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Her Private Life: Episodes 2-8 (Series review)

When I first heard the premise for this show, I was wary of how a story about a fangirl falling in love with her boss might go wrong, but Her Private Life is a delightful, smartly written, and unfailingly squee-worthy rom-com. The leads are wonderful, fully realized and entertainingly quirky, and their chemistry is stratospheric. The drama also gives us a nuanced look at idol fan culture and what it can mean to the people who engage in it, and delves into themes of personal and professional disappointment and hardship—surprisingly thoughtful for a show this pretty. (My God is it pretty.)

THE STORY SO FAR

Sung Deok-mi is a curator at an art gallery by day, and a die-hard idol fangirl by night. Having turned her lifelong passion for making art into an expertise in curating it, she’s devastated to find out that her awful boss has been using the gallery as a slush fund—which soon leads to the director’s resignation, and the arrival of new gallery director Ryan Gold, a genius artist who has mysteriously given up painting.

Ryan and Deok-mi have already met twice: once when Deok-mi tried and failed to outbid Ryan for a piece of art, and once when she fell on top of Ryan while trying to get pictures of her “Oppa” at the airport—though in the latter instance, she was in covert fangirl mode.

Deok-mi’s secret life revolves around idol Cha Shi-an, whom she has been following (and photographing) since his debut. Her partner in fangirling is her best friend Sun-joo, a married mom and coffee shop owner who lives vicariously through Deok-mi. Their trio is rounded out by Eun-gi, who was raised with Deok-mi and to all intents and purposes is her brother—except for his obvious crush on her.

Sun-joo and Ryan have their own run-in when she and Deok-mi go on a “fan pilgrimage” to the hotel where Shi-an once stayed, except that Ryan has booked that suite. Sun-joo begs him to let her use the room due to her “unspeakable situation” with a person she likes but can’t easily meet, but he turns her down flat. Later he sees Sun-joo and Deok-mi in he hotel bar, draws the conclusion that they’re secret lovers, and feeling terrible, immediately gives Sun-joo his room key. (The talking-to he gives himself in the mirror of the bathroom here is too adorable.)

Ryan and Deok-mi really don’t get off on the right foot, and not only because of their earlier run-ins. He fires her soon after he arrives due to a misunderstanding; when he apologizes and asks her to come back, she refuses, until she almost kills him by putting coffee in his drink to get back at him, not realizing he’s allergic and not just health-conscious.

She spends the night nursing him out of guilt—and holding his hand when he grabs it and won’t let go.

Deok-mi’s two worlds collide when Ryan announces that he wants Shi-an to display his art collection at their gallery. She nearly collapses from shock and joy when she finds out they will be going to Shi-an’s house, and spends the visit trying to cover her excitement with a (very thin) mask of professionalism. But she loses her cool when she goes into his bathroom, and accidentally sprays herself with his shower head while she’s adoring its holy status.

Ryan lends her his jacket, but this leads to her being photographed by sasaeng (stalker) fan Cindy on her way out. The jacket just so happens to be exactly the same as the limited edition one Cindy got Shi-an for his birthday, leading to rumors that Shi-an has a girlfriend, Before long, Deok-mi’s identity is exposed and she’s pelted by eggs outside her workplace. Eun-gi comes to her defense, but she’s injured and shaken, although she stops short of pressing charges when she sees how young the girls are, and how hurt they are by Shi-an’s “betrayal.”

Ryan feels increasingly bad for Deok-mi, and somewhat responsible for creating the situation, especially knowing (or thinking that he knows) that she can’t publicize the person that she’s actually dating. Worried, he offers to pretend to be her boyfriend to quell the rumors; he messages the owner of Shi-an’s most prominent fan blog—which unbeknownst to Ryan, is Deok-mi—and arranges for her to post some photos of the two of them.

Cue Sun-joo as their paparazzo, following them around as they go on their pretend date and encouraging them to get closer and look more intimate—which shocks poor Ryan to the core and even makes him defensive on Deok-mi’s behalf, although he reminds himself not to be judgmental.

The pretend date leads to some adorable moments, including one where Deok-mi asks him about his discomfort with shaking hands, which she’s noticed on multiple occasions. He confesses that it’s not holding people’s hands he dislikes, but the moment of letting go, which makes him feel as though he’s become alone in the world. Deok-mi offers hers for free, anytime he wants.

Soon after, Cindy joins the gallery as an intern; she’s still suspicious of Deok-mi and Ryan’s relationship and has created a blog to track their every move, forcing them to continue the charade.

Eun-gi has a jealous fit over the pictures, and confronts Deok-mi at work, threatening to “out” her scheme to her family and colleagues. Ryan overhears this and thinks they’re talking about a very different kind of outing, and confronts Eun-gi—and then is utterly embarrassed to find out how completely he’s misunderstood the situation. Deok-mi, on the other hand, is disappointed to find out that Ryan has been helping out of pity rather than romantic interest.

To counter Cindy’s rising suspicions, Deok-mi insists on joining him for what turns into an overnight business trip due to bad weather. This results in many heart-pounding moments caused by wet clothes and close proximity (I know I’m not the only one who stopped breathing when Ryan was untangling that scarf from Deok-mi’s hair). Deok-mi thanks him for his fake dating scheme, although he assures her it wasn’t out of pity.

They discuss the collection they’ve come here to ask permission to display—she posits that the artist’s final portrait is a “Hello,” to the person he loves, who is standing by the camera. “Hello,” repeats Ryan, looking into her face intensely. (Was that a confession of love?!) They nervously return to their own beds—but by the morning, he’s made his way across the floor and is lying next to her when she wakes up. By the next day, both of them are clearly in the throes of a full-blown crush.

Meanwhile, the clues have begun to pile up, and since Ryan is a smart cookie, he figures out Deok-mi’s secret identity. Instead of being disgusted, however, he finds it adorable, and signs up to be a member of her fan blog. At work he sends messages to her fangirl alter ego and enjoys her flustered reactions, and looks at her with obvious affection as she moons over Shi-an.

Even more delightful (for us), the gallery staff have a dinner outing in which their co-workers grill them about their relationship, and they hilariously rewrite their history into a rom-com of epic proportions. Deok-mi ends up taking a drunk Ryan home. On their way he grabs her hand tightly, and she lets him hold it until she has him settled in bed; even then she has a hard time untangling herself.

When Ryan wakes up he’s hit with a reel of embarrassing memories from the night before, including his refusal to tell Deok-mi his door password until she sang him a song, and the way he hung on to her hand for dear life.

But then she goes to his house to help with a possible water leak when he can’t be reached, and when he finds her in his private art room (and the sight of his failure to begin painting again), he loses his temper and tells her to get out, asking hurtfully if she’d mistaken them to be dating for real.

He regrets it as soon as she leaves, and chases her all over town to apologize—and then he kisses her.

Except that it’s a fake-out for the benefit of Cindy, who’s spying on them. They’re also seen by Deok-mi’s parents, who insist on taking Ryan home and overwhelming him with hospitality. Ryan finds out that Deok-mi will be at a fan signing a few days later, and goes to watch; she spots him, and despite herself, takes a bunch of pictures of him. Later as she’s editing her photos, she finds herself doing Ryan’s too—and is struck by her own earlier words to Eun-gi, that editing someone’s photos is an act of love.

