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Hwang Jung-eum confirms MBC rom-com Lucky Romance

MBC’s probably got another rom-com hit on their hands now that Hwang Jung-eum (She Was Pretty, Kill Me, Heal Me) has officially accepted the offer to headline Lucky Romance, an adaptation of a quirky webtoon about a luck-obsessed heroine, a penny-pinching landlord, and a plot to cure a streak of bad luck with a one-night stand. Well I like it already. It seems like the perfect fit for Hwang, who gravitates toward wacky humor but always keeps her characters grounded with lots of heart.

The webtoon is about a thirtysomething heroine who’s obsessed with luck and spends all of her time, money, and energy on getting her fortune read to improve her luck quotient with the universe. She’s told by a fortuneteller that the only way to change her bad fortune is to have a one-night stand with a man born in the year of the tiger, preferably a virgin. Lol, is it Oh My Ghostess without the ghost?

As luck would have it, her landlord is a 29-year-old man who fits that bill perfectly. Except he’s also an uptight penny-pincher of epic proportions, who kicks the heroine out of her apartment when he discovers that she’s months behind on her rent. She hates him and he returns the sentiment, but her window to bang the bad luck away is closing, so she’s determined to land him in bed anyway. Clearly, hijinks are on the horizon.

The adaptation will be helmed by PD Kim Kyung-hee of Rascal Sons, Gloria, and Hero (the 2009 one with Lee Jun-ki), and writers Choi Yoon-gyo and Lee Ji-eun, who have no credits yet. There’s some mention in the press of Ha Suk-jin (D-Day) being at the top of fantasy cast lists from fans of the webtoon, but there aren’t any official statements yet about him being attached to the project. I wonder if they might go younger since it’s a drama about a noona romance? In any case, the production said that the male lead would be announced soon.

Lucky Romance will follow Goodbye Mr. Black on Wednesdays and Thursdays starting in May.

Via DongA

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Interesting...

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I can already hear her screaming in my mind...

I was interested in this drama, cause the premise seems very interesting, but now that Hwang Jung Eum confirmed it I'm gonna pass it.
I couldn't even finish She Was Pretty, because of her...

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Omg, hahaha, giving up so soon? I'm gonna stick around and give her/this drama a chance because the plot sounds fun and the character descriptions sounds winning.

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I was excited for this drama and was hoping that she rejects it. I just can't stand her screechy acting and can't watch her in anything. I FF her scenes in KMHM. Doojoon and Kim Seul Gi would have been awesome in the roles. I'm sooooooo disappointed. I'll pass although I love the premise.

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Someone needs to reunite Doojoon and Kim Seul-gi, like, NOW. In a full-length drama. As OTP. And give them lots of skinship.

I'll even watch it without waiting for it to finish airing, if it comes to that.

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+1!

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Any drama will do. As long as they are the OTP.

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As much as I adoooore Seulgi, I don't think she will be believable in a role of a thirtysomething woman though. But she seriously needs to headline a drama asap.

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well, she did play a 32-year-old in Discovery of Romance.... when she was all of 22.

The drama gods owe us some good karma, so many talented ladies deserving to find success as leads and they go and stick some of the worst ones in surefire successes.

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Her screams made raw unwatchable .. my advice reduce volume and read subs.. screams reduces & becomes bare able by second half or used to it by then... yet she's done some pretty good dramas so far... its purely viewer's choice to bare with scream to get story or give up on story in favour of ur ears !!!

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LOL I thought, I can already see her eyes bugging out and hear her voice yelling "WHAAAAAT???" when she's told she has to have a one night stand ?

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I'd upvote this 10000x times if possible. Amen

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I'm guessing my comment didn't post...

After reading about Kwang-soo's new variety drama, I was reminded of this webtoon-turned-drama and went back here to read about it again, and now I see this! The thing is, I'm not really a fan of Hwang Jung-eum's acting, albeit I've only seen a couple of her works. I did like her in She Was Pretty, so I'm hopeful that there's a chance I'll like her here, too. On another note, I totally dig the wacky plot (could do w/o the "must have one-night stand" part, because *shudders* brings back bad memories...) and the bizarre and possibly endearing characters, so I can't wait for more casting news on this drama!

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It seems Hwang Jung Eum is on a roll. I have no problem with her, but essentially the same role for the third time? I really wished to have someone else as the lead and really wished for Hwang Jung Eum to have a totally different kind of drama as her next project. Why does it have to be her again? Where have the other actresses gone? For example what is Yoon Eun Hye doing?????

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That example is really bad example tho... I don't think Yoon Eun Hye gonna come out with anything anytime soon... People still haven't forget her plagiarism scandal

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I have Hwang Jung Eum fatigue, I can't lie. Especially, as you say, playing the same character for the third time in a row. I was hoping against hope for Han Groo to be in the mix for this role. She seems to have fallen on the bad side of the Korean public and/or media, which is a shame. Not one drama since Marriage Not Dating, which she carried! Sigh.

