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Hwang Jung-eum courted back to dramaland for Lucky Romance

This wouldn’t be giving her much of a honeymoon, but Hwang Jung-eum always seemed like the kind of actress who couldn’t stay away from acting for too long: She’s currently in consideration to star in an upcoming MBC drama that has me excited, a webtoon adaptation called Lucky Romance. (Perhaps it would be more accurate to say luck-centric or luck-obsessed, since the heroine is incredibly superstitious and arranges her whole life around what’s lucky.)

I started reading the webtoon when the drama was first announced, and found it fresh and laugh-out-loud funny. The heroine is zany and cute, while the stern, humorless hero offers a fun contrast with his rigid ways. At first, it’s your classic opposites-attract setup: She’s Bo-nui, a wacky thirtysomething office worker who’s behind on her rent and spends all her energy trying to maximize her good fortune, seeing psychics, getting charms written, scattering beans to ward off bad luck — you name it, she’s tried it. He’s Taek-hoo, the uptight 29-year-old who has scrimped every penny to buy an apartment building, with rather epic Scrooge tendencies: In one case, a pretty co-worker brings him a coffee, and he immediately hands her his tumbler and directs her to return to the cafe to claim his 20-cent discount.

It’s unsurprising that Taek-hoo’s first order of business as landlord is to evict Bo-nui. She fumes at his high-handedness, but she has a bigger problem: According to a fortune teller, death is in the cards this year unless she cures the bad energy before the month is over… by having a one-night stand with a man who’s a tiger sign in the zodiac (born in 1986), preferably a virgin.

As it turns out, Taek-hoo happens to be a tiger sign… and he’s also never dated before because he’s so maniacal about saving money that he refuses to spend any on romance. He even wears a promise ring to himself! So Bo-nui makes it her mission to sleep with Taek-hoo, which is complicated by the fact that they disgust each other. It’s great. And there is a deeper heart behind the outlandish premise, which gives both characters more layers beneath the surface.

I can see how Hwang Jung-eum would be a good choice for the role, even if she overdoes her comedy moments, because she’s great at mining the poignant beats in between the zaniness. Now, for the penny-pinching tiger-man lead… Who’s free these days? Kim Soo-hyun? Seo In-gook? No, I think it really has to be Joo-won. He still has a few months before he’s drafted, right?

Lucky Romance will follow Goodbye Mr. Black and premieres in May.

Via Star News

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HJE belongs to MBC now :D

Is there any link for the webtoon in English? This looks fun.. Wanna read the webtoon :D

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I love the over view... is there English translation..?
My scare list
1) webtoon adaption..too many horrible experiences
2)HJE screams...she is good at emotional not comical scream plz
3)JW is best at doctor role / emotional(he should get official degree)but not good with comedy

Both are hardworking awesome actors with bad comic timing.. plz nooo...

May be splish splash couple.... they will be perfect....

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Yes!!! Second half that. They both suit the roles. But there's no hope is there? Sigh......

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Ryu JunYeol

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If Joo-won is in, I'm in.

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The male lead role seem fun and I love Joo Won. But pairing him with HJE (and MBC) reminds me to 'tragic' Level 7 pairing. Please say No, Joo Won! Jaebal..

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Too bad Siwon is in the army, 'cause I can already picture them together as a great couple (because of SWP no doubt). Jackson and Kim Shin Hyuk are the best things in SWP.

Well if we talk about 1986'er, maybe Choi Jin Hyuk or No Min Woo?

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Choin Jin Hyuk can't work for now. I suggest Lee Min Ho.

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Lee Min Ho is already considering other drama from Park Jieun.

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Another overrated actress

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It is either overrated or underrated. Please mention an actress name who everyone can universally agree she is rated just right.

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Touche!

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Jun Ji Hyun?

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I just love this comment. :D

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Your comment is life ? Thanks ?

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Mmmm, maybe you are right, but at least she is charismatic and likeable. I usually love her roles and she makes me care about her characters.
So in case her acting was not that good, I do not really care that much...usually her dramas are enjoyable.

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It's going to be fun, Jisung vs Hwang Jung Eum on wed-thu time slot.
I hope they offer the male lead to Joo won, heard the rumor is Han Suk Jin

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Yeah, just saw someone shared the news on Twitter.. HSJ is offered the role. Is he any good? :)

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Who's HSJ?

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Han Suk Jin

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Ah,ok,thanks.But he's old! Isn't the lead supposed to be 29? They could atleast send the offer out to RJY.He does the bickering well.

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Han Suk Jin is 34? That's old???

