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Lee Jia joins tvN’s My Ajusshi as Lee Seon-kyun’s wife

Upcoming tvN drama My Ajusshi, starring Lee Seon-kyun (This Week, My Wife Will Have an Affair) and IU (Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo), has added Lee Jia (Thrice Married Woman) to its lineup. She will be playing Lee Seon-kyun’s wife and a successful lawyer, which should make for an interesting dynamic if there’s supposed to be a romance between Lee Seon-kyun and IU as earlier reports have hinted at.

My Ajusshi marks Lee Jia’s first full-length television series since 2014’s Thrice Married Woman, and I look forward to seeing her back on the screen, especially since her projects are so few and far inbetween. And I can easily see her taking on her role in My Ajusshi, as someone who married Lee Seon-kyun’s character because of his hard-working personality and his strength, but was dissatisfied at losing who she was before she became someone’s wife. She passes the bar exam and becomes a successful lawyer, and yet, she hasn’t been able to fill the emptiness she feels.

There seems to be a lot of people in need of healing in this drama, which purports to revolve around a young woman in her twenties (IU) who struggles to carry the burdens life has left on her shoulders, and how she will comfort and receive comfort from three brothers who similarly struggle everyday. Lee Seon-kyun will play the middle brother, with Chungmuro regulars Oh Dal-soo (Memoir of a Murderer) and Song Sae-byuk (Night of Seven Years) playing his older and younger brothers, respectively. Na Mun-hee (I Can Speak) rounds out the impressive cast as the mother to the three men.

I’m putting a lot of trust in the writer-director duo going into this drama, because while I really like these actors, I’m wary that the story is going to involve adultery, which is so not up my alley. But, on the other hand, Park Hae-young of Oh Hae-young Again is in charge of the script and one of my favorite directors ever, Kim Won-seok (Signal, Misaeng) is at the helm, so I’m hoping that whatever direction the show goes in, I’ll be right there with them.

My Ajusshi will air on tvN sometime in the first half of 2018.

Via My Daily, eDaily, Osen

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I'm also worried about the potential adultery plotline, since that's practically my cat-nope. But if the writer explored Lee Seon-kyun and IU's relationship in a healing platonic dynamic, I think it would make for an interesting drama.

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That's what I'm hoping as well. It's rare to get a close, platonic friendship between male and female characters in dramas. I'd be impressed if this show went that route!

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I am crossing my fingers for Lee Seon-kyun’s character being more of a father figure for IU, and IU finding parental love she never had from the married couple.

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That would be absolutely delightful and I will be disappointed if that's not what ends up happening now.

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I am really hoping for the friendship spin and for the three brothers to influence the life of a young woman to become a better person. My Ajusshi does not necessarily mean a love story but rather a deeper familial relationship between three brothers and a young lady. There are different kinds of love and some are even more meaningful than any romantic relationships. The story is too early to detect but I think IU also picked this project for the lack of romantic love lines. IMO, she was also annoyed with delusional shipper fans from her last project with dating rumors left and right. Seriously immature k-drama fans, it's just acting! It does not mean Oppa and Unnie will get married after the show.

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I thought it was clarified in some previous articles there wouldn't be a love line between IU and LSK? It's mean to be a healing drama, I'm hoping it's more mentorship in life that IU will be provided throughout the drama.

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Hmmmm. Well, if there is romance between IU and Lee Seon-kyun, I'm hoping he and Lee Jia got divorced or are in the process. I'm with you, tipsymocha. Stories involving adultery aren't exactly things I gravitate towards.

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It'll be far more interesting if there's no romance with IU with this dynamic - they could mend their bond due to her help or something. I just don't want to watch the fallout that would happen if cute little IU broke up a marriage.

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Its been a flurry of controversy about this drama being an adultery storyline in the Korean media too - and people arent too happy to see Lee Jia although does not in any way reflect my opinions about her.

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First there was controversy about the potential romance between the two leads. Then now there is controversy about a potential adultery. I don't think we'll have either of those, and I am tired of people assuming things that are not even hinted at by the production team.

But why are people not happy to see Lee Jia in this drama?

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Yeah.. odd that. I did a quick Google search and there was some old news about her (guess this must be confirmed from court records) previous marriage to Seo Taiji and allegedly being seen with a new boyfriend (Jung Woo Sung?) while her divorce wasn't completed.

Best I can GUESS is that she's pretty private and doesn't speak much about herself or live her life in the press - which unfortunately makes her an easy target for scandal mongering.

