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Ryu Joon-yeol joins Hwang Jung-eum in a Lucky Romance

Score! Ryu Joon-yeol, who had a huge debut year with Answer Me 1988 (also the films Socialphobia and Glory Day, and the variety program Youths Over Flowers in Africa), has been chosen to play the leading man in MBC’s upcoming rom-com Lucky Romance, which just confirmed Hwang Jung-eum a day ago.

I’d heard some fan speculation about how Ha Suk-jin (D-Day) would be a good fit for the uptight, incredibly stingy hero and thought, He’d be perfect. Then I saw this casting and thought, Even more perfect! It’s a tricky role to cast because the hero can be uptight and brusque, but I think Ryu has the goods to allow us to still love him even when he’s being kind of a jerk. I like this casting. A lot.

The story features an eccentric heroine who’s blindly superstitious and obsessed with fortunes, who hangs all sorts of bad-luck-warding objects in her home (from charms to chicken heads), who receives a dire prediction from a psychic saying that death is in her fortune within the year unless she manages to right the bad luck she’s accumulated. The way to do it: Have a one-night stand with a (preferably virgin) man born in the year of the tiger, or 1986.

Enter our hero, a stiff, Scroogey 29-year-old with a sense of frugality that borders on the epic. He sees everything in terms of money and has never dated because it’s a waste of funds; he rifles through trash for recyclables, eats old leftovers, cuts his own hair, and argues for discounts like the orneriest ajumma on a bargain hunt. He’s hilarious and maybe even a little unlikable, and he sees the heroine as absurd and perplexing — and also a money sink, because she’s behind on rent and he’s just taken ownership of her apartment building. He evicts her, she tries to seduce him, comic mishaps ensue, and along the way they gradually start understanding each other and fall in love.

The character was originally named Je Taek-hoo, but has been renamed Je Su-ho for the drama, which has to be for all the punning opportunities: je-su literally means luck (and to the heroine, he’s her ticket to it), and is also a word, when used in slang terms, that means pain in the ass (literally “no luck”). And as far as I can tell, the character will be both of those things. I don’t know how Ryu Joon-yeol’s comic chops are, but this is a character who is funny in context — he’s serious, but the circumstances will make us laugh. I hope!

Lucky Romance will follow Goodbye Mr. Black and premieres in May as a 16-episode drama.

Via Star News

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Omygahhhhhhhhhhhhh I'm so happy for him!!!!!!

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+1 for him and for myself..

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Ryu Jun Yeol in a romcom is like the best news ever. I hope he gets the girl this time.

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i hopeeee!!!! this time pleaseeeee

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But HJE!!!! Sad!

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Here I am having sworn to myself to never ever watch anything with her again after I stopped watching KMHM because of her, her over-acting and her voice. Eotteoke!? Luff him.

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Not a big fan of hers either. Her overacting during the slapstick just turns me off of anything I see her in. I dropped SWP for this very reason. I hadn't seen her in much before then, but now I know that her comedy is really not my cup of tea.

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I was so happy to read that he already snatched a lead role in a drama but then it's with her.
I dropped KMHM because of her and kind of regretted not watching Ji Sung in his glory. I hang onto SWP until the end though. I still don't like her there but she was watchable. Loved Seo Joon though.
Will watch this for the love of Joon Yeol <3

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Wow that's really good news, was feeling sad since Signal ended. Now Junghwan can finally move on haha

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where can i read this webtoon! ):

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I love Ryu Jun Yeol!! He will be looking so fine in those suits!

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AAAAAAAH! This is awesome - his character won't have to suffer crushing heartbreak again!

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I thought he'd be focusing on movies so this is a nice surprise. But doesn't he have other projects lined up already? Don't want him to overwork himself...

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He waa caat in at least 3 movies due out this year but he's striking while the iron ia hot. As a mega fan, I'm so happy ffor him but yeah he's gonna overwork himself

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FINALLLLYYYYYYY. I AM SOOOOO HAPPY FOR HIM!!!! Also can't wait for the kiss scene too ahahahha :P

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buwahahahahahahahahaha XD

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I'm in, I'm in, I'm innnnnnnn!!! Literally screamed. Haha

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Nice!

Both of them from CJes right?

