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Chae Soo-bin up to play Park Bo-gum’s princess in Moonlight Drawn By Clouds

The leads are in place for KBS’s youth romance sageuk Moonlight Drawn By Clouds (that’s Park Bo-gum and Kim Yoo-jung), and now we’re beefing up the supporting ranks with Chae Soo-bin (Sassy Go Go, Spy) in contention to join the show.

Chae’s role would be of the crown princess, consort to Park Bo-gum’s lead character, Crown Prince Hyomyeong. You know, the hero whose main romance is with Kim Yoo-jung, the young woman who cross-dresses as a man and enters the palace as a eunuch. I can’t be the only one unsettled by having our swoony romantic hero set up to romance our heroine when he’s already got a wife, can I? Yes, I recognize that it happens in many a sageuk and that it’s historically accurate for the time, but it’s still feels weird to me, especially with Moonlight Drawn By Clouds set up to be such a bright, cheerful, youthful romance drama.

A few random notes: Kim Yoo-jung was in a similar setup in Secret Door, where she was paired with a crown prince who also had a jealous wife. That drama didn’t really manage the whole deal very well, although we have to hope that this one will fare better. Also, Park Bo-gum’s two ladies were almost rivals in another drama, high school rom-com Sassy Go Go, which Kim Yoo-jung considered before the lead role went to Jung Eun-ji.

Chae Soo-bin really took to her villain-rival character with gusto in Sassy and the princess will play an important role in political power struggle here, so I expect to see some sparks flying in this drama. Chae does have a nice way of taking a stock villain and making her interesting — or at least can turn that into a love-to-hate-her kind of opponent — which should bode well for the casting, if it goes through; Chae’s management confirmed that she is currently considering.

Moonlight Drawn By Clouds will premiere on August 1 as a KBS Monday-Tuesday drama.

Via Star News

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Honestly, I wish she was playing the cross-dresser instead. She undoubtedly has the talents to bag a lead role, isn't underaged and would most likely have great chemistry with PBG. But whats done is done, and if she takes this up, I hope it acts as a spring board for her to take centre stage next.

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I liked her in Sassy Go Go and think she's got talent. Would really have liked her to have a chance at the lead role.
On the flip side, not too keen about this plot reveal of a wife already in the picture. I get that it's historically accurate, but it does further diminish my enthusiasm for this drama.

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She's talented and versatile, and should rightfully be in lead role league - she was fantastic in both Spy and Sassy Go Go.

In an ideal world she'd be a leading lady in her own right, but Kim Yoo-jung and Jung Eun-ji aren't too shabby either, so her being second lead isn't going to be feel like watching Kim Min-seo play second lead against Han Ga-in in Moon/Sun. Or Kang Sora play second lead to, well, I needn't say.

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She was also great in that family drama Bluebird's House where she played one of the leads and was a bright, sassy young girl.

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I saw maybe two episodes of Bluebird's House and liked her performance, but the story seemed like such a bore.

Not that weekend dramas are the place to go for superior acting, but she has a gift for making more out of her roles than what she's given to work with. She'd make an amazing lead if she just got the chance.

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and she's similar to Irene!

ow, PBG is so lucky....

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KWON SOO AH! Nice to see her, hope she makes it big this year. Although Eunji killed it in Sassy Go Go, i would have loved to see Yoo Jung and Jisoo together.

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I'm still holding out hope for that Eunji/Ji-soo reunion.... their chemistry was off the charts.

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Totally OT, but yea, what would i do to see them tgether again.. Jisoo is so busy with his acting projects one after another. and Eunji with her solo career, if she has any plan for drama this yr, or maybe early next yr, there's tiny chance right?

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'Splish splash love' is an example of a rom com lite with the king having another wife.

The wife and the heroine manage to be friends of a sort , refreshingly . But the ending is quite bittersweet ..

Not sure how they would manage in this drama, since both the girls are from the same era and there is convenient 'escape route'

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The wife in SSL had another love interest though? Did they call it quits? Lol.