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It’s not that - her grandfather i think turned out to be chinil, or pro-Japan during the Japanese occupation era in Korea. For Koreans, seeing her again might not be very pleasing. Of course it’s not her fault that she’s the granddaughter of a pro-Japanese official during the Occupation Era, but unfortunately the attitude in Korea makes her seem unfavorable as a person.

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I didn't expect him to be married, the only thing I like here is the director and LSK, not a fan of OHY writer I dropped the drama after 10 episodes.

it's a turn off that he's married even if it's a healing relationship the man is married, which wife wouldn't be worried about her husband getting healed by a pretty young girl!, would he meet her secretly! still not right.

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Yeah. It's worrying tbh. I SERIOUSLY hope there is no romantic plot line between IU and LSK because that would be just highly off putting. An older man ditching his wife for a younger woman in her 20s. That is disturbing perpetuation of patriarchy no matter how you look at it.

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I guess, turning the mirrors to ourselves, is where the issue of gender equality is still a far off aspiration.

I recall enjoying BRC where a group of 3 ahjummas teamed up with a younger male to get revenge wasn't a major issue bringing up too many like concerns about adultery etc.

But gender reversing it, 3 ahjussis with a younger female character immediately raises this as a red-line issue for us, the audience.

It just goes to show us a bit more about ourselves and where we believe society is at this time.

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Avengers club is different they teamed up as a group were acting and thinking as a group it was cute plus he was school kid and friend with thier kids, they treated him like he's their child, even if the gender is reversed and would be 3 Ahjussis with a young girl it's acceptable because they're also a group, while here it's a healing relationship with a married man and a young woman, i didn't say anything about adultry it might not be adultiry but it's not comfortable, anyway it's still early jump to assumptions we don't know the exact plot until it starts airing so it might be just useless talk.

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kinda making my point. We don't know anything about this drama, as we kinda didn't know much about BRC (at the time). But the reaction even before viewing this from the beanies are quite different.

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I don’t know how that proves your point tho? Here’s the thing I feel like if you are going to say there is a double standard, I don’t think using Buamdong Revenge Club (BRC) is a good example.

The initial marketing of BRC never mentioned a teenage boy joining the women’s group, that development only happened when the drama aired, therefore viewers had no knowledge of a teenage boy joining the ladies’ group prior to the drama airing. (This is evidenced by the fact that the main posters focused only on the three women, the description of the show on dramabeans, dramawiki and soompi only state that three women form a revenge club and while asianwiki does mention the teenage boy they updated their description after the drama aired.)

Unlike with this drama where we are given the information right of the bat, before the drama airs, we know that a twenty-something woman will be ‘healing’ a trio of forty-something men. Given that there is currently no context provided, as in the drama hasn’t aired yet, people can only make assumptions on how it sounds on paper and yeah I don’t blame people for thinking it sounds icky.

WHY?

Because of reality!

I mean look at the current climate where a bunch of old powerful men have been known to take advantage of much younger vulnerable women. Also look at the existence of sites like Sugar Daddy, I know it’s consensual and all but people often forget the inherent power imbalance and the potential of abuse in these relationships, particularly since the men are much older, have more money and more connections than these younger women.

So I don’t think it’s so farfetched for people to automatically assume that there would be a sexual/romantic relationship rather than platonic relationship between IU’s character and Lee Sun Kyun’s character (and be grossed out by it). Because people’s initial response is based on their experience and the current reality they are living in.

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Why can't people express their feeling and thoughts isn't what this site is for!, its natural that each person writes thier own piece of mind, and natural to change it after viewing the content i see nothing wrong with that, not everyone should be positive.

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Guys, I am very very positive there would be no romance between LSK and IU. He is very careful about choosing appropriate roles. Besides, another idol has also been cast, and I bet he is her love interest.

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He’s not an idol. He’s model turned actor Jang Kiyong. I have this feeling that there will be a greater chance that his character will have a love-line with IU’s character. Also, seeing as how the plot metions that she gets healing from all three bros, I doubt (crossing my fingers) that there will be a love-line between LSK and IU. Probably just admiration for LSK’s character, a mentor of some sort, but no romance involved.

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I think I read Jang Ki-young has heen casted for this drama. I really hope the romance will be between him and IU, not because I'll have SLS if he is the second lead in the romance but I don't want to read fans cause some uproar because of the loveline , just like what happened in Go Back Couple.

