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Age of Youth 2 adds new housemates, secures premiere date


Han Ye-ri, Park Eun-bin, Han Seung-yeon

All of a sudden we have a lot of movement on the sequel season to JTBC’s campus drama Age of Youth, which has confirmed all of its cast members (most of them familiar faces, with a couple new ones in the mix) as it readies for its initial script read, with August fixed for its premiere.

Most of the cast members and character descriptions will be familiar to you, but one did really surprise me: Park Hye-soo, who played the shy freshman through whose eyes we initially saw this drama unfold, will not be returning as originally planned, and her character has been recast. This was a breakout role for Park so I’m really surprised she won’t be coming back, but her reps have cited schedule conflicts with a movie; she is slated to begin filming Swing Kids this summer with Exo’s D.O.

Her character, Eun-jae, will instead go to Ji-woo, who’s appeared in several movies and dramas but is still a new name; she played child roles in Age of Feeling and You’re All Surrounded, and was recently the lead in MBC’s mini-drama Three Color Fantasy: Universe’s Star. She also shares a management agency with series lead Han Ye-ri, who will be reprising her role as Jin-myung, the eldest of the roommates of the Belle Epoque share house who worked every hour of the day and hardly ever betrayed the burden she felt from her poverty.

Park Eun-bin and Han Seung-yeon are the other two also returning to the show, Park as friendly and adorable pervy liar Ji-won (how she made those traits work together, I don’t know, but she did and rocked it) and Han playing Ye-eun, the hapless-in-love girl with terrible taste in boyfriends. Ryu Hwa-young had played the fifth roommate in the first season, but will only be returning in a guest appearance; she’ll be busy filming her weekend drama Father Is Strange for a few more months yet.


Ji-woo, Choi Ara

The new fifth roommate will be played by rookie actress Choi Ara, described as simply “the tall girl,” which Choi suits given her background as a fashion model.

The story kicks off one year after Season 1, with Jin-myung having gone off to China after the end of the first season to find herself. She has now successfully found full-time employment, which is a relief because her miserable life with all her miserable jobs was at times painful to watch.

Ye-eun has taken a year off from school, following her kidnapping and abuse at the hands of her slimy boyfriend. Ji-won is single as ever and still cares more about dating than finding a job, and maknae Eun-jae, who had that adorable campus romance with her sunbae, is now hurting after being dumped. (What? Nooooo, you can’t break up that couple, even if one of them got recast with a new face! They were the bright light of that show!)

That’s when the new roommate, Jo-eun (Choi Ara), arrives to move into Kang Unni’s (Ryu Hwa-young) old room. She insists she’s not quite 180 cm tall (feeling self-conscious of her height), and is shrouded in some mystery; all that we’re told is that her arrival is due to one letter, but we don’t know why.

As for the men: Onew (Descended From the Sun) has signed on to romance Han Seung-yeon, hopefully giving her a much better loveline this time around. Kim Min-seok (Doctors, Defendant) will play the proxy for the chic grandma landlady of Belle Epoque. I’m guessing he’ll be someone’s love interest, perhaps?

Age of Youth 2 will take up the Friday-Saturday timeslot in late August, following Kim Hee-sun and Kim Sun-ah’s Woman of Dignity, which starts next weekend after the end of Man to Man.


Kim Min-seok, Onew

Via Star News, Osen

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Can't they just cast 2 new roommates instead of having a different actress playing Eun Jae? And having her coming to Bell Epoque post break up? You cant give us the adorable senior and expect him to dumb Eun Jae now!

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*dump

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I can't accept that.. You can't cast a different actress on a same character, Show.. Unless you are saying she undergone plastic surgery..
Looking forward to the romance department especially with Onew.. What a cutie.. :D <3

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Agree! They were so adorable and was refreshing to watch while everyone else had darker problems and painful issues to deal with.

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Exactly! I really dislike the idea of having another actress playing the same role–especially when the cast is the same, it's a continuation of the first part, and/or it's not a spinoff where every character's got a different face. Argh.

While I thought Eun-jae and her beau were cute and I would've loved to see them again, it makes me sad to know they ended up breaking up. Those two were such cute puppies, so it's sad that it didn't work out for them.

