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Oh Snap! IU and her seven flower boy princes

It’s rare that I look at a drama cast and think, there’s just too much pretty in there. Is such a thing even possible? But come on, if it takes you five seconds to locate Lee Jun-ki in a group photo, that’s saying something (I’m kidding, it would never take me that long!).

The cast of time-travel fantasy drama Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart: Goryeo poses for a spread in Cosmopolitan, featuring IU and the seven beautiful princes she’ll meet: Lee Jun-ki, Kang Haneul, Ji-soo, Nam Joo-hyuk, Hong Jong-hyun, Baekhyun, and Yoon Sun-woo. Seems worth traveling a thousand years for.

Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart: Goryeo premieres August 29 on SBS.

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The worst (best?) thing about this drama is that I have actively stanned every single one of these people at different points in my life (barring that one guy who I've seen for the first time in this), and seen everything they've done while I was into them. Even Hong Jonghyun! I even went through a Hong Jonghyun phase (which I have no regrets about because it led me to the highly engaging drama Dear You.) IU is my favourite overall idol and one of my favourite actors post-Cindy. Baekhyun is the male idol I'm personally most attracted and find ridiculously good-looking. I've crack-shipped Baekhyun/IU. I've written fic for legit four actors in the cast re: their previous works ? Ji Soo was my biggest obsession last year. Kang Haneul is one of my favourite actors, to the point where I loved that we shared the same favourite actress, Jung Yumi. I've totally been super into Lee Junki and Nam Joo Hyuk.

Basically, this drama was clearly made for me.

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I'm in the same boat. That's why I can't wait till the drama begins. If they keep droppings gifts like these at our feet, I feel like I may combust before the drama even begins. XD

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I hope they promote this a lot, I need all the cast interviews and panels ? Although it's kind of sad that I'm fairly sure IU will have to be super contained while with them in public settings, and hold herself a little aloof and not be too friendly or have too much skinship, because of her own image, and because her co-stars are all trending actors with heavily invested fanbases (as is she).

She's already getting flack for being with them fictionally, which I'm sure would increase manifold were she to appear friendly with them in real life. Which is partly why she seems to prefer hanging out with the Scarlet Heart girls, I think. We've already gotten gems like Kang Haneul holding the umbrella for her at the wrap-up party, and she posted a picture of Ji-soo and Joohyuk on her Instagram, but it would be impossible to get one with, say, Baekhyun. His fandom is ridiculously huge and can be crazy. A pity, because it really looked like they all got along super well from all the accounts so far!

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Cindy just blew me away - netizens might be mad at IU for image-related reasons, but as an actress, she has the goods and EVERYONE was admitting it by the time episode 12 of Producer rolled around.

She was the last billed name among the four leads and the one with the least acting experience, but she not only held her own against the likes of Gong Hyo-jin and Kim Soo-hyun, she stole that show, which is quite something considering the other names involved. I don't care what kind of collective amnesia people developed about it, she was great. She's earned her chops, and while I still have my misgivings about this drama, they're only on the writing front, not the acting.

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Agree, IU has a special charisma and at least as a pop princess she was able to convey plenty of feelings. To me, she was the star of Producers and she was the only reason I didn't drop the show. I like her a lot. :)
She is still quite new as an actress so it is difficult to tell how good she is going to be in Scarlet Heart, but I will look forward to watch her...not to mention that I've been totally smitten by Kang Ha Neul in this photoshoot...boy, he and his long hair are something serious. Can't wait for episode 1!! :D

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How much do I love the absence of whitewashing in the editing of these photos? <3

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So great! :)

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So I know this isn't going to be a popular opinion, but... I just cannot see what is attractive about Lee Jun-ki.

/ducks for cover/

Don't hurt me!

I think he's a great *actor* but honestly I was shocked when I realised people think of him as a great *looker*. Guys - His ears are ENORMOUS. Seriously. That's how you spot him in the group pic!

Beautiful shoot though. That green dress. Good grief.

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Where do you live? I'm coming to do a drive by ???

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lil don't feel alone, make it a club of 2. I also find his acting style too forceful whereas I prefer understated, but that's just a personal thing given his rep. Perhaps the style is because he does historicals.

IU looks pretty and a little young for LJK. Kind of like her better with the long haired guy in the stills - bit of Oguri Shun vibe there? Though I would have never picked him as the actor in Dongju.