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Bummer. I also wish she was was the lead!

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Is her character also in the novel as well?

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Yes, but she was a very minor character and was not very romantically involved with the Crown Prince as well. Mostly for political pawn reasons.

It seems like the writers are fiddling with the original storyline and plot of the web novel - which is fine, when done well. Here's fingers crossed to plot changes done well.

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Thanks for the info. I actually hope they keep it like the novel, however I doubt that will happen. They want to cast her that means she will have lots of screen time. I just wish they don't make her evil. Did you read the novel? how's the ending?

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I also find it a little unsettling for our hero to already have a wife. Yes it was common at the time for royalty to marry young and even have more than one wife, but it makes PBG seem like a player, and I don't like that image for him. Besides I'd find it difficult to be romantic with someone when his wife is staring daggers at you at every turn.

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I understand what you're saying, but if it helps, keep history in mind. It doesn't make him a player as much as it makes him and the princess a political pawn. Played right, it's more easy/cheap pathos than a flaw.

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For me the issue is that the drama intends to make people sympathise with the OTP, which in this case would mean supporting the 'cheating' couple, while the wife would be portrayed almost as a villain, right? I think it puts cheating in a more acceptable light and I don't like shows that try to make me go against my own morals.

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..... we're talking about a time where it was actually expected that the king would keep concubines.

I don't think the concept of marital fidelity as we know it existed in the Joseon era, so the question of 'cheating' doesn't really enter the equation.

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I agree. I don't think a concept of marital fidelity existed for kings of any country anywhere until very recently. King Edward VII's wife, Queen Alexandra, allowed his mistress to say goodbye to him on his deathbed and was apparently even very fond of her. This was in 1910. The political nature of dynastic marriage made love between the king and his queen something to maybe be hoped for but certainly not expected in any such union. It seems like most often they tolerated each other and sometimes actively hated each other.

I recently read excerpts from a book called Women in Korean History which describes a young woman who was chosen to be the queen on King Injo's son, Crown Prince Sohyeon. I guess her family was pleased about it but she was so determined not to be queen that she showed up at court behaving like a madwoman, displaying horrible manners and making herself as unpleasant as possible. It worked, she was sent home and later married another man. The king later realized he'd been tricked and acknowledged he'd been cleverly out-maneuvered. Has this story ever been dramatized? Because this is one drama I would love to see.

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That would def. be an interesting premise for a drama.

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I see what you mean but maybe just because something was acceptable back then, it doesn't mean that it was right? And then this translates to it becoming more acceptable in our time when us viewers see it put in a good light in a drama.

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Fiction can depict anything at all, but I only draw the line at something spilling over to real life - like casting a 14 year old actress as the love interest of a 30 year old actor.

when it comes to the story, I strongly suggest keeping in mind that what was "right" back then, was rather different from what you might consider right in the modern day. As many people have pointed out, there was no such concept as 'cheating' for the king.

and if viewers are so feeble-minded as to think it's 'aceptable' to have multiple wives etc now just because a drama, then there's no helping them.

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Pinny, I do understand how you feel but look at it this way. Every woman in the palace, no matter what they do belongs to the king.
If he fancies a maid, it was fine for the king to sleep with her. It was common knowledge back then.
Jealousy existed because they are human but they were expected to keep it under control.

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Opps this was meant as a reply to mysterious.

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+1 Reminds me of scenes at Jackpot where the queen was obviously jealous at the lady of consort, but eventually was punished by the king instead because she couldn't keep her jealousy under control.

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Yep, wasn't jealousy in a woman an outright sin/crime? I think it was one of the justifications the court used when a lot of famous controversial queens/concubines got deposed, like Lady Yoon and Jang Heebin.

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It's sad but true.

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Not just for royalty/nobility, marriage (worldwide) was seen as a means to form familial alliances and further one's family position (which was the prime value of daughters and why protecting said virginity was of great importance), along with providing a male heir.

