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Snuggly hugs on the set of poster shoots for SBS’s Suspicious Partner

The stars for upcoming SBS legal rom-com Suspicious Partner have been pretty busy filming (and campaigning) for the show, but they came together recently for promo poster shoots. Thankfully, we don’t have long until Suspicious Partner takes over the Wednesday-Thursday slot: It’ll premiere in May, along with a whole host of other dramas. It really can’t come soon enough in my opinion. Anyway, onto the pretty!

First up, we have our lead Ji Chang-wook (The K2), who will play brainiac prosecutor Noh Ji-wook. The actor described his character as “hard-headed when it comes to his job and his principles, but that’s a part of his charm.” Ji Chang-wook added that his character and Nam Ji-hyun’s (Shopping King Louis) character Eun Bong-hee fit each other very well, and that while their personalities are pretty much polar opposites, they’ll have a fun, sweet dynamic. The chemistry between the two stars has already drawn praise from the rest of the cast and crew, so I’m expecting lots of requisite petty bickering and eventual swooning from this show.

Personally, I always find it takes a bit of an adjustment when former child actors like Nam Ji-hyun take on adult roles, especially ones with lovelines. However, I’m looking forward to her taking on another rom-com after her delightful turn in Shopping King Louis. Nam Ji-hyun’s Eun Bong-hee is said to be “really optimistic, surprisingly simple, and realistic in the sense that she doesn’t forget to claim what she’s due.” Nam Ji-hyun has crossed paths with Ji Chang-wook before — they presented an award together at a music awards ceremony, and were both in 2011’s Warrior Baek Dong-soo, although he was the lead and she was a child counterpart — but this will be their first time acting together. She described Ji Chang-wook as a partner who feels simultaneously old and new.

Second leads Choi Tae-joon (Missing 9) and Hello Venus idol Nara are still question marks for me, but I was heartened to hear that the former is off-screen buddies with Ji Chang-wook. Since he’ll be playing Ji Chang-wook’s bestie in the show, I’m hoping that their real-life rapport will be on full display. His character description also sounds adorable: Although he’s a high-flying firm lawyer, he’ll have positive energy in spades and crave affection from those around him, lol.

Nara, who will be making her acting debut in this show, apparently got full marks from the producers in her auditions, so I’m trying not to be too pessimistic about her lack of experience. Her character, Noh Ji-wook’s ex and fellow prosecutor, will be bold, sexy, and a little shameless.

Suspicious Partner will air its first episode on May 10, following currently airing Saimdang, Light’s Diary. Also, PSA of the day: In addition to SBS’s Suspicious Partner, we’ll see dramas Circle, Ruler–Master of the Mask, My Sassy Girl, Seven Day Queen, and Third-Rate My Way all premiere in May. Sure, I’ll have eye-bags down to my knees trying to keep up with everything, but such is the life I’ve chosen. Bring it, dramaland.

Via Chosun Ilbo, iMBC, Sports Donga, SBS Fun E, Osen, TV Report

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Omg can't wait for this!!! May, come soon!! Like right now soon.

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I CANT WAIT! I love em already!

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Can someone correct me if I'm wrong, but I thought K2 was suppose to be JCW last drama before heading to the army, or did my mind just make that up ?

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They really do have such excellent chemistry. That first pic already is giving me all the feels and has me feeling all warm and fuzzy inside, even before the show's aired. They look like friends turned lovers having a relaxing weekend together. The second image even confirms it. Anyway, definitely looking forward to Suspicious Partner premiering!

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It really looks like they're having a great time. Ah, I'm so excited! At least the two leads will be great -- who knows about the secondary leads and the actual writing, but I'm in it JCW and NJH!

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Haha, I'm excited on Ji Chang Wook's behalf for finally stepping away from the action hero typecast. :)

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My thoughts exactly! And they look so cute!!

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Finally! He won't be as tired as he was in K2

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nam ji hyun is beautiful! she looks really grown up, they actually look wonderful together. please be good, please be good!

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You could tell just watching Shopping King Louis that everyone had a fantastic time creating that drama. I'm getting a similar vibe just looking at the pictures here. Sure, they're all coming together really close to the line, but they seem to have good humor and a can-do attitude, and personally I can't wait to see the result!

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Yup, I was going to say this looks like SKL, which is totally fine by me! But please please please no random serial killer/creepy kidnapper in this one. Just the Rom and Com would be great.

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I am fine with serial killer, as long as he is caught soon after by maxim gold ;)

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No random serial killer or creepy kidnapper alright, but there will be an amnesiac killer......so, hurray? 😂

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Nam Ji-hyun looks radiant and gorgeous! She has blossomed into such a beautiful young lady.

