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Gong Hyo-jin considers becoming single mom for KBS rom-com-thriller

Has it really been two years since we saw Gong Hyo-jin? I’ve rewatched Jealousy Incarnate so many times that her cute bickering with Jo Jung-seok still seems fresh in my mind. She’s back in the news because her agency, SOOP Management, has announced that Gong is contemplating a new project, KBS’s When Camellia Blooms.

It’ll depict the protagonist Dong-baek (meaning “Camellia flower”) as she deals with a good man, a bad man, and a cheap man in her life. Gong Hyo-jin has received an offer for the main character Dong-baek, who is also the manager of a bar called Camellia. Even though she’s an orphan and a single mother who is raising her son alone, she’s the type of woman who knows how to love and comfort. At first glance, she may seem to be a soundless pushover, but she has a quiet strength and decisiveness when protecting herself and her own.

I’m excited because When Camellia Blooms is being written by Fight My Way’s writer Im Sang-choon. The PD on the project is Cha Young-hoon of Baek-hee Has Returned and Are You Human Too. I’m also intrigued because it’s being described as a rom-com-thriller. There have been several single-mother dramas that I’ve really enjoyed recently (Mother, Marriage Contract), so I’m hoping this one will have the same caliber of quality.

Although there were some rumors that When Camellia Blooms would air early next year, the broadcast period has been pushed back to next September.

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Oh! Awesome! I haven't seen any single-mother centered rom coms in dramaland. Rom com leads are usually young and single ("never been kissed" single Γ  la Secretary Kim) - though we've been seeing quite a departure from that recently (Γ  la Because This Life is Our First) . This is the next step, perhaps? ^^; Looking forward to this one!

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Or Wok of Love?

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Oh! Haven't seen it. Dare I ask which kind it is? ^^

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It's a rom-com where two of the leads are divorced and one is not at all young.

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Oh! Awesome. I remember Beanie posts when it aired, but I wasn't watching it then, and scrolled past. πŸ˜… should check this out.

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You should. It is one of the dramas that is better watched later and by itself. I guess it suffered on DB as the fanwalls dissected and compared it too much. But I loved it a lot.

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Hmm I won't call it a rom-com but 'Thank You', again starring Gong Hyo Jin was single mother- centric :)

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Cool. Haven't heard of this one! ^^

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I still think Thank You is one of the best kdramas I've watched.

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Love that drama and how I learn of GHJ!!

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It's excellent. But a tear-jerker if I remember correctly. It's what solidified Gong Hyo-jin as my favorite actress and brought my attention to the wonderfulness that is Jang Hyuk.

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You could see 'thank you', GHJ's another project where she plays a young mom to a kid who has cancer.

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Ouch. But also that sounds like an interesting show.

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It's really good and not as depressing as it sounds/could have been.

(the kid is actually HIV-positive - doesn't have cancer)

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Oh oops, you're right!

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I thought it was truly a romance drama and considering my love for gong hyo jin and angsty jang hyuk, this was like a double bonanza for me. You can't ignore the cancer part but that's life, but all in all if you're going through a drama slump GF, maybe you could take a look.^^

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I’m always amazed by how k-drama writers come up with the reason why 30+ old people have never been kissed πŸ˜€

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πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Past trauma is the number one reason I've seen. When it's explained at all. Many dramas just treat it as the most natural thing ever.

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Because it actually may and can be true reality atleast in Asian cultures..

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To be honest, many of my female friends are single and never date kiss and we are getting to 30, so that does not sound so strange to me. :D

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@alasecond @bogoshipda Oh really??? I thought it was only in dramas πŸ˜€ I always felt it was really unbelievable but I guess it does happen in real life too?

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Haha, it's true here! My friends they just don't feel the need to date, and feel more happy match-making, ... Or some wants to date but destiny hasn't called yet... I think...

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One More Happy Ending is about a divorcee and a single father, the second lead is also a divorcee.

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Thanks!

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*oops enter button*

That sounds fascinating. I'll be sure to check it out!

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Yes please and thank you, I'll take this.

Now, who do I have to push in front of a truck of doom to get amnesia on their way back from a Subway run to make this happen?

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Is she finally coming back to our screen? HOORAYYYYYYYY!

Who's gonna play her son? What's the age range? *runs down the list of child actors*

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I say the little kid who played the young Young Joon In WWWSK!

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yes! he was soooo good!

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Probably not right age-wise, but I miss baby Sol from Waikiki!

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I love her, happy to see her back to dramaland! And I like Fight My Way and both PD and writer had worked together for Baek-hee Has Returned, this better be good.

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The rom-com thriller tag sounds odd but the premise seems heart-warmingly amazing and GHJ is an incredible actress with a magnetic pull. She'll nail it!

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This sounds like sth right up her alley what with her being the queen of rom-coms and having played a single mother in that gem of a show Thank You and also in a movie if I remember correctly!

Can't wait to have her back on my screen!

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It's Missing, wasn't it? Her story broke my heart in that movie

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you say gong hyo jin i say I"M IN!

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The rom-com-thriller description makes me curious and Gong Hyo-jin being offered the lead definitely makes me want to watch it. :D

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She's one of my favorite actresses. I hope that we will be able to watch her in this or pretty much anything else she chooses to be in.
I'm quietly hopeful. *cross fingers, touch wood... *

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I have been waiting for her comeback since eons.....

