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The search for Joo-won’s Sassy Girl gets down to final 3


Kim Joo-hyun, Han Ji-eun, Jung In-seon

And the search for Sassy Girl 3.0 continues. We’re down to three leading lady hopefuls: Kim Joo-hyun (Modern Farmer), Han Ji-eun (Miss Granny), and Jung In-seon (Mirror of the Witch). My Sassy Girl is an upcoming sageuk youth drama starring Joo-won (Yong-pal). It’s based on a rom-com film by the same name that catapulted Cha Tae-hyun and Jeon Ji-Hyun into stardom. Cha Tae-hyun played an awkward geeky timid college boy Gyun-woo, who one day comes across this charismatic girl with a powerful personality and falls in love. For the drama remake, they’re putting a twist on things by changing the setting to the Joseon period.

Maybe that’s the reason why, but as more news of this drama pops up, it feels more like Sungkyunkwan Scandal, and not like My Sassy Girl. While Cha Tae-hyun was the epitome of a beta male who was led by the strong-willed, impulsive, hotheaded Sassy Girl, descriptions of the drama adaptation make Joo-won’s character seem more like a straight-laced cold fish rather than the hapless, bumbling Gyun-woo that I remember from the original movie.

Anyway, the first round of open auditions started off with more than 1,800 women in their twenties trying out for the role. The second round ended with ten finalists who submitted videos displaying their talent and charm through a V-live app video. After taking into account netizen voting results, an evaluation committee’s opinion, and lead actor Joo-won’s judgment, we have our final three. They all have their own unique appeal, so it looks like it’s going to be a tough competition.

Kim Joo-hyun is an uljjang resembling Han Ga-in who drew a lot of buzz with her beauty and her cute demeanor. Han Ji-eun originally popped up on my radar because she was selected as Kim Soo-hyun’s co-star in his new gritty crime movie Real. There was an open audition process for casting in that movie as well, and she beat out 4,200 other actresses vying for the role. Last but not least, we have Jung In-seon, who gave a short but memorable and noteworthy performance as Kim Sae-ron’s birth mother in Mirror of the Witch. Not only that, she can also sing pretty well if her V-live app video is anything to go by.

It’s a very rare chance for drama viewers to get any say in how casting occurs. I know when I hear about a new drama coming out, I have fantasy pairings that I want to make happen. This is an actual chance for us to give our input. So all of you netizens and drama fans out there, go and vote for the one you think should be the next Sassy Girl! Voting through Naver and LeTV closes on June 23.

SBS plans to broadcast the drama adaptation of My Sassy Girl in early 2017.

Via TV Report

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Isn't Joowon supposed to serve in the army now? I though he was getting ready to leave??? I'm so excited now knowing that it'll be historical!

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Last I heard he is planning the end of this year. So he still has time. I also believe this will be pre-produced.

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Rooting for Jung In Seon. She was amazing in Mirror of the Witch.

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Me too! Jung In Seon all the way!!!!

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Mee too!

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2nd or 3rd! 2ND OR 3RD!!!

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I really loved the girl from Mirror of the Witch and want to vote for her. Anyone can share the link where I can vote?

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SO interesting. I thought this talent search to cast the co-star was looking at UNKNOWN actresses. So what we're seeing is that three professional actresses made it? This doesn't say much for the hype of an open audition to give unknowns a chance.

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They're almost nugus. Practically unknowns in dramaland.

The open audition did give actual unknowns a chance, it just so happened that these newbies still beat them out. Maybe they really are talented enough to best hundreds of other newbies.

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What is the purpose of open auditions when you choose existing actresses in the industry?

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Open auditions are to choose the best fit for a role from a larger pool. They are not for discriminating against existing actresses so I don't really see a problem there. Open auditions are well, open for anyone to try, regardless of whether they have 0 works, 2 works or 30 works under their belt.

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Open auditions are just that, open. It means anyone can try. If a newbie with no acting experience whatsoever outperformed these actresses, then I am sure they would have been chosen. Though it's a tall order to expect someone with no acting experience to outperform a trained, but little known, actress.

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At least it's a more even playing field for aspiring actresses since they will never get job offers being that no one knows them.

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They said this was an open audition but I get the sense that the idea of "open audition" was for publicity. All the actors selected are established actors.

I'm pretty sure they already had an actress in mind before they even began this. I dislike these kind of ploy. So many people left their house to audition thinking they had a shot, when they never did. Viewers who think they have a say are delusional.

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Well, if they already had an actress in mind they probably would have chosen a popular actress by now, someone like Park Bo Young maybe.
But the producers held an open auditions to select the suitable one. Though is not common, it's not the first time happen either.
FYI, some actors and actresses we see right now were selected from auditions. For example, Ji Chang Wook was selected as the lead role in Smile Donghae through audition and at that time he's just rookie actors trying to get work, not some big, established name we see nowadays.

