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Ahn Hyo-seop up to romance Kim So-hyun in Love Alarm

Okay, this pairing is kittens-in-a-teacup-level cute. Rookie actor Ahn Hyo-seop (Thirty But Seventeen) has been offered his first leading role in the anticipated drama adaptation of the webtoon Love Alarm, opposite leading lady Kim So-hyun (Ruler–Master of the Mask). The casting hasn’t been confirmed so he’s only considering the offer for now, but he’d be crazy not to jump at the chance.

The youth drama is about a love triangle between a hardworking girl, a prickly boy, and his best friend who’s sweet and perfect (of course), complicated by the existence of a phone app that lets you know if someone in a ten-meter range has a crush on you. Um, it’s like Tinder for feelings?

Kim So-hyun is a no-brainer for the leading role, as the lovely everygirl who will have the affections of two boys. Ahn Hyo-seop is an up-and-coming actor who debuted in the awesome mini-drama Splish Splash Love, and went on to have supporting roles in One More Happy Ending, Entertainer, and Father Is Strange, among others.

But it’s his current role as the cute, dumb jock nephew in Thirty But Seventeen that’s getting a lot of attention, and for good reason—he’s getting all the cute moments of a budding first crush that we know will be doomed. It also doesn’t hurt that the main lead is very serious, while the nephew gets to be all sunshine and rainbows. There’s nothing like a good run as a second lead to get people rooting for you to graduate and get the girl in the next one!

Love Alarm will be directed by PD Lee Na-jung of the feel-good romantic comedy Fight My Way, and it’ll be broadcast simultaneously on Netflix and tvN later this year.

Via Sports Chosun, My Daily

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I’m so proud of my son (who I previously adopted here on DB)! If he does accept the gig, it will be a perfect segway from his current role in 30 but 17! The premise seems very pedestrian though and since there are so many good dramas coming up, I may have to support this one from the sidelines.

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In actuality it is very interesting because there is no actual male lead for this story. This will come as surprise to people watching if they haven't read the webtoon.

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In actuality it is very interesting because there is no actual male lead for this story. This will come as surprise to people watching if they haven't read the webtoon.

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Thank you to DB for finally writing about Love Alarm.

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THEY. LOOK. SO. CUTE. <3 <3 <3

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That's what I was thought too. Their visuals compliment each other in a very sweet adorable way.

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Is my son, Chan, finally going to get the girl on this drama because if he does, then I am all in!

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I'm already rooting for them!

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You and @ally-le need to talk, I think...

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Chan has lots of moms and a fairy godmother too. In real life I’ve “adopted” a lot of kids. If anything would happen to their real mom’s, I would gladly step in. Chan’s mom just came back from abroad too, so I’ve already been displaced!

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There’s nothing like a good run as a second lead to get people rooting for you to graduate and get the girl in the next one!

So true. I’m not the biggest fan Kim So-hyun. I don’t know if I’ll be in for the lan haul. Hopefully I’m pleasantly surprised because I’m really loving AHS.

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She's literally the one of the kindest most talented young actress in existence. Her acting is beyond amazing especially in Page Turner. Like girlfriday said she's a no brainier for this role. Plus she was offered this role a month ago. It's her drama basically.

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I can see that.

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i'm so happy kim so hyun might finally be paired up with someone close to her age + this is such an adorable pairing. I hope this drama showcases Kim So Hyun's acting more than her pervious works because she totally deserves it.

p.s the irony of Ahn Hyo Seop nearly pairing up with the other Kim lol

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They are finally giving her the right age partner! She's so good she deserves an adorable pairing like this! I liked this PD's previous drama a lot too so I'm game.

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He's been once pairing with another Kim :)

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How sad is the state of casting in dramaland that this was also the first thought I had. Just joy that she finally gets to be paired in a drama with a man her age. I'm sure it'll be more comfortable a work environment for her and I won't feel grossed out watching the drama!

