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Kim So-hyun offered Radio Romance opposite Yoon Doo-joon

Hm, I like these actors separately a great deal, but this age gap is going to bug me: Kim So-hyun (Ruler–Master of the Mask) has been offered the leading role in KBS’s new healing romance drama Radio Romance, which has already confirmed Yoon Doo-joon (Let’s Eat 2) as the leading man. While it’s far from Kim So-hyun’s first romance with an older actor, it seems that they’re going to age her up for the role as well, which just makes me wonder why they aren’t casting someone older to begin with.

The new drama will be a love story between a top star who becomes a DJ and the radio program’s writer, and it deals with healing people’s wounded hearts through the radio show. Yoon Doo-joon has been cast to play a top actor who can’t speak a single word unless it’s been scripted for him. He’s a childish character who becomes a DJ for a live radio show, which never goes according to script. The story begins with him being trapped in a radio booth with the heroine for two hours during a live broadcast.

Kim So-hyun has been offered the role of the radio show’s writer, with five years’ experience on the job (did she start when she was fifteen?). She deals with guests who don’t show up, appeases the immature star DJ, and takes all the crap from the production company, all with incredible endurance, planning, and action. Her trademark is her perseverance and endless optimism, and she can sleep anywhere no matter how small or uncomfortable the space. She’s the type of character to throw herself into action rather than debate whether something is possible.

I definitely like the character descriptions and the premise sounds cute, even though Kim So-hyun sounds too young for the role as it is now. It’d be nice if they could change her character to a rookie writer, at least, or a college student on an internship. Part of me wishes she’d stick to high school roles while she still can (she was so cute recently in her extended cameo opposite Shin Jae-ha in While You Were Sleeping, which helped erase Ruler–Master of the Mask from my mind), but I guess we can’t stop her from growing up. *pout*

Radio Romance is slated to follow Monday-Tuesday drama Jugglers at the start of 2018.

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I love her so much, she's a brilliant actress but I wish they would cast her in dramas with actors around her age. There's plenty of young actors for all of three kim actresses but they keep getting cast with older guys:/

However, I will say that her and Taecyeon were cute in their drama ( they also had about a 10 year age gap) and I know she has the maturity and acting skills to play someone in their 20s. I probably shouldn't say anything about the pairing since she'll be a legal adult when this is filmed and they may match well. I'll just keep my fingers crossed I guess. I just hope the writer and PD is good because the premise seems kind of bland.

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Nah.

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Isn't kim yoo jung in the same boat. What do you mean by nah. If you can support big age gap for her then you have to support kim so-hyun as well. Don't be so obvious.

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Obvious with what? I've never supported big age gaps with teenagers. Instead of repeating what I always write. I wrote one word. End of.

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I think the casting director chose the wrong 'Kim' maybe we should send a petition 🤔

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Yeah ! Get another Kim ! (Seul Gi)

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Great idea!! *_*

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Why can't they cast Kim Seul Gi as the leading lady.. That character totally sounds like her..

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Google: how many actress was born 199x, can act and famous

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Unless you're talking about PSH, PBY and KSR there aren't as many that are as famous as KSH and KYJ. KJW is the only other one but she said she will be going on a break.

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it's not that many...

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@C -

Park Shin Hye (1990)
Kang Sora (1990)
Baek Jin Hee (1990)*
Park Bo Young (1990)
And also Go Ara, Shin Se Kyung etc if acting skills not super important but fame is.
Lee Sung Kyung (1990)
Kim Go Eun (1991)
Park So Dam (1991)
Jung Hye Sung (1991)* - not famous but still got lead role in that Yoon Kyun Sang drama
Lee Se Young (1992)*
Go Ah Sung (1992)
Park Eun Bin (1992)*
Kim Ji Won (1992)
Gong Seung Yeon (1993)
Ryu Hwa Young (1993) - not famous but still got the female lead role in Mad Dog
Chae Soo Bin (1994)
Shim Eun Kyung (1994)
Nam Ji Hyun (1995)
That rookie actress in Junho's drama, I can't find how old she is but she's definitely 90s-born.

KBS is definitely giving lead roles to non-super famous young actresses nowadays, I don't see why they can't do it again this time.

