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Park Eun-bin, Park Hye-soo up for JTBC’s Age of Youth


Park Eun-bin, Han Ye-ri
Park Hye-soo, Han Seung-yeon, Ryu Hwa-young

Casting offers are out for JTBC’s new youthful roommate drama Age of Youth. This drama features the amusing events that happen in the lives of five young college women, all with different appearances, quirks, majors, taste in men, and relationship styles, who happen to live under the same roof.

The drama is courting five actresses to play those leading ladies, and the names mentioned so far make up a pretty strong lineup. Han Ye-ri, who was the first to be announced, has been building a career with strong performances and characters who leave an impression, in film (Sea Fog, As One), and in television (Six Flying Dragons). Park Eun-bin has been transitioning well from child and teenage characters (Queen Seon-deok, Iron Empress) to adult parts (Gu-am Heo Jun, Secret Door), even if she hasn’t found her adult breakout role yet.

Ryu Hwa-young is still relatively new but has been developing a comic side that’s often scene-stealing (Ex-Girlfriend Club; Come Back, Ajusshi). Kara’s Han Seung-yeon (Jang Bo-ri is here), and Park Hye-soo (Joo-won’s little sister from Yong-pal) complete the group.

Girl’s Generation member Sunny was also in contention for a part in this drama, but has since announced through her official SNS account that she declined the offer. Humbly, she said that she did not want to take away from the enjoyment of the drama with her inexperience at acting.

This project is brought to us by writer Park Yeon-sun, who has a string of insightful drama to her name, such as Alone in Love, Mixed-up Investigative Agency, and White Christmas. The PD at the helm for Age of Youth is Lee Tae-gon, who also directed the emotionally riveting Beloved Eun-dong. With these two heading the project, we can expect a solid thoughtful drama, and I’m hoping it’ll be like the humorous and chic I Need Romance dramas, perhaps geared toward a younger demographic. I think Age of Youth definitely has the potential to resonate well with that crowd, combining a Sex in the City or Girls vibe with a focus on the concerns and goals of female millennials.

Currently JTBC is airing Mirror of the Witch, which will finish in July. Age of Youth is scheduled afterwards, set to begin July 22.

Via Sports Chosun, TV Report, Herald Pop

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I wish Taecyeon had the same decency as Sunny.

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BWAHAHAHA. I think everyone in the dramaverse would agree with you there. Kudos to her for knowing her strengths and limitations.

Meanwhile, Taec...

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Even though i find your comment painfully true and funny I kinda feel bad for taec. No one wants him in this role but he can't say no to it. I think the managers and bosses decide what he does right? So he's reading all these grossed out comments about him and he can't even stop it from happening.

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Yeah, he probably gets pressured by management to pursue acting even though its clearly not his strong suit or even passion. It's really unfortunate how the entertainment industry just tries to milk its assets for all they're worth regardless of what's best for those assets. Bluh.

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The managament (JYP) doesn't need to pressure Taec or anything, they have pretty good actors and act-dols in their roosters, and even within 2PM, see Junho and Chansung, they're more natural than Taec.

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Yes but the better actors you mentioned don't have as much fans.

Idol agencies are (mostly) all about $$$. :(

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@mary - but Taecyeon's dramas as lead role flopped so he's not talented OR successful as an actor. Why is tvn wasting this writer and Kim So Hyun on....him?

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Sorry mary, I don't mean to be harsh against you in that comment I just don't understand why this casting is happening when it's wrong in all ways possible.

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@mary that's why I said his agency could use different idols from 2PM, Junho and Chansung already prove their acting skills, although still lacking at least they're better than Taec.
Not only Taec can't act to save his life, the drama actually calls for younger actor, maybe 90s liner. So in terms of acting+age, Taec is a mismatch.

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Sokay, I'm out of ideas too. Haha idols don't prove to be hitmakers but maybe they get money not from ratings but from PPL or something?

Like "Hey I'm an investor, if you put Taecyeon in this drama and make him wear our Double Denim Pants, I'll give you money".

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I doubt that happens, they are quite old in their company and nobody would pressure them about extra activities, the company only probably decides when they put out music.
On a different note respect for Sunny I mean she is the niece of the founder of SM if she wanted to go into acting she would have done ages ago. Please Sunny don't make me eat back my words.