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This is another Β«Seo Hyun jinΒ» in my life. Both actresses are quite good, have been in successful dramas and have tons of fans, but I just cannot like them.
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I don't know why.

I saw Gong Hyo-jin in Β«Thank youΒ», and I watch a couple of episodes of Β«the producersΒ», but actually, I couldn't finish because of her (at that time I was not so fond of IU like I am after My Ajusshi, so, maybe I will try again, but just because of IU)...
Anyway... this plot is quite attractive. But I don't think I will watch it.
Nevertheless, I wish all the fans lots of fun with this one!!πŸ™‚πŸ˜€πŸ˜ŠπŸ™‹

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Javinne, are we the same person? Her acting is wonderful, but I also cannot classify her as a favorite actress of mine. (maybe because of Master's Sun?)

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Also, I havent watched Jealousy Incarnate... so maybe that's I dont like her as much as other beanies? (ugh there is no justification to me)

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Watch Jealousy Incarnate. If not for her but for JJS! You wont regret it!

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it's on my never ending list. I know the SLS is strong in that one and my poor hearteu cant take it. Thanks Chinguya

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Never watched master sun, since it has paranormal elements. I don't watch anything that has to do with witchcraft or similar stuffs, because of my religious convictions. But... also because of her. πŸ™ˆ I also didn't watch jealousy incarnate because of her, even though I wanted because of GKP 😐
The worse is, I just don't know why, but I don't like her, even the look at her I don't, and she looks ok... I wish I could have at least her hair!!!πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
Anyway, there are plenty of dramas to watch! Thanks for the chat πŸ˜„

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I don't like her either. She is acceptable if she plays minor or mother role, but not female lead.

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Single-mother setups can be REEEEAAAAALLY good if done right ("Marriage Contract") :)
I can't put my finger on it, but I have a gut feeling that another actress is actually better suited for this role. Gong Hyo Jin Beanies, please don't get me wrong, I love Gong Hyo Jin, but something just doesn't do it for me to have her in such a meaty single-mother role

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She has done the MOST meaty single mom role, though, in Thank You.

She's the unmarried single mom living with her HIV positive girl and her own grandma, sustaining the stigma and hardship in a small seaside town. Sounds depressing but it's very uplifting how she positively raises the little girl and manages to find even the thinnest ray of sunshine in life. Really good performance and GHJ-esque. The bonus is the very sexy and antsy boarder in Jang Hyuk, plus the very green Shin Shun-Rok.

This is one gem of a drama that I re-watch every now and then.

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I couldn't finish Thank You, it broke my heart! It cut me to pieces when her daughter fell down and started bleeding, Gong Hyo Jin couldn't go to her and just kiss the pain away. One day when I feel tough enough and need a good cry, I will continue watching.

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This is the same reason I can’t watch β€œThank You” or β€œMother”....

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I will watch this for a good cry too, thanks for introducing this drama of her!

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So excited to know Gong Hyo-jin is considering this new project and that we may be able to see her once again! She's certainly a favorite and she has definitely been missed!

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Wow, so by the time it airs it will be three years since we've seen her in a drama? Oh well, better late than never.

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I don't usually like pushover characters but I LOVE Gong Hyo Jin. I know she is typecast in most of her roles but I hope this one will be a bit different like her role in ITTL. She is a great actress and I watched Jealousy Incarnate twice - for JJS though...

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see, THAT's what I don't like about her, in spite being completely in love with her: she's typecasted as the eternal pushover. I don't like that, and yet she plays the pushover so well... still... :-(

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I know! I am in the same mind! Hate the pushover characters she usually plays yet love her...

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Oh yeah! I like the writer, the director, and I luuuff Gong Hyo-jin. I hope she accept this project.
By this point, my only wishful thinking is that Lee Kyu-hyung seems to be free September next year.

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RomCom again, always playing same character. She's so typecast actress.....boring GHJ

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You're so bless to belong in a minority of people who are not bewitched by her! Just skip her dramas and enjoy others!

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Time waits for no woman. Pls hurry, return to dramaland and feast our eyes with your gift

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I hope they cast a good male lead opposite her as well! I will probably check this out and hopefully it will be good, it has been a while since she has been in a drama.

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I forgot how good she is with all her male leads! Is it becos she's lucky to pick good project with talented male leads? Or is it becos she has a talent to bring out the best of them? @[email protected]

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Has it been that long since Jealousy Incarnate? Time seriously flies! My housemate was crazy over that show and every time I peeped at her screen, it made me laugh, it was so ridiculous but it was Gong Hyo Jin and Jo Jung Suk you know, you had to stick it through. Can't wait to see her back on screen though, I hope they show some beautiful mother-son moments, family scenes always get me in the gut.

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Please accept this project and come back Gong unni! I have seen enough of your insta posts, I need your new drama! Hehe...

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did anyone think of the Camelia analogy from The Greatest Love that Dokko Jin told Ae-Jung.... hahahha
http://www.dramabeans.com/2011/05/best-love-episode-5/

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That was my first thought too! I feel like it will be related somehow...

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Me! That was the first thing that caught my attention!

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GHJ is good enough factor for me to watch anything but also FMW writer??? sign me up!!

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I've missed her so much. Can't they fast track this to say March? September is eons away.

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