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Ha Suk-jin considers a romance with Go Ah-sung in Radiant Office

Actor Ha Suk-jin (1% of Anything) has been offered a role in MBC’s upcoming spring drama Radiant Office. If he confirms, he’ll play the main male lead, a talented marketing director scouted from overseas. Go Ah-sung (Heard It Through the Grapevine), who is also reviewing the script, has been offered the role of the main female lead, a struggling rookie temp. Together, they’ll learn about living life to the fullest and discover love as they work together at a furniture company.

Ha Suk-jin’s character is a blunt straight-shooter, whose sharp comments have given him the nickname venom-tongue among his colleagues. It’s a familiar character type for Ha Suk-jin, who often plays the smart, prickly boss—but he always manages to find the humor in the part to keep it interesting.

Although his character looks like he came into the world with a silver spoon firmly tucked in his mouth, he’s actually just a regular guy with humble beginnings who rose to his position through sheer hard work and talent. After work, he becomes a sweatpants-wearing lazy bum who rolls around on his couch, drinking canned beer while relieving his stress by complaining about his frustrating co-workers.

Radiant Office snagged a winning prize for its excellent script at MBC’s open screenwriting contest, so it’s now all up to the actors and production team to transform it into a well-executed drama. If both actors sign on, I have faith that their roles will be well-emoted and compelling, because Go Ah-sung has long been lauded as one of the best young actresses in Chungmuro, and Ha Suk-jin has years of experience playing irascible characters (1% of Anything, Drinking Solo, Standby) but making them lovable all the same.

The workplace slice-of-life drama Radiant Office will air on Wednesdays and Thursdays on MBC after Missing 9 ends its run.

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I haven't seen Go Ah-sung in anything, but a quick search shows she's 10 years younger. I'll be watching this drama if Ha Suk-jin takes it so hopefully she's talented enough that the age gap isn't noticeable, or one of the two bows out for someone else more fitting.

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Go Ah Sung is woneedful. You don't have to worry about her.

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Lol, wonderful*! Typing on a tablet is a little tricky.

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Talent wise, GAS>>>>>>>>>>> HSJ
Just saying

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hey ha suk jin is good. way too good if you compared with another actors. I'd personally think he's so much better than choi jinhyuk (they had kinda dimilar face tho) LOL why I should bring CJH here.
i think they'll make such a refreshing couple. never expecting this combination before.

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well, they'll make a good pair of ugly people...

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Ugly ??

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have you had your eyes checked recently perchance?

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hahaha that really made me laugh!
I wanted to say what a hot picture that is of HSJ ?

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Are you calling them ugly because you want them to join you in ugliness? Because you know the saying, your outside reflects your inside, and since your inside is ugly enough to be saying things like this....

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That is really rude.

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Ugly?! Sarcasm, right?

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I think its sarcasm lol

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I think it's a joke based on the fact that they aren't traditional beauties.

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The character descriptions say that the guy is a marketing director and the girl is a rookie temp - surely a 10 year difference is fitting given the circumstances and it's hardly unusual in real life. People around here seem to be really hung up on age - my policy is if they're both adults, who cares...

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She's 24 years old, being bothered about a 10 years older pairing is really stupid.

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Firstly, that's incredibly rude.

Secondly, the problem is precisely that she's 24 years old. The level of maturity and experience between someone in their early twenties, and someone in their thirties can be quite significant.

Age difference means less the older you get. A ten year difference between a 40 and 30 year old is vastly different than a ten year difference between some in their early twenties and in their early thirties. That's due to life experience.

And as mentioned in my post, I have never seen this actress before, and my main concern was that her acting ability may not overcome that kind of difference so it's not as awkward on-screen. Your comment strikes me as a lot more stupid, if anything, since you seemed to have missed the crux of the point I was making.

Rain was 12 years older than Krystal in their drama, and they were both adults too. It didn't change the fact that they seemed like a huge mismatch because Krystal looked like she was a child in comparison, and didn't have the experience or ability to cover it up. Even if they were matched up today, it would be no different.

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I've watched Go Ah Sung in Through the Grapevine. She's definitely good enough to overcome the age gap if that's a concern. Krystal is worlds apart from Go Ah Sung in terms of acting ability.

