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Yang Se-jong, Shin Hye-sun offered new drama Thirty But Seventeen

Yes, please. More Yang Se-jong (Temperature of Love) is always happy news as far as I’m concerned, and I’m even more excited at the possibility that he might be paired up with Shin Hye-sun (My Golden Life) for a new drama. They’re both considering offers to headline the new project from writer Jo Sung-hee of She Was Pretty for SBS, called Thirty But Seventeen.

There’s no plot information available about the series, so it’s anyone’s guess what it’ll be about, but the title makes me think there could be a body swap or time travel element involved. The funny thing is, based on the casting alone, I couldn’t tell you if this was aiming for a Big situation with a kid in an adult’s body, or a 17 Again situation with an adult in a kid’s body, or just a slice-of-life drama about adults who refuse to grow up (it’s overrated, you know). She Was Pretty had its share of flaws, but it was a lovable romantic comedy with great chemistry between the leads, so I’m hoping for something in the same vein.

Both Yang Se-jong and Shin Hye-sun are great actors and rising twentysomething stars with recent breakout performances under their belts. Shin Hye-sun just came off of a leading role in the hit weekend drama My Golden Life, which pulled in 45% ratings, after a string of successful supporting roles in Forest of Secrets, Legend of the Blue Sea, and She Was Pretty, just to name a few. Yang Se-jong’s debut was far more recent, but he had a killer year with supporting roles in Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim and Saimdang Light’s Diary, followed by two leading roles in Duel and Temperature of Love. I can already picture the romance between them, which is a good sign.

Thirty But Seventeen will be produced by Bon Factory, the production house behind She Was Pretty, Live Up to Your Name, and Master’s Sun. It’s being considered for SBS’s Monday-Tuesday slot following Greasy Melo in July.

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Sounds like a fun rom-com, going by the works that Bon Factory has produced.

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Sounds similar to "13 Going On 30" with Jennifer Garner.

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I think there was also a bolkywood movie Abt it too....

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Try checking "Suddenly Seventeen" out!

"Thirty But Seventeen" sounds more like the Chinese movie starring Ni Ni and Wallace Huo. There's no body swapping involved, but her 28-year-old character's soul turns into her 17-year-old self.

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Thank you! I'll give it a try :).

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There's also a drama version of the film starring different actors.

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This is going to be a lovely birthday present for me. Thank you 😊!!! This might be the first drama I’ve seen where I’ve watched both leads recently in different dramas, and loved them in both. Really looking forward to this.

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Shin Hye-sun is on roll this year with two upcoming SBS drama - two epi drama special with Lee Jongsuk and now this, if she confirms. Hope to hear more details on the plot. I'm guessing it will be a body swap or maybe time travel drama.

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I already commented about this on the fan-wall, but I'm guessing that if you're making a post about it then it is almost confirmed. I hope that this drama will be good, since I like YSJ and want to see him in a new drama. I hope they release a synopsis soon though.

Also this actress SHS, seems to be picking up roles with all the male actors I like. First I read that she was cast opposite LJS (my fave actor) for the 2-episode (based on a real-life story) drama special. Now this full-length drama with YSJ. Anyways I hope for the best!

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I'm glad she's getting all these new projects. :) It's funny because Yang Se-jong was in lots of shows last year but I still haven't seen him in anything. >___< Maybe this will be it.

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How did you not watch Duel? I don’t know anything about you, but I think it would have been something you would have enjoyed. (But I’m in a similar boat you are, loved him in RDTK, watched him in Saimdang but couldn’t finish it, and then again in TOL and couldn’t finish that either, and couldn’t even be bothered to see him in Duel, even though I really like him as an actor!)

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Yessssssssss! I really hope they both sign on, I love them both.. More leading roles for them, thank you!

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I'm excited for Shin Hye-sun! I don't know much about Yang Se-jong since I haven't watched any of his drama before but heard a lot of good things about him.

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Wasn't Yang Se Jong recently in news for being offered the lead role in Fox Bride with Park Shin Hye?

I am upbeat about this one. I like Shin Hye Sun in Forest of Secrets and read that she did great in the weekend drama. I need YSJ in a drama which I can finally watch, LOL. I couldn't with Duel and TOL and I wasn't looking forward to Fox Bride.

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I read somewhere that Park Shin Hye's comeback drama candidate has completely changed its story to an airport workplace?

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I have no idea.

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Yes, that writer cancelled Fox Bride and is working on another drama about airport employees or something like this.

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Yang Se Jong’s agency responded that they never got such offer. His name was most likely just thrown there. Idk what SBS is really thinking..