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Are you seriously saying you didn't see this coming? First Kim Sae Ron then Kim Yoo Jung and now Kim So Hyun will be stealing roles from not too famous twenty year olds because of their status as the next TaeJiHye. The industry has been doing a growing up watch on them for years now for this very reason. They want them to take all the major roles and usher in a new hallyu era. Kim So Hyun and Kim Yoo Jung turn 20 in Korea on 1st Jan. They can even get get their driving license then and start drinking.

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Hmm, I think you worded that wrong. It's not "stealing roles" if the actress is good at acting. The producers and crew get the best of both worlds, an amazing actress who can carry out the role along with the fame she carries. I'm sure all these actresses will get their big break sooner or later.

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Nam Ji Hyun is still in hiatus for 2 years.

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Nam Ji Hyun's last drama was Suspicious Partner, which aired in 2017..

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I think what @shinraemi07 meant was that Nam Ji Hyun will be on hiatus for the next two years because she took a break to continue her college studies

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I really love them as actors separately, but I don't like this age gap. Besides, if they are going to age her up, they can just simply offer it to actresses in Doo-joon's age group. I hope she decline this one.

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Love them both and the story sounds promising. But even the character screams 'old' in every way. I think there are still many actress who is mature enough and can totally rock the role, not that I'm not sure of kim so hyun capability of rocking the role... but her time to get that kind of character will surely come someday, slow it down juseyo...

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Yes. What a pity. She can be cast in a weekend drama really. Or a daily. Just let her act as a teen or college student. She shines in those roles. Hope she declines this.

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Ugh no!!!!! What's with all these wtf castings?!

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Don't see her declining the role since its being offered so late but I personally don't have a problem with the age gap. She's acted opposite Taecyeon before and she played a 24 year old in Ruler and LFG so she's used to playing older. Its better to jump into older roles because I remember how difficult it was for Park Shin-Hye to break out of her child actor image. This role sounds right up Kim So-hyun's ally and Yoon Do Joon is a good actor. Besides this sounds more like a healing romance and I just want it to heal Kim So-hyun's heart after all she had to endure in Ruler.

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I really hope she's more careful about her scripts because Ruler did her so dirty given that she's so talented. Idk about the whole "healing romance" premise because I feel like it's hard to execute these types of dramas really well or for it to become a ratings success.

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It doesn't need to be ratings success. KSH will have plenty of time for a big ratings drama. She just needs to experiment and see what her limits are and overcome them. I agree that I just want to see her happy when she films a drama.

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Gurl/Guy, I need you to make an account so I can follow you. Hahahaha! Kidding aside, I also think she doesn't have to have a hit drama for now. She hasn't even turned 20 yet (international age). I just want her to improve with every drama she accepts and hopefully, make use of those experiences well.

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I'm curious, what happened with Ruler?

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In brief, what happened to her in Ruler was a lot worst than Park Hae-jin's situation in CITT.

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Now, I am even more confused. I have only watched half of Ruler, but I really love her part in it, and the politics is rather interesting so I am sure I would enjoy the rest when I get a chance. And I now several people online who loved the Cheese in the Trap, I did not know there was a real dispute about it. Oh, and I am perfectly fine with age gaps. I saw no problem with I can Hear your Voice, Bring it on, Ghost, or Prime Minister and I, Entertainer, and Moonlight Drawn by the Clouds,. I find no problem with any of these. I had more issues with Doctors, and The Woman who Still Wants to Marry age gap then any of these. And those issues were just because of the fact he fell in love with her while he was in her teacher in Doctors and The Woman who still wants to Marry had the main girl’s old boyfriend got with his mom, so family get togethers would tend to be really awkward. I can handle almost any age gap I have come across.

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Me, too. I haven't seen Ruler yet.

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People were saying that her part was more as a damsel in distress, while the second lead girl had a compelling role with lots of action and character development. (I dropped it early, but that's my impression from half-heartedly continuing to follow the recaps).

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Neither of those 2 are lead material yet so they can't be paired opposite her for a full length drama.

Kim Go Eun and Gong Yoo had a bigger age gap and she played a high school student even though she was 25 in real life. There is no age limit to play high school roles. Yoon Do Joon is a better actor than Taecyeon and he looks young with his hair down. It looks in this drama they are going age her up and age him down so it'll be fair.