Ha Suk Jin can act this role with his eyes closed. But I hope he can bring something new to the table.

I like both individually and would love to see how they pair up.

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You don't have to worry not only is she a great and versatile actress, she seems quite calm and mature in real life too. Besides if they both play their age which is a huge possibility it shouldn't be a problem if anything HAJ would probably play younger.

And Krystal is an idol, her main profession isn't even acting. While GAS was a good actress right from her first film in 2006, even HSJ debuted just a year before her. If I would compare this pairing to any other pairing which had a similar age gap it would be the pair from Marriage not dating, they have a 10 year gap too and they both did such a great job there. I wouldn't worry much. And watch Through the Grapevine to see GAS, she was great in it!!!

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I am replying not defending GAS as if she was my bias. I don't normally like a genre like Through the grapevine. But her acting blew my away. Krystal's acting is like a rock compared to a diamond if you're talking abilities. GAS will BE whatever her character calls her to be. Age will not even matter. The writing and directing might though.

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I'm not a fan of him but I love her. If she takes it then I'll watch.

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I'm neutral on him, but Go Ah-sung is certainly lovely. And she normally picks stuff with substance.

Not really digging the smart prickly boss/struggling rookie set-up – how many million times do they need to rehash the guy-who-is-amaaaazing + girl-who-is-totally-inadequate combo??? Is there nothing in between?

But, if Go Ah-sung takes it, I'll give it a try.

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I'm with you in not digging this setting. Maybe that's probably why it's taking a long time for her to decide.

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I'm grateful that they included the description of him being regular guy who worked his way up and how he's a lazy bum after work. That, at least, makes him a bit more interesting to me.

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Alua, perhaps he is actually a male Hotaru? :--)

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It really sounds like a cliché but if she takes it, I want to at least try the first 2 eps.

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I guess 2017 is really going to be the year of office romance dramas.

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I said the same

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Not really followed go ah sung drama.but ha suk jin and jeon so min show the real otw,wish to see them again eventho i know never happen ?

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*i mean the real otp?

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Are there no young leading men around? Or older actresses? It's weird how there's always this age gap.

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At least they’re both adults and there’s no minor-adult pairing like in the latest kim yoo jung - kim so hyun - kim sae ron headlined dramas...

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Thank goodness for that! But I do admit that I still find it disconcerting that it's so normalized to have a decade+ older male lead with a female lead in her twenties.

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WELL, there shouldn't be any problem with pairings like this -- OLDER male lead -- this happens all the time in real life.

Here are some dramas with this kind of OTP that actually worked, and worked greatly!

1. MARRIAGE CONTRACT featuring Lee Seo-jin who is more than 10 years older than UUE. It was one of the best dramas of 2016.

2. MY SPRING DAYS featuring Seo Young of Girl's Generation and Kam Woo-sung who is also more than 10 years older that his co-star.

These 2 dramas were a joy to watch because the actors played their roles so well that the age gap doesn't figure at all.

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I know age gaps can work, my point is that it's troubling to see how our media is constantly normalizing this specific type of couple which takes away opportunities for older actresses (older being 30+) and makes it feel like seeing a man a decade older than his female partner is always okay. An age gap between couples isn't wrong but the fact that it's always this kind of couple is annoying and unrealistic. Most women I know in their early twenties are still very malleable in their thoughts and feelings, still exploring what they want in life, and if a thirty-something year-old man wanted to date them I'd be very concerned (speaking as a woman in my early twenties).

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Ugh, I like him, but I'm sick of him playing the a-hole in a suit all the time. Save that behavior for your villains writers.

It would be great if Go Ah Sung took it, but I feel like I only hear about her turning dramas down now a days.

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What other dramas did she turn down? I think she's very talented but most drama are just not well writen.

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This a-hole in a suit character only works in comedy. And that's something Ha Suk Jin is very good in. If it wasn't for him playing Premium Trash in Drinking Solo, I'd have given up on the drama. I hate a-holes and chaebol jerks in dramas, I can only stomach them if they are the butt of jokes and we are never to take them seriously.

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Can't blame her for turning dramas down.

Film-land has much more interesting roles to offer her.