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I love these two. I hope these drama will be a good rom-com that I can finally finish, I've been dropping rom-coms nowadays like crazy. *sigh*

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I'm not a fan of Time travel theme. Usualy it starts very well and at the end they don't really know how to finish the story...

I like the casting by the way :)

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Live Up to Your Name was good until that ending. I’m still confused about it.

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Finally, a Shin Hye-sun drama I can get behind! It's been so long since Forest of Secrets... it would have been nice if she was cast in Life, too. :( Maybe even a cameo.

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Lol I'm struggled too to watch those tons episodes of My Golden Life but it's okay it's over now.

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I liked him in Duel but didn’t care for him in Temperature of Love, though it’s not his fault that the drama petered out halfway and dragged. They’re both solid, talented actors so I have faith in them. Just hoping the writing is good.

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Exactly my thoughts...but to be fair, I didn't care for any characters in TOL. They were either bland or frustrating/infuriating. I mainly blame the writing that went totally south in the second part of the drama. What a waste of a great cast! (I even took the decision to blacklist Ha Myung Hee's works from now on/ Hong Sis are also on the list😁 *Warm and Cozy and Big, anyone?*)

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I enjoyed the first half of Temperature of Love and then it got boring and I just stopped. I'm just assuming they got together happy ever after done.

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I'll be the first one to admit, I don't really see the hype over Yang-Se-Jong (but that's probably because I never finished his dramas), but I adore Shin Hye Sun, so I'll be looking forward to this drama!

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It's a good pairing, but unfortunately I really hated She Was Pretty :(

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Say the words Shin Hye Sun and I am already on board. She has proven herself to be a flexible and dependable actress. No SHS fatigue here. I've never seen Yang Se Jong in anything yet.

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YSJ was good in Duel. You should watch that drama to see his potential. Temperature of Love wasn’t that great to be honest

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I totally agree re: Yang Se-jong in DUEL. Although he was billed as playing a dual role, by the end of the show, he'd really played 4: two clones, their donor, and one clone impersonating the other. That fourth performance is the one that floored me, because YSJ did it in such a subtle way that you could tell it was the younger, persecuted clone who was bluffing in front of the other's villainous associates. It was what kept me watching the show.

I'd earlier noticed while watching ROMANTIC DOCTOR, TEACHER KIM that YSJ was capable of deftly nuanced expressiveness. Tsundere surgeon Do In-bum eventually thawed out a bit after his part in the artificial heart replacement operation. But even before that, he played devil's advocate with Dr. Yoon when she was ready to throw in the towel. Later, when he declared his independence from his corrupt and overbearing father, I felt like cheering.

I thought YSJ did a fine job portraying the young Joseon artist, Lee Gyeom, in SAIMDANG, LIGHT'S DIARY. Before the inevitable politically-mandated heartbreak ensued, he portrayed a royal relative light-heartedly romancing a leading scholar's artist daughter. It was quite a switch from the inexpressive surgeon. His modern character was less interesting, but he did a good job with what he was given. (The drama's modern story line was a makjang fiasco, and could have been dispensed with.) YSJ looked great in hanbok, so I'm hoping to see him in a full-blown sageuk one of these days.

TEMPERATURE OF LOVE started out well, but suffered from such screwy, dysfunctional characterizations and writing that I just about tore my hair out. Of all the characters, YSJ's chef On Jung-sun was the one whom I could understand and empathize with. Seo Hyun-jin's scriptwriter Lee Hyun-soo turned out to be a capricious, smugly superior twit to whom he was steadfastly devoted. That doesn't negate their incendiary chemistry, but it extinguished my love for this drama. Before it went off the rails, TOL hosted some memorable smooches. YSJ projected touching romantic vulnerability as well as tough-minded dedication to his vision of cuisine.

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I like everything you said/wrote about each of his performances and dramas. 100% agree with this detailed 'review'. Thanks for sharing👍

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You're most welcome, @nami1116!

Enough readers stated that they hadn't seen Yang Se-jong yet that I wanted to give an overview of his work. He caught my eye in RDTK despite playing a tsundere.

Here's hoping his next drama is a total romp! ;-)

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Hi PP. I agree with your diagnoses of Duel and Temperature of Love (a 16 episode series stuck in a 20 episode body). Yang Se-jong's performance in Duel was a tour de force. I haven't seen Romantic Doctor or Saimdang so I can't comment on his performances there.

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Hi, @marcusnyc20, good to see you!