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Yeah, she's a bit loud sometimes, but nothing the volume button can't solve for the moment and I forgive her for the number of side-splitting, perfect comic timing sequences in She Was Pretty. Honestly, just thinking of those make me want to laugh again.

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I'm just surprised by the number of people who seem unable to distinguish between an actress following the PD's instructions and an actress suffering from genuine, grating incompetence.

Though I would personally like a little less screaming this time.

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It's only the script/PD's instructions fault when it involves DB users favorites.

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I don't think HJE is among the DB users favourites. Whenever there is news about HJE's new drama, there will be always complaints against her.

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That is the point I was making.

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You'd have a better argument there if it wasn't for the fact that Hwang Jung-eum has actually turned in really good, restrained performances (Giant, Secret, latter portions of KMHM) when the script didn't require her character to be screaming like a banshee.

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Same timeslot as Ji Sung's Entertainer. Interesting.

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noo . . . .
I mean I don't want people comment bad about them just because they face head to head in time slot

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I will watch this drama only if they cast Ji Chang wook ,well I don't have any problems with hwang jum eun she is the hit machine these days

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I think JCW fits the male lead character, and he is younger.

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Omg! Yes please. Where is he anyways aftrr healer? I tot needs hjw on my screen now!!

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I think he is too busy with his Chinese dramas ?

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Looking forward to the wackiness and hijinks!

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YESSSSSSS. I love Hwan Jung Eum and this drama already had me excited. Bring on the laughs!!!!

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'the production said that the male lead would be announced soon.' am I the only one excited? I'm into live-action these days, bring it on!

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It's funny how people 'pass' HJE dramas when she's is casted but still her dramas go on to become really popular.

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@sumee i agree with you am goinf with ji chang wook

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I think a serious roles like in secret and Endless Love suites her more than comedy i am not fan of her too but the dramas she's in are interesting so I wouldn't care

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I'm in...
I still hope joo won for the male lead....
So many hate for HJE, but her drama always become popular and has good rating.:) except FH take 2.

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Haha I know.she has massive support both domestically and internationally. Dramabeans user is like nano portion of that audiences.

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I think Joo Won is enlisting quite soon....but then again he confirmed a Cdrama so he's probably going to be busy with that then enlist

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Nooooooo! I was so looking forward to this drama, but I can't stand her acting. Oh well?

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YES!! My favourite heroine is back for romcom. I love her so effing much. Only regret is that it is up against Ji Sung's 'Entertainer'. It will be sad if one gets high rating and other will get buried. Because people will talk about Jo Sung and HJE personally.

I wish both dramas get equal-ish share of ratings. I will be watching both ofc!

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Hooray! Another Hwang Jung Eum fan!

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yes,
I remember she said she wants to work with ji sung again after she is married, and now it turn out it kinda happen . . .

I hope both got equal rating and love because either one gets really popular of had equal rating, it gonna get compared

I remember she said that she never asked who is the male lead cause she has to like that person no matter who he perceive is in his private life, I find that admirable,

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I wonder what her hair will look like this time! (it's so funny to keep tabs on her drama hair...)

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The Kim Seul Gi and Han Groo comments are right on time I see. LMAO.

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You would think they're the only good actresses in Dramaland from how people on this site go on about them.

Come on, they're good but they're not the only good actresses. They're also not the only good actresses to get fewer lead roles than they probably should.

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I mean there's nothing wrong with liking these two actresses (or any actress/actor for that matter) but the constant bringing up of these two in any post, related or not, is getting hilariously ridiculous at this point.

Hwang Jung Eum got offered, cast, and confirmed for this role. People should get over it.

And, btw, the reason these other two actresses would have never gotten this role, is because they could never even bring in half the ratings HJE is able to, on top of a lot of other things.

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I think people just like to root for the underdog to make themselves seem cool to be 'against the mainstream', even when talent-wise those actors/actresses are no better than the rest. People were like that with Lee Yoobi too, saying she deserved a lead role, until she got a lead role and then people tore her apart. I'm curious too see how things will go for Kim Jiwon if she gets the role in Moonlight Drawn by Clouds.

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I mean, yes the reasons for people rooting for KSG, HG, and other actresses like them, are pretty damn transparent - the underdog mentality, wanting to be against the mainstream, and constantly needing to label the more popular actresses as "overrated" when that's honestly the laziest criticism you can give.

In that case, all these actresses and actors at "the top" are overrated as hell because I can definitely find better ones than the "top stars" of today.

However, there's a BIG difference between being an actor vs. being a star. Which people refuse to acknowledge or are just super dense about.

