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Lee Min-ho takes the lead in Personal Taste

Lee Min-ho has picked his next project!

Remember Personal Taste? Based on a popular novel, the drama adaptation had once been rumored to reunite Goong stars Yoon Eun-hye and Joo Ji-hoon, but after a lot of unconfirmed talk, the project fizzled. The story would have starred the male lead as a straight guy pretending to be gay to live together with the female lead and, well, stuff would ensue.

On January 11, Lee Min-ho’s management announced that he would star in the MBC drama, which now appears to be in different production hands. (The first round was to be directed by Kim Sang-ho, who did the comedy Fantasy Couple and horror thriller Hon.) Now the director will be Sohn Hyung-seok of family drama Job Well Done and Kim Sun-ah’s When Night Comes; writing is Park Hye-kyung of Stained Glass. (I think I preferred the first PD…)

Lee Min-ho’s role is of “Jeon Jin-ho,” who passes himself off as gay. His hobbies (?) include organization and ironing, and he’s known for his stoic poker face. He’s a stickler for cleanliness, but he also has a talent for figuring out women’s feelings.

Personal Taste hasn’t yet chosen its female lead, and will begin filming in late February for an April premiere.

Via Star News

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WOW JAVABEANS THIS IS THE BEST NEWS EVER TO BEGIN THE YEAR!!!!!!! ALL I CAN SAY!!!! IS THAT FINALLYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY, FINALLYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!! LMH.....DECIDED ON A PROJECT AND I THINK HE WILL BE GREAT IN THIS ROLE...........I JUST WANT TO SEE HIM AGAIN BACK ON THE SMALL SCREEN.....AND I HOPE CROSS MY FINGERES THAT THEY WON'T PICK SOME GIRL FROM A GIRLD BAND!!!!!!! THOSE GIRLS CAN'T ACT......I WANT A REALL ACTRESS THAT HAVE SOME GREAT CHEMISTRY WITH LMH.......I AGREE MOON CHAE IS ONE CANDIDATE THAT I LIKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.....

OMO THIS IS MY SPRING DRAMA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! CAN'T WAIT!!!!!!!!!

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wow...I'm really glad he's going for something completely different....~!

reminds me of this Bollywood movie called "Dostana" (Friends) - about two guys who pretend to be gay so they can rent a place in a girl's apartment and both end up falling for the girl~

Anyway, I'm def looking forward to this!!!

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wow! a new project for lee min ho. this sounds like a great story, i hope the writers dont mess up with the dialogues.

i prefer LMH to be partnered with park bo young in this.

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ooooh exciting!

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Hmm, this is great news!

I really wonder who the female lead will be. I really hope that it will be Park Shin Hye. They have worked together in CF's and they're a really cute couple ^^

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I want park shin hye and lee min ho in this drama

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Yes, yes and yes!!! Min Ho is back! I am glad he chose this role as it sounds interesting. Also happy he decided on a comedy. Sincerely hope that this is another memorable role for him.

@11 Samsooki - "After Antique Bakery, I think JJH would be just perfect. And maybe YEH could use a little JJH to rekindle the magic…"

Totally agree with you. Alas Joo Ji Hoon is "far far away". I am sure, however, that Lee Min Ho is up to the challenge. Meanwhile, waiting for JJH's return someday.

@70 nom_kitteh - "I am voting for Jang Geun Suk for the other lead. Just sayin’. Not that I am broken record with a crush on JGS or anything. Pfft."

Lol! Missing Jang Geun Seok huh? Me too. Hope he has another great drama role soon.

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actually rooting for YEH and LMH, always wanted them to do something together. Oh and if she's not plausible, Park Shin Hye :) but then again i think they would cast someone older than him that looks young.

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Congratulations to Lee min ho, is that this will be a new success in your life

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Ok, I thought about it. Yesterday I was too excited to know LMH had picked another drama and I was glad this drama was picked up again that I didn't really stop and think about it. Mine was a knee-jerk reaction to the news.