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Yes. I hope Junsu or Gummy will sing for OST.

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Yaaaaasssssss!!!!!!! So excited for the Jung Eum & Joon Yeol vs. Ji Sung & Hyeri showdown. Def tuning into both <3

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they become rivals. :D

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It is unfortunate PBG's new drama will come later, otherwise it could be interesting battle too.

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Is it the same timeslot?

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Unfortunately no...
Entertainer will be airing in SBS Mon-Tue from April 20 meanwhile Lucky Romance will be airing in MBC Wed-Thu from April 11...

but on the bright side, our Mon-Thu slots are scheduled! :)

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Actually they are on the same time slot as Ddandara/Entertainer! So it will be interesting to see the ratings between these 2 shows. PBG's drama is not scheduled until August, so were spared from choosing which one of these 3 shows to watch!

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YASSSSSSS!! Wahh this is amazing! I'm soo gonna watch them

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I'm excited that RJY already had a new drama lined up, but I don't know, I was a bit annoyed by HJE's acting in She Was Pretty. It was a bit over the top and manic for my liking, which seems exactly how she'll be in this drama too. I'll probably still end up watching for RJY though lol.

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....you got me thinking if HJE is that manic in romcom, and this is a webtoon-based drama, as you can wee RJY's character might be cool but a weirdo too. So, somehow I can visual RJY be that cool as R88's Junghwan but also as weird as Socialphobia's Yangge.

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+1 ^_^

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I'm all in for a one night stand scene with Ryu Junyeol. Hahahaha!
Reading the synopsis, is it safe to say it's like the vice versa version of Penny Pincher, no?
Anyway, This drama officially in my watch list

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Penny Pincher did come to mind. O.o

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it will be Daebaaakkkkk....yaaayyyyy

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Omg yay!! this is perfect!
I initially agreed with the idea of Joo Won, but Ryu Jun Yeol would be perfect. I was so surprised that Reply1988 was his debut :O

I love Hwang Jung Eum, and I have watched almost everything of hers. But after She Was Pretty, I wish she would dial it down a bit, I honestly found some of her crazy scenes unwatchable, but then she does the quiet touching moments and she is spot on!!

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it's not ...his debut was social phobia..movie in early of 2015

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Maybe she meant drama debut?

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It is not.he has small role in producer

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He's going to get the girl this time ?❤

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This is exciting news.!

Even I dont watch Reply series, but I am happy for him & Park Bo Gum do not have to wait a long time for next offer.

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Doesn't his character sound a lot like jungpal? LOL.
Prickly on the outside but a big teddy bear on the inside. Somehow, I think this is how RJY will play this character. I'm thinking something along the lines of Chef from OMG lol.

Anyway, that cold & awkward exterior RJY has gotten down, no sweat. As much as I don't particularly love HJE, I think both casting choices are pretty darn good. I can envision both of them in their roles. As long as it wasn't some other actress I absolutely can't stand/connect with for some reason (i.e Jin se yeon, Kim so eun, Han groo) I know some of these names are very loved on this site but I've just never been able to vibe with them.

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YAY. I'm so happy for him! I almost did a happy dance in my seat which I can't do because I'm in my office and the CEO is gonna do his annual stroll in the offices!!!

But OMG I'm so excited for this, all I can do now is just wish this pairing works great and wait for the drama to actually happen!

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OMG! re: CEO. Lmao!!!

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Ryu Junyeol?? Why not Kim Seulgi or Han Groo?? ??

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I want it to be Kang Sora hahahaha..but HJE is not bad...

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Btw kang sora has drama called neighborhood hero as I remember and will premier shortly (if I remember correctly),
I think she is unavailable for this drama ^^

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I know that too..that's why i said that lmao...

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As much as I love those two and think they could probably do wonders with the character if they were older, they're actually a bit too young for this, I think. This is supposed to be a noona romance. And I personally think HJE will be perfect.

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LOL guys poko was joking. Everyone on the HJE thread was all like "Why not Kim Seul Gi or Han Groo?!" Notice poko said "Ryu Junyeol?!" Not "Hwang Jungeum?!"

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I am so incredibly excited for this right now!!! Drama land has been pretty bland for me lately. I needed this announcement so badly!!! He is going to be perfect. I cannot wait!

