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One-night stand with smexy Sung Hoon in My Secret Romance

Whoa, did I hear this right: Thrill-adventure-crime specialist cable channel OCN has picked up a rom-com?!? Apparently OCN has decided to enter the rom-com game, and they’ve even opened up a new time slot on their schedule for it. Starting this April, OCN will begin broadcasting 100-percent pre-produced drama My Secret Romance on Monday-Tuesday, and some stills are already out for our viewing pleasure.

Starring Sung Hoon (Oh My Venus) and Secret idol group member Song Ji-eun (Sweet Home, Sweet Honey), My Secret Romance is the story of a man and a woman who have a one-night stand. They meet unexpectedly three years later when the woman comes to work as a new nutritionist at the company cafeteria where the man works. He’s the resident prickly second-generation chaebol.

Through the pre-released web novelization, the drama already has thousands of fans waiting for it to air. The setup of the plot is pretty typical: The handsome heir of the top corporation in Korea meets a cheerful woman and falls in love. But it’s being produced by the 1% of Anything PD, who managed to make that remake feel refreshing and lovely. So if it’s anything like that, I know I’ll immensely enjoy the romance between the two leads even if their background histories aren’t groundbreakingly new.

Like in all good romantic comedies, there’s a love triangle, and rookie actor Kim Jae-young (Master–God of Noodle) is there to fill the third leg. Song Ji-eun’s character used to have a crush on him way back in the past because of his warm friendly demeanor, but now they’re best buddies in a strictly platonic relationship. He’s a successful travel writer and the owner of a book-bar that’s right downstairs from Song Ji-eun’s apartment.

I’m a huge fan of Sung Hoon ever since his New Tales of Gisaeng days, although that drama was all over the place. I can’t say he’s a phenomenal actor yet, but he’s definitely been showing more and more promise through his recent works like Five Kids. But one thing I can say for sure is—the boy can kiss. So, I know I’ll be tuning in regardless of how OCN’s new venture in romantic comedy turns out.

My Secret Romance will begin airing on April 17, but if you have the Oksusu app, there’ll be an option of seeing the episodes a little earlier in the week.

Via HeraldPop

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Prickly chaebol = oh THAT cliche?

1% of anything PD= fine, I'll give it a chance and watch..

Lol that's my thought process. Sung Hoon is fun to watch most times. I don't mind cliched dramas if they're done well, which I'm hope the PD can manage.

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Nice! But, why oh why must they give him that hair colour?!

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Well i don't see what's wrong with his hair color... i really like it :P

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Me too?

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Haha gd to see it opened a new slot of monday tuesday. Sounds promising since its d pd from Sth about 1%. Hope cliche plot aside d romance n friendship is done well. I loke sung hoon too. The guy looks gd in suits i must say. I also like male female platonic friendships.. So alls good.. Sth to lool forward in April

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I didn't realize how much I missed talk of this drama until now. It's been too long! The premise is appealing.

It will be my introduction to all these actors. I'm excited.

Also, book bar?! When can I get one?

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DAMN, HE LOOKS SOOOO F.I.N.E

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@hika

Agreed, my thought process is much right now...

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Agreed that's all I could think about while looking through the pictures. There is just something about a man in a suit...

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He did quite well in Five Children.

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Finally, someone else who hated Noble my love as much as I did, this drama is giving me the same vibes as well so i'm being pretty cautious about it

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I don't know about you guys but I like Noble My Love. It may not be his best but lets see. I kinda see his character there in this drama

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i didn't hate it.. but it was just too dumb and lacklustre

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Oh yes! He's such an eye candy. You should watch variety show, Cool Kiz on the Block. He's so hot in trunks lol Watched that because of SNSD Yuri but then I discovered Sunghoon! Also watched him on Five Kids and he's so funny. I was planning to watch Noble My Love, maybe I'll just skip it. I'll try watching Passionate Love.