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Fans already caused some ridiculous uproar back when it was only announced that IU was considering this role. :( Some of the comments were really hurtful, calling these older men perverts, etc.. At one point I even thought the actors and production team would not dare go forward and shelve this drama for good.

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Yes, it won't happen and became that big if they have casted the lesser known actress, or maybe rookie actress who passed the audition. Besides, there's no confirmation about the loveline too but some of her fans already made a big fuss about it. I don't know what to expect from this drama, but hopefully it is a good one because the casts are all great.

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Ohh...wow.. he jumps right into next project after GBC ended huh...
He looks cute with IU during red shoes & friday so I can see romance works between them but I still meh with the overall plot tbh.

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He is still a rising actor, so I'm not surprised seeing him getting another role already and he isn't up for main leads either I guess. Tbh, I'm on the opposite. I like the overall plot. Lee Sun-kyun is picky, I can trust his judgment even with not so interesting plot. This drama also managed to get chungmuro actors like Oh Dal-su who I don't think never did any drama, so the script must be interesting enough for him.

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Not to mention Na Mun Hee, an award-winning Chungmuro veteran.

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On rising actor part, I don't mind seeing him in supporting/second lead tbh. Better that than crash and burn in his first lead role.
I do admit seeing ODS in the line up makes me wants to watch it tbh but... I guess I'll wait when it airs.

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I can't be the only person NOT expecting a romance and/or adultery in this drama, lol. I'm trying to be optimistic! (And Lee Seon-kyun plus adultery is kinda been there, done that -- see: My Wife Had An Affair This Week)

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Well, I hope there is no adultery. And I hope this drama explore platonic friendship more than anything.

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I've missed seeing Lee Jia since forever.😣

God, now I'm praying this doesn't involve adultery like all the previous comments suggested cause to be honest, I've had enough of that kind of plot here in my local TV.

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With the scandals plaguing the Hollywood entertainment industry, it wouldn't be wise for the writer and the production team to even hint at an attraction between Lee Seon-kyun and IU's characters. More so that Lee Jia is joining as LSK's wife.

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But I don't think the production team has ever hinted at a romantic attraction. It was always the Korean netizens AND drama bloggers (and their readers) who immediately assume that when you have a male lead and a female lead in a Korean drama, then they must become a couple.

I am a huge LSK fan, and he's said more than one time that he prefers to play characters along his real age, and these are often time married man roles. And he is careful about choosing his projects, so I really don't think there will be anything inappropriate between his character and IU's. I won't even be surprised if the drama spends more time on the brothers and mother relationships given the trouble they go to secure those BIG names. LSK's last few movies have all featured 2 male leads, which seems to be his preference these days. Heck, even his last drama, This Week My Wife Will Have an Affair, was mostly an ensemble cast and oddly, the wife's character was the least of the focus.

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Do your research before assuming that netizens and drama bloggers jump to conclusions. I don't know if you can speak Korean (because I can), and in the article linked to below, it says that there is a romance between the male lead in his 40s and the female lead in her 20s.

http://www.sportsworldi.com/content/html/2017/11/08/20171108004112.html

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No, I use google translate. {grin} But did the production team themselves say there is a romantic line or did the writer of the article make that assumption?

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Just from a PR image standpoint, I have my doubts that IU (if she is managing her image to any degree) would take on the role with even a hint of adultery in it. If she did, all the best for her courage in pursuing serious acting creds.

She (IU) has my admiration in taking on more control of her musical direction than most other pop musicians in Korea. So, it may not be improbable that she is willing to take more control over her acting career as well.

But this is where having multiple careers is not always advantageous because many people might have difficulty separating her image as "nation's little sister", her variety shows, her music and her acting. It's a perpetual issue in Korea where the fandom identifies so strongly with their celebrity. Things that would be ludicrous from a Western viewpoint are seen has huge issues for the fan base.

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I will give this a go because it does seem to be not too far away from contemporary life and "values", that is to say uncertainty amongnst individauals over their values. Plus I like IU and it is time to enjoy her presence on screen again.

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I don't think this writer and PD are not smart enough to bring some adultery in their plot especially when they casted some popular young idol for female lead. They are not Ahn Pan-seok who is brave enough to focus more on adult theme in his drama.

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I've been pretty meh with this drama based on the earlier news. I mean, I like actress IU in The producers but not so much in her recent drama. And now they cast a wife for LSG's character? oohhhh..okk...?? So the initial summary still stands or they revised the plot?

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