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YDJ had a cameo in LFG. His scene is with KSH and as far as I remember, he doesn't really look old on that scene.

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Taecyeon has a baby face? Lol

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Can we just get a Kim Seul Gi and Yoon Doo-joon reunion instead, please! I love Kim So-hyun but in term of pairing with Doo-joon, my heart is set on him with Kim Seulgi.

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Kim Seul Gi is not leading lady level and will probably never reach that level any time soon. Her looks don't meet Korean beauty standards.

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That's not the reason, Lee Yeon Hee, Kim Tae Hee, Han Ga In meets the Korean beauty standards but korean criticize them for their bad acting.

While Seo Hyun Jin, Bae Do Na, Jeon Do Yeon, Gong Hyo Jin are decent looking and doesn't meet thier standards of beuty but they like them and praise their acting.

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I think Chungmuro helped Bae Do Na and Jeon Do Yeon a lot to solidify their leading lady status.

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ouch,that really hurts. damn u cold

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Kim Seo Hyun, Kim Yo Jung and Yeo Jin Go they're an amazing young actors but they're always get casted either with much older actors/actress or get roles not for thier age, i love the three but they're so young for the roles they're offering for them and they look their ages they don't have a mature looks.
It's not like the industry doesn't have actor/actress with a proper age for the characters, why don't they cast actress in her med to late twenties the character description implies this range of age, i can think of many actresses that more age suitable and talented like Kim Sul Gi, Nam Ji Hyun, Park Bo Young...(the list is long)

Even my love for KSH can't make me turn a blind eye, she's not even 20, she's so young for the role.

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Objectively, Kim So Hyun and Yeo Jin Goo have a mature vibe to them. Hence, LFG eith taecyeon did sorta worked. Kim Yoo Jung, on the other hand, tends to have a youngish vibe + her child actress works are quite prominent, so she needs to be extra cautious of her male lead pairings. The Moonlight pairing did worked coz Bogum also looks younger than his age.

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She'll be 20 when she takes on this role plus she's a university student now and a legal adult in a month.

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She's born in June 1999, she won't be 20 until June 2019 and this drama is filming next month.

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She's 20 in Korea and that's all that matters to the Korean audience who are actually happy about the pairing.

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Because the industry and fans are bias. If the actress is not famous but get lead role - she is greedy, she is not good enough for our oppa.

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if she's not famous she won't get a lead role. period. ksh and kyj are landing lead roles left right and centre because they are crazy talented and extremely famous.

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There are 50 dramas per year, KSH and KYJ cant act in all.

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there are 50 dramas per year and 50 top stars in the age range of 18-50 starting with the three kims and all the way to kim sun ah. they are established names so why bother casting rookies with nothing to their name?

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@geronimo look at the female lead castings for Mad Dog, Strongest Deliveryman, Doubtful Victory (all KBS dramas btw) and then say that.

KBS biggest flop of all time was with famous idols in the lead, anyway.

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Mad Dog and Strongest were not well received dramas. Kim So Hyun is head and shoulders above Ryu Hwa Young and Chae Soo Bin in terms of acting and star power. She's basically a Hallyu star so why go small when you can go big.

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You need to give role to other people so they have chance to shine. Shin Hye-sun was nobody, play small roles, supporting role, turn be the highest rating drama of the year - the role that UEE, a famous idol actress turn down, to act on the lowest drama in the history.

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Shin Hye Sun, Gong Seung Yoon, Chae Soo Bin, Nana. How many more new actresses do you need? These are only in the last 2 years. Do you want to fill up the industry with only new faces? What happens to veterans like Park Shin Hye, Park Bo Young and Kim So Hyun. They need to do dramas as well. They are more popular and deserve to get dramas and scripts ahead of these rookies with limited skills. They worked their butt off for over a decade why so biased against them!

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There are plenty of rookie actresses already doing lead roles. Veterans need a comeback. Uee is not even close to Kim So Hyun level how can you compare them?

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The age gap is a bit iffy since Kim So Hyun is just barely an adult. It feels awkward when old men keep on getting paired with young girls in their 20s and under.

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Yoon Doojoon only 28yo

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and Kim So Hyun is 18 yo. and looks her age too

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She looks older than 18 imo. KSH can pass for early 20s easily unlike others her age. This pairing is fine for me. 10 years is nothing these days.