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I watched Passionate Love because once an actor makes my bias list, I usually go watch everything he's been in. Hmmmm. How do I not spoil...

It's good to see so much of him but the story itself will probably dissapoint. I'd recommend instead New Tales of the Gisaeng for something more satisfying. It gets a bit wacky towards the end but then recovers.

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Same! Watched Cool Kiz on the Block for Yuri then BAM fell for Sunghoon too! I wad like "I've seen this guy somewhere but where?" Then I realized I watched him in Oh My Venus!

I couldn't finish Noble My Love, it just rubbed me the wrong places. But I have some hope for this one!

Ever since Cool Kiz I've been wanting someone to cast him as a swimmer in something (along with Yuri coz damn ya'll see that chemistry?!)

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I'm with Beez. Do not watch Passionate Love. Stay far far away. I was suckered in by Sung Hoon, the title, and the plot synopsis that sounded like good fun makjang. Not worth it. Overwrought, and not in a good way, boring, and SPOILER he doesn't get the girl.

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Sung Hoon is purely sexy guy from his face -body -voice! Noble love was a disaster (what webdrama doesn't?) but he improved a lot in 5 Kids.

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Then you must watch Five Children! He nails the role and his chemistry with the female lead is off the charts! Sung Hoon is a great kisser...I am into this drama already. Cliche...One night stand! Bring it on!

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"But one thing I can say for sure is—the boy can kiss."

I'll need to test that for myself.

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All for the good of science, I suppose?

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They don't call him Sung Swoon for nothin'. lol

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...to be statistically accurate data there must be at least 30 samplings (test kisses). I'm not making this up, it's in statistic class.

I volunteer... I know it will be time consuming and god, my lips just might get tired and fall off... but, someone has to do it.

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Cough,
you might need a few helpers to write down the results, and make sure all is going well, you know in case, one doesn't get accurate results, one just has to do it again..
Also, one has to determine the time...
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I saw him in OMV and was like - why doesn't he have more scenes ?

Then i saw him in Noble my love and i don't think he is lead material yet. He didn't feel natural. It looked like forced acting.

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Saw him in Faith, OMV, New Tales of Gisang- yes acting a bit stiff but good looking, he seems to be doing romance only. Storyline the typical chaebol and poor girl, will check out if got time

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he was in Faith?

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I think he can lead a romcom, provided his co-star has better acting chop than him. Other genre - better just do secondary role. As much as I am fangirling him, I notice his stiffness sometimes.

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I've seen Song Ji-eun in "Sweet Home, Sweet Honey" and after more than a hundred episodes of that daily show I think I'm the resident expert both on her acting and in the thechinal process of making traditional Korean Wines.

The wines are fine, her performance was horrible.

I mean, she is not Jin Se Yun, (nobody comes close to her on my book), but is like the director told her specifically that she must not show any apreciation or liking for his boyfriend.
They eventually marry and she was still treating him like a passing acquaintance. No chemistry whatsoever.

Maybe she is like Suzy, (movie=fine, 20 episodes=bad), and preproducciton and a few episodes will work wonders.

I'll be checking this show, I have already a builted in endurance for her "frustrated pout", might as well utilize this super power.

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Urghh no. Why they did'nt cast someone like Kim Seul Gi, Kim So Eun and some talented undetrater actressess for this roleeee. I love Sung Hoo purely for his looks and his role seems prerfect for him, i need better acttess who can do most of acting job. sighh

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My God he is ridiculously good looking. I will basically be watching this (with binoculars) for the eye candy.

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YES....Sung Hoon back on my screen *banshee fangirl screaming*

He so dreamy.....don't mind me, I'm just wiping my drool

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The last Sung Hoon drama is Five Children.

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The show looks cute. Remind me of both 1% of Anything and Noble My Love
Will check it out.

By the way, the official trailer is out

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NR5cZeQU4VA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JYs2xT8M88Q

The trailer starts with a kiss hahaha

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Been a fan since 'New Tales of Gisaeng' as well. Loved him in 'Five Children'. Definitely looking forward to this. Hopefully he'll get another stint on a variety show too.