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He's a cutie! I can totally see him being a stingy freak, haha...

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I had to google to see who he was because the name did ring a bell. Then I realize I have seen him a lot in movies, just not drama. He is cute, and I cam totally see him having chemistry with HJE in a comedy. I hope he accepts it.

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Damn, Ha Sukjin would be really good at it. I already have flashes of Saengchori!!!!

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Sh-she's thirty-something?! Pffft. The way BoNui thinks made me think she was in her mid-twenties all this time, so I was like... Hwang JungEum...?

Not to say that older actor/actresses can't portray younger roles but Hwang JungEum has lost the air of a twenty-something to me and is a solid, confident thirty-something.

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Also, what are those horrible sleeves? -~`

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I think that is some kind of scarf or wrap that she is wearing, not part of the sleeves.

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Oooh so she will be up against Ji Sung's new drama?
If only Siwon wasn't in the army. He could have done great in this role.

I think Joo Won is enlisting very soon so no chance there sadly.

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I know actresses don't get much love here. So before the whiny comments begin, I have to say I Love Her and can't wait for this drama.

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Too late. She's already deemed too old. SIGH.

HJE is versatile and has actual range to pull off any kind of role. She's still considering, but I hope she accepts soon.

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You're not alone. I loved her too since Golden Time days.

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I totally agree about actresses not getting a lot of love around here, especially this actress. I love her a lot, she's one of my 'actresses in their 30s' bias. I've loved her since Incarnation of Money, or was it Can You Hear My Heart? I can't remember which I saw first. She can't do wrong as far as I'm concerned and this character is something she could do in her sleep. If she accepts, I hope they cast an actor that doesn't bore me, like someone I know.

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Unless it's MCW, PBY, JJH, KGE, SMA, or a select number of older established actresses like Go Hyun Jun or the younger starlets that have yet to hit it big like KSE or KSR, people won't be here for it. LOL.

At least now that Han Groo got married at 23 and royally fucked up her image in the process, with the hot mess surrounding her relationship with her "step-family," I no longer have to scroll through 50 comments like every time an actress in he 20s gets cast that people don't like.

"What about Han Groo?"
"Is Han Groo available instead?"
"Why don't they cast Han Groo for these roles instead?"

I mean nothing against her, I just don't care.

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Okay, I read about what happened with Han Groo. It seems she made a mistake, but I don't see why it's supposed to mess up her career.

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Now that Han groo is on hiatus,I guess kim seul gi is the new Han groo now on this site.on every casting news,u see comments like:
"Let's have kim seul gi in this"
"Ah,kim seul gi would be perfect for this role"
"I can totally see kim seul gi in this"

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LOL ??

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The promise ring bit got me rolling. Like seriously??

This should be fun. Can't wait

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I dislike her. Of all of my dramaland experience, she is the only actor i dislike. She is so screechy. I feel second hand embarrassment when i watch her. I loved KMHM but had to mute so many of her parts. Same with She was pretty.

The strange thing is that when she dials it down and does an emotional scene, it is perfect. But 90% of the the time she is just OTT. So after these 2 shows, i've decided to pass anything she does.

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This is my fear. The story sounds fun enough, but in HJE's hands I can easily see the cute and zany heroine becoming shrill and loud and kind of annoying (at least as for the first few episodes).

I wish the Kim Seul-gi suggestion was a possibility.

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She is perfect in serious roles. She was excellent in Secret. But when she does comedy she goes way WAY overboard into overacting. But it seems like after a few episodes she dials it down. In both KMHM and She Was Pretty she was almost unbearable the first few episodes but I don't know if someone said something because after about 5 episodes in both dramas she toned it down and started doing a good job. Hopefully she has learned to keep it dialed down and we don't have to endure 5 episodes of overacting before she finds her stride.

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I honestly did not see any change after first 5 episodes in her. Maybe bec as episodes progress, you move to the more serious territory. But as soon as some 'funny' scene came up, we were back to square one.

If it was a melodrama, i would tune in without fail. But i cannot bear her in another rom-com. And the premise is so whacky that I have no hope.

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Couldn't agree more. I like her in serious roles, but can't stand her in comedy. Screeching and flailing are just not my cup of tea. I really wish I did like her in comedies.

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I like her, but I prefer her in in serious role / melodrama not in a comedic role. She did a good job in KMHM and SWP but it is quite unbearable to see her.

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if joo won then i'll pass. he can't act comedy gezz just look at 7th level

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Ya but the character sounds a bit like his character from Cantabile Tomorrow, which he did a good job in.

