[Staff Spotlight] Get to know odilettante
Explain your username (and/or avatar).
The “o” stands for obsessive, so it’s really “obsessive dilettante.” I love learning and exploring new things, but I’m easily distracted and will quickly move on to whatever is newer and shinier. Which is why I love dramas so much — a show only lasts a few weeks and then there’s something fresh to take its place. My avatar is one of my favorite drama characters, the quirky and delightful Kim Dong-ah from Wild Romance.
What is the first drama that you watched (or the first drama that made an impression)?
As a fan of Hana Yori Dango, I couldn’t help but be sucked into the hot mess that was Boys Before Flowers.
Tell us about a job or two that you’ve had in the past.
Professional escort. No, not that kind of escort. I was paid to watch other people work and make sure they didn’t go anywhere they weren’t supposed to. It’s just as mind-numbing as you’d think, but at least I now know my way around an industrial boiler room.
Have you ever lived a moment that you thought belonged in a drama?
Once, a complete stranger proposed to me in the middle of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. I told him I was late for class and scurried away. Dramaland would probably spin this as a meet-cute versus the reality of a paranoid university student creeped out by a random dude.
What’s your favorite drama that you’ve recapped?
Misaeng. I was losing heart in dramaland but this brought me back and made me believe in the magic of dramas again.
What drama genres do you especially like?
Slice-of-life ensembles along the lines of the Answer Me series, Dear My Friends, Age of Youth, and the aforementioned Misaeng.
What drama genres do you especially dislike?
Ohhh, this is tough since I don’t stick with shows that I’m not enjoying, no matter what it is (is “lazy writing” a genre?). Maybe classic tearjerker makjangs — it’s not so much that I dislike them, and more that I’m not really interested in them in the first place.
Is there a drama character you’ve ever strongly identified with, and why?
Lee Soo-kyung from Let’s Eat. Give me delicious food, my own place, a cute dog, time to watch my shows, adorable neighbors who drag me into sisterly friendship and understated romance, and I’m set for life. (I may also know a thing or two about annoying bosses and rage-eating, but let’s not think about that!)
What drama character would you want to be?
Anything played by Kim Seul-gi.
What was your major in school?
I have a degree in Psychology as well as one in Humanities (Art, History, Literature). I haven’t done anything related to those degrees since I graduated (you’re shocked, I know), but will still happily bore you to tears by endlessly ruminating on the cultural ramifications of WWI.
What’s a random skill you have?
I used to play the mandolin, and probably still could, although it’s been a few years since I last picked one up.
Favorite non-Korean movie and/or TV show?
Parks and Recreation is my go-to comfort TV show, and The Court Jester is cinematic perfection.
Which Hallyu celebrity would you actually want to meet and spend an hour with?
Kim Jae-wook, and even though I’d go into it with the hopes of talking intelligently about a variety subjects, the reality is that hour would just be spent in dazed disbelief that I was finally close to those cheekbones I’ve adored for so long. A fangirl’s gonna fangirl, dignity be damned.
Which of the 7 deadly sins would be your undoing? (Pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath, or sloth.)
Sloth. Can I just sleep forever? Please?
Your favorite drama has an unholy alliance with your most hated drama and produces a mutant baby drama. Describe the plot.
Jung Eun-ji stars as an unknown singer who becomes a viral sensation thanks to her trot covers of H.O.T songs. Her boyfriend from high school is jealous of her fame when she leaves Busan for Seoul, but he’s immediately struck by a truck-of-doom, gets amnesia, and becomes a shopaholic conman. She joins the same agency as an aging idol star who eventually falls for her, then he mysteriously disappears and reappears in Joseon times. Every man who falls in love with her comes down with some baffling and tragic ailment (cancer, probably). “Who will be the husband” becomes a chilling threat instead of a taunting mystery.
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