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Yeah seriously. Re-casting was a really bad idea! I rather have them say that she transferred to another school or even died in a tragic accident...

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Well... Sunbae is currently slaying beside Yoo Seungho.. I am not complaining.. but the re-cast is really a turn off for me...

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Right? Everytime I'm watching Ruler I just spontaneously call him Sunbae. Guess I really like his character in AOY.

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man...i need an edit button...lol

i'm disappointed at the replacement of an actress to resume the same character. it would have been better to have just had her be studying abroad for a year (very possible while at uni) or deciding to leave the house (also okay). how the belle epoque was run made the possibility of new roommates quite reasonable (see eun-jae's appearance as the new roomie).

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I liked Park Eun-bin & Han Seung-yeon, hope it'll be fun to watch them again :-)

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Noooo the couple is my otp why break them up:(( i was looking forward to their continuation

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I'm sad too... Maybe he dumped her because he needs to serve his military duty? He didn't seem like the one who would dump.

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Haha, I don't see him as the Dumper, either! Basically, I would've been okay if they just told us that the two moved and are living happily together somewhere.

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According to an early report, Kim Minseok's character is going to romance the new roommate. Haha is the show opting for a Lovely Complex-like couple? ?

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Pretty much what I said in a previous post! XD

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I understand adding new characters but getting a different actress to play the same character?... no, just no. To be honest all the changes are not setting well with me. If they were to have a second season they should have done everything possible to secure the original cast. Even if it meant delaying the show until the end of the year or beginning of next year. I don't know I am really disappointed in what the second season is turning out to be :(.

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I share the same sentiment. But not disappointed yet.

It's better if they just drop the character when the actress turned down the role, and write a new character if they insist on 5 roommates. I never have experience watching the same character played by 2 different people, so I feel weird.

But, perhaps they already have a script ready and do not want to re-write everything, and delaying the drama because one actress finally turned down the role (I thought she already confirmed long time ago, or was it a long time ago it was reported that she was considering? That is such a long period of considering a role. Honestly, when I read she was cast in a film with DO, I have a feeling she would turn down the role in Age of Youth.) would mean delaying it forever when finally they could settle the schedule with the other 3 (+1 guest appearance).

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Her agency is quite something in my opinion. I sincerely wish they don't push her too much, and let her gain experiences accordingly. I am more worry because I foresee they want to put her in leading lady territory soon.. She was just debuted as actress in 2015, that in early 2017 getting adult lead role (Introvert Boss) was quite fast? They should also balance her career, not only acting but singing too. It looks like this girl loves to perform on stage.

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I agree, they really should've just dropped her character, but like you said, maybe they already had all these materials and didn't wanna waste it or spend more time on writing and adding in a new character, which is a bummer, but it is what it is.

Though not a lot, I've experienced the feeling of seeing two different people playing the same character and lemme tell ya, it's weird.

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I share the same sentiments with you in regards to having another actress play the same character. Sigh, why do they do this to us so much? I especially don't like it when we've got same actors reprising their roles, too. Are we supposed to just all pretend that this new face is the same person we've smiled, laughed and cried for for one whole season? Eh, I don't think there was ever a time when I was okay with this. I still laugh at the time when they suddenly replaced Helen w/ another lady on Drake and Josh. Lol, everyone acted normal, but I was like, "wait, what? What's going on? Where's Helen!?"

Anyways, other than that, I'm actually now quite okay with the changes and just wanna see the show already.

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At one moment i was so excited because yeay it AoY 2, but later im sad because why eunjae has to break up with sunbae T.T and kang unnie ah nevertheless im a whole body excited for AoM season 2 ???????

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The only explanation I can think of on why an original character will return despite a different actress is because the writer has a story in mind for her that might affect the whole plot?

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Yea I think so. I was hoping they just write a new character if they insist on 5 roommates. But seeing they're desperately casting another actress to play Eun Jae, I am guessing they have a script ready - and Eun Jae character is vital to the plot.

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PHS just recently on May got offered to act in the movie with D.O "Swing Kids" , and the talk about season 2 of AOY already started from early this year. I suspect, the writer already pursued to write script with these 4 characters aside Kang Yi Na, because her agency probably already unoffically agreed (or could have been agreed) about her joining season 2. But that movie offer is quite tempting to decline with,and due to schedule conflict they can only choose one. The writernim probably will have to re-write a lot if they have to insert new character to replace Eun Jae, so the solution is to choose another actress.