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I'm a fan of Yoon Doojoon and Kim So Hyun and I really wish they at least found a 20s actress to cast in this drama, and I mean someone who completed 20 years in age legally, not a teenager who adds two years to her age at the new year to become "Korean 20".

At least this time she is 18 and not 16 though.

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Didn't Ji Jin Hee play the same age as Kim Ji Won and Park Seo Joon in her cameo and then also played a housewife with kids. This kind of casting is normal what matters is the story. Let Yoon Do Joon and Kim So Hyun do their jobs first.

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@MMA Jin Ji Hee did a five minute cameo as a housewife with kids because she played her younger version, it's not the same as doing a full role.

I really don't think casting teenagers with 10 years older guys should be normal but then obviously many of you disagree.

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Park Eun Bin is playing a judge at 25 it's not a problem. It's better to get it out of the way. Don't want her to be stuck with the child actor image till she reaches her mid 20s.

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Yikes!! Another paint by numbers, formulaic rom com.

Given the premise is saying nothing more than a stock plot with stock characters in a standard workplace setting, this drama will depend a lot on the quality of writing and acting.

Actors (directors, writers etc) need to make a living too, I guess...

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How is this a stock drama? Rom com are fomulaic by definition. Even Weightlifting was a stock drama but see how popular it became.

This drama's premise sounds quite nice overall. It'll eventually come down to writing and directing more than acting.

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Stock drama:
"Her trademark is her perseverance and endless optimism"
"He’s a childish character who becomes a DJ for a live radio show, which never goes according to script."

He is the "star" and she is the "support" in their workplace.

I am wondering, going by the description in the article, how it is anything but a stock rom com? It is expected (no complaint) that they will eventually get together.

I agree that writing is probably the key with directing and acting coming next.

The premise would be a whole lot more interesting if she was the star and he the writer. But going by k-drama standards, if she were the radio star, they'd probably make him the CEO or Station owner or something - since men cannot possibly fall in love with their professional superiors according to the "rules".

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I agree its a standard romcom but not all cliches are bad and like you said if she were the star he would be a ceo of some sort.

There has been a lot of fantasy romcoms so I don't mind a regular one with a human element for a change.

I agree with both of you that this is about writing and directing and then acting.

I really like both of them so I want to hope the best for their sake. Let's see who the writer and director will be for this show.

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If she is going to act as 20 y.o girl who is a rookie writer, I'm fine with it. 10 years age gap isn't a big issue for me tbh. If it is up to me, I'll send these talented child actors like Kim So-hyun, Kim Yoo-jung, Yeo Jin-gu etc to stay in chungmuro for a while and back to kdramaland after some years (maybe military service for YJG). There are not many roles / drama which suitable with their age, they had played enough as high school students, and not many college drama around as well.

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I agree with YJG going to military service. He needs some time off. If KSH is 20-22 years in the drama its not too old since she'll be 20 korean age in Jan. Age gap is not a problem as long as the actors get along in real life. I don't want to be negative about a drama that hasn't even confirmed casting yet. I agree to keeping the Moon-Sun kids in chungmuro for a few years but even there they can be weirdly cast but it'll be away from negative comments like the ones in this article.

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I agree with them staying in chungmuro tbh.
they can get interesting and challenging characters and get all that lead roles when they are a bit older

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Chungmuro or MS seems a solid option for YJG. Though it seems to be more of a challenge for Kim So Hyun and to a lesser extent, Kim Yoo Jung. Kim Hyang Gi and Kim Sae Ron both have a greater footing in the movie industry. And Kim So Hyun seems to be walking the path of a hallyu actress for now, hence drama is the way to go for now.

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Kim So Hyun plans to do a drama and movie on a yearly basis so expect to see her do about 2-3 projects a year from now on. Kim Sae Ron isn't well accepted in dramas so movie is the only option for her until she recovers her image.

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KSH is in demand in movies so I'm not sure what you're implying when you say that.

