[Staff Spotlight] Get to know LollyPip
Explain your username (and/or avatar).
I have two dachshunds, Lolly and Pippin, and I named myself after them, plus it’s a fun play on the word “lollipop.” Lolly is the Big Boss of the house, while Pip is the pretty, but kind of dumb, little sister. I write all of my recaps snuggled up in a recliner with Lolly beside me offering a running commentary, and Pippin curled up in my lap, propping up my keyboard.
What is the first drama that you watched (or the first drama that made an impression)?
My very first drama was Flower Boy Ramyun Shop, which really grabbed me with its wonderful characters and cute story. I thought Jung Il-woo was particularly fantastic so I looked for another show of his that I could watch, which happened to be 49 Days. His portrayal of the Scheduler ripped my heart out and ignited a love of K-dramas that hasn’t faded since!
Tell us about a job or two that you’ve had in the past.
I’ve done quite a lot of things, depending on where I was in my life at the time. I’ve been an actor (musical theater), a pastry chef, a dental assistant, and a dental office manager. In addition to writing for Dramabeans, I’m also a retail manager at a local garden center, which I love because it lets me indulge my passion for plants!
Have you ever lived a moment that you thought belonged in a drama?
Oh, most definitely. I was once dating a man who I thought was The One, and by everything he said, he thought so too. Then one day, without warning or explanation, I came home to find all of his things removed from my apartment, his phone number changed, and he refused to answer his door or talk to me. He forbade our mutual friends to tell me why he’d decided to disappear himself from my life, and to this day, almost fifteen years later, I have still never found out why. I can definitely understand why some drama characters spend years struggling to overcome a bad breakup.
What’s your favorite drama that you’ve recapped?
Well, it was Heart to Heart for two solid years, because I just loved the characters and their quirky love story so much. But it was recently supplanted by Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-ju, for reasons that will be glaringly obvious to anyone who saw the lovely little drama. The show was just note-perfect in every way—casting, tone, story, romance, it was all just amazingly well-balanced and so sweet it made my teeth ache. Recapping it hardly even felt like work. And the best part is, the OTP are now dating in real life!
What drama genres do you especially like?
My very favorite genre is rom-coms, I love a sweet, light romance. Friends-to-lovers is my very favorite rom-com trope. I also have a soft spot for fusion sageuks, especially if there’s a magical element to them. They can be so fun when done right!
What drama genres do you especially dislike?
I’m not a fan of police procedurals or mysteries. But even then, I’ll check a show out if the casting is particularly good. If the characters are interesting and the story moves at a quick pace, I can really enjoy a good whodunnit.
Is there a drama character you’ve ever strongly identified with, and why?
I very much identify with Hong-do from Heart to Heart, and Dok-mi from Flower Boy Next Door, for basically the same reasons. I’m a social introvert, so I can be social when it’s called for but then need a LOT of alone time to regenerate. I could very much see myself becoming a shut-in if the conditions were right!
What drama character would you want to be?
If I had to choose, I would pick someone like Oh Hae-young, or Choi Ae-ra from Fight My Way. They are fearless, intelligent, and they live without worrying what others think of them. When they want something (or someone) they go after it/him, because nobody every got what they wanted by being shy about it. Even when they’re wrong and they know it, they still do what they want because life is short. People may not always like them, but they always respect them, because they demand that respect.
What was your major in school?
In college I was a musical theater major, and have performed and worked with a number of famous names. But I realized that was a hard road if I wanted to do things like, you know, eat, so I left and went to chef school. I was a pastry chef until some health issues made it impossible, but I still love to cook and bake, and I do some local theater when I have the time.
What’s a random skill you have?
I have a few! I have a very green thumb and love to garden, my house and yard are filled with plants and I grow vegetables every summer. I particularly love orchids, and a cousin of the African violet called the streptocarpus. I also knit a lot—it gives my hands something to do while watching dramas. And I’m a big gamer; I love to play video games when I have the time.
Favorite non-Korean movie and/or TV show?
My favorite movie has to be The Dark Crystal. It’s such a gorgeous fantasy story, that really holds up even after all this time. I can’t wait to see the new prequel series! I don’t really have a favorite TV show, but I really love Netflix’s recent influx of original sci-fi/fantasy series like The OA and Stranger Things.
Which Hallyu celebrity would you actually want to meet and spend an hour with?
This answer would probably change if I were recapping different shows, but I’d love to meet Park Seo-joon. He’s a particular favorite of mine, and I feel very lucky to be recapping my fourth drama of his. He’s not only handsome, but he seems to be smart, thoughtful, and to really love acting. I think it would be amazing to sit with him for an hour and talk shop about acting. (If the question were about K-pop idols, my answer would be Xiumin/Kim Min-seok from EXO. He’s been my top K-pop bias for years, and I’d love to talk about music and dance with him.)
Which of the 7 deadly sins would be your undoing? (Pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath, or sloth.)
Oh, sloth, for sure. Most of my hobbies and interests involve sitting down, and I could easily spend the vast majority of my time in my comfy chair with Lolly and Pippin, doing a whole lot of nothing.
Your favorite drama has an unholy alliance with your most hated drama and produces a mutant baby drama. Describe the plot.
This is a hard question! My favorite drama is Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-ju because Bok-ju is the best, and my most hated is Boys Before Flowers because Jan-di is the actual worst. The plot would be about a bipolar girl named Jan-ju who goes to college to study sports rehab, because she’s bad at both athletics and medicine. She meets Joon-joon, a handsome athlete who’s on the national long-distance diving team. Joon-joon can’t seem to decide if he likes Jan-ju or not, so they spend four years dating, but only on Sundays and alternating Tuesdays and Thursdays. Eventually Joon-joon proposes to Jan-ju on the beach, but she throws sand in his face and leaves him for her awesome girl buddies who are way cooler than Joon-joon ever was, then she flounces off to America to follow her true dream of being a Vegas showgirl.
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