At this sudden realization Deok-mi becomes completely flustered and forgets to upload the photos of Shi-an. This worries Ryan, and he goes to her house, eventually ending up on her couch with a blindfold on because she doesn’t want him to see that her walls are plastered with Shi-an’s face. Ryan tries to remove the mask, but Deok-mi bowls him over—and then she accepts her feelings for him, and kisses Ryan. He removes his blindfold and kisses her back…

But the whole thing was just her imagination, and she ushers him out. GOOD LORD, ARE YOU TRYING TO GIVE ME A HEART ATTACK, SHOW.

The next day she tells Sun-joo that she nearly confessed to Ryan, but Sun-joo warns her not to say anything unless she’s sure of his feelings first. At work Ryan calls her aside and Deok-mi’s hopes soar—only for him to tell her that he got Cindy to stop spying on them and they won’t have to keep up the facade much longer.

Add to this that Ryan’s old friend Da-in is not only back in town and clearly hoping to start a romance with him, but they’ll also have to hire her for a project, and Deok-mi is feeling rather deflated.

They stay with Da-in all day to help her set up her workshop. Eun-gi rushes over to help when he realizes they might work all night, and the four of them eat dinner together. Afterwards Da-in warns Eun-gi that he’s being a bit rude to his friend’s boyfriend by acting so close with her, and he spills the beans that it’s fake. (SO many reasons to hate you, Eun-gi.)

The next day Da-in tells Deok-mi that she knows the relationship is fake, and that Ryan wants to end it, devastating Deok-mi. Except that we see in flashback that Da-in pointed out that Ryan was being jealous, and it was a light-bulb moment for him—he realized he needed to make it real.

In the evening Ryan asks Deok-mi to meet him, because he has something to tell her. As she walks toward him she silently confesses how much she likes him, but out loud, she says that she wants to end the act. He tries to stop her, grabbing her hand, but she pulls away and leaves. In the car lies his abandoned bouquet, with the note, “My feelings for you are sincere.”

 
COMMENTS

Da-in, you snake! Leaving aside that this latest development leaves me wanting to throw a temper tantrum worthy of a three-year-old, I really love this show.

It’s such a delight just watching these two fall in love before our eyes, almost simultaneously—they started to catch feelings pretty early and basically in tandem with each other, which is why episode 8 had me feeling both giddy and nervous. No way were they going to confirm their mutual feelings only halfway through the show, even if it’s obvious to the whole world how completely head over heels they are. (The fact that he told her to doll herself up and come with him, and she was disappointed when she found out they were going to meet Shi-an, was like a blaring foghorn saying “I like you.” How could Ryan not pick up on it?! Gah.)

They way these two look at each other is not just romantic beyond words, it’s indicative of their slowly developing affection and respect for each other. I appreciate so much how the two of them, despite their initial tiffs, never crossed the line of basic respect for another human being that we so often see in “meet-cute” situations, especially coming from male leads. Deok-mi and Ryan start out at cross-purposes, and they make mistakes that hurt each other, but they’re both sincere in their interactions, and they never lose their self-respect even when their dignity takes some hits.

I especially love—and clearly so does Deok-mi, since she praises him for it—Ryan’s willingness to apologize immediately and genuinely when he feels he’s made a mistake. And how lovely that his reason is that he doesn’t want to be a coward; he has the kind of pride that makes him want to be a good person, not the type of ego that would prevent him from admitting his mistakes. Kim Jae-wook brilliantly brings this introspective, guarded, and awkwardly sweet hero to life.

And can I just gush about Park Min-young as Deok-mi for a second? Park is genius as this character, with a perfect balance between the professional working woman (a facade which I found a little overdone in What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim) and the crazy fangirl. Deok-mi is really the heart of the show, and everyone else sort of orbits around her very bright presence.

We’re introduced to her rather extreme fangirl ways at the top of the drama, but the writer does a great job of slowly revealing what fandom means to her, the role it’s played in her life and friendships, and the way the fan community has been a support for her in difficult times. In fact, the photographs she lovingly takes and edits of her idol are a way for her to express the creativity that she’s had to suppress after being forced to give up her dream to be an artist—and she’s clearly talented at it, as Shi-an acknowledges.

I also really enjoy that this loss of the ability to paint has become a quiet, nearly unspoken point of empathy between our leads. She initially told him that she gave up on art school because she broke her arm, but once they get closer she reveals to him that she had to sacrifice studying art because of her family’s financial situation—and how deep that wound still is for her. Ryan’s quiet question about how she could stand it when she injured her arm and couldn’t draw is a nod toward his own struggle that Deok-mi clearly understands and has sympathy for. In the same vein, he confessed some pretty deep-seated traumas to her very early on in their relationship, like the fact that he was abandoned by his birth family, and the way that’s made him avoid touching people’s hands. These moments between them are subtly and touchingly executed, and shows a beautiful connection beyond just the fact that they’re two incredibly gorgeous humans in each other’s orbit.

On a lighter note, the humor in this show is delicious. Deok-mi’s rich fantasy life slays me, like when she goes to Shi-an’s house for the first time, Godzilla Deok-mi crashing through an imaginary city out of excitement. Ryan and especially Deok-mi have the most hilarious expressions that tell us exactly what’s going through their minds—both actors are killing it not just with the dramatic acting, but with the comedy. It’s the perfect setup for rom-com hijinks to have leads who are so transparent and yet so hopeless at reading the other’s feelings (and it’s also the only way to get to sixteen episodes, let’s be real).

And then there’s the unfettered delight that Ryan takes in Deok-mi’s fangirl life, how involved he becomes in it purely because he likes her, and everything about their online representations and interactions. His alter ego as Latte is deadly charming and hilarious. It melted my heart when he searched for something to say about a picture of Shi-an, and then thought of a memory of Deok-mi and wrote, “There are two suns in the sky.”

I do have a couple of quibbles with the show, primarily the way that it deals with the fan violence against Deok-mi. It’s troubling that the writing equates their assault on her with the beatdown she gave Eun-gi when they were teenagers for re-gifting the umbrella to her. She should have pressed charges, or at least been very clear that their actions were unacceptable. Instead there’s a rather uncritical acceptance of the narrative that Shi-an is marketed as the fans’ boyfriend/a product, and that this kind of backlash is a natural result. I really hope that the show addresses this properly in its second half.

I also heartily dislike Eun-gi, who’s blessed with the dubious talent of mostly being right but always saying it in the most disrespectful, insensitive manner. He’s right when he tells Deok-mi that a fake relationship with Ryan will most likely end in Deok-mi getting hurt, and that she should find a man that can accept her fangirl lifestyle—but the way he talks to her is rude, he has no sense of the boundaries he’s repeatedly been told not to cross, and he’s motivated more by jealousy that genuine concern for her. I feel similarly about Da-in, another so-called friend with seemingly no respect for boundaries or others’ feelings.

There are some clouds on the horizon, not just for our lead couple’s relationship but also due to the unresolved mysteries that have only been hinted at so far. There’s the mysterious artist Lee Sol whose paintings caused Ryan to freeze up, whom the drama seems to be hinting is the birth mother of both Ryan and Shi-an. I’m also uneasy at Deok-mi’s mom’s sudden flashback to a group of unidentified kids, because I really hope we’re not going to find out about some secret, fateful childhood connection between our leads.

