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Jung So-min becomes Lee Min-ki’s housemate in Because This Life Is Our First

Well, this is some lightning-fast casting; not that I’m complaining, especially if these are the results. Only a day after reports announced that Lee Min-ki (Shoot Me in the Heart) was considering a leading role in the new tvN drama Because This Life Is Our First, his side has since confirmed his participation in the show, and we also have a heroine in Jung So-min (Father Is Strange).

The drama will be a fresh and fun take on the struggles of this generation’s youths, and how they view jobs, relationships, and marriage. There’s also a disheartening moniker for the youth in Korea that seems to change every time I hear it: the N-po generation. The “po” is for the Korean word pogi, which means to give up, and so while I first heard it as the 3-po generation (giving up love, marriage, and children), it has since been upgraded to the 5-po generation. Because This Life Is Our First will depict the lives and tribulations of this N-po generation, which would sound like a big downer, if not for the “fresh and fun” vibe the producers are promising.

Lee Min-ki will play the “house-poor” Nam Se-hee, who is described as rational and a sworn bachelor. He will become housemates with Jung So-min’s Yoon Ji-ho, who has had to give up on relationships in order to scrape by financially. This realistic setup, with two roomies who share a living space for financial reasons and no contract anything to keep them there, sounds pretty true to the producers’ promise to keep this show relevant to today’s youths. And while I can’t imagine Jung So-min getting all romantic with someone other than Lee Joon at the moment, I can see her and Lee Min-ki being super adorable as housemates-turned-lovers.

Because This Life Is Our First will follow Argon in tvN’s Monday-Tuesday slot sometime in October.

Via Osen, Financial News

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My girl!!!!! I would watch anything for her, I hope this show is really good. Please don't turn out like Our Gabsoon that promised realism but turned out to be the one of the most makjang things ever.

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Would be great if the male lead is Lee Soo-hyuk.

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Yes, she could finally complete the Model Avengers collection. Although, I would love for her and Kim Young-kwang to work together again, they had such an awesome chemistry in D-day. And I just realized they were both in Can We Get Married although he was romancing Lee Yu-bi in that drama.

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It's Han Groo not Lee Yubi

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Right, my mistake.

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EXACTLY!!!!! What a lucky lady.
Ha she was romancing the other buddy Sung-joon in Can We Get Married.

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If roommate hijinks ensue, I'm all in.

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The plot sounds interesting and with great leads, I'm all in.

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Oh dear... I LOVE Jung So Min but I seriously dislike Lee Min Ki... Now what should I do! Maybe this is the drama where I will warm up to him...

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Oh, I was under the impression that Lee Min-ki was well loved in these parts. I've never seen him in anything nor have I ever felt the desire to. I don't know there's just something uninteresting about him. Nice to know it's not just me.

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You probably don't find him interesting because you haven't seen him in anything :P I recommend Shut Up: Flower Boy Band. He's only in it for the first couple of episodes but he makes a huge impact. I enjoyed his movie Spellbound, too. It's a cute horror-comedy-romance. Nothing spectacular but a nice watch.

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Spellbound with Sohn Ye Jin? I think it's the only time I have ever seen Lee Min Ki, but yes he's cute in it..

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Yup, that's the one! :)

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I don't think people are necessarily interested in him purely on his own terms--for me at least he comes with a lot of nostalgia. He had very lovable roles in beloved classics (Taereung National Village, Dalja's Spring, and above all Evasive Inquiry Agency).

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I loved loved loved Evasive Inquiry Agency!! Dalja's Spring was really good too!

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1 episode of Shut Up Flower Band and I am in love! He's so magnetic on screen.

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Nice! I'm in. She's awesome.

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Roommate hijinks, a contract-noncontract relationship, LMK, and JSM? This show is just calling out to me at this rate ?

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calling out = screaming my name and making a racket

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Oh wow, I haven't even gotten the chance to read the initial article w/ Lee Min-ki's casting news, and now we've already got lead confirmations? That's cool. I think Jung So-min is very charming and has a lovely onscreen presence, even though I've never really watched any of her works in its entirety. This will just have to be the one, then. I can't wait to see these two go from strangers, to housemates, to lovers. Hopefully they'll continue to churn out fast updates on this drama!

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Yesss this casting!!! I hope it's something similar to Fight my way but with a tighter ending.

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Yes, I second this! Definitely check out Flower Boy Band if only just to see his memorable cameo. Besides the friendship and music, his cameo/character was one of the best things about that drama.