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I was actually looking forward to Shin Hyunsoo and Yoon Park in these but I guess we won't get them :( AND PLEASE WILL YOU GET JIWON HER LOVESTORY NOW :(

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Ji Won without a love story is actually pretty interesting for me. Because when you're in college, there's always that one person (or two or three or more) who's always been single despite wanting to be in a relationship. Because the other roommates are seen with love interests, Ji Won being there single is pretty refreshing. At least for me.

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In theory, I agree with you, but Ji-won is one of my all-time favorite characters and I so want her to get a swoony romance. I need to see someone else adoring her as much as I do, despite her OTTness. But I agree, they don't have to pair everyone up.

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It was really cute to see that glimpse of her sunbae suddenly having an interest in her! He was nice, sweet, and actually wanted to talk to her and hear her talk more... but then she picked her wedgie and farted, and his sudden interest and affection ended as soon as it began...

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That's what I thought, but remember when they were in the hospital and each significant others were running worried over the girls then there is Jiwon. It's just sad :(

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Oh yeah! I remember that scene. Ha, I actually expected her sunbae to show up but we see him sleeping soundly in his bed.

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Yesss! I totally thought it's gonna be such a romantic scene that her sunbae was gonna run being overly worried but that didn't happen and it just saddens me :(

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and that person would be me in my real life XD

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My biggest fear for AoY 2 was that Eun Jae and her sunbae would break up. And it became true. Eun Jae was my favourite girl and her relationship was also my favourite. I love the actress Ji-woo but I wish sh played a different character. I'm so heartbroken but I will be watching regardless.

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no no no! They did not only replace park hye soo, they also broke the OTP!!!! TTATT

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Ah. What? Jiwoo and Shin Hyunsoo gonna be a cute couple. I was expecting to see them together again after Star in The Universe.

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But Ji Woo will break up with Shin Hyun Soo, according to the story.

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Yes. I know that. That's why I said I was expecting a reunion. Maybe i should add another sentence saying how regretful I'm.

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Never seen the 2 new actresses in any dramas yet

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I'll try to be optimistic about this.

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That's the spirit!

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I think Shin Hyun Soo is busy for Ruler. I hope Ji Woo and Kim Min Seok will become a couple.

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Loving him in Ruler. But I also loved him as the tall 'n' dorky, with all his boyish charms in S1 of Age of Youth, so... man! Bummer!

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On the plus side, Onew and Kim Min Seok have both impressed me so that's good news. And it's a DOTS reunion. :)

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Looking forward to watching the drama even if in my head Joey Tribbiani is screaming: "Why God Whyyy?". Did anyone in this thread found herself/himself while overseas? If there is a blog, I would love to read all the stories of self-discovery.

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Liked Ji-woo in Universe’s Star, best plot out of Three Color Fantasy. Thought I've seen her somewhere before, then realized that she reminds me so much of Anna Hathaway...
Casts are shaping up well, crossing fingers for great plot too. Am kinda tired of having mystery thread in every drama now, but first season did worked it well.

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Ooh, maybe I should watch her part of the Color Fantasy series, since I've checked out the other two. I saw her for the first and only time in You're All Surrounded as Go Ara's child counterpart, and quite liked her there.

And yes, I'd like for them to hold the mystery, as well, but I have a feeling our old and new girls may come with baggage that they'll need to unload and resolve, which is fine.

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I'm wary about second seasons in general, but I loved the first one so much, I'm going into this feeling pretty excited.

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Although I am sad Eun Jae will be replaced by somebody else, but what is more crucial for me is the writer. I believe she can make it works. I mean even the all original casts return but we get somebody else to be the writer, the spirit of AOY will be different and could be a disappointment. It could turn out as mere romcom.

Anyway I am glad to at least have Han Ye Ri & Park Eun Bin around. I would be really sad if we don't get to see Song Ji Won around in season 2, acted by none other than Park Eun Bin. Hope Yoon Park can appear as well.

I am glad jTBC back to produce more mature content drama. I am at lost after claimed myself as jTBC girl last year but none of jTBC drama caught my interest so far for thisbyear. Woman of Dignity looks interesting, but the writer made me worry.