Also, no more fake-outs! My poor heart almost gave out from that last one.

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Before I read this I just want to, Thank You.
A recap. It made me so happy to see.

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saaaame!!

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Me three.

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Yes! Thank you so much for this, @laica!

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Yes! I am really enjoying this show, which is surprising to me. I came for Kim Jae-Wook, who is even better - and sexier - than I expected (and I had high expectations!), but fell in love with his character, and with PMY’s character, the story, and the sweetness (and sensuality) of their falling for each other.

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Me toooooo!!!
I’m loving this show and I always love to read the recaps in Drama beans sometimes before and sometimes after I watch the chapter.... I was so sad without recaps for this one!!... I hope your keep this recaps please!!.. you got it alll in an amazingly short resume.....

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I have so many thoughts about this show, and Laica has said so many of them so well. Thank you for this recap!! I really like this show--it has that sort of je ne sais quoi that I personally have been missing in dramas, aside from teh fact that episode 8 got super annoying. The faking-me-out-kisses need to stop. My heart cannot handle it. But the earlier episodes were amazing. The chemistry is incredible. I am going to ship them for real any minute now.

Sidebar: I think I'm probably the only one who doesn't hate Eun-gi (I hate that he told Da-in about the fake relationship, but I don't hate his character). I think he's written pretty convincingly as a brother, to be honest. It's just that I don't buy into him as the second lead. But I like the actor a lot, so maybe I am just being overly-forgiving. In any case, I'm not that invested in him, even though I don't hate him. And I'd rather see a Ryan/Si-An/Deok-mi triangle. That'd be more interesting, I think.

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And I think it would not be a problem if her was just her brother.

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Sian is too young for Deok-mi. I'm relieved there's no love line between them. And Sian better not end up with Sasaeng Sindy neither.

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But he is her Oppa, lol.

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Ooh..I'd love for Ryan's fond indulgent smiles to turns scorching when he finds DM realllyy fan forming (insert evil sneer) ...May be a look at her apartment would do the trick ;) ..for this drama I would prefer the third wheeling angle to be the weak sauce idol rather than the angst of breaking quasi sibling's heart

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*Fan girling..why is my phone insistent that fan forming/hurling is a thing 🐒

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I dislike Eun-gi, but he was not an obstacle to our leads romance since the begining. He jealous, yes, but he was kinda irrelevant because the Ryan and DM still remained close and their feelings got deeper. I never saw Eun-gi as a threat.

HOWEVER, I hate Da-in. When she arrived, everything changed. While Eun-gi was jealous but never did many harmful tactics to slip out main couple, Da-in was the one who made them apart with her shameful skills. That's why I hate her more than Eun-gi.

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I feel sorry for Eun-gi because he seems mostly likeable but he's stuck in that stupid kdrama role of someone who's raised as someone's sibling from an early age but develops romantic feelings for them but it's OK because they're not blood relations. First of all, yuck and, it's a horrible attitude toward adoption.

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I loved the fake out kisses. I mean, I didn't breath through the entirety of them--and then hyperventilated after--but they were a clever tool by the writer.

I was disappointed when they kissed at the end of 6 because it felt too soon--I wanted more push and pull and flirting. When we saw it was a fake (that Ryan was all too eager to make look very real), it was like we got our cake and could eat it, too. A kiss, but at the end of it still all that sexual tension. The imagined kiss was even better--super steamy, realistic, but really just a sign of how deep Dok-mi's like (lust?) went.

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Yesssss. Thank you. The fakeout kisses are very underappreciated here for all the reasons you and @beannirira mentioned. Yes to more buildup to the romance!

I mean, the thumb kiss was genius for me, the way everyone for a week fretted over why KJW wasn't actually kissing PMY and if that would really be their first kiss. I get a kick out of how aware the production team must of been of the fuss they would create with that.

The whole point of the thumb kiss is that it's supposed to affect us and her almost as much as a real kiss so it served its purpose very well and even led into the imagined "real" kiss we get later. While it might just feel like trolling to some, it was all actually quite effective in making us just as flustered as Deok-mi and, especially after that imagined kiss, just as disappointed that it hadn't actually happened yet. This is just the kind of suffering I want rom-coms to put me through I guess?

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I also love the fake kisses and it’s brilliantly executed in the drama. I am just annoyed because the romantic side of me has too much expectations or shall I say I was deeply invested in their romance. Haha! But what is important is the behind the scenes kisses that are so real. I wonder how many takes it got them for that scene. Hehehe! And then towards the end, I melted with the way KJW looked at PMY while she was talking to the staff. I ship them for real!

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Thank you, Laica, for the excellent summation of the first half of HPL.
I have watched it up to 8, and its not a bad romcom, but there's a good chance I'll drop as I'm not really feeling our OTP.

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I just wanna say this,

Dear Show,
If y'all troll us ONE MORE TIME, I will take the next flight to Korea and sue everyone.

You can't just fake the kisses. Stop killing me.
I love the show and the lead characters. I can't wait for them to take the next step.

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I know right!! All that tension of leaning in close and then trolled us twice ... and then left us with a misunderstanding for the week >_<
Writer-nim better give us an awesome real kiss, stat!

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Hold up, there was a episode 8 because I don't think there was. I just thought the show was gonna jump from episode 7 to episode 9.

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Pardon my language but HOLY SHIT! THANK YOU!! I cannot tell you how sad I was that you guys weren’t covering this show since it’s been hella popular lately (esp on Viki) but also because PMY has been a special favorite of Dramabeans for years now. Either way: THANK YOU AGAIN.

As for the show itself, not gonna lie, I find myself watching it almost dreamily because of all the cute and pretty. Min young finally - FINALLY - has an older male lead and it shows onscreen and off. Do yourself a favour and watch the BTS clips on YouTube; you’ll drown from the chemistry. WWWSK had similar sizzling chemistry but HPL has a more serene (but just as steamy) chemistry, which frankly feels much more natural to me. A special mention to the beautiful way they dealt with LGBT themes in the show - Ryan supporting Deok Mi when he thought she was a lesbian to the late photographer’s last love letter to his beloved; what an amazing and refreshing approach to a (still) taboo topic.

All in all, I LOVE THIS SHOW. Period. It’s gonna be really hard for the coming episodes to let me down at this point but somehow, I know it won’t.

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I think the moment I fell in love with this show was that scene where Ryan checks himself for his assumptions and decides to give the two lesbian secret lovers the room key. So refreshing.

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Me too!! He was so suave about it too LOL the mini chiding session he gave himself for being unconsciously “discriminating” was beyond adorable. He’s a sensible, put together, professional man - but Jae Wook plays him in a way that his inner soft side shows as well. Love love LOVE him.

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I also watched all their bts videos both for HPL and WWWSK and let me tell you their offscreen chemistry as you said is just as sizzling if not better. I love the way kim Jae wook looks at her in certain scenes and their natural interactions that is caught on camera. They’re both just an absolute delight both in and off screen.

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They have amazing chemistry on screen and off screen, her chemistry with PSJ pales in comparison. You can feel the sexual tension between PMY and KJW even though there haven’t been super intimate scenes yet.

