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She Was Pretty on the cover of a magazine

Well at least She Was Pretty is getting some mileage out of its fashion magazine setting — the character posters are an array of magazine cover spreads for the leading characters, and the main poster is a cute use of Hwang Jung-eum’s face on a cover, used to shield her supposedly ugly “real” face in the drama. Insert suspension of disbelief here.

The new romantic comedy is about two teenage first loves who reunite as adults with totally opposite life trajectories: Park Seo-joon starts out as a chubby nerd who can’t even talk to girls, and grows up to become a beautiful, successful magazine editor. Hwang Jung-eum was once the richest, prettiest, smartest girl in school, but her family lost everything and she even lost her looks.

After living most of his life abroad, Park Seo-joon returns to Korea to be an editor for a fashion magazine, and seeks out his first love. But Hwang Jung-eum panics about showing up to see him again when she’s jobless and ugly, so she sends her best friend Go Jun-hee in her place. And Go Jun-hee is thrown when she genuinely falls for a guy for the first time in her life, but he happens to be her best friend’s first love, who thinks she’s someone else.

Naturally Hwang Jung-eum then gets a job at the magazine, where she’ll be an intern working alongside Park Seo-joon and Choi Siwon. I don’t know how they’re going to keep the mistaken identity hijinks going when she works there, but it should be good for laughs. Siwon plays the features editor who looks schlubby on the outside but is sharp and mysterious, and always speaks his mind. In fact, he’s the only one in the office who’ll go toe-to-toe with the prickly, stubborn Park Seo-joon, which will only fan the flames of their rivalry for Hwang Jung-eum down the road.

It basically sounds like it’ll end up being a workplace rom-com with the standard cold-hero-and-Candy dynamic, but with a premise like this, it’s all in the execution. Not to mention the chemistry, which thankfully is a safe bet with these two.

She Was Pretty follows Scholar Who Walks the Night and premieres September 16 on MBC.

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CAn't wait for this collaboration !!!!! *squeaky* two weeks to countdown heheheh...

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S.o.m.u.c.h.p.r.e.t.t.y!!!

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Nobody (or possibly very few) has seen Hwang Jung Eum's 'ugly' face yet and I think the staff are purposely hiding her character's 'ugly' appearance to us. I guess we'll just be able to see once the drama starts.

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My guess is that the ugly appearance of HJE's character is more so a description for the way she dresses. Probably minimum thought or care on her part about her fashion style and wardrobe choices (a rumpled look). From the teasers, we've gotten glimpses of her hair and clothing being disheveled.

Wearing the wrong clothing and bad fashion choices can make even the prettiest person look bad.

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Its out, mostly frizzy and messy hair with pimple issues that can very easily be taken care of with face products and hair products. Thank God for that, no need for plastic surgery. She just needs the right product and the right direction fashion wise, otherwise all well. She also clearly has a lot of spunk.

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Thank you! I've seen the teaser just recently and I'm so excited with this drama now!

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im glad they didnt go for the fat suit, plastic surgery stuff, saw her in the teaser, she is not ugly but they made her look average which isnt a bad thing but doesnt match the beauty ideals of SK or just society in general as well as maybe not matching park seo joons image in is head of how she looked and acted. its good

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That pictures. So ji sub.

(cry)

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My second thought when reading her 'uglyness' : is more like she less prettier in term of inside-spirit of her lacking awareness to value herself, and it shows to the extend of her outer visual.
She loose her spunk, her spirit to achieve or the feeling of acknowledgement of her beauty that she maintained before. The charm and pretty-godness aura she had in high school disappeared in her adult phase.

For me this is actually really true and a hard-facts of life.

Some of my friends used to be queen-bee/all around godness but now, she kinda loose it at least in my eyes. All those awe I used to put in her appearance all gone now. Not like my friend turns ugly, it just she looks just normal. Idk why.

Is the same potrait with GHJ's Tae Yang in Master's Sun. Big Tae Yang used to be popular and a beauty, but something hits her and the things that make her dazzled before just fade out and jleft out as some-girl who deal with ghost. Opposite with small Tae Yang who keep challenge herself to achieve beauty in her adult phase.