Marriage for love is a modern construct (as is being a teenager).

Henry VIII basically split from the Catholic Church and set up his own church (w/ him as the head) over wanting to divorce his current wife and remarry for various reasons.

Henry's 1st wife, Catherine of Aragon, had previously been married to his older brother, Arthur, (and heir to the throne) who ended up dying months later.

The reason why Henry entered into marriage with his brother's widow was to keep the Anglo-Aragon alliance alive against France (Catherine was betrothed to Arthur at 3 yrs of age and was married at age 13) and to keep the rather substantial dowry (Henry and Arthur's father, Henry VII, a recent widower, thought about marrying Catherine himself).

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I was really hoping she would play a nice character this time, even if it were in another drama. There were glimpses of it in SGG, and it was not enough. (I don't think I want to invest time in House of Bluebird).

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Somehow, I wish that Chae will be the female lead instead, she's only younger than Park Bogum by a year and she does seem like a good match with him, age as well as talents. She can hold her own in a leading role too, really hope for her to get center stage soon instead of being the supporting character. Anyway, glad to see her back on the screen, after last year's Sassy Go Go.

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I too wish chae soo bin was playing the lead role instead.

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Over a sucky actress yes but not over Kim Yoo-jung who can basically do sageuk in her sleep.

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LOL "Kim Yoo-jung who can basically do sageuk in her sleep" is so true!

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Thank you.

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Yeah, except she's still a child and already playing an "other woman," this is squicky no matter how I look at it. I hate that the business is making her grow up too fast.

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As unsettling as the idea of a married man going after another woman is.. All the saeguks that I have seen, they usually explain it away by using
A. A real bitchy wife
B. Someone who doesn't love the king is only there for her own faction's political motives.

A couple that quickly come to mind are moon that embraces the sun, empress ki

Splish Spalsh love was an exception in how they treated the queen.

So overall I am fully expecting Chae Soo-bin's character to be such that we will all root for the king to cheat.

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or Option C - a child bride who marries on order and grows up with no real connection with her husband, making them both victims of a loveless political marriage.

Splish Splash Love did a great job not airbrushing over the fact that the king was married.

And it made for a good laugh when the two girls finally became friends and it turned out the Queen's stamp of approval on her new bff involves setting her up to sleep with her husband!

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But usually I'll hope that they'll gradually fall in love after all. You know, just so they don't stay miserable for their whole lives.

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Of course its unsettling to our romantic modern views on marraige but that has nothing to with real history facts of those days. They married for political gains, power and not for love. You dont get to rule the country and get to choose to marry a women you love.

Why else would they have so many concubines to escape the polititcal, loveless marriages that last a life time. There wouldnt be so many doomed women to this life otherwise.

A kdrama fan dont have the magic power to change history to their own taste;)

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"A kdrama fan dont have the magic power to change history to their own taste;)"

But writers do, this is fiction. But no, they choose to glorify adultery for cheap drama.

I don't buy the "back then, it was okay" excuse, because this drama isn't being made back then, it's being made now, and writers should be looking at their story through the modern world's more civilized lens.

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A Joseon King could have more than one wife (whether holding the title of Queen or Royal consort) in addition to concubines.

There really is no such thing as the King "cheating" as all the non-related women in the palace are "his women."

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I hope she isn't evil because that would be too typical. Plus if she's nice Sungjae won't have to end up alone this time :)

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I love Chae Soo-bin, and I love her even more after Sassy Go Go but I hope KBS isn't going to toss her into the typcasting rut of 'bitchy second lead' with this. Her character in Sassy was so much more, and she deserves better than to be reduced to a stereotype to make a far more beloved and famous actress look better.

(and if there was any justice in kdrama world, she'd already be a prime time leading lady by now).

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oh Lord. She was so mediocre in Bluebird House. I am not looking forward to seeing her again...

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I think she should take this for the exposure (it's good that KBS have her back, she has potential). Her character in Sassy Go Go was poorly written imo but she did well with she had to work with.