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Preach! A key moment for me was in their recent BTS clip - at the very end - where he stares at her in the absolute sweetest way when she turns to talk to the staff. I literally felt my heart contract LOL 😅 But most important of all: she calls him oppa!!! It’s the cutest thing E V E R she’s comfortable and bubbly with him in a way she’s never seemed to be with any of her other costars before. What a match, whew!

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Yes, to everything! (Although WWWSK was a completely different type of relationship, with PSJ’s character being intentionally over-the-top comedic (which Park Seo-joon did brilliantly, and with obvious enjoyment), while Kim Jae-wook’s Ryan Gold is presented in a much more realistic manner).

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So agree with you, nightskye about everything, especially the tender handling of the same sex theme!

What is with the abbreviations though, people? What is WWWSK??
Thanks!

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There is one thing that bothers me, though- Given Ryan Gold's personality, especially at the beginning-he is very high class and arrogant in his beliefs and judgements-WHY would he be OK with the fangirldom rather than thinking it ridiculous? Does it make sense that he finds it adorable?? Thoughts, please!

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Two thoughts: 1) I think he is overall a pretty live and let live open-minded kind of guy (see him chiding himself for making assumptions when asked for the hotel room swap) . 2) Him finding fandom cute: I believe it's a case of him finding DM so adorable that everything she does is adorable by association. He gets pretty salty (meeting CSA in the elevator) during their fake dating breakup... That's why the two of then can last on the long run (reminds me of the distinction between "I love you because you're perfect" vs "Because I love you, you're perfect")

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That’s precisely it, omg. As we know from the beginning, after literally being run over by fangirls at the airport, he was thoroughly disgruntled by them - to the point where he believed them capable of cold blooded murder. However, as his interactions with Deok Mi continue and he softens to her, his feelings about her transfer to her fangirl alter ego, thus changing his overall perception of fangirls. Technically he even becomes a fanboy himself, with both his sweet interest in Deok Mi’s fansite master activities and her real life duties as the museum’s curator. This, to me, is the most incredible part of the drama: how utterly convincing they made a cool, skeptical, professional man fall in love with a passionate fangirl. Standing ovations to the cast and crew, truly.

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WWWSK = What's Wrong With Secretary Kim
(Park Min Young's previous drama in 2018)

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Love the screen shots.

I probably had too high of expectations going, but it is not disappointing.
I really could do without the jealous second leads and I do have hope they will flip that trope in some way.
I'm not sure we needed the mystery childhood or painter either. I think this world is rich enough on their own.

These feel like small quibbles because I am enjoying this show and our leads so much.
I think this post sums up the joy's of this show so well I can't think of anything to add right now.

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I'm not gonna lie, it was a STRUGGLE not to fill this entire recap with screencaps of Ryan gazing lovingly at Deok-mi.

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^^ We will take any and all screen shots of Ryan gazing lovingly...
No worries....

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Even you failed in that struggle and filled the entire review with those pics, we'd still appreciate it
=)))

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Many of the intimate moments between Ryan and Deok-mi, and their growing love for each other, are related to Them opening up to one another about how they dealt with painful events in their pasts. For Ryan, those vulnerabilities are directly related to him being abandoned as a child. His inability to paint - another emotional experience he shares with Doek-mi - is also directly connected to his childhood trauma. This the mystery of his background is integral to the story.

I’m not sure why the possibility of Ryan and Shi-an being related needs to be in the plot, but I suppose it’s a trope used to tie Shi-an and Ryan together in a meaningful way, rather than have them just be connected via the art exhibit and living in the same building.

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Thank you for the recap, Laica!

I’m in love with the leads. They've both been likable. It’s so awesome to see Kim Jae Wook in a rom-com. He’s fantastic. Park Min Young is no slouch either. Too bad the second leads don’t have their separate side story instead of interfering with the leads’ romance.

I don’t remember the last time I was trolled so much from a rom-com.
The next kiss has got to be real.

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Too bad the second leads don’t have their separate side story instead of interfering with the leads’ romance.

Amen!

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I think the next kiss will be the real one. The first, we were trolled by Ryan, and the next, we were trolled by DM. So, the next kiss will be real, or so I hope.

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Ditto, on the disliking Eun-gi. What a massive fuckin' ego he has! And he's so abrasive. I have no sympathy at all for a guy who claims to like a girl, but NEVER communicates it clearly, and then thinks he's entitled to her affection. Boy, bye 😒

BUT... There's KIM JAE WOOK for consolation! 😍
He's been doing everything right imo ( and often HILARIOUSLY so), but I'm SO frustrated with this latest development of Deok-mi wanting to "keep her feelings to herself." WTF?
And WHY does the show keep trolling us? The blindfold kiss gave me a heart-attack. 😭😭😭😭

I guess the inevitable rom-com noble idiocy is on the horizon, which means I might have to tune out for 1 or 2 ep until everyone has come to their freaking senses

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My happy pil :D

I liked episode 8 themes of insecurity. it is not easy opening your heart and DM have showed how closed her heart. beside to her Ryan have just been a decent person. even he did not realized his own feelings before episode 8. Also they do needed to end their fake dating. so the episode is an ending to that and start on something new.

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I agree. I never liked when the main couple broke apart, but in Her Private Life, they never dated for real. So, this was a necessary part to end their fake relationship, start anew, and begin a real relationship. Besides...I'm looking forward to their bickering in the upcoming episodes.

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I was so upset by the fact that Dok Mi and Ryan missed their confession chance all episode only to have it thwarted at the end by a misunderstanding. But when you framed it as a theme of insecurity, I realize that while she had been waiting all those times for him to tell her, she could have been the one to tell him! So if she is able to understand and show some introspection on that, then maybe I won't be so upset.

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I liked the insecurity theme as well... but I disliked the interference of the second leads. I think the story would have been much stronger if they had let those outside meddlers out...

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Thanks for the recap! (Made me smile while waiting for my turn in baggage drop) I don't know which part should I comment first. That depiction of her imagination when she will finally meet her idol is gold. I almost kicked my laptop when that rooftop kiss was actually fake. Although I know what the coming episodes will be given the episode number, still I'm hoping it will not ruin my love for this drama. Again thanks (I kinda hated dramabeans for not covering this one) Show, please keep it up till the end.

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Yay! So glad to see Her Private Life being covered here!

So far the show has mostly done a great job with the story !
The main hiccups (as you mentioned) were the noble idiocy at the end of chap 8 and the jealous second lead + ex gf/female friend .

But we are only at the halfway mark so hopefully the misunderstanding gets solved fast and we get some real cute Lion_is_my_path (lol might think of a better ship name later) moments that aren't fake outs.

They way they look at each other is adorable! We have already seen that he will go to great lengths to protect her secret that she doesn't even know he knows. Lol this reminds me of the Friends episode 'the one where everybody knows' and they are playing the 'but they don't know, we know they know we know' game hahaha

Also can I just say, I actually really really really like Le Sol's paintings. Combined with the music they play when Ryan looks at the paintings, I am right there with him in the feels.

Maybe Deok-mi will finally find out that if you look at the paintings so that you can see the thing being reflected in the bubbles, it will be young Ryan. Or young Ryan and Si-An! Oh pease let them be brothers or something! He is adorable when he calls Ryan Hyung!