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Omg I'm so happy! He's gonna nail the role for sure!

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Hope tat RJY will accept this drama! I will totally look forward to this drama if he takes up the role!!

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Oh, he is confirmed going to act in this drama! Omg, so excited for it!!

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I don´t really get his charm as an actor, but seeing him in Youth Over Flowers Africa...um... well, still not sure, arent they wasting a lot of money there? though he´s one of the more responsible. but the leads here are both a little unusual and odd in both looks and personality, so they are probably a good match

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maybe you prefer flower boy which is not him AT ALL.

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Agree.

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no, I don´t. I actually like quirky looks, but he is too dull for me.

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lol

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His "charm" as an actor is that he can actually act.

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Wow, didn't see that coming. Good for him!
Now hoping for drama casting news for other ex-AM88 cast, GKP, AJH, LDH (is he confirmed for Entourage?), RJY, etc.

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As much as I like him, there are some obvious limitations on how much physical contact he will be allowed to. The story's juxtaposition of one-night-stand and romance could be a great setting for actors around HSJ's age, let alone the usual hero's cold façade à la Mr. Darcy mixed together into this combination.

The storyline itself has a She Was Pretty vibe, more comedy and less romance which is one of my favorite genres anyway. HJE is involving into a very good comical actress who's able to interact with both older and younger co-stars. She sometimes overacts on screen, a quality that would have been perfect for a theater stage, but she has learnt how to tone herself down in the next shot.

Good luck to all of them!

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I am confuse what are you saying...who said that he limited physical contact ? and who's HSJ ?? and you said great setting for actor around HSJ or HJE?'s age ? RJY is 30 this year..so what is the problem..

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Hmm, I mean. HSJ is older than Hwang and it's supposed to be a noona romance. In fact. the male lead is supposed to be born in 86', like Ryu Joon Yeol, who is, btw, 29. I'm not sure what 'physical contact' will have to be limited when they seem to fit the characters perfectly.

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@ FANNY ~ If you read the article , you'll know who HSJ is. If you don't know him, just google his name.

It's the context of the story that makes me a bit worry about the sexual tension between the leads. If you're sure he's ready to go for it, then that's good for him and perfect for us.

No more confusion, I hope.

@Chandler ~ Actors' actual age is not a big deal. In Madame Antoine, the male lead was supposed to be 36 when he's under 30; the same goes for dramas like Secret Garden or IRY.

In this genre, attraction and physical contact between the leads are essential (in H2H, these two factors made all the difference for me, albeit the makjang of the second half). I really hope you're right and everything works perfectly for the audience. There isn't such thing as saturation of good rom-com on television after all.

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Looking forward to anything with Ryu Jun Yeol. I will definitely check it out. I do hope it's a good script.

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That is all. ;)

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I. am. so. happy!!! Hope it does well. Good luck RJY and HJE!

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Oops, forgot to add that I'm glad the crime of not seeing RJY kiss someone onscreen will be rectified with this drama. R1988 did not make good use of those lips! ;_; #justiceforjyslips!

(Lol don't mind me it's almost 4am and I'm very tired :D)

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OMG love that hashtag so much! #justiceforjyslips

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Haha yes!

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So. Excited.
#justiceforjyslips!

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Lol. I may be #TeamTaekkie, but I totally agree that RJY's lips were criminally underutilized in Reply 1988. Hopefully, this drama would correct that gross oversight. XD #justiceforjyslips

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:) :) :)

#justiceforjyslips

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#justiceforjyslips lol

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I think he has benefited the most from reply 1988, getting castings left, right and centre. The two make a very unusual combo, her being a veteran and him with his newfound fame. Lets see!

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I really drawn to this drama stories but I also trust Ji sung so much.
I don't like these ji sung vs hwang jeung um and hyeri vs ryu jun yool. It's like I can foresee the mess in comment section, maybe I am too paranoid but well I see some rage towards hyeri after AM1988 ended and girls day fan will not gonna take this ease if it become issue again.
Just if they changed slot, I hope I can stay away from kpop forum if these 2 drama has issue.
I hope both of them do well on quality and coverage.