Normally I find that Korean male actors tend to overwhelm their female counterparts but IU stands out even amidst her harem:)

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I've actually recently been getting Oguri Shun vibes from Kang Hanuel and his long hair as well; I actually mistook him for Shun in a grainy fan-video!

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Yes, come through Oguri Shun! The only thing that I need in this shoot is one more pic with Kang Haneul with a pair of glasses on! UNF

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Well, beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. And for LJK, millions of eyes behold and admire his beauty.

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You're not alone. I could understand him being considered sexy, you know that there are very attractive guys with not so perfect features. In my case, I cannot consider him beautiful in a traditional way and never got his appeal either. But hey, everyone has their own favorites :D

I am prepared to suffer watching because after seeing the pictures I am already shipping IU with Ha Neul...it's going to be difficult.

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After taking a cold shower I tried to pinpoint why these pics are more sexy than your usual photoshoots (just for research purposes of course hee). Of course the number of hot guys, the broody look, the tanned skin, the (short) manes of glory all play a huge role but then it hit me....exposed foreheads, guys!! Is this really happening, so many hot Korean guys and none of them have bangs here....time for another cold shower. See ya.

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Lol. You going to run out of that cold water pretty soon. Alternative???

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@ Angieya

You are right!! Exposed forehead skin!!! No wonder I can't look away.

Hopefully this is the new men hair trend in Korea.

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Amen to that!

I just hope the phase of oversized-shirt on men will go away soon (ala Jo In Sung in IOIL or Eric in OHYA).`

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YES! Agree 1000%. Gorgeous Korean men look even more gorgeous without bangs down on their faces. They look manly, strong, self-confident here - not like little boys! It's so funny. I loved My Love from Another Star but could never get into Kim SooHyun because of his ridiculous hairstyle. Then I saw him in Dream High and Secretly Greatly and realized - whoa -he's not only a great actor but he's hot!!! I had to analyze why and it's because he looks great with his hair off his forehead. These men are all beautiful - but they look best of all here because they look like men! RAWRRRRR!

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Look at us...look at the pool of drool...
#splishsplash

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Lucky her!!!

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So much pretty and I love it!!! Jisooooooooo, Joohyukie, and Joongi!!!!! Love love love!!!

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wow........cant wait for this series to start !! (Drooling all the while ) :D

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So, how can we have that kind of gaze in front of the camera? Any suggestions?
Ps: been trying to take some selfies but my eyes turned out looking weird, like a sleepy drunken master...

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This is the first time I saw an Oh-Snap post for a magazine photoshoot has +100 comments.
Errrrr,
Let's make it +1000!!!!

Love you all pretties. I know I'd be having a hard time deciding who I'm going to ship.

Love you Ji-soo, but Lee Joon Ki is otherworldly gorgeous.
Anw, so the main battle for the girl will involve Joon Ki and Ha Neul?

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Serious second lead syndrome !!!
This time, I root for KHN even if I know that LJK is going to get the girl. Haaa U_U !!!

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+1000 reminds me of the Healer comments section at Dramabeans, which further reminded me that Ji Chang Wook recently said IU was his favorite artist and that she was a good actress alongside that, and proved you could be pretty and truly talented or such. IU is living a blessed life indeed these days.

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JCW said that?? That's so sweet and true. It's so nice to see an actor compliment a fellow actor, especially a female one. My Healerya ??

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Yum ... Such a gorgeous spread ...

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No matter how much pretty there is, Lee Jun-ki still stands out with his unique facial features and overall masculinity.

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I swear I couldn't be more thrilled about this cast being age appropriate! lookingatyouMoonlight

*fansselfforever*

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Too much gorgeous. *dies*

I am not even sure if the law allows this much gorgeousness. Shouldn't someone be arrested?

I volunteer as tribute in whatever sacrifice that's needed in the drama or in real life.

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I must be getting too old. My first thought--okay, okay, my second thought. I'm not THAT OLD--was somebody bring in some sandwiches. If ANYONE needs a Subway Product Placement it is this group of starving looking hotties.

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Dies laughing!!! Ooooo, that was good! So many Subway placements obnoxiously in dramas now! At least we know Subway won't appear in this since it's a Sageuk. Right? RIGHT? OMG, hopefully......not.

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Too much gorgeous. *dies*

I am not even sure the law allows this much gorgeousness. Shouldn't someone be arrested?