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I have a feeling that she wouldn't accept this offer, Idk why but my guts telling me so

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I'd prefer Im Seul-ong :) I watched him in Ho-gu's love and I can see him good as the penny-pinching man lead :D

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That would be fun!

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This drama sounds hilarious. I love HJE and Joo Won when they are NOT doing comedy, she overreacts and he doesn't really deliver.

Can we please have Cha Tae Hyun instead?

The only funny girl I can think of right now is Kim Seul Gi but she's so tiny she would look like CTH's kid.

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It seems HJE has already accepted. I guess Han Suk Jin will too.

The drama to premiere after GMB, that's pretty soon so the cast will get confirmed very soon.

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So Bo-nui makes it her mission to sleep with Taek-hoo

I can think of a lot of other actresses I'd like to see in this role other than HJE.

Not familiar with the webtoon, but I'm afraid the script will be homogenized and sanitized to consist of:

accidental fall on top of you scene: Zzzzz
drunk tryst that neither member remembers: Zzzz

As far as male leads, please, not Joo-won, just don't.

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LMAO omg just reading your short recap of the webtoon makes me want to read/watch it right now!!!

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They should jist call this She was pretty -2. Similar aloof guy that will first dislike/annoyed and then fall in love. ?

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Omg I have major issues with HJE and her over acting/loudness. I missed out on SWP and HMHM despite liking the male leads because I couldn't take her. Please don't let it be Kim Soo-hyun or Seo In-guk. I love them too much that I'd be forced to watch it. Joo Won is good too but I feel I'd be able to afford missing him in a drama.

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Awww...this is harsh! I wonder what Joo Won did to you in the past..

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hmmmm.... HJE can deliver but in an overboard manner! although am a fan of her but i think i'll prefer kim seul gi in this one! she can also do a great job while not over doing it.. for the hero's part i'll go with joo won though not sure about him yet!

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I heard the male lead is Ha Seok Jin

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Based on the description, can I say how much I wish that it could be Kim Seul-gi and Doojoon that would be courted for this drama.

I literally can see them in those two characters to fit so well. Oh dear drama god, when are you going to hear my prayer and have those 2 get their full kdrama length lead drama! LOL!

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I'll also announce my love for Hwang Jung Eum here and I hope she takes it. I first saw her in Can You Hear My Heart, which to be honest I have yet to finish (I'm on episode 15?? haven't watched more in almost a year). I loved She Was Pretty despite all of its flaws, and it made me love HJE.

Does she tend to overdo it? Yes. But I actually like the way she overdoes it, hehe. I find her hilarious and I like that she isn't afraid to go all out or "ruin her image".

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like HJE, she overacts for comedy but she's golden on dramatic parts. she was really good in Giant & Golden Time:)

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oh gawd...there will be lots of shrieking and screaming and hysterical laughing. Not from me but from HJE. Doesn't she know this thing about overexposure as a celebrity? Too much is not a good thing.

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I like her. But my first choice still would be Kim Seul Gi. As for the male lead please let him be hot and not too old lol. I would love to see Seo In Guk again but I think he has another drama upcoming on OCN with Sooyoung from Girls Generation.

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If she only tones herself down a bit then she'd be a good actress for comedy since she does have that spunkiness. Though I do tend to like the 'straight man' in comedy instead of over the top characters/actors so it might be preference.

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"I can see how Hwang Jung-eum would be a good choice for the role, even if she overdoes her comedy moments"

- I'm still hoping she can rediscover her comedic chops from High Kick 2. She was hilarious there and while, yes, she had moments of over-the-topness, for the most part she was fantastic.

And this would be the PERFECT chance to reunite her with Daniel Choi (I will never give up on this pairing!). Seriously, they play off each other so well when she's acting the crazy wack-job and he's acting the uptight, serious guy forced to put up with her. Please put them together again!

Or at least cast Daniel Choi in a drama already. I miss him.

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He enlisted in the army last year, so I wouldn't expect to see him in dramas for about a year and a half.

(I did love them as an OTP in HK2 and I'd also want to see them reunite in another drama, if only to right certain wrongs.)

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I miss daniel choi,too. I was looking for hos latest news and just found out that he went to military quietly, his last drama was so long ago. He is perfect for this role. And i was laughing so hard at HJE' comedic acting in high kick, but not so much in her recent dramas.

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I can actually see Hwang Jung-eum in this.

It sounds like this could be laugh-outloud-funny. Let's hope it is!

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I thought she was getting married... Can't we get a break from this woman?