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I'm putting my faith in the writer too. It would've been simpler to replace Eun-jae's character since the actress is busy, but if Writer-nim opted to keep the character in despite having to replace the face, she must've had more stories to tell about our maknae.

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Yes I think there's more stories about Eun Jae that they have to replacr the actress.

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OMG we're only one drama season away from Age of Youth 2!!! :DDDD

OCN, take notes!

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I wanted this s2 so so bad before but now im not so sure. Ill still watch it for the girls and i trust the writer but the casting is so messy its disappointing. They should just make a new char instead of recasting for Eunjae. Also sad that the landlady wont be coming back.

I just hope that theyll still focus on the Belle Epoque girls rather than lovelines.

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Is Han Ye Ri's loveline from s1 going to continue?
Is Park Eun Bin's sunbae friend coming back?
I need those two boys to come back.

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I adored Yoon Park as HYR's love interest, but his pathetic, spineless character in Introverted Boss is still too fresh in my mind! It's was of no fault of his (I blame the poor writing), so hopefully another charming season of AoY will help me forget...

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Also add that Woo Bin character (man who looks into the sunset) into the mix! I kind of want him as the catalyst to the loveline of Ji Won and her sunbae.

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I am just going to delude myself into thinking that Yoon Sunbae and JiWon's boys will be back.

I DON'T CARE WHAT ANYONE ELSE SAYS LALALALALALALALALALAAAAAAA!!!

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Well, I certainly hope so!

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Park Eun Bin pic right there looks like the younger version of Moon Chae Won..damn<3

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Idk about younger Moon Chae-won, but I definitely a lot of Krystal!

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End of August? I have to wait foreeeeeveer!

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I don't know how to feel about any of the changes. D:

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The second season fear is real. On the one hand i always want more... But then I am afraid they'll undo what I liked about the first season D;
I am not sure how I feel about the changes or if I will watch at all (why break up the cutest couple of the show whyy). I might wait it out and see how it goes before getting invested, and live in denial about the story if I don't like it hehe

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I'm just glad Han Ye-ri is back. She's my favorite housemate. She tried so hard to hide her feelings but when she let go she was just so raw and easy to relate to. And I'm fine with Ji-woo (loved her in You're All Surrounded) but they really should have just created a new character for her.

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"Nooooo, you can’t break up that couple, even if one of them got recast with a new face!" LOL, why did I find that one line so funny?

Anyways I'm super excited about this second season. I absolutely loved Age of Youth. It was such a heartwarming drama to sit back and relax too. Not to mention funny. I'm not too upset that Eun Jae is recast (though it does kind of suck) but I am sad that Ryu Hwa-young won't be there anymore.

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Ehhh! I'm not liking these changes! If the actress can't participate because of scheduling conflicts then change the character not the actress! I don't know how I'll feel watching another actress play Eun Jae, I'll find myself subconsciously comparing the two actresses and judging which one is better. That will interfere with my enjoyment of the show. Deep sigh. So many changes.

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As long as we don't have another SM actor on the line up I'm good, but whoah my favourite OTP gone. Still Ji Won is my favourite, as long as she's hard carrying the show I'm set ^^

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Awe! excited for Onew!! His smile always lights up the screen.
Not sure how I feel about the recasting...and the ending of that adorable campus relationship...I guess I will just let the episodes speak for themselves. I'll try to keep an open mind till then. I adore Kim Min Seok, though, so I am so glad he is joining the cast. Can't wait!

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My favorite thing about Age of Youth was always their friendships and the focus on the girls, i hope this new season doesn't change that, i would hate to see this turn into a rom com (even though i love this genre but not here).

Even though i'm not liking the changes they're making so far, i'll give it a chance when it airs.

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Will Kim Min Seok be romancing the new tall girl? Because that will be adorable and hilarious

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Whoa, that was a lot of new info–which is good because I'm super duper looking forward to this drama!