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Taec has been in the industry long enough, and is popular enough with both the media and the general population (through his variety shows), that I doubt JYP forces him into anything. The big companies rule with an iron fist in the first couple of years, but they become more lax later on. I'm sure he himself wants to act, tbh.

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'he can't say no'?

He's not some rookie idol who gets no choice in his projects, he definitely has the choice to say no if he wants. No excuses for him!

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Yeah Sunny at least was humble enough to do the right thing. Makes Taecyeon look even greedier if u compare them...

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Much respect for Sunny. If only some idols have the courage to do the same. Or maybe their agency should know this better and do not force them to do something they unable to.

I always love Sunny and tbh GG is the only girls group that I ever remember all their name, and I am not into Kpop.

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If only he did...

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I was looking forward to seeing Sunny, but understand her reason for declining since this would have been her first official acting role. She'll probably stick to musicals.
I'm pretty excited to see Park Eun Bin and Han Ye Ri, hopefully Seungyeon has improved a lot since her last role.

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Park Eun-bin and Han Ye-ri can carry this show. Please confirm.

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This is shaping up to be pretty promising with three actresses I really like and two I can't comment on. Props to Sunny for being in-touch with her capabilities as an actress and turning the role down.

I love the dialogues and characters in Park Yeon-sun's dramas so I can't wait for this.

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"she said that she did not want to take away from the enjoyment of the drama with her inexperience at acting."

Wow, good for her. Lots of idols would take such an opportunity. I guess she doesn't need the exposure, though, since she's already well-known doing what she does best and likely well-off financially.

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I do not know who Sunny is... But now, I must find out about her! There are a lot of people that need to look up to her. It should not always be about money or fame.. sometimes, ask yourself 'Can I really do this? Am i ready?'. Consider the audience in your decision making process too!
While I also know that a lot of times, they need this to raise popularity for themselves.. and actually make money outside of the very capitalist and unfair kpop system, there are times when it has actually worked against them, with people being out off by really bad acting skills, that it generally just brought their ratings down.

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I love Han Ye-Ri and Park Eun-Bin, but nothing else you write about the project so far, inspires me to want to watch it.

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Oh man, I haven't seen Park Eun Bin since Operation Proposal.

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Sunny what is a life whitout taking a risk, at least you sould try first before you give up, You will never know if You has Potentials,capabilities or talents, if you don't try or chalange your self!! And I think for someone who worked in enertaiment industries they must be as greedy as they can for milion,billion,zillion money $$$ sake, I'm glad that my bias is sooo brave for taking so many risk!

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Park Eun Bin ❤ Hope she accepts.

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Thank you, Sunny.

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I like you even more Sunny. Lets start small and getting that recognition than being burn forever because of bad first gig, lets go~
With Park Eun Bin alongside Han Yeri, I'm in~
I dont remember RHY in CBA tho but hopefully she has the acting talent like her twins. Not happy with HSY, so small part for her pls?

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Park Eun Bin AND Han Yeri? All my dreams are coming true.

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I wish more idols are like Sunny, knowing their limitations while working to improve their own strength. It will be good to learn little by little either by taking acting classes or taking minor roles. Almost every great actor we see today also started from minor roles and continue to build up resume, it's unfair for talented actors to be relegated to second leads/supporting characters in favor of less talented idols.

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Alone in writer? Yesssssss!!!

BUT.... alone in love had Sohn Ye Jin and Gam Woo Sung.... among others. I'm not familiar with all the above-mentioned actresses/idols...

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alone in live writers with talent actress? what a promising project

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Omg the young couterpart girl from Angel Eyes!!!

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Park Eunbin is love. I've been missing her for a while.

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They will have loveline with 5 male, right? I so curious who.
Just a month to go and that style seems not like cable tv.

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Please Park Eun-bin <3 __ <3

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Ah yes! Worth waiting for then with Han Ye Ri and Park Eun Bin.

If they reached out to Sunny for an offer, then they must have a specific image in mind associated with her fun persona on tv. Kind of curious to see her take on it, but with two other ex-idols onboard I am glad she declined because man, will there be a disparity in acting level and she'd definitely face a lot of criticism if she didn't do well.

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Much respect to Sunny for what she did, most would have jumped at the opportunity. But I've got to admit a part of me is a teensy bit disappointed as I was curious about how she'd fare. I'm actually not too worried about her being horrible at acting. I think she would have been decent.

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I want Park Eun-bin, I love her!!

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