I think I've used "tour de force" to describe Yang Se-jong's performance in DUEL in another post. The rest of the show was so-so, and I thought that Jung Jae-young, whom I loved in WELCOME TO DONGMAKGOL and CASTAWAY ON THE MOON, was wasted. Kim Jung-eun as the prosecutor just plain annoyed me. The clones' back story, when it finally emerged, kept me on the edge of my seat.

ROMANTIC DOCTOR, TEACHER KIM is one of the best shows I've seen in the past two years. Highly recommended for its wonderful ensemble cast, and excellent attention to medical detail, as attested to by Beanie anesthesiologist @Michykdrama. (Her "Medicaps" of the surgical procedures are great. She did great ones for BEAUTIFUL MIND as well.) It is basically the story of a motley crew of misfits at a rural hospital who are banished to the boondocks from a big city medical center. There's oodles of heart, and even the case-of- the-week characters were portrayed well. Great OST and background music, too.

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With that kind of recommendation I will have to get to Romantic Doctor. I remember when it originally aired but I must of had too much going on at the time.
Don't get me going on A Beautiful Mind. That is one of my favorites. I am still ticked off that they lopped off 2 episodes.
That series had a wonderful cast also.
Thanks for the Medicaps tip. I generally enjoy medical dramas but Hospital Ship put me to the test. Although it was a challenge I stayed with it to the end.

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@marcusnyc20, March 23, 2018 at 8:01 PM

By all means give ROMANTIC DOCTOR, TEACHER KIM a shot, especially to see how Yang Se-jong portrays the privileged hospital heir locked in rivalry with a perfectionistically-driven colleague from humble origins. The drama is populated with memorable characters, and story arcs that are practically torn from the headlines. Kim Min-jae acquits himself well as a nurse, and orderly Mr. Goo is a scene stealer. Anesthesiologist Dr. Nam and Head Nurse Oh are as steadfast as the rocks in the walls of Doldam [literally “Stone Wall”] Hospital. Kim Sabu himself is a demanding cypher in the beginning.

Here's the link to @michykdrama's informative Medicaps:
https://mydramalesslife.wordpress.com/category/medicaps/

RDTK and BEAUTIFUL MIND are in the same league in my book. Jang Hyuk is one of my faves, especially when kicking butt in sageuks. I appreciated how he went all in, and managed to convey glimmers of emotion that really did exist. I loved the excellent ensemble cast with so many solid veteran actors portraying memorable characters. Losing those two episodes was a disservice that rushed the ending. Grrr.

I love Ha Ji-won, and attempted to tune in to HOSPITAL SHIP, but it didn't float my boat enough for me to stay tuned. I stuck around for Jo Hyun-jae's cameo, and then jumped ship. It was competing with THE KING IN LOVE, TEMPERATURE OF LOVE, LINGERIE GIRLS GENERATION (great music!!! – which I have linked on my fan wall), 20TH CENTURY BOY AND GIRL, MAD DOG, BECAUSE THIS LIFE IS OUR FIRST, BLACK, and GO BACK SPOUSES. Granted, a bunch of those shows later abended dismally, but I at least was hooked from the start. I had just watched JEALOUSY INCARNATE, CHIEF KIM, THE KING 2HEARTS, the thoroughly excellent LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL, OJAKGYO BROTHERS, and a bunch of Yoon Si-yoon's earlier work, among other past dramas. LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL was so emotionally engaging that it was a hard act to follow.

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She was pretty really started on a good note but then became boring and predictable in the midway. Hope this one doesn't disappoint like 'temperature of love' , yang se jong's previous drama lol.

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What makes a drama unsuccessful? TOL was the first in it's time slot despite the horrible dragging from second half. In my books ,it was successful and he earned an award for it. Talk only with facts and not act like know it all

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I want a drama where they are both hitting thirty but realise their situation in life is as if they are seventeen.

Maybe they lost their jobs and have to live with their parents again and see that instead of acting like grown-ups, they fall back into their seventeen-year old behaviour patterns.

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I read that she is a 17 years old violinist and after an accident she spends 13 years in coma and wakes up being in her 30s.

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Holy shit! Please make this happen drama gods!
I’ve been waiting for Yang se Jong to pick a new project! And I love Shin Hye Sun, she’s a terrific actress.

I will watch whatever it will be about.

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I'm so happy for shin hye sun.....she is on a roll girl and she deserves it....hopefully the drama turns out to be great....

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The title itself sounds like it could be similar to the movie "Suddenly Seventeen", which was an excellent movie about not losing oneself. I love Shin Hye Sun and believe she can pull off any role she is given. Hoping she can fit it into her already busy schedule.

