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Lee Da-hae still undecided on Chuno

With Han Hyo-joo out of the historical drama Chuno [추노, aka Pursuing Servants], speculation has been rampant that Lee Da-hae would be filling in the vacancy. On August 4, her management spoke out and gave the official stance: “She has received the offer, but it’s only one of several projects she is looking at. She has not decided on anything yet and is seriously considering several scripts.”

I think despite the cautious wording, there’s a strong likelihood that Lee Da-hae will indeed take on the role. For whatever reason, her management is approaching the situation tentatively, but in cases like this, often the early rumors are confirmed in due course.

If she does take on this drama, this will be Lee’s first sageuk role, and she will be reuniting with her Robber (Bulhandang) co-star Jang Hyuk. It’ll be the first project following her much-talked-about (and much-maligned) quitting of East of Eden, which earned her a lot of heated criticism. (To be fair, the whole production was a hotbed of crazy, so it’s understandable that she wanted out. Her reputation, however, did take a hit.)

I think Lee Da-hae is a talented actress — one of the better ones in her generation — who hasn’t always picked the best projects. (I don’t think she’s made a good choice since Green Rose and My Girl. The three subsequent dramas — Hello Miss, Robber, East of Eden — were duds for her career.) If she does accept Chuno, she’s working with some good actors (Oh Ji-ho isn’t that exciting, but I can’t wait to see if she has rapport with the intense, charismatic Lee Jong-hyuk) and a talented director (Conspiracy in the Court). Funnyman Gong Hyung-jin and Kim Ji-seok are also cast.

Chuno will air on KBS in October.

Via TV Report

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Yea, i'd have to agree that after her role in "My Girl," she hasn't been choosing good roles. And after quitting from East of Eden, i don't think many people really cared about her anymore. To be honest I don't see her acting career picking up anytime soon...LDH is so meh to me.

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I really hope she picks this up. With such a good PD, and an opportunity to be in a sageuk, she can't possibly miss this. She definitely needs one hit project to come back...

It doesn't matter if ppl don't care about her anymore, what matters is what she brings to the screen/plate. She should know better now to choose what's best for her.

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It's all about the taste. Da Hae has talent and she's a good actress. Anyone in life can have one or two incidents, EOE is just one of it. I hope that she will pick a project soon, frankly speaking I am not excited if DH and JH reunite again. I want to see fresh faces. A period drama is a good chance, I hope she will take the role.

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Maybe meh to you but not to us. She is one talented gal and you are blind if you cannot see that.

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Just to pop in with a friendly reminder: Lee Da-hae posts frequently get very heated, very quickly. Let's stay civil in this one, yeah?

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(Oh Ji-ho isn’t that exciting, but I can’t wait to see if she has rapport with the intense, charismatic Lee Jong-hyuk)
DITTO.
Oh Ji Ho with higher billing over Lee Jong Hyuk?
That's seriously disturbing. o_O

Hyuk x2, PD Kwak, fusion twist...count me in. :)

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I like LDH. Hopefully, this project will be good for her to pick up.

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What about heated posts about Oh Ji Ho?!

I wouldn't mind writing a heated post about Oh Ji Ho.... but I can't think of anything to say that is even mildly lukewarm. I thought he was decent in Super Rookie, and I hear that he was okay in Queen of Housewives.... sooo.... I guess I can't complain too much about Oh Ji Ho. I do think he is chiseled like a statue though, so, that's my heated? comment.

I like Lee Da Hae though. She's pretty. =) And she was good in My Girl.

Even though I don't think she would be friends with me, I still like her a whole lot, although in a completely platonic and non-ogling sort of way, given my married state. I guess I should just stop typing now. :)

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i hope lee da hae regains her spotlight! that EoE issue was a sorry business! I feel like Lee Da Hae's feels too modern to be sageuk-y, but she's a wonderful actress with great dramatic weight.