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Kim Sae Ron and Kim Hyang Gi are more deeply into movies, while Kim Yoo Jung has relatively substantial movie experience (though most were during her "childhood" days). Kim So Hyun has more drama experience than substantial movie roles. And currently, the stumbling block that I see for both KYJ and KSH in diversifying in films are the limited number of "age- and image- appropriate" roles for them. If we are to be realistic about their image, both Kim Yoo Jung and Kim So Hyun are still sporting the "pure, bright and youthful" image that sells in dramaland, which is rightly so. However, most popular movies that we see on Korean cinemas now might be too "adult" for them or smaller female roles (this might be given to rookies or same aged actresses with cheaper PF) . I know couple of years back, we have more more HS-centric or even innocent love movies, but I haven't really come across one in recent years. And let's be honest, most korean movies now are all about male actors, hence YJG has a better shot of establishing himself in film since he has the opportunity. I know both KYJ and KSH are in demand, maybe in the small screen not on the big screen.

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YJG last movie didn't do well actually neither did KYJ or KSH or JJH so they should all do dramas and stay away from movies.

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Just because their movies weren't a blockbuster hit or praised by the critics doesn't mean that they didn't do well in their roles. Good acting goes to their credit and not the amount of money their films made.

Yeo Jin-goo, Kim Sae-ron, Kim Hwang-gi and Kim Yoo-jung all debut on the big screen and are still going back and forth which is a good thing for their career.

Kim So-hyun and Jin Ji-hee both debut in dramas but they are on the same career path.

I think it's pretty amazing that these child actors can do both.

Shim Eun-kyung is the only child actor in Chungmuro with a solid film career at age 23.
Kim Hwang-gi is doing well for herself if she sticks with it.

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"with five years’ experience on the job".. Seriously.. No matter how much you change her appearance, she's still too young and look too young to suits that character.

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That's what people said about Nam Ji Hyun and yet that worked out perfectly. Don't be so quick to judge.

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Nice try, nam ji hyun is four years older and her character description didn't have her with 5 years on the job.

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Nice try, she had a 8 year age gap and played a 27 year old when she was only 21 in real life.

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Baby. Don't grow up too fast juseyo. T.T

If she does accept this, my only wish is that she doesn't turn out to be a typical candy. Please, be a character like Yoon Jiho. T.T

It would be better if the BTLIOF writer-director combo would work on this as well. The director is already close to both Sohyun and Doojoon because he also directed Let's Fight Ghost and Let's Eat. Or is this too much to ask? T.T

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I'm a fan for both actors/actress so i'll support them no matter what...If some fans are against their pairing in this kdrama project..well..that would be their problem! They should make their own kdrama & cast their own actors/actress. Directors/Producers/Screen Writers knows much better than us audience/fans, WHO AM I TO JUDGE!...

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Is there an award for best comment on Dramabeans!

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Right? There are a couple very promising dramas coming out in the next several monthes with Characters who have an age gap. Seems to me getting righteous and butt hurt and refusing to even give the programs a chance is only limiting yourself and As long as both characters/actors are adults and can act well pearl clutching so much about the ages of fictional people is pointless. When your 45 year old mayor marries a 25 year old then you should worry ;)

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It's not against the pairing, i know she's a great actress and can do well in any role and I don't mind age gaps, the problem is that she's so young for the role she's 18 and she looks her age, the point is why offer the role for so young actress and age her up, insted of offering the role for a proper age actress for the character.

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@ Grapes - exactly, seriously I don't understand why the age gap defence squad have such a hard time with this basic point.

It's not an insult to Kim So Hyun to think that roles should be cast age-appropriately.

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@grapes @pigsnout If they are offering her the role there must be a logic behind it. Why can't we just wait for the drama to premier first.

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@Lily - I'm just giving my opinion as is @Grapes.

Also I don't blindly trust dramas before they start, they release this news for a reason, it's ok to share opinions right?

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I think they're both good actors (and I liked the romance in Let's fight ghost) so I believe they can pull it off.

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Why can't they get kim seul gi? Waeee?

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I already had a hard time with her and Taec in Ghost tbh
and now with YDJ? As a writer with 5 years experiences while looking like that? Nah

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Because PEB is so believable as a judge.

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PEB?

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Because we also need to drag another actress to prove our point right?

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Because we need to keep saying kim seul gi everytime yoon do joon comes around to prove our point that he can have chemistry with only one actress.

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She's an actress she's suppossed to be able to play outside her age range. Wait till the drama airs to see how she does or doesn't look.