I volunteer as tribute in whatever sacrifice that's needed in this drama or in real life.

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Even more pictures, this blessed day, I swear. I LOVE the white dress on IU, it looks unexpectedly sexy.

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Cntvo7KVYAA46Hb.jpg:large

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That's the real surprise here - IU being sexy!

I saw a LOT of people, even here, dismiss the idea that she could pull this role off with her childlike looks, but she has a natural expressiveness that just heats it up in these photos, especially the ones with oppa and Kang Ha-neul. That look in her eyes is all woman, no childishness there at all!

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She must have been a hero in her previous life to have 7 pretties surrounding her . Hee hee

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Oh Snap! Indeed!

Lucky girl. I must say Kang Ha-neul looks very handsome with long hair.

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The guys all so hawt but Lee Jun Ki is on another level of hawtness. Like, super ridiculously hawt and i'm so whipped on him <3

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I am looking forward to this drama soooo much. And I have such a soft spot for Kang Ha-neul I know I'm going to have terrible second lead syndrome.

But I had to laugh when I saw all the floppy hair. They've really been working hard on growing their hair out! I'm expecting the screen to be awash with Manes of Glory.

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Holymoly, this cast sure is a feast for the eyes. I am seriously crushing on Kang Ha-neul with that hair. HELP.

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This is illegal. So much eye-candy....

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A quick question: how do they sleep at night?

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Am I the only one who wasn't a big fan of this shoot? IU is the only one who seems to have made it, and maybe Baekhyun. Everyone looks so... orange D:
And I'm so upset with KHN's hair :(

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This is too pretty it hurts

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I'm awake now thanks

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I don't know where to look!, this is too much! Btw, I love that couple photo of LJK and IU. And LJK looks so gorgeous in the photos (always, actually).

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Why do i feel so sad seeing these pictures? Probably because i can never be with so many princes even in my dream...i will cry myself to sleep tonight

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*looks at pictures of IU, oppa and Kang Ha-neul*

*swoons and faints*

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Oh my eyes are blinded by their so much pretty! There should be a law about how many flower boys can be put in one drama...

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Gonna wallpaper my bedroom walls and ceiling with these posters of Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart: Goryeo. That name, it's growing on me.

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LOVE Lee Jun Ki since forever! And he's just getting hotter with age. So gorgeous & his gaze is so piercing I barely noticed the other guys in the pictures. Not that they aren't good looking but for me LJK is mesmerizing & on another level of hot with his smolder. Of course this is just my personal preference. :D I don't normally do seguks but I may just watch this one!

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Snow White is feeling cheated right about now.

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Hah! xD

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HAHAHHAHAHAHAA dying!!

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Oohhhh reverse harem

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honestly kang Haneul fits to be 4th prince and lee Jun ki as 14th prince.

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The more I look at this shoot though, the more my eyes are drawn to IU, she really stands out, even in this cast. I like the fact that the drama has- as yet- pitted itself unapologetically as Hae Soo's survival drama, with even the real politick of the throne ascension being secondary to that. I really hope Hae Soo has a streak of manipulation and social navigation skills and is survival oriented to the point where it takes a while to empathise with her- I prefer that narrative far more than the one geared towards self-sacrifice and noble idiocy.

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Yes! Ruoxi's character was surprisingly pragmatic and politically savvy in the original--to the point where some ppl were complaining that she was too coldblooded because she was willing to put herself first and make tough romantic decisions. I really hope they don't remove that aspect of her in Hae-soo out of fear of losing audience sympathy.

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Ohh, I did not know that about Ruoxi's character but that's exactly the kind of character I want Hae Soo to be! And that indeed is what I'm afraid of, that they'll feel weighed down by the audience expectation of what an appropriate female lead should be like- especially one that has a harem of her own- and tone down the hard-headedness needed to survive in the middle of political instability/a potential coup to a sort of wide-eyed vulnerability and self-effacing kindness that automatically engages the protective instinct of the princes, without her deliberate participation.