So I thought about it and...I'm not so thrilled as I was yesterday. Why? Cos back when rumors began to spread about this drama and people -and I include myself here- were all excited about the possibility of JJH and YEH being casted in it, I started envisioning a drama about, well, characters in their late 20s/early 30s. JJH was perfect imho (and I didn't jump on the JJH/YEH bandwagon because of Goong, but cos I thought they would do good with this kind of material) and I could list WHY I thought he was perfect (his looks, his acting, etc etc) but it might turn into a long comment so I'll skip this bit.

Now, LMH is good and all and I really like him, but...gah! I had warmed to the idea of a guy in his late 20s, confortable in his skin and confident of his sexuality, someone who already has a "history" and I figured the writers would play with that, which, imho, would make for a different drama. And um, I don't know if this can work just as well with a younger character? *ponders*

Ah well. We'll see. *fingers crossed*

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People will hate me for saying this, but I'm thinking of sandara park for him on this one. I saw chemistry in their cf and the girl has a comical side about her.she's a cutie. But moon is good too.

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I agree with Kwon Yuri. I've seen Yoona's acting already- and so far, it's alright. But I can't picture her with Lee Minho (even after watching the 45th Baeksang Awards where they both went up on stage together to receive their awards).

I think Yuri should do it. Her acting is great! Moon Chaewon needs a new drama too though- so maybe her.

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*sigh* however, I had prayed this one was going to be the reuinion of JJH and YEH. Oh my heart...I miss jjh.he is something to look at & yeh is adorable.

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I have to say I don't agree with idols like Yuri, Yoona or whatever. The novel sounds to have some hot love scenes. So more mature leading lady is preferable. Unless they cut and soften it for the sake of the dramas.
Moon Chae Won is not a bad option, but I'd rather see him having opportunities to cooperate with other actresses, like YEH, Lee Ha Na. Or even perhaps the older one like Han Ga In?

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Joo Ji Hoon AND Yoon Eun Hye would have been the perfect casts.

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Well I'm rooting for Moon Chae Won.

Omg how are some mentioning SNSD's Yuri? She can't take lead! She can't even act in the first place. The only two members of female idol groups today that has clearly shown that they can act are SNSD's Yoona and After School's UEE.

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i agree with everyone who says MOON CHAE WON! :D :D :D :D :D
u know who else could have played the lead guy character? jang geun suk! oh well i guess i'll just have to see how well lee minho does at the whole gay thing.

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Wow! Interesting taste in the drama. I wonder who will be the female lead. I hope the girl will be at the same age as him. It seems nowadays people like to pair younger man w/ older woman. I haven't read the novel yet, but I think it will be new and original idea.

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how about Park Han Byul or Jung Ryu Won for the female lead? they're both older than Lee Minho & they seem the noona types..?

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Funny I've always imagined MCW to be paired with LMH for his new project - and now you suggested it JB! :) Someone dissed Moon Chae Won in one of your post about LMH's new project last time, but I'm glad in this post there are so many people who recognize Moon's talent!

I like Park Bo Young too but I think she looks too cute and young for this drama.

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I'm so excited about this bit of news. Lee Min Ho is such a darling in BOF. I hope they pair him with an older female actress. I'm all for noona love in 2010. :-)

#121, Park Han Byul and Jung Ryeo Won are good choices. I like Yoon Eun Hye, too.

@70 nom_kitteh, @108 Drama Dazed, and @119 Missy--> I miss Jang Geun Seuk, too. And I know he will be wonderful as the male lead :-)

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Wow! I am very interesting to read all of comments from people's opinion ---

-- Unbelievable........

Oooh, I am rooting for Park Shin Hye! (I really admire her from "Stairway to Heaven, Tree of Heaven, and You're Beautiful")

--> It's because I am sure that it would be good for Lee Min Ho & Park Shin Hye together in a new drama "Personal Taste" -- I HOPE SO! Awwies....I can't believe that Lee Min Ho had known Park Bo Young and Moon Chae Won for a long time like as "old buddies", lolz.