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Lion_is_my_path or Sa-Na-Gil (lion: 사자 saja) 🦁

@Laica Cindy is spelled with an "S" as in Sian: Sindy, Si-Na-Gil

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I thought I had dropped this drama but my sisters love it so I guess I'm still watching it... I'm not sure if I'm supposed to take some of this as a satire on the extremes of fangirling, but if not then it's kinda scary (throwing yourself in front of his car really? and Deok-Mi justifying that? What?) Still. My favourite bits are the fansite cafe meetings, and Latte's introduction into the world of fandom is the cherry on the top.

P.S.: We sisters have a theory that Ryan and Si-An are brothers. Because it's a drama. And because our other theory that Si-An was evil didn't prosper (it was destroyed when he drunkenly swam across the floor to the sofa)

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You and your sister's evil barometer made me laugh.

He is a swimming drunk so he cant be evil.

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Thank you so much for this. Heartily agree with you on the show’s lax treatment of the fans’ violence, and the rationale for why it was permissible in light of their hurt feelings? Such flawed logic.

Otherwise, I am so here for this show, and I have been really enjoying the fakeouts! Often the episode 8 kiss happens before the show has brought the characters to the point where it makes sense for them to kiss, and I just didn’t feel it was right the last two eps. That being said, I may throw my toys out of the pram if it happens again! I want to see these lovelies all loved up.

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Honestly it was effing hillarious when Ryan meets Shi An on the elevator after the whole night gruelling at his fancams trying to see the answer of Deok Mi's self made questions.

"I erased my mole"
"WHY DID YOU ERASED IT ??????? YOUR FANS LOVED IT !!!!!!"

and he scrambles to touch Shi An's face like he lost all hopes on his life. Kim Jae Wook is a delight, he makes me remember his potrayal of Choi Yoon (Father Matthew) and realizes this man is hiding more of his capabilities. Such versatility ! I melted wayyy tooo much during that drunk scene in front of his door, he literally look at Park Min Young with love dripping out from his eyes. I was stoked on how he delivers it.

Don't start with Park Min Young, but honestly i want more Shi An and Deok Mi interaction

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Thank you so much @laica for the recap!
I thought HPL will never see the light of the day here in DB but thanks to you and your brilliant recap which captured the important going ons in episodes 2-8. I wish I could see more recaps in the coming weeks.

I just love this show so much! It’s my happy pill during the mid week when all the stresses at work are starting to catch up. Every one’s talking about the sizzling chemistry between our main leads and I couldn’t agree more. To borrow the term, their chemistry is “stratospheric “ leaving our hearts floating through the stratosphere. I have loved Park Min Young unnie since City Hunter days but I know nothing about Kim Jae Wook oppa. HPL is my first introduction to him and boy, I am smitten! I found myself looking for his photos online, reading his biography and even ended up following him on instagram. Haha! There’s just something about him that’s endearing. So, basically I ended up fangirling the show about fangirling. Does it make sense?

The fake kisses though are a bit annoying but the BTS made up for it. They kissed for real! And I just have to repeat that over and over again. My heart just exploded! What a great kisser our oppa is! 😍😘😍😘

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YES IT DOES MAKE SENSE BC IM DOING THE SAME THINGS. Whenever I thought the fangirling is a little overboard on the show, I imagine that I would do the exact same thing for Kim Jae Wook and stopped judging.

How is it that he doesn’t have a lot of shows out there after coffee prince…? I’m not going to watch the guest but might look up all of his films lol

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I read somewhere that HPL is his first drama as the main lead in a rom-com. I am so happy he was chosen to herald this project. His portrayal of Ryan Gold is just DAEBAK! I couldn’t imagine anyone else suited for the role.

I must admit the first two episodes are not his best visuals. But the succeeding episodes? He’s soooo charming! And he’s more unbelievable behind the scenes. I thought he’s a quiet, shy type. But I am amazed to see that he’s the one starting the fun. His laugh is so unguarded. It makes me LOL as well. And he laughs quite a lot BTS! 😂

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I did watch and love all the BRS episodes.....def fan girl in the making right here. I can’t believe this is his first lead role after such big hit like coffee prince when there are so many mediocre younger actors who are leads. Even in temperature or love, he should have been the lead. Hopefully we will see him more now

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Where do you watch the BTS videos?

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I thought his "visuals" were fantastic from the second he appeared in the first episode.

I've never seen a couple have this much sizzling chemistry in a romcom. Maybe part of it is because they are both adults - I don't watch the dramas that are set completely in high school, and the ones set in college are marginally better, but the ones I prefer are when both the male and female lead are adults, with their own careers, friends, etc.

I am on break along with the court (it's always closed from noon to 1:30), and it was all I could do to keep from watching the latest episode on my iPhone. This is a drama that I can't manage to "save" until the weekend; I must watch it IMMEDIATELY when the episodes get subs on Viki. I am slightly embarrassed that I love a romcom so much (but I still absolutely hate every single thing about the character Eom So-Hye, hate every single scene she's in, and never re-watch one single second of her scenes when I re-watch episodes, all of which I have re-watched at least once, some more. Her character and storyline exemplify what I loathe about romcoms).

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@vespertyne hahahahaha! Same here! This drama is part of my MUST WATCH IMMEDIATELY list. I remember last week’s episode, I spent my lunch break alone so that I can watch it without anyone interrupting my peace. 😂

I particularly like romcom dramas though I am not picky when it comes to actors. I am okay if it’s a high school setup or more of adults as long as the story is good. For HPL, I didn’t pick it up immediately but after reading the first episode recap here in DB, I got curious and watched the first two episodes. I was ready to drop it but I am glad I didn’t because the succeeding episodes just got better each time. And that’s how I got hooked with KJW. His character is well written in HPL and his portrayal of that character is just spot on. I can’t help loving the actor as well.

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Has your mind changed with the recent episodes? She was hateful before but I find her fabulous and hilarious now.

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No, my mind won’t change when it comes to Eom So-hye as a character. It’s not that I think she is evil; it’s that I hate that type of silly side character. I don’t think it’s funny or interesting, and it’s that type of ridiculous, unrealistic, over-the-top character/plot that makes me hate romcoms. It takes me completely out of the story because it’s so stupid and unrealistic. For me, that type of campiness drags the story down. Sindy is OK, because she is somewhat realistic, but her mother and the male bodyguard/sidekick are just annoying jokes in an otherwise charming romance story.

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I won't be able to do weekly recaps, but I will do a series review at the end, so keep your eye out for that ;)

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LOVE LOVE LOVE this show!!!! This will be one of the few that I will gladly recap once in a while!!!! All the feels!!!!! Love our leads and their crazy and believable chemistry!!!! I WANT MORE NOW!!!!

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*not recap...rewatch.

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Anyone else notice that Deok Mi’s way of dressing up is to add lipstick and more jewelry?

I kind of like her way of not going over board with clothes but instead accessorizing to up the wow factor of her style ~

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Yes, I did notice it. She did it several times already. It shows she's a humble person.

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I was wondering why this show had recaps for the first few episodes but none afterwards. The actor who plays Eun Gi is very hot, too bad they're making his character into a jerk. That shower scene last week was very gratuitous.

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That camera work on the shower scene made me laugh. It was almost breaking the fourth wall.

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I felt like that, too, Bev. A show about fans giving an obvious fanservice as a joke.

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Oh, the meta. The only real intellectual contribution Eun-gi has made to this show.

