had no intention of making her look ugly, yet people way overreacted.

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koreans are image conscious ? They made fun of kim sohyun and do kyungsoo when they got tan for their role in their movie Pure Love ? they love fair skin too much ?so bad ? when actors don't mind ruining their perfect image, I think it shows they really are passionate about their work ??

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Well, just think of Yoon Eun-Hye in Mirae's Choice and you can see how a really bad perm and unfashionable clothes can turn a pretty actress "ugly"!

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That said, I just watched the highlight video and the actress is far from ugly, especially when she smiles!

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Dramacool.Com is really good about getting the dramas available quickly. If they lag on subs I will try viki next but dramacool does a pretty fast job too. When I'm desperate to see the next episode, then RAW is just fine by me. Lol it does help that I've learned a wee bit of Korean over the past few years. A very wee bit! :)
As Always...Mahalo nui for your Fab information and recaps! Love all the comments as well. :) Aloha nui loa

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I'll surely watch the pilot episode tomorrow :) <3

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Oh my good, Siwon pretty looks like leading man to me. He owns them posters like the actual leading man of this drama. His confidence, his attitude and his stature. Goodness gracious Siwon, you're nailing it!

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Siwon!!!!!

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Siwon opppaaaa!!!!!!
Sorry psj, i love you, but im gonna watch this for mr.choi cool. ??

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I love Park Seo Joon so much, that i don't want him to be outshined by Siwon @[email protected]

Let me cheering for Park Seo Joon and for me he is the best leading man! lol.

anyway, i hope Hwang Jung eum will not stay "ugly" for a long time, i wish they get rid of her weird-messy hair soon :D

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Siwon looks super handsome in his suit, from head to toe!

Not feeling Seo Joon's hairstyle much, but he still looks cute.

I like Jun Hee's pop of color with her dress. I would have liked seeing Jung Eum in something less plain.

The posters look so nice and colorful. Can't wait for this show! Hopefully it'll get a lot of good interest. ^^

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Siwon can always crack me up with the faces he can make.
Love Siwon comedy stuff.

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cant wait. siwon lookin oh sooo gorg~ ♡

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❤❤ 6-minute Highlight Video ❤❤

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uyVnJ9DZrkM

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Been waiting for this. The cast is talented, hope the script is worthy of them. .

Not familiar with Go Jun-hee, haven't seen her before. The hairstyle works though, cute.

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not so into the storyline cuz this reminds me of some dramas with the same theme.. so i really hope they could bring something new and fresh even with this theme... pd-nim.. puhlis.. cuz the casts are good enough..

rion rijin.. finally you guys can have each other as couple, not sibling :P

siwon.. speechless.. i hope this is gonna be his good project before enlistment.. goodluck oppa ya

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Iam totally watching this , love jung-eum in every thing she does , she is so talented and funny and pretty , enough to me she doesnt care about her appearance or ruining her image for her role , and of course siwon is the master of comedy and king of funny facial expressions , seo joon is okay for me , cant wait

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I just saw the 6-minute teaser and I'm definitely in! I just hope that there will be no rivalry or something bitter happening between Hwang Jung-eum and Go Jun-hee's characters. Their friendship appears to be wonderful and I just hate to see it be ruined over a guy.

Anxiously waiting for episode 1 and of course the subtitles!

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I watched the highlight video, one word describe it all, daeeeeeebak!!!

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Looking forward to seeing everyone in this drama!

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Dramas are so unoriginal in how they make an actress ugly. I'm just surprised they didn't slap a pair of glasses on her. But they still went the cliched 'frizzy hair and frumpy clothes' route. How are those ugly genes? Just buy better clothes and straighten your hair. Problem solved.

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oooooooh, is it Wednesday night in Korea yet???

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I hope it gets subbed by the time I get home from work tomorrow!!! :D I can't wait!

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Maybe Siwon, our "mystery man with a twist," is living long-term in a hotel because like Kim Woo Bin in Heirs, he is the son of the owner of the hotel, only he is working as a magazine features editor because he is pursuing his passion and must be successful if he doesn't want to be forced to go into the hotel business.

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