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Krystal in talks to join prison dramedy from Answer Me PD

Idol-turned-actor Krystal (Bride of the Water God 2017) is apparently going to be the newest idol muse to inspire director Shin Won-ho, who earned accolades with his heartfelt and thoughtful Answer Me series. She’s been named as a possible choice to be the female lead in PD Shin’s new tvN drama, Smart Prison Living, which has already cast Jung Kyung-ho (Missing 9) to headline in the story that takes a darkly funny look at the lives of prison inmates. Stage and supporting actor Park Hae-soo (Legend of the Blue Sea, Six Flying Dragons) is also confirmed.

The role out to Krystal is not quite a leading role, given that the drama will be heavily focused around the male leads, but a rep with the drama department described it as the largest female role in the cast. Her casting isn’t yet confirmed (although I’m thinking it seems likely): After the news broke, there was a wave of reports from tvN stating that it wasn’t concrete, and the director’s side stated that official decisions would be announced later.

I can’t say I’m thrilled about the idea of Krystal being cast, because she is currently dragging me down in Bride of the Water God 2017, which is showcasing just how terrible she is at line delivery—she’s making Nam Joo-hyuk look like a genius in comparison. The bitchface is character-based so no problems there, but she has no sense of how to deliver dialogue! I gave her a lot of slack after she played sassy characters in Heirs and High Kick 3, but then came She’s So Lovable and now Bride, and let’s just say she’s redefining rock-bottom for me.

I do know PD Shin can work wonders with inexperienced casts, as he did in all of the Answer Me series, so maybe there’s no cause for concern. And when you’re really in it for the male bonding and small stories of getting by in prison, maybe that’s all we really need.

Smart Prison Living will air on tvN later this year.

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Yes! I'm excited to see her on screen more now! qq so far we've only been given snippets of her on screen in Bride of Haebak !

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"which is showcasing just how terrible she is at line delivery—she’s making Nam Joo-hyuk look like a genius in comparison"

I'm dead 😂 NJH acting is already bad to me, I don't want to imagine how bad she is if NJH is a genius in comparison 😅😅

Anyway, just like other Reply series... I think people will like her acting this time, just like they like Ara or Hyeri. Goodluck

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WOW. I didn't think JB was this savage. 😂

Idol actors and model actors are one in the same imo, but idol actors seem to get dragged way more. NJH is wooden with or without Krystal.

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I'm quite surprised by the directness of the critique, she's usually more diplomatic, especially in non-drama/news threads lol!

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Jung Kyung Ho is definitely a big plus to watch this one.

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I agree! She's good playing sassy characters(with that beautiful bitch-face of hers) but for acting it's just so-so. Maybe this will be the way to improve her acting skills. Let's hope for the best!

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I literally said "Nooooooooo~!!" seeing Krystal's name and pic on the side of DB. Oh man, I like Krystal as a person and a singer, but I can't w/ Actor Krystal. I mean, this is the Answer Me PD we're talking about here, so maybe, just maybe, we'll see a new and improved side to Krystal that I've never seen before. Idk. Fingers crossed and in PD Shin, we trust. But um, I definitely wouldn't mind if this casting don't work out, either. Just sayin'. I'm trying to stay positive, y'all. I really am.

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I like her in BOTWG and I'm excited to see her on this one~

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i don't really mind Krystal, and haven't watched Bride yet. Anyway I also read somewhere that Seungyoon is also cast in this drama? Or was it another drama? I think it was stated that it's Shin PD's new drama, and he was considered because of his Busan accent?
I'm still going to watch this for JKH though, and am waiting for the bromance too.

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Ys, Kang Seungyoon's casting is confirmed. If Krystal signs ( I hope she doesn't....) it would be a reunion , as if both started acting in High kick 3.

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From another site, I gathered Krystal is confirmed, but Kang Seungyoon is not. They already had a script-reading.

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Omo is Krystal that bad in BotWG?

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Yes she may have other talents?? But can't act period.. like Yoona and Suzy also....such a waste of the talented actors that are cast beside them!
they make me drop all the dramas they are in no matter how hard I try to continue for the lead actors.....