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i really like how you put it, its true

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Sounds sort of like "The truth about cats and dogs."

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True! Truth about cats and dog! I loved that movie just for the story line. I'm in! I must have seen that movie 15 yrs ago!

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This is EXACTLY "The Truth About Cats and Dogs" (minus the cats and dogs, of course). But I really like that movie so I'm actually more excited about this now.

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now i need to check that movie out, i just watched the trailer and you guys are right, it is like it lol

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Waiting for this drama. :)
Park seo-joon looks hot and sexy. ;)
But, that pant sure looks like a skirt. -_-

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New teaser is out guys! ;)

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Omg! Oh Ri On and Oh Ri. Jin!!! Finally, Ri On got his chance now!!

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Park Seo Joon's pants are bothering me. Like a lot. It's like they tried to make MC Hammer's pants work appropriate by making them in tweed or something. No. Not even a little bit.

The writer of this show was second writer on Savvy right? I'm hoping their trend of fantastical premises with winning execution carries over to this here. The secret identity hijinks brought this up a couple points for me.

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Hi Muse! I had to go back and look at the pants and you're right: Tweed parachute pants are definitely not about to become a trend! Though now I've got a mental picture of MC Hammer hanging out in a British pub smoking a pipe and talking about Shakespeare.

I've never gotten around to watching Savvy, but if this has Choi Siwon in a comic part, that alone could make for a great show. He was made of win in King of Dramas. (Awesome cameo in ep 1 of Masked Prosecutor, too.)

Plus PSJ and HJE! Can't believe they're playing lovers just months after playing siblings, but hopefully I'll get over it. This one has possibilities.

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Haaaaayyyy Miss Jones! I think their trajectory from siblings to lovers is a factor I'm looking forward to. Assuming the writer is as zany as I'm hoping, they could pretty good joke mileage out of it.

Siwon is hilarious, so I'm looking forward to that too. The scruff doesn't hurt either ;)

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Scruff!! (Allow me a tiny squee.)

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Let's see if her being ugly is more then frizzy hair, glasses and frumpy clothes. That seems to be Kdramas universal 'ugly' look.

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The header is awesome!!
JI CHANG WOOK

And yeah, the premise needs good direction. Can't we just fast forward to 16 Sept already?!

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Huh, I actually like the premise for the drama a lot better now. I hope that instead of actually making her out to be super ugly, they just have her really self-conscious about being more average than she used to be.

Because, if that's the case, I'll totally get her. I'm super self-conscious about seeing first loves and stuff like that and that's only because I've put on, like what? 5 pounds since high school? I know I barely look different, but I think everyone just has a tendency to blow changes in appearance way out of proportion, and let it affect their confidence around people who knew them before the change occurred. If that is what this drama is about, then I'm totally on board.

(Who am I kidding? I'm on board for the leads anyway...)

Also, I really like how Choi Siwon is styled here. And his character description. I'm honestly probably the most excited for him, just because I miss him in dramas.

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I hope that instead of actually making her out to be super ugly, they just have her really self-conscious about being more average than she used to be.

THIS is what I've been saying, lol. But everyone keeps talking about it more literally; I don't think that's what they are trying to do. Also there is the fact that someone can feel ugly even when they are not. We still have to wait and see but I really think that's the direction they are taking things in.

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plus I guess by Korean standards, even people who are gorgeous to us non-Koreans, are 'ugly'...... so by that rationale I get it.

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true :) well said.

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The posters are cute and I like that we get a more in-depth plot description. And who doesn't love a bit of "mistery" in a handsome man? Lolll. Ahh, spelling mistakes.

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I must be incredibly shallow, but I just can't stand Hwang Jung Eum's plastic face.

I aknowledge that she's a good actress, but if she does anything more to her face it's going to fall apart.

Yep, I'm going tyo burn in hell

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Haha. I saw "mistery" too. Perhaps they mean he is Mister-y, like manly or something. Whatever they mean it's a mistery to me.