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Yes please! This pairing would be so cute and is at least age appropriate for both of them.

And they would be insanely adorable.

Make this happen please!

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How would the creator pitch this app to investors?

"I have designed an app to allow, let's say, a man, to inform a woman who is no further than 10 meters away (what? no, it is not stalkerish) that she is his object of affection. Aaand that woman, who also happens to have downloaded the app and has its notification turned on, will be alerted of his presence and feelings.

It totally works because there is nothing sexier than someone who has a secret crush on you but that particular feeling is not enough to challenge him to gather up the courage and to have an actual conversation with her. This will help further eliminate face-to-face interaction which has been very on trend for the last 10 years.

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That sounds like a very good point. I don't know what this story is about but what if its exactly as you said? Could it be that the drama will be about the need to get rid of such frivolous applications? If it is I really like the way it can go.

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I wonder does the app notify her who's the exact admirer? If not, what if there are 10 men in that same area, more misunderstanding ensues.
I try to imagine what's the sound for the notification. "Me-ow"?
God forbid if the guy tries to talk to her in human language, that's not sexy.

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It doesn't tell you who the exact admirer is. It tells you there IS an admirer within the vicinity. That is what adds to the chaos and confusion.

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I see. So the app makes thing more confusing, not helping. But it's a youth drama, I guess the webtoon is in comedy genre.

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Yes its making it more confusing. Its an alternate universe where people rely on apps to find their 'fated love'. This questions the whole concept of a 'fated love'. Is it really predestined or a conscious decision. Is love shallow based on an app or do people choose who they love.

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The app will be universal, like Facebook. So now on top of everything else, women can be bombarded by vaguely-threatening notifications that their stalker is nearby and looking at them.

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Add "Glide" button so the admirers will quietly glide away in real life too, preferably with amnesia as after-effect. Now that's a good app.

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I don't know who he is but that's such a pretty picture of kim so-hyun. They appeal to me visually but I haven't seen him in anything so I don't about how they'll come together with their acting. I trust her when it comes to carrying a drama so I'm happy if she can get a lead who looks as cute as that. I only found out recently she was considering this drama but I didn't know it was a TVN drama with a simulcast on Netflix. I like the sound of that but does it mean we won't get the subbed episodes till they all come out?

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It should air like Life and Mr Sunshine are airing right now. At the same time in both Korea and outside. That's basically what simulcast means.

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Oh my god you're absolutely right. I read the word but didn't register it somehow. My brain must have been rocks when I wrote this.

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You need to watch “30 but 17,” NOW! You will fall in love with him, he’s sweet and endearing in it.

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Dunno what to say, but i’m kinda dissapointed with her acting in Radio Romance, while Ahn Hyeo Seop acting is getting better esp in Thirty but seventeen

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I spy a troll. Her acting is always top notch. Never a disappointment. He is good but not near her level yet.

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Let us agree to disagree ok, i like her but i don’t like her acting in radio romance, i like her other works tho. I don’t like Ahn Hyeo Sop acting in father is strange, does it means i’m a troll too. I hope if its fix, this drama will bring out the best in them.

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Then say it in a non judgmental way. People who try to create hate on a teenager are trolls. Nobody has the right to hate on a young girl or judge her. Its wrong in every way.

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Her acting is always top notch. Radio Romance wasn't great but that was the script, not her performance, which was excellent. I've never seen her put in a bad performance actually.

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OMG yes!! I would LOVE to see him on my screen, leading a full-size drama this time. Finally Kim So Hyun is getting a role that matches her age, & also a male lead in the same age range. Also, come on girlfriday! You are going to mention Splish Splash Love but not the awesome Queen Of The Ring?! I had loved him in the latter! It was a really good drama.

The plot for this does sound....pretty unimpressive though. But oh well. No judging before actually seeing.