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Agreed!

Loved her in Queen Seondeok, Giant and Will It Snow For Christmas! She blooms so much now - how pretty she is.

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Will watch this. Like them both so much.

PS. What's with her hair? It seems stuck between 2 different cuts and unable to decide :P

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I noticed her hair too! That's why I don't like that first photo because she looks a bit too old in that photo. But they do look good together and I'm excited to see them :)

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Nam Ji-hyun’s smile, come on! It gets me every single time. I'm totally into her.

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Yes, her smile! She doesn't really conform to the Korean entertainer beauty standard, but that megawatt smile mesmerizes me.

She and Ji Chang Wook look incredible together.

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Pretty, pretty, they're both too shiny and cute, they look do great.

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I can't wait!!! I love that first photo, they look so relaxed and comfortable with each other 😍

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Ji Chang Wook looks like he gives the best freaking hugs man...

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Yes, he definitely is a great hugger. Take my word for it. 😁

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You lucky girl!!! 😁

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Wow so lucky !! 😍

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oh i definitely want to hear the story behind this!!! 🤗

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For real. Healer was all about the hugs.

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LOL! That reminds me that we Beanies had a great time giving big hugs too! Must have learnt from the best hugger, JCW. 😆 Good ol' Healer days! 😁

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Hehe, don't forget those handholds!

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You mean those hand porn? lol :D

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;)

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I knew I could trust you to remember hand porn Div! LOL.

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Didn't know they cut 2 episodes of Siamdang, SBS sounds fishy they probably did it because of Ruler they want to start with them since Siamdang is losing viewers they want to secure their position in the ratings before they lose to Ruler it's a tough competition both dramas has my favorite actors.

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I can feel their chemistry just from those photos!

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They are so adorable together! I need this right meow!

May is looking like a busy time for me! The 3 shows I am desperate for are Man to Man, Suspicious Partner and Ruler: Master of the Mask. I am in a huge dry spell for dramas right now so it will be nice to have a bunch of dramas I have been anticipating.

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Same, I'm super stoked for the three shows you mentioned. I'm excited for Circle as well because my baby Yeo Jin-gu is in it.

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Me too!!! Been waiting in ages for Man To Man and Ruler and now there's Suspicious Partner and Ji Chang Wook to look forward too! So excited!

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I normally don't watch Korean legal dramas, since being in the biz, they all make me want to tear out my hair while screaming at my screen over basic jurisprudence mistakes... or just random stupidity. But I think I'll make an exception for this one. Time to bring your A+++ Game, Baby Boy!!! 💕💕💕 *squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee*

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Same for me when there is a character who acts as a psychologist or a psychiatrist... I can't lol

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What happened between The K2/SKL and now that made these two impossibly more attractive? I'm swooning 😍

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Woah, in that first picture they really favor each other a lot! She has a rounder face, but they could be cast as relatives.

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When I just saw the tagline for this article I screamed. A little too loudly. This is one of my most anticipated shows of May next to Ruler. And you know: They are coming out the same day!!!! Yay!!! Get ready for a jam-packed schedule this May for me.

And also just the pictures alone of them smiling get to me. I haven't seen the actual posters yet. I really hope this show is a runaway hit rom-com to start of the summer dramas. With Ji Chang-Wook (who I haven't really seen in rom-coms cause you know ACTION SHOWS) and Nam Ji-Hyun, I hope that is no problem. FIGHTING!!

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I so agree! This, Ruler and Man to Man are my most anticipated dramas. And 2 of them release on the same day! After the last couple months of a dry spell it will be nice to be flooded with dramas again.

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I CANNOT wait!!

Ji Chang Wook...*sigh*

I like Nam Ji Hyun's transformation from girl to woman.

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Nara is absolutely stunning!

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Nam Ji-hyun is such a girl crush. She's beautiful, talented, and oh-so sweet. I'm so pumped for this pairing and this drama. May is going to be great for drama pairings between these two and Kim So-hyun/Yoo Seung-ho pairing, flowers are blooming in my eyes.

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She is one of my girl crush too ! Excited to see how the drama will turn out.

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She's a girl crush for me too! Reminds me of an Asian Rachel McAdams with that girl next door vibe and bright smile that just lights up a room!

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I loved Nam since "The Great King Sejong." She played King Sejong's young wife with great emotional delivery for a young child actor.
That was probably the role that made Kim Young-hyun seeked her out for QSD.

I think if she was an adult back in their "Warrior Baek Dong-soo" days, they probably would've kept her for the whole drama.

I like the pairing. He is more of a technical actor and she seems to be more on the emotional side.