Ohh......SNSD Yuri & Lee Min Ho ?? How interesting......

Anyway, I will enjoy watching Lee Min Ho act like "gay" guy this drama & I pray for the guessing (??) main female lead would be -- Park Shin Hye!

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One thing --- Haha, I am sure I do agreed with some comments about --

I still miss Jang Geun Seok! Hmm.....(sad puppy pouts)

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Oh, i would love to see MCW with LMH. She's a great actress and she always has amazing chemistry with her co-star even when she's not the main lead (recalling how I got excited over MCW-JIW couple in My Fair Lady). I regard both MCW and LMH as promising young actors. I have a perception that promising couple pairing is rarely disappointing since they know how to play with their emotion and express it on the screen.

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Ooh, ooh- I vote Park Bo Young or Lee Min Jung. If not, any actress that can actually, um, ACT, I'm fine with. :)

I like Moon Chae Won but she looks older than Lee Min Ho.

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I root for my 2 favourite actresses :
Moon Chae Won and Lee Min Jung ( both had chemistry with LMH)

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yaaaay i really wanted this plot played out in a kdrama! lol i also saw that bollywood movie lol
this is gonna be good with LMH!
i also want PSH (after watching the CFs lol)
they loook soooo cute!
yay! so excited!

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yes, yes, yes, yes, yes to Moon Chae-won. They would be so adorable, it's about TIME she got her first lead role and ... yes. :)

I'm so excited to see Min-ho in a new drama. Hopefully this one doesn't have as many flaws as BOF... (even though I loved it...)

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Woot Woot! I would definitely love to see Lee Min Ho and Yoon Eun Hye in this project. It's gonna be the best thing ever if this is realized.

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Hoping for Park Shin Hye to be cast as the female lead :)
(although my fangirl heart still ships him with Gu Hye Sun, lol!)

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AHHHHHH!! YESSSSSSSSSS!!!! :D :D :D :D :D

I was just thinking about him. I was like...hmm I wonder when he will pick his new project and now he has! Ah I'm so excited! Love it!

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Can't wait! And if they really wanna pass him off as gay all they have to do is give him the same wardrobe he had in BOF and maybe mix in a little taekyung's you're beautiful wardrobe!(no wait, let's not go overboard!)

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What great news this is ~ to hear that Lee Min-ho has finally
chosen his next acting project. This story-line sounds as if
it has the makings to be a really delightful romantic comedy.
And for the fans who already thought that LMH was the perfect
man as Gu Jun-pyo, the addition of scenes of him....as a man
who enjoys ironing.....will put him in "Perfection Heaven." :)

Seriously, I'm sure that it was very difficult for LMH to choose
just the right balance, after his dazzling fireworks performance
in "Boys Over Flowers." Any role that even remotely resembled
GJP, would have "prooven" that that role was all he could do........
OR
.......if he had chosen his next role as someone evil, like an insane
ax murderer, the LMH ~ GJP fan club would have been outraged.
A no-win situation for him, in either case.

I'm really glad that he took his time before deciding what role
to do next. There should have been plenty of time to spare (I hope)
during all of those commercials, endorsements, and clothing photo
shoots that he's done, for him to read plenty of scripts.

And I hope that his contract with the producers allows him time to sleep ~
Wishing LMH all the best ~ with this role, and for his future career!

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gotta be the best news this year!!!
LMH u have kept us waiting long!

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I say moon chae won, park shin hye ( i'm really hope for park shin hye) or even lee min jung

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I squealed. I've waited for this drama for soooo long~~ yay.

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After Boy Over Flowers, this new series would be interesting
to watch. I hope it pushes through.

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AAAAAHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!

LEE MIN HO!!!!!! <33333333
I THINK MOON CHAE WON IS PERFECT 4 THIS 2!!!!!!!!! PLEASE LET THEM DO THIS ONE TOGETHER!!!!!