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I've watched 5 episodes, and she really isn't in it all that much. I think she's been fine so far.

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bye drama!

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Bride of Haebak is just an awful drama, so I'm not that bothered about Krystal. She just makes it a tad worse.

Your critique of her having no sense of how to deliver a dialogue? I agree completely. I also say that to everyone who tries to make an argument for no dubbing in trendy Chinese dramas. It can spoil a show completely.

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Maybe she has like 5-10 lines in each episode if it is a small role, things could work out that way. I have a feeling she'll be a prison doctor. Let's not forget the PD made Hyeri and Go-Ara look like they were made to act which is not true at all as evident by their later projects.
From the back of my head, something keeps screaming Moon Geun Young but I know it won't happen.

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Why MGY couldnt happened?

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MGY is too experienced for this drama, and this is male centric drama with many male leads, so the female lead probably will just appear in short amount of time - should've been called as supporting character only in my opinion.

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I might be getting my actresses mixed up, but isn't she recovering from multiple shoulder surgeries for compartment syndrome? I can't see her rushing back to work.

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Hahaha JB - savage 😂😂

But I have to agree. I happened to watch her scenes. She has that bitchy appearance & pretty but once she opened her mouth.... I laughed. Suddenly remind me of She's So Loveable. Can't believe there will be the day I'll say this - Suzy is probably slightly better than her 😹

I don't know what PD Shin saw in her but I hope her scenes will be just a little since this is male centric drama and we have many male leads.

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Oh no, Suzy is way worse than her. Watching Suzy I always have to feel the emotion for her part, since she is SO bad at giving expressions. When Kim woo bin's character died on UF, the way she cried, felt like she didn't just lose the love of life..rather something like her cat died lol. But I can understand that opinion may vary from person to person.

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They are practically in the same group as actress in my book, with one probably just slightly better than another. Just slightly... which is nothing proud to write about.

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Haha Suzy's acting is more like horror to me, compared to that Krystal can at least 'act', doesn't look fake IMO. So anyone who acts is a sign of relief for me XD.

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i didnt even think of comparing suzy and krystal but its so totally true! and yes, i think krystal is slightly better. i dont know if krystal's character is supposed to be hated, but if yes, totally right casting. i love love love bride otherwise!!!

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I think they tried to smash it again just like Eun Ji in 1997, but uhm no, none female idol as I know could deliver such earnest acting as Eun Ji

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And that was her acting debut too.

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Definitely. Eun ji can really act and deliver her character smoothly.

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I really love Krystal, and perks of watching a drama with subs is you don't feel a thing about the awkwardness in speech delivery lol, so that helps.Strangely I love both NJH and Krystal's acting on BOTWG, the only one whom I have a hard time to resonate with is SSK, who while trying to be comedic, comes off as very forced and pretentious, at times I felt she's just acting, which can't get worse than that. I think Krystal in good hands just cause it is shin pd-nim, so excited to watch her being badass in this prison drama. I'm hoping that would be it, maybe?
And I really loved her on heirs @javabeans, that's like the only drama where she nailed being sweet and cute, going all crazy after the boyfriend. So you don't like her there either? :( Hmm.

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i loved her in heirs.. infact that couple was the cutest, sanest, funniest, sweetest.. and Kim woo bin ofcourse :)

I am thinking, someone involved in BOTWG is so powerful that he went to TVN told them he has an idea for an experiment that he wants to conduct and has the money to materialize that experiment... so tvn agreed..

The experiment: What happens when you get people who can't act on a glamorized canvas :)

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I am sure they had a hard time selecting the worse amongst the worst (and the degree is in correct order..meant it that way)

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lol, what an experiment...

I also feel bothered by how they parade about having god-like casts, and all those emphasises on the visual aspect. It makes the drama feels like a joke IMO.

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I don't know, after watching K-dramas for nearly 7 years now I can definitely pick out the difference between good and bad line delivery despite still using subtitles.