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Never noticed him before until I saw him in 1% of Something. He was really, really good in that so now I'm very interested in this drama. I hope Go Ah-sung also confirms for this.

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Ha Suk-jin is the perfect choice for the lovable grump. I really hope he picks it!

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Haven't seen Ha Suk Jin on anything, maybe I should try 1% of anything, and for Go Ah Sung, the only drama I saw her in was God of Stuy, with Yoo Seung Ho and Lee Hyun Woo, I saw her often in movies tho, like in The Host...

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She's very talented, I hope the drama is good so she takes it and does well.

And for all the netizens and inets who like to call her "ugly" and things like that.... if this is how you treat an actual talented actress with good performances to her name and films screened at prestigious festivals like Cannes ... then you deserve to be stuck with crappy acting-idol CF stars who can't act, don't complain about that.

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Thank you! Kim Go-eun has been going through this same crap too.

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nah kim go eun is also not extremely talented because people not praising his beauty all the time,
she is good but overpraise and over exaggerated opinion when people can find the fault in her acting is not the same as hating her or anything,

I think people should be valued based on the performance and not getting side eyes just because majority said their beautiful of get a free pass when some said their visual is lacking

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She got a lot more criticisms than she deserved before and during the first half of Goblin, especially on her looks.

She is a film actress and this is her 2nd drama. She is far more talented than anyone in Dramaland around her age group.
At age 25 she is still rough around the edges which leaves her room for improvement.

Appreciate her range and natural acting ability. I've seen too many constipated emotional display in dramaland to turn me off from some actors.

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Do these people seriously think she's ugly? I am asking this because I am curious if it's because these people have a wholly different standard of beauty or do they have other agendas? There's all kinds of crazy going on in those forums so I'll never know.

I wish they would cast all those pretty idol actors and hallyu stars who can't act in the same dramas. They will cater to these people who just want to gush at beautiful skin and awesome visuals. Spare the dramas who cast bona fide actors and we can enjoy them!

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What? She's hella gorgeous. I mean that should be irrelevant though because she's a phenomenal actress...

Idol actresses get a ton of undeserving sh*t too though, you can't win with netizens.

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I love Go Ah Sung and wished for a better partner for her. But I liked Ha Suk Jin enough in Drinking Solo and 1% of Something, so if Go Ah Sung confirms I will be watching it.

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I was wondering how long it would take Ha Suk-jin to return to dramaland. I'm going through serious Ha Suk jin withdrawals after watching him in 1% of Anything.
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Hopefully he will accept the role.

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Go Ah Sung and Ha Suk Jin, please confrimed. I can't wait more to see them again in dramaland.

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I wonder if ha sukjin likes messi...

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LOL!

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Omo, I can't!

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I would fight you for that one.

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At last we can see Ha Suk Jin on 1 of Korea's big 3 stations. It's long overdue as he's definitely 1 of the most underrated actors who has been forgotten by them. I prefer him to many young idol actors. And he isn't OLD! He definitely looks younger than his 34 years.

I wonder if the poster who describes him as ugly meant it as a "joke"? Anyway, we can always beg to differ.
HSJ is known as "sexy brain man" in Korea for his 152 IQ.

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Exactly, he really is smart and looks younger than his age.
Hopefully he accept this drama. Really love to see him again.

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HSJ is straight up sexy.

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Smart guys are my weaknesses. And he's literally sexy is a huge plus. Yassh, HSJ is back to dramaland..can't wait!

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Yes!!!!????? I am real excited for this :-D

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After that huge dose of him a few months ago I'm kind of in withdrawal! He should be like Lee Soo-Hyuk and just do something almost every quarter to stay on our screens.

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........and thus we are moving to the office era in dramaland

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idk why 10 years old age gap is an issue,
that's their job and if they portray adult as their character then it's okay,
many woman likes 10+ older man and this all complaint about how it creepy is more often based on the viewer overthinking perspective,
if it can happen, legal and fit the narrative context then it settled,
so many people can't find their partner because of social stigma when what really matters is their emotional growth and how they behave to each other,
let see what happen in the drama and then we can make conclusion rather than jump off to criticised the casting just because they both an adult who have big age gap,

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