I feel like a woman who interests a lot of men always seems to raise this sort of high school fear in both men and women that the wide-eyed, innocent "type" is all a calculated, manipulative attack to attract guys which draws quite a lot of flack fictionally (and in real life, IU herself has faced the "sly fox pretending to be innocent" drama), and so the acceptability threshold for a reverse harem is the kind of female character who is completely oblivious of her effect. While I feel like I would prefer if a lot of Hae Soo's dynamics with the princes WERE a little calculated- because that is how she, as both an outsider to the time and a woman at the time, can exercise soft power, through channelling the hard power that the princes wield, by virtue of both their royal birth and being male at the time. I feel like often a strong, independent female character is seen as the one who "doesn't need a man," but in this sort of medieval context I feel like that's an oversimplification, because a character like Hae Soo cannot possibly survive without the princes and their feelings for her or without manipulating the social rules in her favour. So I really hope she's not above exploiting that or their emotions for her survival. I would find that sort of self-awareness in the narrative v. interesting.

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Zoe, your comments with regard to IU and her characters have always been a highlight of the dramabeans comment section for me (and, if I'm not wrong I think I've read some of your stuff on ao3 which I also love). I'm with you in hoping that Haesoo will make the conscious choice to play the game (of thrones) rather than just stumble from wrist grab to wrist grab with wide eyes and no idea what effect she's having on the princes. It makes for such a more complex, interesting narrative when the person plunged into the past actually finds a way to thrive and survive rather than barely avoid getting killed by the grace of his/her looks and kindness/noble idiocy.

Aaaand that's about all I have for commentary with any thought other than how are all these people so pretty.

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Ah, thank you so much, that's so kind of you! I actually knew IU as an actor before I knew she was a singer because I'm not as much into kpop as I am into kdramas. In fact, my introduction to most of the so-called "idol actors" was through their dramas-- I had no idea Eunji, Siwan, IU, D.O., Doojoon etc. etc. were something called "idols", so I think I never developed that "REAL" actor v. idol actor bias. When I fell in love with IU as Cindy, it wasn't because I appreciated her and her music, it was because I loved the character and her interpretation of it, which is why I was always willing to talk about her, without feeling like I had to justify my appreciation of her acting (and I had crack!shipped Pilsuk and Samdong during Dream High so I was happy they were reunited, just like I recently started crack!shipping IU and Baek, so I'm amazed they were cast together lol).

And I so agree with you, I was actually thinking of GoT while writing that comment-- specifically Sansa. She got so much flack throughout the first few seasons for being weak (I haven't seen the latest season, so I'm not counting that in, though I think she had a big part), but the way I saw it, her development was into one of the most powerful players because she knew how to use the very limited power she had in her favour. It helped her survive in the most unfavourable of circumstances, with the Lannisters, with the Greyjoys etc. She knew, unlike the rest of the Starks, when to speak up, when to keep her head down, when to escape, what to say to maintain social propriety, even as her eyes communicated the opposite of what her mouth voiced. That's the kind of character that is always derided for being "weak" but is a proficient user of soft power and knows how to survive.

So far the trailer impressed me with how much Haesoo mentioned and prioritized her survival, and I too hope the actual drama doesn't renege on that premise and Haesoo is actively involved in her own survival, regardless of whether she has to use the princes or pretend to be their image of a girl "worth" saving to get there. I hope we also see a lot of clashes between Haesoo's modern sensibilities and the necessarily patriarchal mindset of a kingdom of the time.

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(And oh, thank you re: AO3, kpop/kdramas are an endless rabbit hole I've realized, especially when they have endings like Producers or School 2015, lol.)

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Oohhh. If they stick to the heart of the original you are going to be very, very pleased. BBJX took one of the most sausage-fest events you could think of (Nine Princes Conflict) and made it into a story about one woman's fight for survival and agency. And because it was surprisingly historically accurate, the conflict arising from Ruoxi's modern sensibilities and her knowledge of the future was all the more effective. There was actually a plot about Ruoxi having to decide how to feel about the polygamy of the era, that didn't vilify the 'other wives'. And without going into spoilery territory, her knowledge of history plays a *major* part in her interactions w/ the princes.

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I do love Lee Jun-ki but....OMG...Kang Haneul's hotness with this hairstyle just burns my eyeballs out. I can't even....look at Lee Jun-ki...well, maybe for a moment....but KANG HANEUL......GAHHHHHHHHHHH. Dying here. What are we supposed to do? They'd better not have all this pretty on the screen at the same time. How am I going to read the subs?????????????????????????????????????

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"They’d better not have all this pretty on the screen at the same time."

It's worse.

In the teasers, there seems to be a scene where the princes are bathing together in a hot spring. I'm sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but it's better to be warned about such things, right?