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That's the exact type of mentality that prevents any 90s-born actresses from getting even the opportunity for lead roles unless they get a surprise hit out of nowhere like Kim Ji Won. Or the producers for once purposely cast a rookie actress like in that new Junho drama. They are not famous already --> they can't get lead roles---> they don't get the opportunity to get famous --->they are not famous ----> they don't get lead role offers.

Kim Go Eun, Park So Dam, Nam Ji Hyun, Gong Seung Yeon, Lee Se Young, just a few names who are 90s-born, can act and are known to the public. They could cast a 20s actress if they wanted, they just don't want to.

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Kim Go Eun is huge after Goblin and she personally doesn't prefer dramas and Gong Seung Yoon is currently shooting a drama. Nam Ji Hyun has had 2 lead roles already. Park So Dam doesn't like doing dramas and prefers films. Please check your facts before commenting.

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....ok? Why are you getting mad at me for just saying there are 20s actresses who can be offered the role, unlike what people here are saying?

And Kim Go Eun+Park So Dam did two dramas in a year, it's not some wild suggestion to say they can be offered another one. Same with Nam Ji Hyun, I mentioned her BECAUSE she had lead roles already, so obviously she's not "not famous" or too unknown to be offered another one. Gong Seung Yeon's robot drama has been shooting since June, it's now almost December, it's reasonable to think it might be finished and she can be free. I didn't mention anyone who's in a break like Kim Ji Won or already doing a drama at that same time like Chae Soo Bin.

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Gong Seung Yoon's drama won't finish filming till the end of the year and Kim Go Eun and Park So Dam explicitly stated they want to focus on films for a while. Nam Ji Hyun has exams in Jan - Feb so she might not be looking at scripts right now.

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You have made your point again, and again and Again! You are nagging. Give it a rest.

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Same. Will it kill them to offer the role to a 20s actress? (And I mean legally 20+, born in 1997 or before)

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18 is old enough to get married in many countries and have children. Real life is worse with age gaps I don't see why a fictonal casting is problematic especially when they are playing close aged not 10 years apart.

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Sorry this above comment was meant to go to @gadis in comment no. 6.

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Seriously I don't understand why the age gap defence squad have such a hard time with this basic point.

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I've said it a thousand times and I will look like a broken record, but I will continue to defend that cruel point that happens to women in the entertainment industry and that ends up influencing society in general.
The age difference isn’t so big, I agree with that. But does it have a need in the story to the actors to have this age difference?
Yes, the story will be about it, it needs for the story continues, It will be big part of the show. So ok, I’m good with that.
No, story has no need to put actors with such a big age difference. And so why put it? Why put an 18-year-old woman to act romantically with a 28-year-old man. Is she the best actress in the world? Doesn’t have an actress of the same age who can play that role?
There are thousands of actresses at the age same as her who has her talent and beauty.
She is 18, she should not be doing romantic roles with a guy 10 years older. She should be playing teenage roles. That’s simple and logical.

This is not the first case that the age of difference is so grotesque. This week premiered Two Cops. The difference between the actors is 14 years.

Again, the problem here is the industry putting such older men with young women. For example the hollywood industry that I know a little more. Women over the age of 30 are no longer able to play romantic roles with 50-year-old men. And people can’t see how aggressive it is for women, not just for those who work in industry, but for women in today's society.

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I remember when PSH was cast opposite KRW and people said she was too young for him! lol!

Stop playing moral police already. The industry does not care about your opinion. This is pointless for a casting not even confirmed yet.

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@polo it's stupid to be complaining about age gaps between actors when the younger actor is freaking 25 years old.

but there's a difference between literal teenagers being paired with 10+ years older guys and 20something adults being paired. She's not even legal in Korea right now, she won't be until her birthday in June.

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I disagree. I think part of the reason we have come to the situation where teenagers are regularly being paired with older men is because there hasn't been complaints about large age gaps when the woman is an adult. The industry thinks it fine to cast younger because they have had zero pushback, and no incentive to change. I don't think there is anything wrong per se with casting a 25 year old opposite an older man, but it is indicative of the high premium that is placed on women's youth.

And it's difficult to point to one instance of this being wrong- it is in the aggregate that this kind of casting is worrying.

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Isn't that true even in our daily lives. We have a high premium while we are young and once we cross 35 our jobs are at risk of being overtaken by younger ones. It's the way the world works there is no point is complaining about how unfair the world is. Just deal with it and move on.