Anyway, it's mostly amusing seeing people bitch about kdrama castings. Like, I was not aware these projects were on some Martin Scorcese level of importance or production value.

In all sincerity, it's a kdrama. Even the "better" ones are still campy hot messes.

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The problem with Lee Yoo Bi, her character in Scholar is spectacularly boring and a doormat that I don't think any other actress would make it better. While when she played 2nd leads/supporting role like the one in GFB she seemed to have played the part better. It does help too when her char is more interesting and the 1st lead is Suzy.

And yes there are so many underrated actresses in dramaland, including Kim Seul Gi and Han Groo. I think people talking about them because both of them showed acting chops in comedy.

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See, this is another important aspect that people are too obtuse to understand. A lot of these female lead roles, ESPECIALLY for actresses in their 20s, are having to pick between Candy Girl 1 and Candy Girl 2 who are only there to elevate and move along the male lead's story.

The reason why a lot of people end up liking the second female lead or the second male lead is because they tend to be more dynamic, interesting, and complicated. In dramas, it's like the more boring, plain, and vanilla the female lead is the better for Korean audiences (especially women) to project and sympathize with her.

Like, I really don't understand all of a sudden calling LYB a bad actress for acting like a boring doormat, when her character was literally meant to be a boring doormat.

It's like people that constantly gave PSH slander for crying all the time in Heirs. Ummm, yeah, that's kinda the point - her character was a boring doormat as well. What was she supposed to do? Be like "Oh, sorry KES, you're the most powerful kdrama writer, but I'm going to ignore your script/direction for this massively badly written character, because ifans think I'm a bad actress because of it."

I'm sure that would have gone down swimmingly.

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@kanz

I just re-read my comment and I don't want you to think I was calling YOU obtuse LOL. I was agreeing with you and basically expanding on what you said.

I was referring to other commenters here being obtuse in regard to this stuff based off of years of visiting this site.

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for such a (generally) thoughtful and discussion-oriented comm, I find it surprising how many people on db seem to be completely unable to tell the difference between an actor and character.

Yes, a badly-written/annoying character can influence perception of the actor (jb/gf have admitted to it themselves), but there's still a difference between annoying characters and the skill levels of the actors who play them (LYB in Scholar, PSH in Heirs, HJE in KMHM/SWP, etc), just as an appealing/well-written character can turn things around. It's exactly as you said - what was PSH supposed to do, refuse to follow the instructions of the most powerful scriptwriter in the kdrama industry?

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Disliking/hating an actor/actress just because of an annoying/badly written role is honestly truly beyond belief. I never understand how/why generally rational people have this kind of mentality. The sad thing is, it's even worse on other sites besides DB, and it's already pretty bad here.

Heirs was two and half years ago, and PSH redeemed herself with Pinocchio, but it still gets brought up as a slight. If it was anyone else, especially a male, I really doubt that would still happen tbh.

I think people really resent the fact that Heirs was not only a hit, but a phenomenon, which hadn't been seen for awhile in Kdramaland.

At the end of the day, Heirs was a textbook hallyu hit and was a good career move for both PSH and LMH, it gave them a lot of hate, still till this day, but the elevation of their careers in Korea/China will always make it worth it.

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The thing is, I don't think 'underrated' Kim Seulgi and Han Groo's acting is any better than the 'overrated/bad' actress Park Shinhye that people like the criticize here, for all I care they're on the same level to me. People complain about Park Shinhye playing the same roles, while that same thing is literally what Kim Seulgi's career is built on. I'm not saying any of these girls are good or bad actresses, that's besides the point, the point is the way people react to them. People are quite selective in accordance to the people they criticize and it's because these actresses aren't as mainstream or popular, it's the underdog effect.

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The talk about Kim Seul-gi began after two roles that actually were a bit different from her usual gag/comedy sidekick routine and allowed her more range as an actress - and Han Groo has had a very wide range of roles right from the start of her career, so maybe they're not the best actors about whom to say they play only the same roles.

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I guess this is where our opinion differs because in all of the work I've seen Kim Seulgi in (and I've seen a lot because I do like her), I think she plays her characters the same way and/or they're a variation of the same thing. It works for her and that's fine, I'm not criticizing that, I'm just saying there's a different reaction to her in comparison to popular actresses who pull that stunt-- like right now Hwang Jungeum is also getting comments saying she's been playing the same romcom roles. As for Han Groo, I never said she plays the same roles because I've only seen her in Marriage Not Dating, but for the one I've seen her in I don't think she's above the average spectrum of the 20s actresses (that doesn't mean she's bad either). What I'm saying is that they're all currently average (PSH, LYB, KSG, HG) but the reactions are different and that's the point. I'm not sure if it's intentional or not, but I feel like people are focusing on the wrong thing from my comments lol.