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there's something about her acting that really bugs me....I didn't like it in My Girl but kept watching anyway.....Well i hope this might revive her career...

on another note...... Song Hye Gyo & Hyun Bin are dating!!!!

~ sorry, i just had to let it out....

his management revealed they've been dating for 2 months!!

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Haha, Samsooki... you sure know how to humor us.

I thought Oh Ji Ho was good enough in Queen of Housewives... at least I loved his chemistry with Kim Nam Joo. hehehe...

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Javabean, we as fan understand why some don't like her especially after EOE (we know where the groups coming from). Anyway forget about it, what we want is the real acting (no matter who the actress is), just seeing high rating and just mediocre talent won't last long. Good acting always give us good impression on Kdrama industries. Actually she is still popular, people who just aknowledge kdrama, talk a lot about her talent, almost everyday you can see a new blog created talking about her and MY GIRL. That's why recently crowned King of Mondo Pop Wilber Pan becoming her fan.

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I was intrigued when I read in the Han Hyo Joo post comments section that LDH may be tapped to step into the role HHJ passed on in Chuno. Green Rose and My Girl showed multi-dimensional acting at the start of her career, and she seems to be in a limbo state right now after the EOE debacle - which was a lose/lose situation IMHO.

If she stayed, her role was nothing like they had advertised to viewers (and I'm sure to LDH to bring her on board), and involved no substantial screentime. And if she quit, she would have seemed unprofessional.

Perhaps in the industry, it would have been prudent to suck it up and pick the lessor evil, finish EOE to be professional, and let her fans clamor and criticize the PDs of EOE for what they did to her role (love triangle between SSH and YJH - give me a break).

Alas, I hope she has a comeback/breakout performance if she picks Chuno, and if not, then pick an interesting, challenging project. Sometimes she's so pretty she looks like a doll, so envious. ;-)

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She must have been hurt and traumatized with what happened in the past.. thus being very extra careful in her next pick. She's a talented actress, and definitely quite a beauty.. The disappointments in her previous dramas were not because of her acting, just that it was really really bad luck.

The male costars are good and there are raves for the PD's previous saeguk. It sounds promising enough for her to accept as her comeback drama.

Just curious, anyone know how good the writer for Chuno is? I've never seen the KHN and KJH film he made, so I don't know much about his style.

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lol. Lee da hae posts are scary because her antis are passionate and so are her fans. but I really love her and will always root for her. No matter what last year's controversy brought to her plate. give the girl another chance, will ya? Try watching her past dramas and you'll understand why she has not completely fallen off people's radars.

I so loved her in so many of her roles she's a versatile actress with a lot of charisma ... I liked her in everything, except for East of Eden but that's beside the point, I really pray she takes this.

She has worked with Lee Jong Hyuk before... in GREEN ROSE. :-) they were awesome together, they are also very close in real life.

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I am hoping to see Lee Da Hae in another drama, I hope she chose a good one. I like her a lot so I tried watching all her dramas, but painfully some of them does not really hold my attention. But I have seen that she CAN act, so let us hope she gives us another WOW performance!

I just hope she does not stay too skinny like in EOE. It scary! Does not suit her at all!

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To those who said "meh" about her. Every time da hae updates her blog on her mini page, koreans are still excited over it. Goes to show she's still popular. A couple of lows does not mean that her fans will be wash away with the flood. We like her for her talents and stuck to her because she has given us great works before. She's really talented and it's just the way of life that goes up and down. In the end, talents will prevail the longest. She may not the prettiest but her talents will carry her a long way through this career.

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I feel bad for you JB. Lee Da-Hae has some serious fanatics out there. I like LDH but I have to stay away from her posts on your site like the plague.

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Word is she just confirmed.

hope, we all be civil here.

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So she confirmed ? good for her. I will jump to soompi right now and cheer with her fans.