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I'm pretty ecstatic about how naturally adorable they seem together already. Seems like a lovely, comfortable sort of romance between them, with perhaps a bit of bickering thrown in. I can't wait!

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Nam Ji Hyun just got prettier on these shoots. It's a refreshing chemistry indeed with Ji Chang Wook! 😍😍

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This show is on my list of upcoming kdramas to checkout. I hope it will be good!

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They look so comfortable and relaxed and CUTE together!! Hurry up May... I'm (im)patiently waiting!!!!

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I love the leads so i hope the story doesn't disappoint.

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Can't wait see this drama... Nam Ji-hyun looks really beautiful...

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Whyy are they doing this to me?? Whyyyy??! I'm trying so hard to be faithful to Ruler but...but *sigh*

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You can equally love both shows tho :)

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Being a student is so tough. You've got so much to do yet so little time and now all these shows that I'm anticipating are coming up in May. I can't wait to binge watch so I can watch Ji Chang Wook do his thing. I'm so excited. 😜 And Nam Ji Hyun looks beautiful.

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I know !! Sometimes I watch a few episodes of a drama and my day is gone I'm left with no time to study

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Yeah and periods exams are coming.

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I'm so excited to watch this drama. I love to see Ji Chang Wook in a romantic comedy. His character No Ji Wook sounds like his role (Chang An) in the Chinese drama 'The Whirlwind Girl' . He seems cold but very sweet in the inside. That's good JCW is now having a good time with filming. No more action scenes for him but it looks like Nam Ji Huyn will do some fighting scenes. LOL

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I must admit.. They look good together. Oh my God, Nam Ji Hyun turns out to be a gorgeous lady. I doubted them at first because I thought Ji Chang Wook is too old for her---.. Oh well, she was paired with Seo In Guk the last time (who is more or less the same age as JCW), and turns out so well...
And this show has Choi Tae Joon!!! Love it!

Can't wait for this. My May is soooo overloaded!!!

Ruler, Suspicious Partner, Circle, Man to Man. and the one with Kim Ji won..

Please be good everyone!!

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yup Kim Ji Won and Park Seo Joon in Third-Rate My Way - also another pairting i didnt expect but when i saw the news i was so happy

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I just realized this is airing at the same time, and starting on the same day as Ruler: Master of the Mask...man the competition is going to be so tight. Hope both dramas do well! I'm so excited for both >.<

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Those pics above of 2 beautiful talented actors made my heart fluttered. I sense romance and I sense explosive chemistry.

Now I simply couldn't wait... *fingers drummed impatiently*

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Eyebags on my knees, LOWL 😂😂😂
Keep it coming dramagods 🙆🙆🙆

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Ji Chang Wook is too handsome for words. Ive seen some shooting pictures, he will be in suits. Omo!!!

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They look really cute together and the drama sounds fun. So many dramas in May, can't wait!

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The leads look adorable together <3<3
Sweep me off my feet, Healer-ya!!

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JCW and NJH - sexy, intelligent and fun. Can't wait. Bring it on!

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So much pretty in this ^u^ I'm obsessed with Hello Counselor and Taejoon is such an adorkable maknae there, plus I really liked JCW in Healer, so I'm hyped for this!

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It's going to be weird to look at Choi Taejoon and be reminded that the adorable dude was killing people left and right in Missing 9.

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Excuse me, while I pass out from the adorableness of this pairing

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This cannot come soon enough!!!
My oppa is returning to screen!!!

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Nam ji hyun looks so pretty in this picture.... I'm gonna have to check this out

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I love NJH.. without her straight down bangs (fr SKL) she looks more mature. What caught my eye was in the second photoshoot they were holding hangs- fingers interlock. suprising is Ji Chang Wook mentioned before that interlocking hand is more personal and intimate than mere hand holding. I've never imagined them paired up on screen before and when news broke that NJH was courted aft the 1st two actress declined- i was over the moon. They look so compatible. Looking forward to great chemistry- NJH is one i pegged who had great chemistry with her costars. May cant come fast enough

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Nam Ji-hyun is now officially my girl crush. 😍😍

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JCW solo shots:

1: pre-caffeine
2: I meant to grab a white shirt

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I'm really glad that Nam Ji-hyun's character is not typecast as an "unattractive" newbie who is a fish out of water. While she might not be girly-looking as other actresses of her age range, she should not be qualified as an undone lady.

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They look good together, I hope this drama won't disappoint us! *pray to drama gods*

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Recently finished Missing 9. Right now I'm missing Choi Tae Joon. I need him on my screen, possibly in a more... gentle role.
And of course, Ji Chang Wook! That alone would be enough for me.
So hyped for this drama...

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