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Wow!
Lee min ho is back with new project....that's really good. And it seems like they still haven't decided on the female lead...
Well, i am with all the people here who voted for PARK SHIN HYE... she is really talented and beautiful from her heart too. And I fell in love with her innocence from the first drama i saw of her which was 'Tree of Heaven'...and with 'YOU'RE BEAUTIFUL', i just got blown off my mind.
I really hope that she will get the lead role in here and in every drama n movies...hehehe...i REALLY REALLY LOVE HER...
PARK SHIN HYE all the way...*chu*

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only LEE MIN HO could produce enough hype to have 142 comments on such a simple post.
I LOVE HIM

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I know that some people complain that she's over rated but I really like
Yoona and I think she looked good with LMH last year when they
both won the New Actor award at one of the ceremonies. While I like
Yuri a lot...I don't know whether she can act or not. What I have seen
(skits and stuff), I sort of thought she over acts but I like her so I'm going to
reserve judgement until I see her in a series.

So I guess I vote Yoona.

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@118: Yoona can NOT even act for christ sakes! and Yuri's only acted in a sitcom before- so you can't judge on whether she could take lead or not.

anyway, for those who have rooted for yuri- chances are impossible mainly because she has already been casted in another sitcom (that is airing after HTTR). from there, i'm sure we'll see another silly side of her. she'll do great!

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Yuri's acting in a sitcom soon? COOL. I loved her in UM =)

#118= Just because one hasn't shown their other side of acting as a lead beforehand doesn't mean they can't act. In example, Lee Boyoung started out as a villain- then a few years later, she became knownst for picking up in lead roles. Another example is Han Hye Jin - she was also the same.

I'm sure Yuri will be just as great, or even better, than Yoona and Uee (whoever she is). Maybe it's just not her time to be lead yet- but you should'nt have to be so immature about this and downgrade someone who is in a much much much higher position than you are already.

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@123 Brendel - "I hope they pair him with an older female actress. I’m all for noona love in 2010".

Me too. All for noona love! Hope they pair him with an older actress like Son Ye Jin, Song Hye Kyo or Kim Ha Neul.

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i'm hoping for moon chae won... that girl can act... I also saw mackarel run with both of them as lead... Not the best drama and it was cut short ( too bad!) but base on mackarel run... LMH can pull off a dorky and comedic role( totally opposite from his arrogant character in BBF) and LMH and MCW look good together...

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Nice! I will look forward.

And JB don't bring my hopes up! I wish Moon Chae-won signs! *fingers crossed*

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I think I changed my mind. I'm gonna vote for YEH instead of MCW. Since MCW and LMH have already paired before and I highly doubt it that they'll be paired again for this next drama. My only hope is that the female lead won't look older in comparison to him. It'll be weird if it does. Or... they have to find another new fresh look, so that we won't be too disappointed for expecting who's gonna be his best love interest in this drama.

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i cant wait to see...
Im excited!!!

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Reading through the 150+ comments from everyone,
I seem to be one of the few people who haven't
suggested an actress for the lead in "Personal Taste."

I'm pretty new to Korean TV, so I did a search of the
actresses who have already been suggested; some
of them I've seen in kdramas, others I've never heard of.
So it would be pretty stupid of me to comment...............:)

I'm watching the 100+ episode drama "Jolly Widows" now.
Park Han Byul is in it, and she does a good job with her role.
But I got to thinking about [b]another actress[/b] from "Jolly Widows"
who I think would be perfect in this LMH drama.....as a sophisticated,
maybe older, can't be bothered with romance, career woman.

How about Jo An?
Her site shows 3 photos of her ~ now, pretty sexy, and as a cute schoolgirl.
http://asiamediawiki.com/Jo_An

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@145 cady
Yuri can't even act well in sitcoms & small skits. What makes you believe she can act better in a big drama as the lead?? Hell just have all the idol group members move on into acting! -.-

@146 Kendra
Why yes I am immature and I already know Yuri's in a "much much much higher position" than me but she still can't act. I wish she'll just stick to singing and dancing and MCing

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