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Lee Da-Hae the reason why i became a kdrama addict. lol. I'm not a saeguk fan but I will be definitely watching this one with her and Lee Jong-Hyuk. AssaAssa :)

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#18 pabo ceo reom

lol..tell me about it..is not surprise at all!
LDH fans is infamous for their overly aggressive, defensive comments; and extremely sensitive to other ppl opinion about their idol.
Is not rare that post by JB will have some bad, good, mean, rude comments, is normal..
but my god, just one comment came out about thier idol..and there comes 10 posts in defensive for her...lol.zz...funny..especially the comment wasn't anything that negative or harmful..CHilll.
but i gotta admit, LDH fans are sure ardent and passionate ants....ur.. i mean fans.

and please don't talk about talent.
look..there is such thing as luck, choice, and opportunity...she failed to be a successful actress not b/c of low ratings(luck)..but basically b/c she chooses bad projects(choice) entail with bad acting in it. So what if she has talent. After my girl, she has every opportunity to get good project..but NOOo, she picks such a wrong wrong one...tsktsk....look at Park shiyeon, she was horrendous in My girl..but, I guess she does want to b an actress more than somebody esle..chooses continously good work. SEe...so what luck has to do with it..her projecst such as La Dolca Vita and Slingshot had very low ratings...but ppl regconize her for her effort....so don't keep mention about talent, when you don't use it wisely...is futile..
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Oh ji-ho acting is uhhrr not good at all, i mean really. Why him!!! and in saeguk.

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Yay for confirmation! Finally a comeback drama!!! ^^

Goodluck to LDH! I'm happy for her, and of course those who have been eagerly waiting for her return to the small screen.

The rumor was going around and it must have made a lot of us refresh soompi and blog sites for updates. Filming starts in a couple days right? It's time to celebrate and focus all our energy on positive aspects of this news.

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@8 Samsooki

LOL! You make me laugh.

I agree that Oh Ji Ho IS chiselled, but that's not (the only reason) why I enjoyed watching him in Single Papa in Love and Fantasy Couple. In both of these dramas I just adored the "normal" , regular guy character he played with warmth and sweetness. I know he is not known as a great actor, but he still brought me to tears when shaving his young son's hair to prepare him for head surgery in Single Papa.

I thought he was OK in Super Rookie, and only saw a little bit of Get Karl! and Queen of Housewives. Hope he does a good job in his next project!

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I don't see anything wrong w/ LDH being the lead actress for Chuno. I think she's a strong actress. Although she's overacting sometimes but still so talented. If she gains some more weight, that will be perfect. (or she needs to look skinny and unhealthy since she will play a slave role?)

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@22 LDH's fan are maybe too much but her anti too

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looks how passionate no 22, ha ha, and she/he knows a lot about talent.

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lol chubby girl... lee yeon hee fan. nuff said.

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I'm definitely hoping she accepts this! I love the girl. Robbers and hello!miss wasn't actually THAT bad. It just wasn't good enough. Well... and EOE was just a case of very bad luck. Who would have expected things to turn out so screwed? C'mon... the girl's talented! Give her a chance!

PS: I know fans (like me) can be passionate. But in what way are the antis not equally or more passionate? HA.

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just fyi... before you accuse her of letting it go after MY GIRL. After that project she had her heart set on "Speed" a Turkish-Korean venture that did not work out. She was supposed to be casted with LSJ and KMM THE KMM. so it's not like she refused opportunity or she was a lazy actress who let her fame from MY GIRL go away. She waited a YEAR for that project but the budget was too big for KBS.

Hello! Miss was offered several times to her, and she refused each time, until she bit into it.

she did WIN an award for that one (undeserving, i think) and held on as one of KBS biggest pilots... but it was crap (even her fans see that), her acting was overly out there, she got a bad rep for her role as a rehash for My Girl.

She decided to change her image and choose a single mom role.

Robbers was done by a successful director and a critically acclaimed writer. It looked good on paper. She was being paired with Jang Hyuk who just got out of "Thank You" which was a success. Tell me, who would not take the chance?

