[Staff Spotlight] Get to know chocolatte
What is the first drama that you watched (or the first drama that made an impression)?
Propose. I grew up with my parents watching all sorts of K-dramas in the background, but this one completely changed my expectations for what dramas were and could be. I loved everything about it—the friends-to-lovers story, the catchy OST, and the beautiful leads Kim Hee-sun and Ryu Shi-won—and it remains as one of my all-time favorites.
Tell us about a job or two that you’ve had in the past.
I used to write speeches for a federal government official. Now I lead communications for a nonprofit.
Have you ever lived a moment that you thought belonged in a drama?
I once dated a guy with the same last name as me (we’re both Korean). We weren’t even that serious, but our parents found out and they flipped out over the issue. No Answer Me 1988 ending for us—that was pretty much the beginning of the end!
What’s your favorite drama that you recapped?
I haven’t recapped all that many yet (if only real life didn’t get in the way so often), but I’ve been lucky to be on a JTBC streak since I started with DB. Though I’ve really liked all the dramas I’ve recapped so far, my favorite has to be This Week, My Wife Will Have an Affair.
What drama genres do you especially like?
I live for rom-coms. I’m also partial to slice-of-life dramas.
What drama genres do you especially dislike?
I’ve never been a fan of mystery/thriller/sci-fi shows. I’ll watch them if they’re exceptional, but it takes a lot for me to start one.
Is there a drama character you’ve ever strongly identified with, and why?
Sung Shi-won in Answer Me 1997. I found her character to be endlessly relatable, whether it was her obsession with H.O.T (my all-time favorite, especially Tony oppa), her relationships with her family and friends, and all the uncertainties and angst that she faced as a teenager. There were so many points in the show where I was like, “This girl is me!” Ugh, now I’m all nostalgic, and I feel like I need to go rewatch the show for the umpteenth time.
What drama character would you want to be?
Jeon Do-yeon’s character in The Good Wife. I love that she’s a working mom (shout out to all the working moms out there!) and that she’s kickass at her job. She’s strong and confident and compassionate—plus she gets Yoon Kye-sang and an amazing wardrobe. What’s not to love?
What was your major in school?
What’s a random skill you have?
I wouldn’t necessarily call it a skill, but I love me some noraebang.
Favorite non-Korean movie and/or TV show?
There’s so much good TV out there, but I hardly watch any non-Korean dramas these days. One of my older favorites is Parks and Rec. As for more recent shows, I’m loving Master of None.
Which Hallyu celebrity would you actually want to meet and spend an hour with?
Yoo Ah-in. I’d love to talk to him about art and politics.
Which of the 7 deadly sins would be your undoing? (Pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath, or sloth.)
Sloth. I can probably live in my pajamas, doing nothing but watch Korean dramas for weeks at a time.
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