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Most romcom have nothing by way of plot *cough*whatswrongsecretarykim*cough*

It's just about the chemistry ultimately. I'm so in for them being age appropriate.

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WWSK is an extreme example.

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You mean an extremely good example of an extremely plot-less drama.

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He was in splish splash? I've seen that one but I don't recall him from it. What did he do in that?

While I enjoy her in everything she does I'm glad too that she's finally getting a drama of her own age. It feels like a really long time since that happened.

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He was the quietly funny bodyguard who housed Kim Seul-gi and had a crush on the Queen.

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And later turned out to be a famous musician. Is it obvious that I rewatched this yesterday?

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I vaguely remember that character. I should take a cue and rewatch it as well.

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I remember his character but forget his face, cue to rewatch

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Is there someone else beside me who loved Queen of the Ring? Hurray.

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I am surprised not more people are talking about it! Yay! Got a comrade. I have been thinking of rewatching it soon *^* 😍

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I'm in! I love anything with Kim Seul-gi basically! :)

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I should've read all the comments before I posted my question asking what the title was.

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count me in 🙋

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The youth drama is about a love triangle between...
Just triangle? Why not hexagon? smh

Anyway it's Kim So-hyun, I'm in!💐

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I do not think that even Shakespeare could have handled a love hexagon

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Japanese shoujo manga harems can though. Should drama's be taking note?

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Love her in anything & everything! Let's get this casting confirmed people!

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Love her in anything & everything! Let's get this casting confirmed people!

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gah, he's adorable- my only worry is that I expect the lead male role is for the 'prickly' one in the love triangle, and I'm not super confident that he's strong enough an actor yet to transcend his puppy/sunshine/rainbow status, al la Nam Joo Hyuk.

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You'll be surprised at the male lead.

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Yep, I hope so! He's so cute in Thirty But Seventeen, so I hope he'll prove me wrong! :)

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i think he could pull off the 'prickly' role. his role in queen of the ring has a cold personality though isn't really prickly but he was able to portray it well.

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yeah, perhaps. i wasn't really sold on 'Queen of the Ring' in general (the themes and characters all bothered me quite a bit) so maybe that's why I'm apprehensive. Like, I love prickly characters as much as the next person, but I like it when an actor takes a potentially unlikeable character and somehow makes them endearing. I didn't really feel that in Queen of the Ring, tbh. But that's just me, and I'm being positive that his second spin as a hedgehog will change my mind! :)

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Her two last dramas were pretty bad for me. I didn't finish Radio Romance (she was miscasted) and nearly finished Ruler - Master of the Mask (the writting was very bad). I hope this one will be better.

Ahn Hyo Seop is not my favourite for actors with the same age but he's very cute in 30 but 17 .

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Radio Romance was just dull. I think they cast her and Mr. Let's Eat to try to carry it by charisma alone and that just didn't work. The mom was shrill and petulant, there wasn't much story ... it was a dud.

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That's true the writing got dull but the acting stayed very good till the end.

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Something about AHS's appearance in 30 but 17 totally makes him endearing, I can't point out what really but regardless it's definitely working out in his favor. Before this show he always gave an unfriendly vibe but here I feel like I need a chan in my life too. He's sweet, unabashed, doesn't shy away from confessing his feelings in front of a room full of people even if it makes him look like a fool, so is there anyone who can't relate to that? Haha. But I'm really happy for him and hoping that kim so hyun doesn't reject this role. She needs to do younger roles for at least 3 more years before venturing into those forced adult roles like radio romance, eh.
I was hoping for a school 2015 reunion with Sungjae but this one I can totally go with too!

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He used to be so put together and suave.

But in 17, his face really slimmed (his body too), his fringe is like some kind of bowl cut showing his two innocent brows and shiny forehead, plus he always has that bright, big eyed, bouncy puppy smile. How can that not be endearing?

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His hairstyle really made a difference I think! He even looks a bit different in the picture in the top so yeah. But also it could be the magic of chan and his little chick and his adorable ways of making ajumma feel at home haha.