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So, i just need to forget and move on? And continues with the status quo??
No, we need to talk about, because, maybe, just maybe things could change. And the world is changing, it is changing because people are complaining. People today are able to perceive certain things that were once seen as normal, but which bothered certain classes, groups in society. So, yes, we can not just say things can not change.

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I don't like the age gap either, it's one of the reasons I couldn't really get into Let's Fight Ghost. But I want to point out that according to Korean age Kim So Hyun is 19 and legally an adult.

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Miscast all around! I love both actors.They are both brilliant! But they could cast her with a younger actor, or cast him with an older, more age appropriate actress. The age gap in Let’s Fight Ghost really bugged me, and after the first kiss scene, I couldn’t overcome my dislike of the otherwise very good drama, that I dropped the entire show.

She’s just legal. If they paired her with an actor in his early twenties, I would have no problem watching this drama.

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DOOJOON was the first one to be casted and the news about his casting is from many weeks ago.

There are other actress that I can imagine they would do well in this drama instead of Kim So Hyun, this is truth.

An young actress can be in an entire drama of 16+ episodes without having to do serious hot kiss or any intimate scene.

KIM SO HYUN is not a teenager anymore. Stop seeing her as a teenager. She have done love relationships without seriously kissing or having any kind of personal intimacy with any of her co-stars. Her innocence is protected if that is what worry you the most. I'm sure in this drama there will be no hot kiss or any intimate touches. Her innocence will not be tainted.

I can't stand this mentality of always infantilize Kim So Hyun shared by few people.

In my country countless girls at 20 years old date, have sex, do drugs, go to university or vocational college, work, get in difficult relationships, some of them get pregnant and etc. Too Many tv soap operas with 100+ episodes love these stories here because can't run away far from real life.

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Actually it's not clear who was cashed first or who received the offer first because her agency announced on 9th Nov that she was considering a drama for early 2018 so maybe she's been considering it for the same amount of time it's just being announced now.

True the need to infantile her must stop she's an adult in a month so it doesn't matter anymore. Plus she's a good kisser even though her previous kiss scenes have been chaste but in the bts of Ruler kiss scenes she opens her mouth and moves her lips but those were edited out in the final scene so some people complaining that it was too 'chaste'

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I mean casted sorry for the typo.

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I'm glad that the only complaint about this casting is the age gap. Since we all agree on their brilliant acting abilities lets just watch this drama to support their efforts since they are working hard at filming the drama. This is not going to be a ratings hit that part is obvious and it might not be a popular drama that appears on CPI or whatever index they use these days but I'll be satisfied with a well plotted , directed and acted drama. I'm watching this drama for Yoon Do Joon and Kim So Hyun.

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:( me too. Can't Koreans ever be attracted to anyone in their own age group? I was excited to see him...not so much now.

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They are playing characters in the same group so yeah they are attracted to people in their own age group. Age gap is not end of the world.

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Kim So-hyun is one of my favorites, so I'll *start* anything she's in. Whether I *finish* or not depends mostly on the writer & PD. I drop a lot of shows, but I can't recall any that I dropped because of age gap or bad male lead.

[flame suit on] Age gaps don't bother me as much as they bother many of you. After all, us old guys have to support each other, right? And if the actress is pretty enough, she's the one I'll be paying attention to, like "What? There was a guy in that scene too?"

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In terms of pairings with large age gaps, for me, nothing will be as disturbing as the one that happened for "Mirror Of the Witch".... Kim Sae Ron is literally half of Yoon Shi Yoon's age, give or take 1-2 years T.T

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...did all the actresses Doojoon's age go to the army as well? 😒

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I have more problems with the characters than the age gap.... I feel like they should be switched, that the female character should be actually older (as an experienced writer who can deal with difficult guests) than the male character (inflexible and childish).

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Noooo 😕 I like her. I really do.....but not in this drama. I just can't buy into her romance in 'grown up' roles because she still has a baby face imo.

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Three problems for me:

1. I'm tired of literal teenagers being cast in romantic roles opposite adults. Let them be teenagers please. There's plenty of time for adult roles.