While I was surprised to read that Park Hye-soo wasn't returning, I didn't really mind too much because if I had to choose to write off any of of the girls, she'd probably be one of the firsts. #sorrynotsorry
Now, what I DO MIND and actually dislike is that they're gonna have another actress take over her role? What? No. Can we please just not do that? I honestly don't see why they don't just give us a reason for Eun-Jae's absense, close her story there, and have Ji-woo be another new roomie!? Smh. Speaking of which, I thought she looked so familiar and now I remember that she played the younger version of Go Ara in You're All Surrounded! I actually loved her there and thought she was pretty, charismatic and very spunky. Good to see her again!

This is my first time seeing Choi Ara, but I already love her look and can even imagine her in her charater, so I think it's fitting. Can't wait to see her, too.

Excited for the boys! They sound like decent, good men and boy do we need more of that this time around. I'm hoping Jin-myung's cutie chef beau will still be in this because he was pretty much the sweetest guy. I still crack up at the thought of him proudly using and sharpening the knife that she gave him every time she passed by. Kyyyyyaaaa, cute! Omg, and Ji-won's sunbae! What was that little tease where he suddenly thought she was cute and had heart eyes for her? That ended just as soon as it began! I need more of that/him/them, please.

I'm so excited for this because August is just right around the corner! Yayyayyay! Can't wait for the gals, the guys, chic af landlady, the soundtrack(!), and the crazy shenanigans that I'm sure will ensue! So long as Ji-won sunbae's there.

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Ugh, why? Why give Eun-jae a new face? Just write Eun-jae out, it's far less confusing!

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Now I'm feeling all sorts of apprehensive about this. Eun-jae and her sunbae was one of the highlights for me and for it to change like this... sadness. With that said, I'm still looking forward to it and the girls and their relationships with each other.

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The last picture of KMS and LJK is just love. <3

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I sad about park hye soo 'cause it was the I really related to her character in the first few episodes, well at least I like ji woo so I guess it's not so bad. I loved Han Ye Ri and Park Eun Bin so I'm glad they're back. Looking forward to the new girl and her romance it sounds fun.

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onew! i'm all in except now i have to fit one more drama in my life cause i didn't watch the first season of this.

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Where are all the other boys, more importantly SONG JIWON'S COLLEGE FRIEND?????

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Is it just me or does Ji-Woo look a bit like Anne Hathaway??

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yeah haha she has that wide open smile that Anne is known for.

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Idk, I just love all the girls... Park Hye-soo has a great opportunity with her career in movie with Exo’s D.O. and Ryu Hwa-young is doing well in Father Is Strange. So I have no objection to new faces.. Just like school series or reply series we always in-love toward different cast, different plots as long they have a solid chemistry.

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Excited about Kim Min Seok. He keeps getting better and better in everything I see him in. Not quite sure how I feel about recasting the little maknae, or Onew either. From what I remember, Onew was limited at best in DOTS.
This new girl also being described simply by a physical attribute: the tall one, seems slightly worrying to me. Hopefully they're just trying to keep her mysterious and they have more of an arch sketched out for her, because the character depth was what I loved the most about the first season.

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I've not watched the season one yet but i read every single recap and i enjoyed it...i kind of feel dissapointed that they're replacing some of the actresses because i'm afraid of if the chemistry between them doesn't go really well....well i can say that Onew and kim min seok are not bad, i mean who didn't enjoy them in Descendant of the sun?

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....I'll give it a shot...but the first cast was soo good!

Shocked that the girl who played eun jae won't be coming back...wish they would have got rid of her character all together. And not only that, but if they were just going to replace the girl playing eun jae, they might as well replaced ryu hwa young too cause we know Yi Na's story is not finished, no matter how they try to spin it.

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it kinda feels weird that Eun-Jae's character will be replaced. I think she fits the role so perfectly and her relationship with her Sunbae was the cutest thing in this show. gaaah. i can't imagine having someone other than Park Hye-Soo to be EunJae :(

and the chef won't comeback? noooo! :( i ship him and Jin-Myung so much! i love their love story and i was so excited when i heard there was season 2 because i want to know what will happen next to both of them. but now, he's not coming back? :(((

i feel bad already when i heard that Kang Yi-Na will not be a regular anymore, but at least she'll guest for a few episodes.. i want to see her have a happy relationship with her workmate. haha. they're both so cute together as well!

at least, there's still Ji-Won and Sung-Min.. i hope they make progress in S2. <3

but still... why o why it has to be this way? :(

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