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What if he joins as the other lead? It's still possible isn't it?

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She might just accept this but I don't for sure. She's been considering for over 1 month now. The webtoon is owned by her agency KakaoM so its no surprise she was the 1st choice for this. That and she's a solid actress who excels in roles like this.

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If she accepts after the news that he's taken the role I'll take it as her waiting to see if she gets cast with an age appropriate partner. Because he last two dramas she was clearly not on her A game and I think it was because the company's cast these much older men to act as her romantic partners after she'd accepted the role.

We'll see though.

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Ahn Hyo-seop did a good job in Father is Strange- though he did not get a huge amount of screen time. Cute can be nice and fun- and I find that drama's adapted from webtoon's or manwha's (or manga's) tend to have more substance to them than the plot premise would have suggested. What's Wrong With Secretary Kim? is a good example of what I mean.

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Oh I'm so happy, another exciting news! I've been waiting for Kim so hyun new drama, because I don't really like her last two (radio romance, ruler) I hope this one will do some justice and become another good role for her. And of course seeing Ahn Hyo-seop again so early after 30but17 will never hurt anybody. The story quite confusing for me tho, but I'm hopeful with this pairing already

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Ahhh I guess he’s been turning heads with his likable performance in 30!! Good for him!

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This will be nice exposure for him. I think there was another drama he was supposed to be a lead in that got rescheduled due to illness by the lead actor and he had to drop out of it.

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This is actually a better role for him because he gets to play a more age appropriate character.

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It was "Clean with passion now" with Kim Yoo-jung but after she got hypothyroidism the drama for shelved and he opted out as he was already busy filming for " Thirty but seventeen."

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He was scheduled for Clean with Passion for Now with Kim Yoo Jung which got delayed when Yoo Jung was diagnosed with hypothyroidism. It was supposed to start filming again in October but Yoo Jung recovered more quickly than expected and they moved filming up to August so Ahn Hyo Seop had to drop out as he had started filming "Thirty but Seventeen" in the interim.

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I'm so happy for my Chan.💗 Ahn Hyo-seop is really lucky in getting actress for a lead. Last time it was Kim Yoo-jung and now Kim So-hyun. The premise is normal for a rom-com but I'll happily watch this for him. I'm happy if he accepts coz people are rotting for him now after his cute and adorable performance in Thirty but seventeen.😍

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Colour me excited. This is the best potential casting news I've seen in a long time.

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I dread love triangle, but I crave for youth romance. I'll check it, I hope it'll be at least watchable.

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I'm already getting cute vibes for this one!

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For Beanie meetups we need an app to tell us if there's a Beanie nearby.

(Then I need a smart phone).

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If there is, the notification should come with free Choco Pie or Subway or lottery ticket.

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In this day and age anything is possible. Wouldn't be surprised if they made it happen. I mean driverless cars I still believe its a thing.

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Kim So-hyun (Ruler–Master of the Mask)

Can we please tie her to a less cringey show? Shouldn't be hard. Even I Miss You was better.

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Just started Thirty But Seventeen and he is adorable in it and Splish Splash Love is one of my favourite dramas so I'm all in. I would love to see Kim So Hyun back on my screen. The premise seems very interesting. The execution should be good if its a collaboration between Netflix and tvn. Fingers crossed.

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A very age appropriate pairing. Bring it on!

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Yes finally! Dramaworld has been missing out on proper pairings!

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Kittens in a cup is so true for this pair. They're so cute.
But Kim So Hyun doesn't seem to have a chance of pairing with someone in a similar height range.
Exception being Yeo Jin Gu

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Similar height range? What about Yook Sungjae? Yoo Seungho? Shin Jae Ha? Infinite L? They are all in the same height range. Kim So Hyun is very tall by Korean Actress standard.