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I like her in The Heirs too. she's so cute and alongside with Kang Min hyuk, they are adorbs. Maybe she should stick on those kind of character.

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Maybe it's become an ego thing for him to cast an idol/actress with a history of let's say questionable acting skills and coach a good performance out of her to the surprise and admiration of everyone. I don't see why he couldn't go with a proven actress for the role and why he absolutely must get someone subpar like Krystal. Considering his history, we can expect him to work his magic once again somehow, but it does feel more and more like a gimmick to me.

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Answer me PD has magic in turning female idol/actress to be good in their drama. So I hope Krystal will do well.

(cries... I was hoping they will cast an actress that can hold her own frame among those men characters)*sigh*

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Is not today the reading of the script? Is it Kang Seung Yoon confimed for this drama?

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It is! And Seungyoon will 99% be part of it cuz the other 3 Winner members have left for Hawaii to shoot their music video for the new upcoming song but Yoonie didn't go with them..

I am waiting for the confirmation news though...

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Uhhhhhhhh no thanks

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It works for Lee Hyeri and Go Ara, so expect the miracle also happens with Krystal though I wish they could cast someone else with better acting. Minah Girl's day perhaps if you insist to get an idol for this role.

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Oh no.. I haven't watch Bride episode 3&4, so I couldn't tell any opinion about Krystal as Moora. I actually enjoyed the first two episodes of BOTWG enough to feel the need to watch next episodes. So I was hoping that she won't ruin my interest for the show

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Jung Kyung Ho is coming back on my screen after so long ( I didn't watch missing 9) <3 and tbh I love Krystal but ngl I'm worried a bit

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Huh.

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Come on now. Nam Joo-hyuk was really good in wlfkbj. He really shined in that , he showed emotion and better range. He'll get there. Now Krystal.....she's very pretty lol

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Why? 😒
Ugh.

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I love krystal as an idol but her acting is just not that good. I mean there are many more rookie female actors this role could have been given to, so why her? Just for her name? But a lot of idol actors get bashed a lot. I don't know how well her acting is received but I don't think she is really that popular amongst knetz either soooo. Why not just cast a rookie actor rather than an idol?

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I don't get how a rookie actor is different from an idol actor. A rookie actor can be horrible too (and they usually are).

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Jung Kyung-ho didn't get to save a country in his past life :(.

This series may do wonder but once they take on a new project they revert back to crappy acting. You can't teach talents.

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I don't care if this comment gets downvotes but NO!!!

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Don't worry, you'll get an upvote.. majority here are all NOOOOO!!!

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she’s making Nam Joo-hyuk look like a genius in comparison

let’s just say she’s redefining rock-bottom for me.

I don't usually like to criticize actor's performances too much (partly because I'm not a very good judge of acting ability) but I'll make a special exception for her.

I'm not planning to watch, so the good news is that what I don't see won't hurt me.

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I don't think she's that bad lol. Definitely prefer her to some actresses that constantly get lead roles.

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Aka Suzy and Yoona

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But Yoona improve a bit in K2.. or it's just me? I don't know. I just noticed..

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I thought she was a bit better, too. That was the first time she'd worked with a good director, though. To me it seemed like he was able to compensate for her limitations, rather than her skills improving? idk.

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Aaaaargh so conflicted. This is the first project JKH has picked in a long time that has any potential, but it could turn south really easily. It's not just Krystal, either. The PD has it in him to do good work, but he's grown more complacent and self-indulgent with each Answer Me. I just hope doing something new will help.

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Nooooooooooo please do not do this to Jung Kyung Ho! It ain't right.

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Like "he deserves better leading lady" !!!

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She's one of those that I don't get...

Also, is this drama supposed to be about the guards or the prisoners? I keep thinking Orange is the New Black but I know that's not right or fair. I just don't know what the drama is about...

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I've always known Krystal was popular, but for the very first time I'm getting to know exactly HOW popular she is! Check out any Bride episode/teaser on any free streaming site and all you get are "Krystal hwaiting!" comments!

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I'm a bit confused
What's wrong with her line delivery?

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