But it was against New Heart and Hong Gil Dong... it had no chance. Robbers was a rehash of old school Korean melodrama (think watered down MISA) that just did not click with the audience anymore, despite that... she did get good reviews for her performance. Just that people thought it was a very paper thin role. Well, I do agree. Her role was promising the first few episodes but by the latter episodes, it lacked complexity.

But before all this she was still CF queen, she was still getting good reviews, she was still one hot shot.

Her lowest point was East of Eden... a role that she took just right after she got done with a drama. Instead of taking a rest she took on the role because the writer wanted her.

she started out good, and then you can tell her performance was faltering, she tried too hard, she looked sickly, gaunt, and it was clear she never understood her character. The audience also never did.

When she quit, she went in hiding because of the backlash.

so accusing lee da hae as not grabbing opportunity... is a bit wrong. I think her setback is she tried to grab it too much, too soon. She tried a successful formula in each one... trying to either relive MY GIRL magic or just rely on a big budgeted drama or change her image too much.

Park Shi Yeon is a different story, she came from playing villains. The comparison with Lee Da Hae would work better if you compared it back in early 2000s when all Lee Da Hae played was a villain, then she got so much attention and awards for her daily drama.

her fans aren't blind. we know her flaws. she is very flawed has a tendency to overact and can be very conscious... but you cannot deny her versatility and dramatic weight compared to other actresses her age.

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It's funny, the moment someone giving Lee Da-hee ANY criticisms, he/she is automatically labeled with Antis, Lee Yeon-hee or Song Seung-hun fans.

That's a real turn-off

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... i only said that because i knew the signinname before and she always threw piles with other weird ldh and lyh fans. but if that's just the same user name, i apologize.

i have nothing against lyh... just thought it was funny if that was the same user.

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I thought she was great in My Girl tho' by the end of the drama I was so tired of her 'cutesy' antics. For that I blame the director, not her. She looks like KSA in this picture.

You are right about OJH. For someone who looks like a Greek God he sure has no charisma tho' he was pretty good playing a retard in My Wife Is A Gangster 3.

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personally, didnt like her that much in "My Girl". liked her most in Green Rose... and still waiting for that kind of role again.

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I love how people generalize that LDH fans are all same as though we're all the same people with the same beliefs and personalities. haha

I don't know if I should be excited for this drama or not. I do adore Oh Ji Ho and Lee Jong Hyuk and would love to see her act in a drama with them but Jang Hyuk is definitely a turn off for me. I didn't think they had any chemisty the first time around so the thought of having to watch them again makes me feel BLAH.

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i am elated that actress lee dae hae will be playing the lead female role in
historical drama on small screen. I have been waiting and waiting for her to
once again appear on television. However, I am disappointed that it is a
historical role and not modern contemporary romatic role. She is beautiful
and comical actress. Fighting, Ms. lee dae hae.

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JiHwan, I also do not really like Jang Hyuk and her together they bring out too much melodrama in each other. they are both kind of OTT so just kinda blah... but i am so watching this for her!

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Is there anything worng with her face?
Her eyes and cheeks....
She's gtting more and more artificial.

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I love Lee DH. Among the talented Korean actresses, I Love most LDH, CJW , & CR . After EOD , I always pray for her to comeback, Cross my fingers. She 's a talented actress, She can make me smile, cry and jump up and down dependings on her role. As a matter of fact, there are a tons of overrated Actresses in K entertainment who made me yawned everytime seeing those
that 's why I 'm happy to see a rare talented as LDH. You go girl, hopefully you can comeback soon. I 've been waiting for you to comeback

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# 38 it's just the makeup man. She's older now she's skinner than before so her face has slimmed down. Not as chubby as we had seen on "my girl". Just a trend that we all go through.

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She is one talented actress. Just amazed on how good her english is. I mean, its rare for even most of artist who have been live overseas to speak fluent english. To live only 5 years for her to speaking like that is amazed in very much.

Her english in East of Eden is very impressive. Didn't hear any accent and very fluently.

