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.
- She Was Pretty on the cover of a magazine
- Laughter and tears for She Was Pretty’s second leads
- Hwang Jung-eum on building her character for She Was Pretty
- She Was Pretty’s first teaser doles out sweetness and kisses
- She Was Pretty confirms leads, adds Park Yoo-hwan, Kang Su-jin
- Siwon considers MBC rom-com She Was Pretty
- Go Jun-hee to reunite with Hwang Jung-eum in She Was Pretty
- Hwang Jung-eum, Park Seo-joon courted to reunite for new drama