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Lee Da-hae takes lead in Chinese drama My Goddess, My Mother

It’s been a while since Lee Da-hae (Hotel King, IRIS 2) has been in a Korean drama (and ages since it was a good one), and it looks like it’ll be a while longer yet: She’s just signed on to headline a new project, My Goddess, My Mother, but it’ll be for Chinese television.

She’s already got another Chinese drama ready to go, with the Hunan TV drama Best Couple set to premiere on May 31. That drama is a Korean-Chinese co-production starring Lee and Chinese singer-actor Zhou Mi as two stars who are paired as a couple on a virtual-dating variety program and fall in love.

In My Goddess, My Mother, she’ll play a successful careerwoman with beauty and talent who harbors a lot of doubts about Korea’s patriarchal wedding traditions and wishes for a freer, more egalitarian family dynamic. She falls in love with a Chinese man and marries him… and then runs into new conflicts in China with her mother-in-law (played by Jin Xing), who’s described as “prickly as a cactus.” I’m pretty sure the clashes would be fiery with a Korean mother-in-law as well, but this show seems to be hinting at something rather epic.

I can see why Lee Da-hae would take on a Chinese production: She’s quite popular there, and speaks Mandarin well, having obviously worked hard at it over the past decade. And it’s true that her star has been on the wane in Korea, though I still have a lot of residual fondness for her from earlier projects like Green Rose, My Girl, and Hello, Miss. None of her recent dramas were what I’d hoped for (I couldn’t get into Hotel King, I was out of the IRIS franchise after Athena, and Miss Ripley was a bit clunky, even though she was strong in it), and I keep holding out hope that she’ll get back that earlier, bubblier charm. Maybe? Someday? Soonishy?

My Goddess, My Mother will air early next year.

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Green Rose is like my KDrama kickstart and My Girl is like what makes me stick other than some old faves. So i feel you Javabeans. I know she has it in her, but over the years think wasn't looking that good anymore for her.

Probably chinese market is going to be better.

But i miss my good ole dose of the likewise KDrama you have mentioned and funny how she used to be beaming with potential before. I guess it wasn't being put into a good use in a good drama.

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Ohhhh i totally forgot she exists, i watched Hotel King it was a creepy show but still not bad and not enjoyable either

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Yes I thought she is gone for good in Korea, not interested with acting any more.
I read she had a famous Chinese boyfriend Li To Feng and broke his heart for another co-star Lee Dong Wook.

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Huh? Lee Dong Wook? Is this a recent rumour or an old one?

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come on, her & LDW is all speculation.
her & LYF on the other hand, definitely dated.

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Typo * Li Yi Feng

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Most Korean stars dated each other during shooting, but dumped each other after meeting new co-stars.

Her new drama looks interesting, who the lead actor?

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My Girl....... how long has the times passed since I watched and got crazy over that drama? A decade? A millenium?

I, to, want her to get the role that I think most suited for her.. the bubbly, happy-go-lucky girl.
Even her reunion with Lee Dong Wook couldn't get into watching that drama.

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She is my first favorite Korean actress. I still can watch My Girl again n again. I miss her glorious days. Hopefully she will get a better role in a good drama.

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Her acting is really superb, Green Rose, My Girl, Miss Ripley. Looking forward for more news and dramas for Da Hae this year and beyond. I really love her.

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i love her in my girl and hello miss. But she looks too much plastic doll like in later dramas especially her eyes.

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I honestly loved Hotel King to death. But it is one of those guilty pleasures where I realize just how crappy the drama is, and yet it got me addicted to an embarassing degree. The acting was decent and chemistry was mind-numbing! I saw it forever ago and still remember the sensation LDW and LDH made me feel <3

It's too bad she's really focusing on China now. Then again, it's where she's better known and where real money is. What really interests me is her personal life - mainly if she's dating LDW or not. Their chemistry is so real sometimes, it always makes me think. Plus seeing him in Superman recently with his aegyo reminded me of LDH in HK's BTS lol.

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MTE. I really really had fun with Hotel King when it aired and I had 2 hours of it per week. But now, honestly, if I have to watch it in the entirety, I don't think I can pull through.

A lot of it hinged on the decade old chemistry between LDH and LDW, which was still as strong (actually even stronger since they were way more familiar with each other at that point) as ever.

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I can understand why you said "an epic" because her co-star Jin Xing is not and ordinary Chinese actress.

Jin is Korean descend - a Chinese ballerina, modern dancer, choreographer, actress, and owner of the contemporary dance company "Shanghai Jin Xing Dance Theatre". Jin Xing was the first woman in China that got the governments approval to undergo a sex change, and she was also one of the first few trans women to be officially recognized as a woman by the Chinese government.
Cr Wiki

a very intelligent woman, and the public reaction rather positive because they know her sharp tongue, and they cannot wait to see her eating Lee Da Hae with her words.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lC01XrgzZ7w

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Oh my... thank you so much for posting that video. Such an inspiring story, and I write this without any pretentiousness. I was teary-eyed watching it, because I really saw the sincere determination, passion, and courage from her. I love what she said - that she's not choreographing/dancing from a man's or a woman's perspective; it's from a human being's perspective.