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How dare you mary!

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LOL!!!!!

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Nooooo! That is really bad news (for other dramas in the same time slot)! ???
Ratings for that ep will skyrocket!

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Another warning: mary says ha-neul has weak thighs. He will be filming the entire drama sitting down.

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Thanks for the warning!

I'll make sure to watch this....alone.

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KANG HA NEEEEEEEULLLLL!!!!! I just wanna stare at his face all day...! I love his pose in the pic with IU but her pose looks weird... her elbow is like in his private area and she sees to know that lol

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This photoshoot is freakin' HOT!
It's real nice seeing the guys looking manly and tan~

Lee Jun Ki. Love him!!! He looks so handsome.
But Kang Ha Neul really stood out to me with his hotness. I like the long hairstyle on him. And I don't know if it's his eyes, lips or jaw that is drawing me in. LOL

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Kang Ha Neul and puppy Jisoo!!!! I generally don't like long hair on guys and still prefer clean-cut, short hair on Kang Ha Neul but he's one of the few K-actors who still looks very good in long hair. I have a feeling I'll be rooting for him over Lee Junki's character because I've always had a soft spot for Kang Ha Neul.

Also, speaking of Lee Jun Ki, I prefer his look and aura lately compared to when he was just starting out in the industry. I remember really not liking him before in My Girl as I generally can't stand the androgynous look on guys but the older he gets, the manlier he's becoming. Now his looks don't even register as girly to me anymore. I loved him as Sato in Arang and the Magistrate (ugh, he and SMA were just too cute together!) and ever since then I've been seeing him in a new light. Haha!

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It's because Kang Ha Neul has strong features, and longer hair softens and is more proportional I guess. But indeed, there is some magical transformation in him. He is drop dead gorgeous ? I think I will also be rooting for him, since I watched Misaeng he is one of my favorites...well, with the rest of Misaeng crew :)

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Why? Seriously why is LJK so damn handsome!?! I'm staring at him and gah so pretty!

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The green and white dress looks so good on her, both highlighted her collarbone. Even the makeup gives off sexy vibe, away from her usual goody sweet image.
Have to comment on the chisel handsome looks of all d lads. All have great jawline and sizzling. Hoping this drama wont disappoint as it has big shoes to fill.

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Whoaaaa... they so gorgeous!

IU so stunning..
Lee Jun Ki as usual, great and manly..
the others too..
But Kang Haneul?
I've already mesmerized with those eyes...he looks manly..those eyes...those muscles.. *i think i must stop here XD

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she is beautifull. if only i was her. maybe i'll be happy. maybe when i watchthis drama there is not only 2nd lead syndrome but also 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th lead syndrome. they are totally handsome. i think it will be a hit drama.

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Is it only me? I found Kang Ha Neul is like a Japanese actor. A good thing indeed! He looks manlier and bad-ass at the same time. He has this sexy vibe!!! Oh yeaaah

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These pictures are dangerous for someone with a weak heart...like me.
Someone call the doctor nal butjapgo malhaejwo *singing EXO's overdose*

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Sorry to be that party pooper but I'm kind of worried for this drama... like, can UI act? How is she going to hold her own against these seasoned and/or extremely talented actors?

Don't get me wrong, I want this to succeed (and I think it will considering how much pretty there is and how much squeeing is on this page already :P). I'm just... unsure (I also loved the original. The girl was so good in it! I want this one to be good as well...)

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IU has acted with seasoned actors before. Cha Tae Hyun, Gong Hyo Jin, Kim Soo Hyun in Producers, Jo Jung Suk in You’re the Best Lee Soon Shin. And having watched both of them, I can assure you that her acting has improved a lot over the past few years. It got mixed reviews at the beginning of Producers, but eventually her character, Cindy, got more positive responses from the viewers (most of the highest rated scenes in Producers are Cindy’s scenes). If there’s one thing you should be worried about, it’s the script. The only drama in which I’m disappointed at her acting is Pretty Man, whose script is pretty lackluster. I’m not biased btw. As a matter of fact, the girl is one of my favorite actresses in their 20s (I’ve become her fan through watching her drama), so I hope her acting this time will exceed our expectation.

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By not biased I meant I know her more for her acting rather than her music / idol career, so I’m not trying to sugar coat things because I want to defend her as an idol. I hope it makes sense haha

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I think it's worrying how stick think IU has become.

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