2. KSH seems too young for the role period. I'm seeing at least 25 in my head and even that seems too young.

3. I really wish they'd give more twenty-something actresses a chance. They cast KSH because she's well known. How else are lesser known actresses supposed to catch a break? And if they're really aging KSH up it just further pushes home the point that in the industry, it's the younger the better when it comes to actresses.

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I really love them separately. I know they'll probably create an amazing chemistry but I still think that the age gap is too far. I can see why they chose to cast Sohyun, but casting an actress who's closer to Doojoon's age will be better.

The storyline seems so nice though! I'm not exactly a fan of a super optimistic heroine (many dramas fail to make it believable), but if it's Sohyun then I'm sure it'll turn out well.

And man, I love Doojoon. I guess I'll watch this regardless of the age gap.

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U looking so pretty

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She's still considering... but I hope she takes it for the sake of advancing her career. I see it in a different way. Her level of skill and maturity demands for opposite leads who are more seasoned in order to measure up to her. Unfortunately with idol actors, the good ones are usually in their late twenties. The early twenties idol actors try, but the truth of the matter is that acting is a side project for them so they're lacking. There are plenty of very talented non-idol actors, but they lack the popularity that an idol actor brings, and most of them are probably already committed to a project. The casting pool within this age range and skill in Korea isn't that big. The casting director has to work with who they've got. It's logistics, don't read too much into it.

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If Kim Sae ron and Yoon Shi yoon can star together in a drama then I don't see any issue with Kim So hyun and Yoon doo joon..

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For me, the time setting is also important. I always refer age in sageuk as interval so my mind couldn't calculate the age difference. People also matured earlier in sageuk. And in the past it's more common to have big age gap or early marriage.

Meanwhile in modern age, the age is often stated clearly, then my brain will calculate the gap. When it's uncomfortable by my standard, it's hard to keep watching.

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You must from the West. Most Asians still marry with large age gaps. Six - Seven years is the average age gap between couples in arranged marriages which are prevalent in many countries. Please stop analyzing everything from a Western perspective. It means the lives we live are wrong because we don't meet your standards.

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Where you get the think that Asians marry with large age gaps? I'm Asian and people arround me just marry with small age gaps about 1 - 2 years. 3 years is unusual. People will gossip about you if you marry someone older / younger than 3.

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I'm a South Asian with a 7 year age gap with my fiance. Mostly everyone in my family has a similar age gap. Same with my friends. Our cultures are very different obviously. Maybe you're from a liberal background where you're allowed to chose your partner.

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Hope she decline. Personally I want KSH and KYJ to do more dramas that tell stories around their real age. They still have years ahead and they could play older characters later. Youth doesn't come twice after all

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No, please, just no. I love these two, but what is it with mainstream media's need to cast young actresses with far older actors? I don't have an issue with age gaps, but it feels like whenever its a younger guy and older woman, it's a 'noona romance', and so much attention is brought to it, whilst when it's a younger woman and older guy, it's just a 'romance'. Kim So Hyun is legally an adult, so it's not like there's a massive squick factor here (although that's creepily never been an issue either) but I can't help but feel like there is are sexist undertones to casting choices like this that are nothing new. Le sigh.

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STFU she's perfect. Age is just a number god damn it people fken understand that. If it bothers you so much then don't watch it 🙄🙄😒😒

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There are two competing issues in my mind. 1) They are acting. The drama is not real. The characters are fictional. 2) The people who are acting are real. The two actors have real bodies, real lives. So we have the conflict between the fictional world of the drama and the lives of real people acting in those fictional worlds. The issue is whether we, the viewers, can suspend our disbelief. It appears that some cannot suspend their disbelief when the age differences are so large, and also cannot envision such a young looking actress having the poise and wisdom of a person who would in reality be much older.

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Another interesting point, IRL the minimum age for dating a partner is the ”half your age plus seven” rule. This rule is based on “international age”, not Korean age. Let’s do the math with Kim So-Hyun and Yoon Doo-Joon. KSH is 18 and YDJ is 28. So, is KSH too young for YDJ? Here’s the math for YDJ—Half his age: 28/2 = 14, then add 7 means 14+7 = 21. So, the minimum acceptable age according to the rule is three years greater than KSH’s actual age. This might be another reason why there is such a strong reaction to the age difference—the violation of socially acceptable standards, at least in developed countries.

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Super late comment but as a fan of hers I hope she takes something else as her comeback project

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