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More Junyeol on my screen. I can't complain. <3

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HA!

he couldn't be more perfect for what this role sounds like, he's an '86er, is he not? I have a feeling he and Hwang Jung-eum will vibe really well, based on their acting styles.

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I like Ryu very much. But for Hwang Jung Eum, I really don't admire her kind of acting.

Oh! It's really a dilemma for me

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I am making such a high pitched squeeing sound that only dogs can hear it. I was hoping to see him in a drama again soon. I don't care if the show turns out to be so frustrating I want to pull out my hair from watching it. With Ryu Joon-yeol, everything will be alright. :D

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If only dramabeans have the like/love button... i'll abuse the button :)). Great pair, can't wait for the romance..

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Daebakkk!! Just this morning I read about hwang jung eum confirmed this drama and thought that jun yeol can fit as the lead actor and then this happen. Oh my goodness!!

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OMG. JUNGPAL!!
I am definitely gonna watch this.

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And dB folks are dancing in the moonlight right now...
HJE is a hit maker, and this drama will make him shine more. He's so lucky to get her as a female lead..
I can see this drama will be popular & get many buzz around the world + good ratings, beat its two rivals.

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Eeekkkk....I'm so in now. But please please PD-nim, please tone down HJE's overacting and screeching.

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ALMOST thought it was a noona romance then I remembered he's older than he looks/played on reply.

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It should still be a noona romance, since the webtoon the drama will be based on is apparently one. The actual age gap is probably less than the comic, as Hwang Jung-eum is only 31 IRL, while Ryu Joon-yeol is actually 29 and born in 1986 like the character he's playing.

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Apparently, there is a wet white shirt shower scene for the male lead in the webtoon.

*dies*

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Shirt in shower scene, whyyyy? (That's like KSH shower scene with a towel in YFAS)
Hmm...Can we compromise and get a wet white shirt scene AND a shirtless shower scene? Kekeke

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He's younger by one year only she's 85 he's 86 not that much of an age gap, never seen his acting before but the storyl sounds interesting and every drama HJE is in is fun

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*happydance*

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EXCITEEEEEDDD!!!

I pray forever he will take a role in rom-com and i dont know it come so fast like this!!! *scream*

akkh, okay, after YOF ended, i still can see him on my screen LOL, i am frustated because i think he wil prefer movie, but.... *sobs*

okay, no more heartbreaking, please this time!

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This! Yes. Yes. This is perfect. He's actually more at the right age than Ha Suk-jin (even though he would be great too). An honestly? He just really seems perfect for the character now that I've checked out the webtoon. And I personally adore Hwang Jung Eum so I can't wait :)

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He's a good actor. I'm happy for him. Now I only wish the actress tones down her overacting for this one. She was excellent in Secret, but somehow in her last 2 dramas her acting went downhill. Maybe she's more suited for melos than comedies.

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I'm also praying that the PD can control her better this time, I almost quit KMHM after the first two episodes and Siwon was the only reason I kept watching SWP. sigh

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Exciteddddd

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Is my love for RJY enough to overcome my intense dislike for the female lead? Sigh!!! This time he's guaranteed to get the girl right? If only.......

I am very sure he will be able to deliver. I'm so glad that he has gotten the male lead so quickly. I can just imagine him in this role.

Looks like my love for him is enough. Perhaps I just need to mute her in her scenes. lol

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Lucky Romance vs Ddanddara
Hwang JungEum & Ryu JoonYeol vs Ji Sung & Hye Ri
Kill Me Heal Me broken couple vs Reply 1988 broken couple
Coincidence happens folks.
And I'm boarding on the first team

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Do you really think Hye Ri will be romanced by Ji Sung? O.o I'm thinking something like he's the head of the company and she's one of the talents. O.o

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I'm seeing some my lovely girl like romance (minus the sister part)

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COUNT ON ME GUYSSS!! i m all in on this drama.. can you imagine junyeol make a romance scene with hilarious mode ?? ohh.. thank you god for this,i really want watch this drama ..can we skip the time now,,give me may now!

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Yes! Thank you Drama Gods!!

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So exciteeeeeeeeeeeeed....... ^______^
I was thinking it would be long wait until I can see him on my TV screen again.
Two movies and a drama is coming !!!!!!!!!
hwaaaaaa........can't wait !!!!

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