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He’s the resident prickly second-generation chaebol.
Sung Hoon is so handsome, but ... nope. OCN, do better.

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OCN must be taking revenge for all the death/dead bodies in the romcoms... If you can beat 'em, join 'em!

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Maybe Truck of Doom will have more scenes and better plotline with background emotional motivation. This is OCN after all.

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Sung Hoon looks so fine. I don't know why I get so confused between Sung hoon and Lee Tae Hwan ( W, Come back ahjusshi) Does anyone feel the same that they look alike a little bit?

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They're a bit similar in a way that both have always played supporting character, also in family drama, and always quite a stand out because of their looks and super tall height.

I must be the only one that hated him in Oh My Venus, he's freakin stiff that he just sucks out of the fun in the scene he's in. I remember he is very very good lookin tho.

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No, I thought he was pretty stiff in OMV as well, but that's also a drama I thought should have ended around episode 12.

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I think his character in OMV was SUPPOSED to be stiff. That character had been abused and abandoned do was meant to be portrayed as wary and off putting.

I did not find him stiff at all in New Tales (for which he won a newcomer award for his FIRST EVER acting role). He was stiff in Noble only as far as the stuffy chaebol he was supposed to be. His one reaction shot to the heroine giving him a right cross was hilarious and sprouted up across the web as an awesome gif.

I can see some thinking him stiff in Faith bit again, it was not a loose character.

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Quotes below found in links below this DB article:
Dramabeans' description of SungHoon's character in Faith: "The only thing that matters to this maknae brother are his siblings and his flute. Otherwise, he’s described as emotionless and poker-faced."

Sung Hoon's description of his character in Faith:
"He’s a person who’s more interested in animals than in people. That’s why he’s indifferent and stoic and doesn’t have much of a problem with killing people."

(replying to myself to prove I was right. lol)

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Haha, I didn't hate him in OMV, but I definitely wasn't impressed by him. That's why I really stood up and took notice of him in Five Kids because I had such a hard time believing someone who bored me so much could be so entertaining. He really surprised me. I'm definitely interested to see whether he'll be able to impress me again in his first leading rom-com role.

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YAASSS.

But I read the drama's lead actor as Sund JOON and I'm like whut. Had to reread the article before I realised it was Sung HOON hahaha.

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Sorry I don't feel the same but I am surprise someone mentioning my boy Lee Tae hwan. *thank you for give me chance to talk about my boy"

Lee Tae Hwan already in my watch since King of High School Savvy coz that boy is super tall and well built. He is so young compared to his character that when I saw him in variety show then I saw his child-like cuteness...

As for Sunghoon, I have to admit i first recognized him when i watch Cool Kiz from the block due to his urmm sportmanship (and Lee Jae yoon in trunk)..

I hope Sung Hoon & Lee Tae Hwan can play brothers.. and Lee Tae Hwan can play a character of his own age...

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Seriously, I always have the same issue.
I be confusing the both of them, and then have to stare at the picture that goes with their name, to then recognize, "Oh, it's not the same guy.." Then have to remember their past projects to think why I have seen them somewhere. I get so angry with myself.
I am so bad with names.. And faces..

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Can we have a drama that doesn't revolve around the typical "handsome heir of the top corporation in Korea meets a cheerful(hmm) woman and falls in love."? Sigh.

lol.

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Not until the one trick pony gets beaten to death and won't get up ever again.

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I think it's us the viewer's fault, that we keep coming back to watch these dramas. It's like going back to that cheating boyfriend, even though we know he'll cheat on us again..

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yea, pretty much. many of us (including me) talk about how we want something fresh as far as love stories and rom-coms go, but then we still go and watch these dramas that give us more of the same plots. i guess we're just settling lol. as long as there's a market for it, they'll keep going at it. i'm pretty sure romance novels have the same generic CEO + simple woman pairing and it gets eaten up just as much.