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Your comment made total sense and I agree, I guess people are just picking one aspect to discuss (KSG playing the same roles) from the overall comment you made.

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Yay this is great news! Will definitely check out this drama. The story sounds so funny. Hope I like the male lead too.

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Love her. She did not annoy even when she's "too loud" or maybe even overacting. And I've seen Secret her with Ji Sung as well. So different from Kill Me, Heal Me and She Was Pretty. So yeah, I'm looking forward to this one.

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Why can't she take time off? She just got married. sigh. I really cannot stand her and her over acting, and horrible voice. She ruins every drama she is in. And again - she is playing a noona romance? She is way too ugly for that.

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She has said that she is itching to get back into the acting game. Some people are like that. She's clearly a bit of a workaholic and I don't think it's right to say that she needs to take time off just because you personally don't like her.

Acting is her JOB, and whether you like it or not, she's a very popular and successful actress who obviously adores what she does. So why should she take time off if she doesn't want to and if people clearly still like her?

I wasn't going to comment on the ugly bit but, uh, in no world would Hwang Jung Eum ever be considered ugly.

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She ruins every drama she is in. - are you sure? But her dramas mostly are the successful ones, so how did she ruined it.

she is playing a noona romance? She is way too ugly for that.- so do you expect her to play romance with ahjusshi in 60s /70s?

Look, if you dont like her, just dont watch it. Simple.

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she just want to work, and she get offered,

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Yessss...... She is accepting...Well, haters gonna hate, bitter is bitter..fighting HJE u r a sucks brilliant actress...the queen of romcom & melodrama and the ratings!!! go go go girl!!! I'm always support u..omg so excited for her comeback, can't wait, good luck and fighting HJE.

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I personally want her to take time off, and considering movie as her next project or maybe do melodrama instead. I have no doubt on her acting ability, except her scream parts.

It is done anyway, so I will look forward for it. She has a good eye in picking a good project, hopefully her partner is someone who is good too.

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Can we have Yoon Kyun Sang as the male lead? He needs a partner like HJE.

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I like her, I find she fits the theme more than she in SWP or KMHM,
tbh she did rom com since High Kick 2, a quiet one in Can you hear my heart, melo in Secret and lots of her weekend drama.
this lady is just want to work and she gets offered, Idk why she would turn it down, she may see something different in the script. Did she ever has long hiatus? she always had work, she just become buzzed again in media from KMHM to SWP and I hope this role can bring something better for her.
Then Idk if any actress on her age + popularity is available, Kang Sora had those neighborhood lawyer as I remember, Jang Nara just finished a drama. Even people find it questionable but a response is still a buzz worthy than ignorance.
I find lots of people say she's too loud but then I watched K-Variety and they impersonate her loud or weird (the cheeseburger one) pronunciation as something fun, funny and deserved a clap, it seems that it fit the Korean culture.
As many people said, I also find she's better at melo drama but I never find she is bad in comedy.

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YES!!!! Super happy to see HJE coming back to the screen. I differently miss her. Thought she wouldn't come back to acting after she got marry and have to wait until next year to see her but I'm one of the few who is super happy to see her back. I love her in any role.

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Yay! I love her! Not sick of seeing her face yet. I'm looking forward to seeing her in her new drama.

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So joo won is not going to be in this drama....?? thank god! :D

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Yes yes yes!!!!!! I am currently suffering Full House 2 for her so glad to know that I'll be getting new show from the queen of tom-com!! The premise of this show sounds so awesome already!!

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Well, I'm sooo in! I love her.

I think Ryu Jun Yeol is also casted in this drama, not sure if its true though.

Ji Sung vs HJE

Hyeri vs Jun Yeol

WOW. Hahahaha

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Wellllll, ryu Jun yeol has been confirmed as lead. I'm so conflicted. On one hand, I LOVE me some junpal. On the other hand, HJE has never been my cup of tea. I don't hate her, she's just not my fav. I was able to connect with her in KMHM tho, cuz yeah, she does bring heart to her characters. Hopefully she'll do the same for this role.

Regardless, now that RJY has confirmed, I'm tuning in for sure. I was already interested in the script but he has now definitely made it worth my while now. Also, THANk GOODNESS he's decided the Coke back to the small screen. He's smart and knows he needs to take in all the roles and continue to build his career when he's still receiving all the love.

I'm also glad they casted someone his age rather than someone much younger. I've never been a fan of Noona dramas and I think HJE has that mature aura that just wouldn't go well with a super young dude.

So many dramas to look forward to this year! 2016 is like, golden year in terms of kdramas and pairings.

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I Think HJW is loud only in comedies, I don't think all of her loudness can be attributed to the Director. I think that's her "style" if there is such a thing for an actor/actress.

Anyway, where can I read this webtoon? I can't find it on google :/. And I would like to read he source of the drama. It sound hilarious :D.

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