Hope the best for her in Chuno, if she ever pick this role.

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I think here is a better clip to see how she managed to speak English and Chinese. Dear LDH anti's don't get angry when we praising her here. When JB write about your idols, then praise her/him with all your heart like what we do to LDH, fair and square, no hard feeling OK.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mVWZYaO04cs&feature=related

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i thought EOE war is over? so this must be her come back! good for her, been waiting for her come back after EOE.

we fans always support her but that doesn't mean we didn't see some of her flaws! maybe some of her fans are very expressive. Come to think of it! if some people will stop bashing LDH i don't think some of her(LDH) fans will limet their selves

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I have to comment on her face. She has a pretty face and I don't know if its the lighting or whatever but her face looks so porcelean, so fake.

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Ohhh.......Didn't I know that Lee Da Hae suddenly leaving from East of Eden, eh? Wow, I heard about the news about what happened to her, ouch. U know, I still haven't finish watching that drama "East of Eden" yet. Heh!

I think Lee Da-Hae might be desperate while her acting role, like, is very tough, bravery, and serious --- UNLIKE other Korean drama "My Girl" -- was very bright, bubbly, and cheerful -- how cute! ((grins)) I felt so bad for Lee Da-Hae is doing so very hardworking through her acting.....BUT the scripwriter and director who create the new drama that she changed any different images.
So I don't understand why Lee Da-Hae become so skinny when she was in EOE, how terrible......I think, um, she might be stressed and might feel something so different UNLIKE other drama when she was in "My Girl", "Robbers" -- (I didn't watch this yet), "Green Rose" (Didn't watch yet, too), and other, whatever! I hope Lee Da Hae shouldn't have any negative thought, like, about being drepressed -- BUT she need to get clear and try to forget it --- be strong and think about something so special and blessing ---- GOD is watching above us. ((grins)) I never forget about her when I love enjoy watching my BEST 2005 favorite drama
"My Girl" with co star Lee Dong Wook!!! Lolz, I love both of them!!!!!!!!!!! I think it was very cute and funnnyy! I love watching them (LDH & LDW) working together in a same drama! I missed them for a long time!

I am still waiting for Lee Da Hae and Lee Dong Wook will be working together in a new project for Korean drama someday! IF they do, I WILL BE EXCITED TO SEE THEM TOGETHER AGAIN!!!!! It is because they (LDH & LDW) both are my BEST favorite Korean actor and actress EVER!
Like, she will be working with Jang Hyuk "reunion" again (as same as "Robber") IF LDH will accept the new drama "Chuno". I hope LDH will still have enough time when she will decide that if she wants or not --- Think carefully & follow her heart what LDH will do! ((winks)) IF she don't, it's okay with me that it doesn't matter to blame or complain to her to should accept it --- BUT I don't. I would like to see LDH in any type of drama, like.....Romance, Action, Comedy and other, EXCEPT historical and melodrama (it's kinda boring sometimes, it's my opinion).
I hope the scripwriters and directors would have to do good project that it will made LDH so happy than give her in a "tragic" East Of Eden", tsk tsk tsk..........
I don't care what other who are still "crazyy" complaining about her because she might be not good at acting, or something, whatever. I still thought that LDH is a wonderful actress and she's very beautiful as smae as other Korean actresses, too! ((beams)) So she's still my BEST favorite actress ever --- it's very SPECIAL one!

**** REMEMBER, LDH, Don't be negative like being skinny that before AND BE STRONG & HEALTHY!!! Korean motto -- FIGHTING!!!!! ****

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Hate to disagree but I think My Girl and Green Rose is one of the better roles she has taken and she did a great job.

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Regardless, i STILL LOVE LDH!!....GORGEOUS ACTRESS!..=D

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low rating, didn't mean her acting is not good.
i think she is very talented and beautiful too.]
love u da hae. miss u da hae
i always support u forever
bassya

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i hope she'll have another project with go soo!!!!!!!!!!! :)

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