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The funny thing about this comment section is: everybody is talking about de male lead, but nobody said anything about the female actress LOL

She's a good singer and I thought she was cute on running man (kwang soo is her ideal type haha, their interaction was pure gold), but I've never seen her acting. Hope she's good. Her group members are actually talented in acting: Sunhwa has shown a lot of potential and now Hyoseong is pretty cute in Introverted Boss.

And I LOVED 100% of anything. Fighting!

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Because not many know who she is

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I also don't recall seeing her in any dramas, normally I can recognize faces even if I can't remember names

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I know, and I comment a little about “Sweet Home, Sweet Honey” on comment 8.2.1
She was quite terrible on that.

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Song Jieun, is talented but i have to admit she is too....Plain? she is like vanilla. Delicious but forgettable.

when she sing she can deliver, hit the right note, but forgettable. Same with her acting.

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But I love vanilla ! Hur.

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i dont know which group she is from, but HyoSeong you mentioned - is she playing Gyo Ri, part of Silent Monster's team? Sunhwa - was she acted in Marriage Not Dating as the hero's ex gf? Sorry for the questions, I don't know much about idols.

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Sera, yes, you're right on both. Sun Hwa also starred on a weekend drama with Lee Jang Woo and will be on Radiant Office too.
Hyoseong is so timid as Gyo Ri that I almost didn't recognize her.

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Lol you are right. I was surprised she is the one who sings 'Into You'. I saw the video went viral few months back, because for the sexy dance lol. I am surprised to see both are the same person. She is so timid but endearing as Gyo Ri.

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For those of you who don't know Secret, I think nowadays they're more dedicated to their acting careers, their last single as a group was in 2014. And if you're used to watching Hyeoseong as Gyo Ri you'll be pretty shocked by her sexiness as an idol lol: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YpatVVhT-Io

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Aw I was just about to comment on seeing her in running man! Her crush on kwang-soo was so adorable, I actually wanted them to go out together after the show <3

As far as the plot goes... it's cliche but I have a spot spot for all the classic drama tropes like prickly chaebol-meets-plucky-girl when it's executed well and hearing that the director of 1% of Anything (who took the contract-dating setup and and made it feel fresh and lovely) is at the helm gives me hope for the drama.

Having the leads have a one-night stand together before should make it even more interesting.

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I have seen the actor in New Tales ("Andreee!"), Faith, Noble My Love, Oh My Venus and Five Children. I thought he did well in Faith though maybe because it was a relatively small role and then in Five Children he'd definitely improved. He's kinda meh in the other roles imo, but I'm rooting for him. Not familiar with the lead actress at all. I'm all for more dramas for me to choose from so I'm rooting for OCN and its new time slot.

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Who was he in "Faith"?!

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The lethal flute player with the white mane of glory.

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oh wow that was *him*?? XD totally didnt recognize him

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Oh wow, neither did I! But I was too distracted looking at Choi Young and the Woodalchi in Faith to pay much attention to the deadly flute player. ;)

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I'm looking closely at him now, was he the handsome guy with the long white blond hair with the flute?

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Yep, that's him.

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Hopefully this means that more dramas are airing. It's sad to see so many dramas being left on the shelf. OCN should open up this time slot permanently just like tvN

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Aw I quite liked that ocn aired just thrillers :(

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Same~

I'm quite surprised that they are doing a rom-com and this drama doesn't sound particularly special. :\

This drama is also pre-produced so they can't fix things if the response turns out bad.

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From a business point of view, it makes sense that they want to broaden their genre to attract more viewers. And 1% did wonders for Godinmedia so that is why OCN bought the rights to air I guess.