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Thank you, @laica for the recap. As a fangirl myself (tho let's not talk age), I can empathize with what Deok-mi is going through. And yes, the elders would never allow me to cover my house with my idol's face. I had to make-do with a photo album. Ryan and Deok-mi's story is wonderful to see, with Ryan knowing and liking Deok-mi even with her fangirling. Which was, btw, what Eun-gi pointed out to her she should look for in a man.

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This show introduced me to Kim Jae-wook's pretty and I'm so grateful for it. My favorite scene so far is when Ryan got drunk and Deok-mi had to carry him back to his house. So much physical touch, my heart almost jumped out! What will I do when they actually get together?!

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My heart almost jumped out when he was whispering his home PIN.... 😊💕

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I hope it's a reeeeally long pin, not just 4 digits))

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I had honestly given up on anyone recapping this, but I was just fine with spazzing over it by myself or on the fan-wall, until I read this! Thank you, @laica, for helping us have an appropriate thread to squeeeee about this lovely show! I am in love with Ryan, like totally. I love how much he tried to keep Deok-mi's lesbian relationship as secret and respecting that relationship. I also loved how he was mistaken, but no one really minded that he was. And those looks...I swoon every time. I really don't like Da-in right now, but I think she understands that she is pathetic, which is of itself insightful, so maybe she'll end up being Deok-mi and Ryan's biggest supporter and start fangirling over Shi-an as well. I look forward to this show every week--I'm a rom-com girl at heart...I can't deny this fact.

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Spazzing over it by myself too and by the looks of it a lot of beanies are on the same boat!!
On Da-In - I agree with yo that she knows and understands she is being pathetic. She even called out Eun-Gi for playing dirty.
But I dislike Eun-Gi more for being an unmitigated ass in crossing boundaries and telling Da-in of the fake dating. It was not his secret to share. The only reason he knew was because he is treated as a brother of the family. Him having a crush on Deok Mi and acting possessive as if he has a right to Deok Mi is so wrong. His behaviour was so wrong that Da-in, a total stranger called him out on it. Eun-gi is being selfish and self centred.

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Yay thanks Laica for recapping the main highlights of the show!! Squeeeeee!!!

I feel like Deok Mi was insecure enough to not want to confess to Ryan, why did they need to make Da-In say that awful thing! *huff.

Well, I can't wait to see what happens next in any case!

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Would the great powers and wizards and warlords of the beanie world consider recapping from hereon? Pretty please?

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@laica
I would also very much appreciate if you could recap. Thanks

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I AM SO HAPPY TO SEE THIS OH MY GOD

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In the race to the bottom between DI and EG, EG wins - hands down. DI was lame in letting DM draw the wrong conclusions, but --despite me wanting to see a female-female relationship that is more than competing for the same man-- DI barely knows DM. EG is the one who spent a lifetime along her. And when she comes to him with her insecurities asking for reassurance that a man could be interested in her... he does what? He could have said something like "You're ok just the way you are, and if a man does not see past the fangirling then it's his loss..." Noooo.... Instead he makes a cruel joke and assures her that no man in his right mind would want to come second to her fangirling, that she is fundamentally unlovable and should stick to those who can tolerate her as she is (read him). Score; -1billion points, emotional bankruptcy, he needs to learn how to be a decent human being before thinking at all about dating.

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Thank you for articulating it look this ~ I was having a hard time understanding why I felt more pity for DI and just plain anger at EG.

what he said is, at most, what might be said in anger during an argument that would be repented of afterwards for crossing the line. it’s another point of how much better Lion is that he apologizes for his words, while EG says worse things for her with no regret, and then is still frustrated she doesn’t love him romantically.

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Rather than pity Da-in, I feel rather indifferent to her atm. She's not likable enough for me to care for, but her actions were more forgivable to me.

Eun-gi...I'm trying to resolve how I feel about him. The thing is, since the beginning, I've loved the dynamic between the 3 friends, so I've been fine with Eun-gi and his bluntness, for the most part. But that is because whenever he crossed the line, the girls didn't let him get away with it. In the context of that relationship, I liked him. And that's precisely why I'm so angry at him in this episode. He's starting to get away with being increasingly controlling & not consulting Deok-mi and Seon-joo on his actions (like warning Ryan off!).

Tearing Deok-mi down in such a vulnerable, sincere moment was just so messed up. Even if he really felt that way than it would have been cruel, but he knows that she is worth it. He is not stupid enough to actually think that no one would fall for her, fangirling and all. Which makes what he's doing seem very emotionally manipulative, whether he's conscious of it or not. I know a lot would say they expected this from Eun-gi, but I didn't. I didn't want to dislike him, but he's made it nearly impossible after this.

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I don't like this part, too... How could someone who claims as your "brother" say something so ruthless...knowing how insecure your closest friend about her identity as a fangirl. He totally crushes and disrespects her there. Moreover, as the recap mentioned, it was out of jealousy, instead of an actual concern. He comes across as super petty and childish.

Bad move, Eun Gi...

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I drop the show after 2 episodes and I don't see any promising ..
Is it worth it to watch it again?

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Yes. It is worth it for me. First two episodes are the least favorites for me but it sets the stage for our main leads. So, I was able to stick out with it. You could probably try till episode 4 and if it’s not your cup of tea, then drop it and don’t waste your time on something you don’t enjoy.

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Thank Youuu .. finally I tried it until eps 4 and I love it!

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Welcome to the club! I am glad you find it lovely like most of the beanies here in the thread. Prepare yourself for more heart fluttering moments. Enjoy the rest of the episodes!

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Now I'm going to fangirling The Lion :D

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Oh my gosh thank you thank you thank you for this! I was so sad it wasn’t being recapped because this show was just the highlight of the week. I love how it started of slow and just pulled me in with each episode which is what I love about a show rather than it starting off great and falling off halfway. All the episodes were great and had elements that made me squeal like Ryan protecting Deok Mi’s identity (both of them haha) and Deok Mi unknowingly falling for him. I just feel that the show would have been the icing on the cake without meddling second leads but oh well I guess they needed some angst to keep them apart. Anyways looking forward to this weeks episode and hopefully another recap 💕

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1st! thank u so much for this recap. So far i really love thïs drama, i enjoyed every episode of it,but everytime they reach the last part of d episode and make us expect sumthing good 4 d nxt episode but nah!!uggh!!i hate them 🙄, just kidding .its just so disappointing, you feel giddy but then turned out its not true. huhu

anyway d 1st reason y i love ds drama is d male leads character(dunno where i saw him but he seems familiar),he's d 1st male lead who is a Boss but not egoistic,selfish,and who treated his employee equally,i dont know how to call his character, but he's a breathe of fresh air honestly.

secondly, as a fangirl i always see my self with deok mi's character,although i'm not a fansite~nim which i really hope i could be,. how she reacts everytime she thinks about and while looking at shi an's picture are absolutely all fangirls around d world.

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Fifty shades of Ryan Gold
Hot guy in a black blindfold
She kisses him and he kisses her back
I scream and the mirror starts to crack

He yanks off his blindfold, their eyes hold
He leans in, starts kissing her bolder than bold
My heart flutters then skips a beat
The air's so thick that I can't breathe

It goes all quiet and still
Like a dream hazy and unreal
What a kiss! What a man!
Come on, Ryan, do it again!