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Wonderful news! I'm so pleased for Ahn Hyo Seop. He's a very promising, charming young actor and on a visual note he is so tall and very handsome.

He kind of got screwed over by the Clean With Passion For Now" production date change but it's turned out well for him in the end: a well-received supporting role in a popular drama that's gained him lots of new fans and now lead role with the other major teenage Kim actress on the bigger cable channel.

I'm kind of ambivalent on Kim So Hyun. She seems nice and talented but her last two starring dramas were trash. I think a light romcom with an age appropriate lead will be a nice change of pace for her.

I'm just so pleased to see age appropriate casting that I will probably support just for that. Some of the age gaps in K-dramas recently have really grossed me out including So Hyun in her last drama and now 18 year old Kim Yoo Jung in her next drama is going to be making out with a 31 year old Yoon Kyun Sang (ironically, he replaced Ahn Hyo Seop who had to drop out due to the change of production dates).

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This is turning out to be a much better drama for him and overall compared to that one so it's definitely not a loss for him. He however is lucky to be given an opportunity to act alongside two of the biggest actresses of their generation and maybe drama land in future. If he rejects it would be pure stupidity on his part.

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Hopefully they both accept. I think they'll look good together, and I've been hoping to see So-hyun again in romcoms after Let's Fight Ghost. That was my favorite of the full-length dramas where she was the lead. Hopefully the directing and writing can back up her talent this time.

I was ambivalent when Ahn Hyo-seop was cast in Clean With Passion For Now since I wasn't impressed with his performances before, but man did he win me over in 30 But 17. It's a shame he had to drop out, but it worked out best for him.

I'm not sure Love Alarm will air this year though. TvN already has a full roster of new dramas this November with Memories of the Alhambra, Boyfriend, and Gyeryong's Fairy. Maybe January, February-ish? We'll see.

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he's so squishy in 30 but 17 :D

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Maybe I just haven't seen enough of his stuff to know his face super well, but this guy is the strongest example I've seen of someone whose appearance can change a lot with a new hairstyle. The difference between his looks on the "30 but 17" poster and in the actual drama is actually pretty big (to the point where I kept wondering when the other guy on the poster would show up until I looked up more info on the show), and now the hairstyle in this picture makes him look a bit different, too! I feel like it's his eyebrows/forehead that can make the difference.

This pairing seems super cute. I'm really looking forward to KSH with someone closer to her age. Can't say I'm super enticed by the plot at this point, but it's not offputting and that's enough for me to try it since I like the idea of the pairing.

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It was unfortunate but I wouldn't say he got screwed over by the Clean With Passion For Now production.

It couldn't be predicted that KYJ would need so long to recover and I actually understood AHS to move on since he needs to earn money. He isn't as fluid cash-wise as other actors.

And now he has another chance as the lead and he would be stupid not to accept it.

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More age-appropriate pairings like this please! Kim So Hyun does not match older actors. Ahn Hyo Seop has such perfect teeth.

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What are you saying! She was super cute with Taec in BIOG! She's adorable with her leads if the role is well written.

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Your so beautiful kim so hyung

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He actually won the girl in The Ring (help me Beanies as I'm pretty sure that's the title of a horror movie and not the title I'm looking for). The main heroine he won was the multi-talented Kim Seul gi.

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Queen of the Ring (because Kim Seul Gi is a queen)

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I took a second look at this and just saw that the director also directed Fight My Way. This is good news- and it should both of the leads do their best.

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OMG!
My prayers have been answered.
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This looks fun and breezy! And I guess Radio Romance IS really so forgettable since that was actually Kim So Hyun's last role and not Ruler: Master of the Mask.

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Maybe the writer forgot about the drama but I liked her role in Radio Romance far more than the one in Ruler. Still as long as Kim So Hyun is there I will watch any drama. Girl is very charming.

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He's totally cute in 30 but 17!

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This is a pairing I did not realise I needed, I hope he accepts.

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