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"Song Ji-eun’s character used to have a crush on him way back in the past because of his warm friendly demeanor, but now they’re best buddies in a strictly platonic relationship. "

But if it's strictly platonic, how is it a love triangle? Does he have a crush on the male lead? Does the male lead THINK their friendship isn't platonic and get needlessly jealous? Does the best friend get platonically jealous because she doesn't spend as much time with him any more? Is it a more typical situation where one or both of them still harbors a secret crush and only pretends its platonic? (Probably the last one, but the others would be a lot more interesting, and the second and third could work together to comical degrees.)

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I just love that you had all those questions, after the whole crush thing and then it later being a love triangle.

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another site had a longer description.
It says the female lead and the second male lead are in a platonic friendship relationship now but he harbour unrequited love for her... dunno how accurate

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the second and third would be hilarious together if they could pull it off without making it frustrating or too angsty lol

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I don't think he's that great of an actor, but he's so hot. Haha. I'm giving it a shot. Yes, I'm shallow.

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Oooohhh... something to look forward to! I loved 1% of Anything and I loved Sung Hoon in Oh My Venus! :) Saw the teaser and I can sense the chemistry between them....

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I've only seen Sung Hoon in Oh My Venus. It'll be nice to see him once again in a new project.

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Same here. He looks like a litter duck with puppy eyes. He would do a great noona killer if he had the chance.

I want to see him with a nice lady. I OMV he had basically a stalker, and I hated her completely.... so stupid character. He deserved better.

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from the main poster i really thought the actress was the one from EXO Next Door but later pics showed it wasn't.. pity, i liked her. she was cute and had good comedy timing.. i dont think i've ever seen another drama with her

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The second lead is CAYUTEEE lawl. I will give this drama a try of course but the premise is just so cliche x 100 that if the actors and characters aren't able to carry it well im bound to get bored in no time. Wish them the best.

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I don't know anyone else in the show but I think Sung Hoon's selling point is that he's HILARIOUS. If he's in a rom-com, I know I'm in for a good time with someone who will really make me laugh. I enjoyed his romance with 5 kids so much and how he was so drawn to his love interest who thought he was a huge weirdo at first (he was). Lol, I really like that he can be this completely weird guy; it's awesome and really not something many are doing. He's great at it in a way that's not unlike Jang Hyuk or Ji Sung when they get the occasional eccentric character.

Hopefully it's a good show that will show that side to his acting more because I think it's his most interesting side.

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Web novelization? Anyone know where I can read it?

Preferably in English, though if its in Korean I can use it to study Korean, lol.

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After 7 weeks of drama hiatus and now I welcomed with this news? Whoaaa... Yes, oh yes, this man can kiss. I can't wait for all the kisses. And if I were her, I'll have 10 nights stand, 100, 1000 or even more..
Duh, it's getting hot in here. *fanself*

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The other day on Instagram he posted a picture where he was shirtless and wearing a pair of white fur cherub wings and a matching hat. I wonder if that was for some comedy scene in this drama?

I agree with other posters, he actually does comedy and weird very well.

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April 17th my bday woot woot...loved 1% of anything will give this a chance

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I'm a nutritionist too! Where can i find a man like him? Though I am no Candy TT

But how can she cook with her bangs like that? It's unhygienic!

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I don't know any of these poeple

I just saw OCN and "Romantic Comedy"... Suddenly I got curious. I'll try this, just because.

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My eyes are playing tricks on me. But he looks like he could be Lee Jung Suk's hyung.

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I don't think I can watch this one because I just know the second lead syndrome would kill me. that boy is so my style and their relationship sounds more interesting (slightly, because you know, it's all tropes ahoy). ugh, Kim Jae Young, so adorbs.

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oh yay! been waiting for another light drama with sung hoon. loved him in noble my love :D

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Something I've always wondered / been curious about.

When you (rhetorical you) write an actor's name and want to reference a previous drama he/she were in, how do you choose that drama?

I ask because when I saw Sung Hoon, I thought of Five Children (which is more recent then Oh My Venus). Is their more popular drama chosen versus most recent?

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I think they should recap this

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