I come to a few seconds later
My jaw is slack I think it broke
Ryan's so hot he's worth the pain
I snap my jaw back and rewind again

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More kisses we can expect

1. Rain Kiss.
This is going to happen, trust me. Rain running into Ryan's eyes and lips and MWAH kiss! SWOONS.

2. Snow Kiss.
I know winter's long gone, but maybe, in a dream. Snowflakes melting on Ryan's lips and MWAH! SWOONS.

3. Bench Kiss.
I'm optimistic, since they spend a lot of time in the park.

4. Trash Kiss.
She throws the trash, and he's standing by the recycling bin, just staring...you know what happens next. Even if you're in love, never, ever, forget the environment.

Can you think of other kisses? Help me out here, guys.

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Painting kiss, of course.

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I'm so here for a Paint Kiss.

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She's fallen (off a ladder) for him a couple times - how about an accidental fall kiss!?!?

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Are you playing any role in this drama?

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*whispers* I played the blindfold.

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I think playing the beheaded reheaded Si An cardboard would be challenging.

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Bravo! That’s so creative! 👏👏👏

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I was apprehensive when Cindy came to join the gallery. I thought she would have been more of a threat. But she's kinda mellowed out now.

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most of you dislike episodes 8,but for me i'm so full of feeling on it. that eps 8 was the beginning of the conflict and i hope it will take time for them to reveal their true heart feeling till climax. then end up with full of firework feeling..wooha..

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Every now and then you'll have an OTP that just makes you so giddy, heart-fluttery, and ridiculous, all the time, you don't know what do with yourself. And you just wonder why them? Why do they do this to me? Well, this couple is definitely that for me. I doubt they're that for everyone, but they're that for me and I'm living for it.

I share all your quibbles, Laica. I know it's probably too much to wish for, but a part of me is hoping the band-aid cure the lead couple are providing fans will backfire (though I kind of dread the fallout for Deok-mi obviously), and in a way that will have them really tackle the issues between fans and their idols. Though I'm not happy with how he's going about it, it does look like Seon-joo's hubby will be steering us in that direction.

"And can I just gush about Park Min-young as Deok-mi for a second?"

- UM YES. Like...everything you said. I thought I was the only one finding her just spectacular in this role. Of all her characters, this is the one that felt the most vividly portrayed from the very start. And I'm more smitten with her every episode. There is just something so genuine about the way she depicts Deok-mi gradually falling more and more in love. All the giddy expressions and hilariously sudden mood swings are so on-point.

Thanks so much for this, Laica. It definitely didn't feel right not having a space to fangirl over this drama's latest episodes. Deok-mi and this drama have really influenced me to make time for dramabeans again. Spazzing on this site is the closest I've come to fangirling, but it definitely made me understand what a solace it can become just to take the time to value the things you enjoy in life. I'm really enjoying this aspect to the show + every other wonderful thing you highlighted here and can't wait for more!

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Thank you for the wonderful recap! I hope you will continue recapping! :)

Just some of the scenes that I like from this show that were probably not mentioned as much:
1) When Ryan went to DeokMi's house for dinner and he casually asked her dad about the rock collections. You could see the sparkle in her dad's eyes. How delighted he was!
2) When Ryan searched for Shi An's mole on his face in the elevator. Poor puppy Shi An but I was LOL-ing all the way haha
3) Geon-u and all the adorable kids at the judo centre especially when they throw their bodies on the ground during practice
4) When Deok-Mi went to visit Da-In at her new studio and they worked together to organize the furniture and clean the place. I thought it showed some nice gal-collab power at that particular time but I definitely didn't like their conversation after that
5) When Ryan&Deok Mi spent the night at the writer's place; and the writer decided to show them the photo collection after overhearing their conversation regarding the meaning of the photo
6)Last but not least, when Ryan tried to smile like the lion that DeokMi drew for him. So awkward and cute!

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I agree with everything you mentioned above.

To add the list are:
1. The day Ryan and Deokmi went to Shi-an’s place. They met up at the sidewalk and Ryan thought the flowers Deokmi brought were for him. Haha! Oppa is assuming!
2. When Deokmi was almost hit by the black car and Ryan angrily confronted the driver and told him “She is my girlfriend”. And the succeeding embarrassment he felt afterwards. He wanted to crawl in his shell. Ahaha!
3. When Deokmi was almost hit by a car (again) in episode 6 as she hurries up to cross the street. Ryan was inside his car that was parked at the side of the road (?) and saw what happened. He went outside and called Sung Curator. Her smile when she saw Ryan is priceless! Unnie is soooo beautiful in her white dress. But even more dazzling was Ryan’s answering smile that just melts me into a pool. 😍

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I felt like all of a sudden I was watching an arthouse movie. With the background audio/music suddenly muted, I swear you could just hear the scrape of the scarf as it was pulled off her shoulder and Park Min Young's very slight intake of breath. That was exquisite. But then they devolved into standard kdrama annoying second leads and noble idiocy in that last episode...

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My theory is Sian has realized Deok-mi is Si-Na-Gil as they were taking the selca. He kept staring at her face up-close and seemed to recognize her eyes. This theory is under the assumption that Sian knows ninja fan is Si-Na-Gil. Even Sindy knew ninja fan is Si-Na-Gil; there is no way Sian doesn't. When you see the same fan day in, day out wearing the same black outfit, you would start to recognize her. Especially since Si-Na-Gil is his first fan. I suspect Si-Na-Gil's "Peekaboo Sian" photo at the airport was Sian purposely peeking from behind Ryan to look at Si-Na-Gil's camera.

When Deok-mi and Sun-joo anxiously checked the fansign winners, I inferred that this was not the first fansign they had entered. "Because I had given up on this fansign, I posted on SNS that I had bought only one album." sounds like a one-off, i.e., for the rest of the fansigns, Deok-mi had not given up, bought 300 albums, and won. As fans talk to Oppa during fansigns, I wish the show had hinted that Sian had recognized curator-noona's voice in their first meeting. Sian is releasing a new album with visual director Da-in in the middle of his album promotions? RIP to his fans' bank accounts. Does White Ocean ever comeback?

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I have some issues with this show - I think the plot is very weak right now, and I'm tired of the fake-outs and the sudden unnecessary noble idiot trope (it's only episode 8? What is happening? Why is the conflict happening already?).
BUT I do still want to tune in each week, and the chemistry between our leads is so heavy I don't know what to do with myself except throw a book or something, so I guess I'm still hooked.

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First, I just love Park Min Young. She always has a great chemistry with her partners. It's easy to forget how people were trying to marry her with Park Seo Joon :p

I'm happy to see Kim Jae Wook in a lead role and in a rom-com! He's killing it!

For the story, I'm not very invested in the mystery about the paints, etc. But I like the characters, they have more layers than we could imagine in a rom-com.

I like how they reprensented the digital world like her blog :D

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It’s refreshing to have an “older” and mature male lead. He isn’t your arrogant CEO type who softens with the girl. He’s already even tempered and so lovable.

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I think this cold side is needed in an artist world, he needs this "shell" mostly when he said to artist that their work was not good. But he's very polite and thoughtful.

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I'm so glad to see a round-up review of this wonderful drama. Thank you!