Kim Yoo Jung is definitely the better actress in my book, plus has far more sageuk experience and is generally more popular so I get why they went with her for the main role. Still, Chae Soo Bin is far more age appropriate...

I hope Sungjae takes the second male lead role too, this is a great leading quartet!

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Loved her so much in Bluebird’s House,kinda wanted her to get the leading role...

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well age aside, KYJ is obviously the better option (more popular, knetizens love her, acting chops and etc.) i'll take her if i can't have a kim ji won x park bo gum pairing

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First of all, I don't get why so many people are up in arms abt Yoo Jung...she's a fantastic actress. Can we really deny that. You go girl!
Also, I really don't know if u can take Chae Soo Bin in another horrible sfl role. She's scarily good yo.

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Problem is not with her acting skills, problem is with her age. Since its a romcom genre, we viewers will be expecting lots of romances and possibly kiss scenes to swoon over. But imagine me a grown adult trying to swoon over a kiss scene of 15 year old girl. That's just wrong.

Her age has now just set this big iron bar in terms of going any further with the romance. At most we will get a light cheek kiss, but I definiely won't be enjoying seeing that. I wish an adult actress took this role. The whole drama feels like a waste to me.

Page turner with Kim So Hyun was okay because it was a slice of life and her friendship with Ji Soo was cute, but this is literally about young romance. Unless they make them act like babies, I don't see what else we can anticipate.

E.g. Eunji acting as teenager is okay. Because she is legal. Yoo Jung acting as teenager (even though she is) is not okay because she is still underage.

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She will be 17 while this shows is airing. I believe her (fictional) character in the web novel was also 17. In history Crown Prince Hyomyeong (Park Bo Gum's character) died at age 21 so he had to be younger than 21 in the story.
I think casting is 23 yr who can also act is good enough.

The legal age in Korea is 18 (please correct me if I'm wrong). I don't know what's considered legal as far as kissing scenes on tv. I only know that 17yr old girls these days don't just kiss boys on the cheek. Heck some starts french kissing in middle school.

Idk, part of me wish she was a bit older and part of me thinks she fits the role even if there is kissing involve.

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/Sigh, forgive the terrible grammar. I need an edit button.

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If she was 1996er at least, this would have been perfect. But since its already happened, it will be interesting to see how they will choose the interactions between the leads. Kim Yoo Jung is basically a precious baby of Korea so I think they will keep it very minimalistic. Anyway at least she is a better option than idols *cough* Seolhyun.

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Yes it's kind of hard to shake off that innocent child actress image of hers. We've basically seen her grow up on tv.

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I believe Yeo Jin Gu was 16 when he had his first on screen kiss with Ha Yeon Soo who was 23 at the time in the sitcom Potato Star 2013QR3. If you youtube it, you will see it was a pretty deep kiss.

Kim Yoo Jung is 16 (turning 17) and Park Bo Gum is 22 (turning 23). The age difference is similar and so you never know. Kiss scenes are possible!

But I understand that it may not be something everyone can swoon over. I certainly didn't swoon over Yeo Jin Gu's kiss scene. My reaction was: *eyes popping out* "WHOA!! THAT BOY CAN KISS!!"

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I like her. First time i saw her was in Sassy and she was good. Like some say, hopefully her character won't be the usual secondary female lead. one thing though i can see her having chemistry with Bogum more. like i still can't wrap my head around YJ due to her too youthful and child-like image. maybe she'd gonna surprise me who knows. I really want this drama to work out.

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I liked her in sassy go go so I hope she will do nice this time too, havent watched any of the sageuks before but gonna watch it because of PBG. I had no idea that he would have a wife so its a bit weird. well whatever if it was a normal thing back then.. I am expecting a nice plot, superb acting plus the drama to do really well, thats it.