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In another interview with one of the University in USA, I like what she said about strict discipline in Chinese Military school-
In China it's called discipline, but in the USA it's called "child abuse"

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Miss Ripley ...... I may be one of the few, but I kinda liked that drama.

That drama was the first and last time I saw Lee Da-he though. I just never seemed to catch any of the other dramas she was in.

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Miss Ripley was when I first say Mickey Yoo Chun. I couldn'tbring myself to keep watching it though... too painful the way the Miss Ripley character was treated.

Loved Lee Da Hae in My Girl and I must have watched that show 10 times in some episodes!

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I fairly enjoyed Miss Ripley too. It was interesting to see how LDH's character won over the hearts of two really good men, despite her deceit. Yoochun put in a strong showing in that too.

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I remember watching My Girl in my bed from night into the wee hours of the morning when I was in high school. Still remains as one of my fav dramas. This new drama actually sounds like a lot of fun. If it's on Viki I will totally watch it.

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Is it me or does she look like Yoo Inna in this picture?

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I read about her first Chinese drama, it seemed years ago now, there was quite a strong promotion going with the idea she would be the first Korean actress to do a Chinese drama that acts Chinese, rather than getting dubbed in Chinese, but then heard nothing more about it, and Jang Nara by that time had already done the acting in Chinese in Racecourse [though still voice dubbed anyway]. I know china makes their drama in advance and often have to wait a long time to be shown, but really she had to have made that drama three or more years ago? That a heck of a long time to wait being aired..lol can you image Korean investors waiting that long before seeing a return?
Like many I still remember My Girl with great fondness and can only think it was her pulling out of that big $ Korean drama half way through production that made her unofficially black listed {perhaps too strong a wording} within the Korean industry. The much bigger and less stressful market of China must have seemed like such a relief to her, so wish her the best.

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Her 2nd Chinese drama Best Couple just finished shooting in December last year, so actually she is very lucky her drama only took 5 months for SARFT approval. But nothing strange because Best Couple was funded by Alibaba.

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Is it even important who's the first to act as a Chinese/speak Mandarin in a drama?

Also, I don't think her pulling out of East of Eden had her blacklisted or anything like that. I mean, Hotel King was an MBC drama, which means the station probably didn't care. I always thought it was her doing excessive work on her face which made her less well-liked.

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"excessive work on her face which made her less well-liked"

is Korean especially remote controller ahjumma so narrow minded?
Actresses with tax scandal also so loved by Korean, PS just nothing, only teenagers like you thinking it's humiliating.
EOE was one of the dirtiest shady MBC drama behind the scene, and she just indirectly open their pandora box.

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I don't think it's humiliating (and I'm not a teenager), but I certainly think it had an effect on how well-liked she is since the only things people talk about are 1. her PS and 2. her figure. And she doesn't have a hit drama to help turn things round.

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If she doesn't have a hit drama- I hope you referring after Miss Ripley, because if you are referring to all her drama-well i don't want to fight with you-Mr google is very good friend in helping you this.
I understand about people make fun of her face, but she has done that since years ago, but they never hate her because of that.I don't think Korean so shallow.
It is just her lazy attitude and not interested in acting or doesn't really that it seriously. She will never accept more than one project a year.

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Lee dae hae,seems had a confidence issue,or shall I call it. BIG inferiority complex???..I really like her before.All her dramas I already watched it.but since the PS happen,her expression/face on acting seems weird,it becomes rather bland or your like looking at a mannequin,because her is not moving at all,like when your crying,it supposedly moved your face but in her it didn`t.It stuck on just one expression,Poker face..She`s really very pretty before when I watched Green Rose..I am not against PS but damned,its too much if you are already pretty..It becomes boring..Her acting becomes bad...

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I've only seen her in My Girl and Chuno. Wasn't a fan of how she portrayed her character in My Girl. Just couldn't like her. I found her acting weird in it. She was fine in Chuno but her character was kinda bland but I think that was more the writers fault. I can see she is possibly a good actress but I don't think I got a good enough sample of her shows to really judge.

Good luck to her though!

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Hotel King was certainly full of makjang angst and birth secret insanity but it was also one of the most addictive shows I've ever seen and basically kicked my emotions around like nobody's business. One thing is for sure, if she ever works with Lee Dong Wook again my poor heart will burst from the feels.

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Oh man, the last time I saw her was indeed in My Girl aka my fave Kdrama ever! She really did have potential, but her project picks weren't always the best :( Wishing her luck w this new drama tho!!

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I hope she comes back with a hit korean drama sometime, preferably with LDW. Maybe something supernatural/action. And lots of dancing because while I couldn't see a hint of chemistry in Scent of a Woman between LDW and the bony-faced KSA, the tango scene excited even me hhhhhh... imagine LDW tango-ing with someone he has actual chemistry with!

Her talent seems wasted on this finicky somewhat repetitive drama industry.

My Girl will always be the best drama to me, and yes, that's objectively.

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