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I think ordinary people who leave their house to audition thinking they have a shot are the ones that are delusional. Unless they have been taking acting classes, have learnt how to emote, know how to carry themselves, most ordinary people auditioning have at most a long shot. Actresses already in the industry are more likely to make the cut. Because the production won't have time to wait for the actress to learn the ropes/overcome the learning curve, especially with the live-shoot format they use in Korea.

It's the same for singing competitions or all other types of competitions isn't it? Tons of people audition, but really, a lot of the people that make it are those that have had vocal training, or are part time singers in bars, or have released tons o covers on Youtube, etc (i.e. those that are already have good singing skills and experience)

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Jung In-seon, she was wonderful in mirror of the witch. Girl can ACT!

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My vote goes to Jung In Seon too

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My vote goes to her also!

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She's also in Han Gong-Ju and played a TOTALLY different character. I didn't even realize she's the same actress until I looked up her drama/filmography. She played a supporting role (the main role was acted by Chun Woo-Hee) but she made an impression right away. I would be curious to see her in this role.

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Now you mentioned it, I went back to watch Han Gong Ju and yes, she was Chun Woo Here's friend in there. I still have a hard time forgetting that movie, though.

I hope she will gets this role. She deserves some attention and she can act.

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Trivia: Just found out that Jung In Seon is the leading lady opposite Ryu Junyeol in the Everland advertisement!

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Me too!

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Bok Gil from modern farmer!
I love her in that drama,i think she'll fit romantic comedy

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The second girl look like jang geun seuk to me... Is it just me? It's just the first thing I noticed by looking at their pictures.

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oh my god...i see it! and now i cannot unsee it. curse u!

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Um, not really - thank goodness.

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Choice no. 2 did very well in the recent Innisfree-funded web drama, available on the On Style YouTube channel. Cute story too, about the child of a lowly facialist going to the most prestigious makeup school in the land.

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UEE please ;_;

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Hahaha if Joowon could vote, he'd probably vote for her XD

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That was my ship since Ojakgyo. omg

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UEE can play badass alpha female very well. I can see it.

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I like her, and I'm sure she's not like this in real life - but her sass comes off a bit too bitchy for my taste.

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She surprised people with her acting, so you never know. Her real life sass is scary but her character in Marriage Contract has an entirely different charm. As long as the character is well-written, UEE can unleash her potentials.

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No established actress would want to reprise Jeon Ji Hyun's iconic role. Holding an open audition is probably the best they could do is get someone who can act but yet not famous enough to risk their reputation. I'd rather have this then pick some idol wannabe actress.

My question - is the final one going to be selected purely from viewers' votes? The upside is there will be no manipulation behind the scenes unless they rig the votes. The downside is that viewers may not choose according to acting ability. I hope they will show a clip of each candidate acting a short scene or something. Well, it was mitigated to a certain extent by having the first round audition and Top 3 selection partly done by the evaluation committee and Joo Won.

May the best woman win :)

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Kim Joo Hyun! She's so freaking pretty

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I am still not decided yet if I will watch this, but I am sincerely hope Jung In Seon gets the chance. She was really great in MOTW even with limited screen time. If she gets the role, there is high possibility I will watch this..

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Me too. I might watch it depend on the leading lady and the rest of the cast. I got burned by JW last 3 dramas, so he's not actually on my fave list.

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JW alone will not attract me except his leading lady. I watched Yong Pal because Kim Tae Hee and his first drama that I have ever watched was Gaksital (he was good but still not my favorite. His leading lady was such a turn off until this date).

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Jung In-Seon....she had limited screen time yet gave a powerful perfirmance...I hope its her

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I hope they choose Kim Joo Hyun.

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Kim Joohyun got my vote. She's got that sassy vibe.

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Kim Joohyun is awesome! I loved her in Modern farmer and girl is so dang pretty. I hope it's here.

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*I hope it's her.

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Judging purely on visuals, Kim Joohyun looks the most "sassy girl"-like to me.

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I just watched the final auditions and I have to say both Kim Joo hyun and Jung In-seon did exceptionally well, they were spot on, either would be fine for the role

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It seems that a lot of people are confused about what open auditions actually mean. They are common practice (obviously this one is slightly different since it has the added voting component) and are open to anyone, but the target audience is of course people who are already actors/actresses - just not the super famous ones. It's like the difference between being head-hunted or having to apply to a posted position for a job - you still typically need to have some sort of experience or qualification to get the position, but you need to seek it out instead of the other way around. Also, people just starting out will go to all sorts of open auditions, because just auditioning in and of itself is good experience, but they're not going to except a lead role off the bat when they have no other experience, that's simply unrealistic (I mean it happens, but only in the vast minority of open auditions and most often for child leads). And I'm talking about open auditions as a whole, not specifically in Korea.

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The 3rd one looks like Park ShinHye

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