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@midnight, oh, wae? Why do you "seriously dislike" him? Tbh, I haven't seen many of his projects, but I think he's a good actor and I like him. I think the first time I saw him was in the movie, Romantic Island. I thought he was so cute. I then saw him here and there and again in Shut Up: Flower Boy Band, which he was just fabulous in. Because of my love for Kim Go-eun, I watched the movie Monster, which he played a psychotic killer, and the two literally just spent the entire movie trying to kill each other, but hey, he scared the heck outta me, so it was another job well done from him--even though that movie was just so-so.

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I honestly don't know why. I just never liked him in any of his roles however well acted.

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Ok. I'm literally cracking up at her and Kwang-soo's antics on Sound of Your Heart right now. They are so adorable and ridiculous. I can't believe it took me this long to watch it (lol, in my defense, there were no subs when I first tried). I needed something light, but may have discovered a new comedy favorite.

Lol, anyway, I'm even more excited for this news now. I personally really like her as Mi-young in FiS, but love her even more as Ae-bong!

Loving this premise and casting so far.

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I just finished it! I'd been putting off the last few episodes because I never wanted it to end but a few people on here convinced me otherwise. I'm pretty sure I disturbed my neighbours with all the cackling ?

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Interesting premise! I hope that the writing/atmosphere will be solid/good. The key to such dramas being entertaining is the execution, so I hope for the best. I will check this out when it starts.

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Whoo I'm excited! I love Jung So Min, I'm so glad she's finally getting regular work in big projects. I also love roommate shenanigans and contract romances and dramas with something to say about the current state of society. Then you add Lee Min Ki and I need this, like, yesterday!

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Lee Min Ki and Jung So Min together in a drama? I feel so blessed!

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Good news in the morning! After moving to a new agency she right away gets a new leading drama. And it's alongside Lee Min-ki to add. Indeed, good news!

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Lee Joon is kind of acting circles around her right now in Father is Strange, but she is charming. Given the right role, she could do well.

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Right? That was also my impression. I thought that she should outshine him given that she started off earlier than him and he was an idol-turned-actor (now plays in the same league of actors of course) so I was surprised. But she's very natural in delievery and her expressive eyes are her biggest asset so I'm looking forward to this one

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If I didn't know Lee Joon was an idol, I can easily say he is an actor, not idol turn to actor. Hope he will be a bigger actors after back from his military service. Maybe Jung So Min is a type of an actress who will shine if her partner is lesser actor or on par with her, not when someone who is much better than her.

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Hi @saya

If this happens, "I can see her and Lee Min-ki being super adorable as housemates-turned-lovers" wouldn't that mean they have given up on giving up.

Do they then go back from being 5-po to 3-po?

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I have never really liked Jung So Min in her dramas, but then I watched her movie Daddy You Daughter Me and now I see her in a better light..

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Oh no, the male lead role should be given to Lee Joon

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Jung So-min is so lovely adorable. I kinda wish the lead male is Lee Soo-hyuk since he's the only one from the five models who hasn't been paired with her^^

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Woah this casting news come out of nowhere but this is awesome news! I'll be looking forward to this drama.

Now we can only pray that we will get better casting news updates for Jo Jung Suk's new drama.

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The story is my cup of tea, and I like the actors. So off you go to my ever-piling up-to-watch list, Show !

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Ok...who do I have to bribe with chocolate chip cookies to make this happen??

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The premise sounds interesting, I might check it at least few epi for Lee Min Ki to see how it goes ?As for Jung So Min, well at least she is quite charming and depending on the role, she can deliver. As long as you don't give her a lot to emote, it will be fine imo.

I just can't understand why Argon in this timeslot though, it seems to be quite a heavy drama, right? Usually this time slot is for romcom as far as I recall. Argon will have only 8 epi if I'm not mistaken.

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This time slot is not necessarily for romcom for example Circle, Pied Piper and Hidden Identity in this time slot before.

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I don't know about Lee Min Ki's side, but I'm thinking that Jung So Min's side waited until she officially signed with a new agency before giving any official statements to confirm any sort of casting in a new drama... Jung So Min recently (and by 'recent', I mean just within the last couple of days) moved agencies from being at SM C&C to Jellyfish Entertainment =)

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Yes! Now this is something to look forward to.

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I love her and like what I saw of him in SUFBB, so I'm definitely in. She's overdue for another lead role so I'm hoping that this show is a hit and every one can see how good she is??.

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I would find it hard to believe that their casting wasn't done together with production selecting to announce Lee Min-Ki first. It's a smart move if you're trying to re-brand someone. Jung So-min is really having a surge in popularity after Sound of My Heart and Father is Strange. A nice, cute "Fight My Way/Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Jo-esque" drama will be good for both of them.

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"This Life Is Our First will depict the lives and tribulations of this N-po generation"

i am in. the story seems to have the same vibe with FMY. a little bit not sure since TVn producing the drama. i am more into KBS-type-of-viewer than TVn (except for Reply 1988).

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