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Wew, I thought I was the only who thought of Suddenly Seventeen. The title alone reminded me so much of the film's plot--which didn't involve any body swapping.

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Ok, this project sounds definitely way more interesting than the one he was first rumored with. Needless to say that I'm fully on board if they both confirm.

Pros: a comedy (plot looks fun+it would be a nice opportunity for YSJ to prove his worth even more as an actor and I'm also very curious how well he will fare in this genre), great partner (if she signs on) and good writer (loved High School King of Savvy and High Kick 3)

Cons: another SBS drama? *sigh*

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There is more information about the plot on Soompi (even though the thread has been locked since no one confirmed)

"It's about a 17-yo genius female violinist on her way to a German conservatory who has an accident and goes into coma for 13 long years, then wakes up suddenly as a 30-yo woman! Woo Suh-Ree is how her name is pronounced!"

credits: meechuttso on Soompi Forums.

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What? A violinist? I’m definitely watching this now.

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Can we have a bit of fantasy elements to it? Just like Suddenly Seventeen but with a different twist. I'm sure Bon Factory will be able to handle that.

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I'm so proud of Shin Hye Sun, to go from playing bit parts just two or three years ago to the main lead of a smash hit drama and finally start getting lead roles..... in an industry which makes it so hard for young actresses in her age group to get a break, she's really achieved a lot, and that too without a big idol agency or anything.

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I hope he declines. I really prefer to see him in a melodrama, and he has proven his strength in it.

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Actors have to explore and strengthen their weaknesses to become a complete actor everyone needs.

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Thanks for this great casting news, GirlFriday! I've been wondering when Yang Se-jong would return to Kdramaland. Here's hoping THIRTY BUT SEVENTEEN is an unqualified success.

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I knew ShinHyeSun is getting really busy this days but I never know she's THIS busy, I mean if she accept this offer. Well, Ji-Ahn always busy anyway, to get over that chaebol man.

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What a cute pair this will be:) Please make this happen.

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Wow, Shin Hye-Sun does NOT take a break. 50+ episode weekend drama the other year (Five Enough), then LotBS, then Forest, some movies in between, Golden Life (another 50 episode drama), and isn't she also slated to shoot a drama special with Lee Jong Suk?? I mean her sched has been insane.

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Wait a minute ...
The same production house behind
Live Up to Your Name???

Count me in!!!

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Yay for Yang se-jong!! I love him😊

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A selfish part of me is relieved. Because this means SHS won't be cast in So Jisub and Hyun Bin's dramas. I want pretty actresses like Han Hyojoo, Shin Mina and Kim Jiwon with them.

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Do you mean Shin Hye Sun is ugly?Certain comments are needless

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1. I don't think this person's comment is just needless but they must also be blind. Go on Google or Instagram and look up her pics from the Lovcat Bijoux event recently or the KBS award show this year.
2. I often wonder about these ppl who make comments about other people's looks. I wonder how they would fare if we were to grade their looks. Do they think that by putting down others looks it makes them more attractive? In reality if only does the opposite.

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You are the one who said it, not me. Just because I said she is not pretty doesn't means she's ugly. She just looks plain and old to me.
And 2cents, to each his/her own. I've seen her enough to know what she looks like, no need for me to google specific events where she looks nicer than normal because she's dolled up.
It's not my intention to make myself look more attractive. As a viewer, I want to see pretty girls and handsome guys on my screen. Some of you may go for acting chops, but not me. I believe that alot of people feel the same as me. If not, people like Kim Taehee and Suzy wouldn't be the top actresses of their age group.

Good day, ciao!

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Han Cinema says Shin Hye Sun's character is 17 when she goes into a coma. She wakes up 13 years later.. and of course, she's 30 years old by then.

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More Yang Se Jong is a good thing in my book. 😀😄

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Really hope they're the leads! Will definitely watch it with them!

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/screams/ yEEEEEEEEES I need more Yang Se-jong in my life. I hope he accepts the role and omg it's with Shin Hye-sun! I totally adored her in MGL so yesss, yesss, yessss, juseyo~! Looking forward to more deets of the drama.

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Yang Se Jung is just so...ugh.., how do I describe him without sounding like a complete creep. Thanks for this bit of news!

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I don't like the actress. Her nose is fake.

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Yang Se-jong and Shin Hye-sun would be amazing! I love both actors and really interested in seeing their chemistry. Both impressive actors. Hope they accept and the writing is good.

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