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She's married already

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HJE gets on my nerves when she thinks being funny is doing the crazy eyes and the screaming but if they can make her tone it down it should be ok... well, as a stingy serious inexperienced in love male lead i thought about Kim Ji hoon...! hes older than HJE irl but he looks younger than her imo and he can be hilarious and deliver in dramatic scenes

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There are some actors/actresses that do I project a year, if even that, and there are others that do back to back to back projects.

I would think that just getting married and having a honeymoon is a good excuse to take a break from acting for a while.

In any case she's welcome. If the writing is good, she would probably be looking at another hit at her hands. I wish her all the luck in the world and a sincere congratulations on her marriage. Peace.

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I don't like her at all. She's just grating on my nerves with her over acting and nasal voice. Either Park Bo Young or Kim Seul-Gi would be awesome!!

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Both are too young for the role. Didn't you read the character description?

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If kang ji-hwan wasn't in a drama already, I see him pulling this off. I mean, look at him in 'Don't lie to me'. He pulled off the uptight boss role.

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I adore HJE. I would like to see her in this drama. I like her in cute and quirky roles.

Not sure who I want for the male lead though... not Joo Won.

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How about Lee Je-hoon ? He can be good in romcom, some of his scenes in the movie "My paparotti" were very funny ^^

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I see the hate comments have begun. Such a shame. Anyways, I love her and I'm so excited to see her in a new drama. Hope that everything goes well.

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Cha Tae hyun and Gong Hyo Jin or Song Ji Hyo (she was adorable in ex girlfriends club)

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I don't know if it's just me but I don't find Seul Gi to be a very convincing actress. Splish Splash Love was very cringeworthy at the end. In my humble opinion, HJE is a better actress but of course how much a person likes an actor is subjective and just because I don't like someone's acting doesn't make them a bad actor...just an unconvincing one.

What really pisses me off are comments like "she needs to take a break" etc. The privilege in those comments leave me speechless. Just because you don't want to see her she has to stop being in the spotlight even though that's her job? Wow.

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Yes! I do not understand the people who complain about HJE's "overacting" and praise Kim Seul-gi in the same breath. The only thing I've ever seen KSG in was Flower Boy Next Door, and I found her acting majorly OTT there. Like HJE's acting dialed up a thousandfold.

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If to compare between these two, of course it is given that HJE is a better actress because she has more experience compared to KSG. I prefer not to compare who is better.

It is just that, KSG is so underrated and ppl wants her to be given more chances after Splash2 Love.. I think KSG is convincing enough in doing comedic roles and she is likeable.

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I'd cast Lee Yoon Ji and Oh Min Seok if star power wasn't an issue.

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yes lee yoon ji!!

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LOL at these comments.

Anyway, yeah her acting can definitely get super OTT and screechy at times (which is why I never understood the She Was Pretty hype but whatever, different strokes), but I don't think that necessarily makes her bad by any means.

And lmao at people telling her to not act as much anymore and take a break.

She's an actress, her job is to act. If you don't like her, don't watch her dramas. I don't understand people that hate watch certain dramas and actors/actresses because they don't want to feel left out.

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I like her and apparently most of Korea does as well because she is definitely one of the "it" actresses right now. I don't have strong feelings about the actor. Most these guys can pull off mean Korean dude with one hand tied behind their backs.

The hope I have about this drama is that "heart" that javabeans writes about gets adapted well in the drama because that elevates a silly premise into a lovely story.

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omg I can so see Joo Won in this role!!

I think hwang jung eum is a good choice

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No please.... I just can't.
Nothing against Hwang Jung Eun but I'd love to see new faces. I feel like whenever I turn my head she's in a new drama. Splash Splash Love's couple would be perfect

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I like HJE. Really, I do. But I dont think I can stand her screaming theatrics anymore. Kill Me, Heal Me, I understand because of the drama's tone. But She Was Pretty was already bordering on ridiculous.

ALSO, I WANT ME SOME KIM SEUL-GI.

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She is one of five actresses whom I would watch for anything!! Can't wait!!!!!!!!!!!

For male lead: I wish for Park Hae Jin - if China can lend him out lol

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Or Ryu jun yeol for lead. It'd be a big get for him to leap onto "serious/mature male lead" status ?

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Yes, let it be Joo Won! He'd be perfect for the role.

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I've no doubts JW will be able to deliver any role that given to him. As long as the storyline and the co-star is promising. He was pretty unlucky in my opinion in terms of co-star, except his pairing with Kim Tae Hee in YP. With HJE, what I can see is just a repeat of his drama 'Level 7' - Ackward pairing, yes! 1000x

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Cast Ju Ji Hoon (Princess Hours, Mask) instead. He pulled comedy as well as melodrama.

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