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Yayy!! Thank you dear @laica for posting this.. Wish you're going to recap this til the end.. It's the only drama I'm watching now, so while waiting for the next episodes I love to read all the beanies' sentiments on this show 😍

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thanks @laica for this recap! agree with everyone else on how welcome it was to see this - the recaps/posts on dramabeans has helped me understand so much i would have otherwise missed on kdramas (what oppa, saesang and all mean) esply since the subs might not convey it (or the subtext). thanks to dramabeans i knew why deokmi was so upset to be called a saesang ;) and yes! show is awesome! super leads who elevate the story and inspire swoons!

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Thanks for the recap!!!!!!

Aside from the TOP, I will reiterate Eun Gi may suck otherwise, but I need him around so I can watch the babies fall and get back up. They are so very very cute.

As for Da In, like everyone else I'm disappointed in how they are falling on 2nd lead tropes. Also I really really wish they would dress her better. Her outfits are incredibly unflattering.

That being said, much like Ryan's quick apologies, let quickly turn this nonsense around.

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Though I have very little to say about this drama now that the romance is the one and only plot going on, I’m glad the recaps are back. Thanks

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I absolutely adore this drama!!!

First of all the general topic of being a fangirl in a world (work/school/family) that doesn't understand it makes it really hard for people to express their care and love for something. Nowadays being a kpop/jpop/cpop fan is not as strange as it was 10 or 15 years ago, specially outside asia. People (at least before) used to mock it and find it strange, in my case I have always liked anime and then later i discovered dramas (japanese, taiwanese and korean) as well as got more into the music but people around always found it odd and sometimes made fun of it, even now, so being careful about being a fangirl is completely understandable, because some people won't take you seriously for it, which is ironic because someone can be an open marvel or got fan and it is totally cool, but being an asian pop culture fan immediately made you weird, luckily things are changing now.

Now about the dark side of fangirling I think the show is being careful but has given hints here and there, and seems like will get more into it on the upcoming episodes, I hope so. It is important to show that side as well but the shows is good at not making it like every single fan girl is crazy, but there are a few that cross the line and hurt the reputation of a lot of people.

Now the romance. Omg omg and OMG, the chemistry between the leads is amazing and even if they had a rough first meeting, with Ryan being kind of a jerk, it showed that it was part of his artist side, emotional and too outspoken, and that day was kinda difficult for him since he was getting a painting that was related to his painting problems and probably his mother. Then they meet again and have a couple of misunderstandings, but nothing too bad, and somehow that is the begging of them starting to know each other and understand the other and themselves.

The (almost) kisses are killing me, since the completely fake paparazzo one, to the finger one and then the fantasy one, but I kinda love that they haven't kissed yet because it would have been part of their fake dating and they would have doubted it a million times, so now that the fake dating is over their first kiss will be completely real, no doubts or questions, and I hope Ryan step up his game and won't let the misunderstanding make him give up but instead pursue Deok Mi with everything he has.

I also want to see more of Ryan and Shi An's relationship (they are brothers there are too many hints), I am pretty sure Shi An knows about them being related and is using the paintings to get close to his hyung, he is always looking for excuses to get closer to him and is the one who started treating him in a closer way so I hope Ryan's care (which is obvious) doesn't disappear when he discovers the truth.

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I love this show, but I can't agree with Deokmi being understanding towards the sasaeng fans who attacked her for being 'alleged Sian's girlfriend'. Being a sasaeng fans who attack on innocent people is just plain crime. They shouldn't be let off easily, I guess writer-nim is just trying to not offend the fandom viewers. But with the the PD-nim husband's new variety/docu show, I think they will realize their action is overboard.

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I went into this show with zero expectations but it has already given me at least two heart attacks.

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I love this drama. I can say that Kim JaeUck is perfect for Park Min Young. Their chemistry is so amazing that I shipped them to be together in real life. The way they stare to each other is very different. Sorry to all who liked WWWSK but I didn't watch it I dropped it in episode 2. Her private life is one of the romcom drama that you will enjoy watching. I'm rewatching it while waiting for the next episode just to see Ryan Gold and Sung Deokmi's chemistry.
#KimParkCouple #HerPrivateLife

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It’s Wednesday, beanies!!! A few more hours left till episode 9 and I couldn’t be more excited. After the way we left episode 8, what made me through the week is the BTS of that “imaginary” kiss. I can’t count anymore how many times I watched that scene. RIP replay button. Hahaha! Adding to the excitement is what the production staff shared about the second half of the show.

“The production staff shared, “‘Her Private Life’ is now exactly at its turning point. Beginning with the ninth episode, the second half of this drama plans to clear all misunderstandings and transform the relationship between Park Min Young and Kim Jae Wook into a heart-fluttering, official couple. Especially, in the ninth episode, there will be a legendary moment between the two. In addition to the pair’s romance, there will also be stories regarding Kim Jae Wook’s past and the relationship between “Si-Na-Gil” and “Latte.” We hope viewers will continue to enjoy ‘Her Private Life’ with us.”

https://www.soompi.com/article/1322877wpp/things-to-look-forward-to-in-the-second-half-of-her-private-life

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Thank you for sharing! I'm looking forward to Episode 9. Have a great Wednesday btw~

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@jammzz Have you watched episode 9 already? Ratings soar to the series’ all time high of 3.1%. I wish there’s a thread where we can talk about it though. This drama will definitely go down on my fave list.

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Yes, I have and I'm super duper in love with the episode! I'm glad that they resolved the misunderstanding within one episode and not dragging it further.. and looking back, I suddenly felt that episode 8's ending wasn't that frustrating and it made sense. It's easier to pretend and hold back because it really takes a lot of courage to confess your feelings to someone!

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and so glad for the increase in the ratings too. They truly deserve it. Hope it will get better and better!

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@jammzz me too! I am so over the moon in love by the end of episode 9. Much more with episode 10. 😍❤️😍❤️😍 I won’t spill in case you haven’t watched it yet. Hehe!

During the kiss scenes, I noticed KJW likes kissing the upper lip. I read somewhere that it has some meaning to it but I can’t exactly recall what it is. I am even unsure if it’s true as well. But anyway, I really like the kiss. I have to replay that scene over and over again. RIP replay button! 😂 When I watched it, I was so immersed like I was the one who’s kissed by KJW. It was so damn HOT! 🔥 Sensual and smooth! And may I just say this again one more time. Kim Jae Wook is freakin’ awesome!!! Just the perfect Ryan Gold.💋

It will be another long week before the next episodes. But I think I can get through the week by replaying episodes 9&10. And I am also waiting for the BTS. I hope it will be longer this time (not just 2-3mins). I wonder how many takes it took them to perfect that kiss. Wish it took them loooots of retakes but even more, wish we can see it all. Hahaha!

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Yes i have watched episode 10; in fact i have watched both episodes twice and I'm smiling like an idiot the whole time!
Tvn has uploaded the bts clip on youtube and unfortunately it didnt really have the scenes that we wanted to see :( But i enjoyed the clip nevertheless. Both KJW and PMY seriously look like they are having a good time <3
Muahahaha I'm also re-watching some scenes until the next episode comes and I've started following KJW on Instagram too
It's crazy what a great rom com can do to me! I hope you will have a great week ahead ;)

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Loving this drama and your reviews!

Please do watch the MVs I made on this drama
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWdu8z17RCs&feature=youtu.be

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I love this drama too. Great review :D

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