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Laughed when I got down to Siwon's picture and the others looked like real models posing.

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It's starting to sound like Ugly Betty. I hope it's funny.

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Its Ugly Betty meets The Devil Wears Prada, it looks funny from the teasers and has a lot of potential but when I sat down to check how many dramas I've dropped after a few episodes this year(most recently Yong Pal, don't hate me, I just don't like it anymore), fingers crossed.

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same, i've only watched 3 this year, so i hope i really love this one. it doesnt sound like a mix of ugly betty and devil wears prada, also a indian movie will you be my friend.

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Yes, that's right @Attica. I thought the premise sounded really familiar but couldn't put a finger on it. :)

Ahh...now I can relax. Thanks!

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This sounds like the premise for the Truth About Cats and Dogs

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I don't want to be mean,but there are people who are so rude saying harsh things about the main actress.In every angle I see her,she is pretty, her face is full of charisma.I saw many Korean actresses and she is far better to them when it comes to looks. Beauty is relative and to me she is every inch beautiful.

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THANK YOU, I was starting to think that only I can see

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Real "MISTERY"!!!
Seriously!
I know kpop songs suck in grammatically correct english but the least they can do is write correct spellings on drama posters!?

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Actually,this actress was the one who introduce me to kdramas,when accidentally I watched one of the episodes of her drama 'secret' here in my country.I never saw an actress as good as her,even the local ones here in my country can't parallel her skills.She has the charm that will draw you in and watch her continuously.I don't know what it is...simply magic.

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True indeed :)

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totally i loved her in secret, she became my fav, wonderful actress as well

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Siwon looks yummy with facial hair

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It's a cute plot.

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Looking forward to this drama! Loved both in Kill Me, Heal Me :). This actually reminds of an old Bollywood movie called Mujhse Dosti Karoge where the "ugly" girl and the lead were pen pals and fell in love. Then he came to visit and mistook her sister for her (she let the misunderstanding continue because her sister genuinely liked him and she didnt express her feelings) but later realized the truth because of her personality and characteristics.

I hope by ugly they mean less successful and maybe less pretty than Go Jun Hee but still realistic. I think that's possible given that Go is a tall, beautiful model.

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oh i loved that movie, i think thats what they are going for for the "ugly" aspect. like maybe with what your saying, not as successful, not what the guy had as his ideal image in his dead of a perfect beauty in every single way, personality and behavior wise as well.

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If Modern farmer succeeded in making Honey Lee look "ugly" with the country-girl look, clothes, makeup, hair and the wierd camera angles .. I think She was pretty can do the same with HJE .. because the former is a Miss Korea and still I didn't find her pretty in that drama ..
So, it's easier to make HJE look ugly through luck of fashion or wierd taste in it ..

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*lack

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I think "schlubby" Siwon will be my new favorite thing X3

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p.s. his little speech tag of the "magazine cover" is hilarious! "Subae? NO~ NO! Oppa, ok?" LOOOOOL

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*Sunbae

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oh muh gah the pretty.

if i was rooting for these two when they were supposed to be brother and sister, i'm pretty sure i'll like them when they can actually be a real couple. COUNT ME IN.

Choi Siwon...your cover makes me think Christmas. Yes, I'll take you as my christmas present.

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Lol mystery is spelt wrong on the magazine cover

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Here is..... not pretty = Frizzy hair, moles and bad fashion. At least there is no magic glasses lol

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tEDCEJTtYY0

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Ahhh 16 September, come soooooonnnnnn!

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I love PSJ but I found Hwang Jung Eum's acting so annoying in KMHM, which of course this reminds me of . . . hopefully it was just for that particular character

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She was never pretty. She is ugly as hell

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k and?

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and im the loch ness monster

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AHAHAHAHA I knew he existed lol

Seriously, an actress only needs to know how to play
It's so fucking rude to say she is ugly, rather say that you don't find her physical to your taste...

But I guess you're just a hater why I waste my time 'sigh'

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and im "chuckie" the doll

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totally loving Hwang Jung Eum and Siwon , am definitely watching for them

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