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Wow. What did we ever do to deserve this casting? Park Bo Gum, Kim Yoo Jung, Yook Sung Jae, AND Chae Soo Bin? I really hope she accepts because this is so perfect ? ALL MY FAVES ALL IN ONE DRAMA ??? So much expectations...wishing for the best script! August, please come sooner.

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The casting for this drama really keeps me surprised (in a pleasant way, of course). I've been following Chae Soo Bin ever since her brief but memorable role on Spy (where I shipped her with KJJ's character) and even watched Bluebird's House for her. I'm really happy she is courted for this role and it's a good progress for her acting career. I hope she accepts.

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At least we don't need to guess who will be the wife. Hheheehhehehheheh

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Also, All-these-flavors-and-you-chose-to-be-salty.jpg

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Congratulations!!! Clap! Clap! Clap!

Totally random and unrelated with the news but the open thread is already too far to post this.... who else are watching TvN's Memory. Totally surprise when I saw Shin Jae Ha. On his scene with Jeon No-Min, his eyes' totally reminded me of Yoo Ah In's.

Also, do you guys know who is the actress who played as the lawyer of Shin Young Jin's wife? Is that Yoo Ha Na?

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In the original story how was his relationship with his wife? Anyway I have faith in KYJ. People are doubting her now but she's currently the queen of seaguk dramas. She was so believable when she fell for the crown prince in TMTETS. To think she was able to pull off a young girl who has fallen in love without even having much screen time with Yeo Jin Goo. Even if there isn't any kissing scenes or affectionate scenes I feel like if the writing and acting is good then it won't even matter without these scenes.

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What in the world is this? Historically this is not cheating, this is not robbing the cradle, this is how it was. I don't know how you guys want to change history but that's not how it was. It was a man's world and the man is the center of the Royal family. He can have as many wives as he wants, and age is of little consideration. As long as he creates heirs I wouldn't doubt that gay dalliances wouldn't be condoned. Back to the underage thing, as long as she can produce children, she's old enough to marry. Sometimes even younger than that but that's pretty rare. But in the times where the lifespan is less than 40 years you have to start early and often. Monogamy in certain Asian countries is a pretty new concept.

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LOL at international fans complaining when they illegally watch these dramas and don't affect the drama's standing at all. And LMAO at people wishing Chae Soobin should be the lead when she's a complete nobody in Korea.

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Well it's true that international fans don't directly affect ratings, but I think it's a little short sighted to say that we don't matter at all. You've heard of Hallyu right? Drama producers definitely consider the foreign market, especially China and Japan where a big hit can mean lots of money from exporting and remakes. Descendants comes to mind as a recent drama that was definitely aimed at a more international audience as well as the domestic one. Plus, what else are we supposed to talk about on a site specifically dedicated to watching dramas as English speakers under an article about the casting of this drama? Lighten up.

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That comment about international fans is exactly the kind of statement I'd expect of someone who's never heard of Viki, Dramafever, Hulu or even Netflix.

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I don't know how the original story went, but wouldn't it be awesome if the crown princess and the crown prince are bff's for a change? I'm not sure if that's even possible in that era, for a man & a woman (or prince & princess) to be friends that is. And I'm not really a fan of sageuk so...don't have a lot of references, but from the little I saw, the queen/crown princess were always the jealous, villain-y type, or have a rather distant relationship with the king. Or were every royal women in that era like that/have to be like that?

Anyways, looking forward to watching Bogum & Soo bin (if she confirms, I hope she does!), in any kinds of relationship!

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omg starting to the like the casts for this drama!, ca't wait to watch it!

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I can't stop seeing her as Kwon Soo ah, whom I still can't forgive for all the terrible things she did in sassy go-go. Crazy mother or not she crossed several lines she shouldn't have crossed. Am glad she didn't get to commit suicide tho

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Is it just me that I find PBG unfit for the role?

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This is crazy. I might have to watch a historical drama again.

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wife?! oh cool, she looks like hyeri. :D

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I like you in bluebird's house,as a neophite you can really act . i hope to see you in a leading role.

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