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Shin Se-kyung cast in My Girlfriend Is A Gumiho

Finally, some movement: 19-year-old rising star Shin Se-kyung — who recently shot to popularity after acting in the sitcom High Kick Through the Roof — has agreed to the lead role in the romance-fantasy drama series My Girlfriend Is A Gumiho.

The competition was stiff, and the Hong sisters writing duo considered top names to play the glamorous, gorgeous gumiho (a mythical creature that is depicted as a fox with nine tails who takes human form but feeds on human organs). Shin’s competition included Jeon Ji-hyun in her highly anticipated television comeback (I wonder if that means Jeon will take Rain’s drama now) and 2NE1’s Sandara Park. While the contracts aren’t yet finalized, Shin Se-kyung has told producers of her decision; she will join Lee Seung-gi, who plays the innocent (and ever-so-slightly-wimpy) boyfriend who both loves and fears her.

My Girlfriend Is A Gumiho will broadcast on SBS in August. While I think Jeon Ji-hyun would have fit the image of the role perfectly, and I’ve got nothing against Sandara Park (though she seems more cute than proud), I think Shin Se-kyung is a good fit and I’ll look forward to it. Heck, with this writing team, I’ll be looking forward to it anyway.

Via Now News, DongA

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i thought she's kim so eun! anyway, im glad that i'll get to see lee seung ki again! weeee :)

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Wanted Dara but i guess Shin Se kyung suits the role slightly more.
Looking forward to this!

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i wanted sandara!!!!! awwwwww. this broke my heart!

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This is FANTASTIC!
I think Shin Se-kyung is a promising actress and possibly a JJH in the making (fingers crossed), it's great she's been given this kind of a role to stretch her acting range with.
Given how luminous and beautiful she is (as a bonus), she'll be perfect playing a mythical, deceptive character.

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Good for her, hope the drama does well. I just can't accept the fact that she is just 19 years old, seriously the girl looks nearly in her 30's.

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Lucky LSGi!!! She's gorgeous!!!!! Seung Gi should change his ideal girl type to SSK. I mean come on, look at her!!!! Whats not to like?

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i'm a bit disappointed... i love both jeon ji hyun and sandara so if one of them had gotten the role, i'd have been really enthusiastic anticipating this drama... however, since this is the work of HONG sisters, i'll never miss this :) I hope shin se kyung plays the part well.... :)

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@6
Yeah. That girl is surely looks older than her real age.

But I want Lee Min Jung =.=" Ah well... let's just see if she would fit the role or not.

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I'm actually happy that it's her.
She fits the look perfectly and I've never considered Jeon Ji-hyun that taleneted, sure I like my sassy girl but her parts after that and Blood the last vampire were just meh.
Sandara Park is super cute but I can't see her as a Gumiho either, Shin Se Kyung looks almost like she could really be a fox.

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heck they could cast kim hyun joong and i would still watch it,

i am so looking forward to this.

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@ #9: Me too. I wanted Lee Min-jung to be the Gumiho...

Omo. I'm still going to watch this because I adore LSG :) and I love the Hong sisters!

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Sandara Park was never considered for the role here. I remember an article saying that. And it's amazing how the series HIGH KICK can boost a certain actor's popularity. Jung Il Woo became famous after the first HK series, now it's SSK!

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EW. Acting is mediocre and doesn't give off good vibe. I don't think as a viewer I can root for her character.

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I remember her.. she plays young princess Cheon Myung in QSD. I actually like her better than the older version princess Cheon Myung. She has melancholic face. I'm probably the only one who is not thrilled about LSG.. oh well... :-)

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Most of female leads in Hong's sister were below 23 -(not sure abt Song Yu Ri)so JJH, Lee Min Jung, Dara, are considered 'old' in their textbook. Not sure abt SSK acting, but she's really popular nowdays.

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ohhh...... i'm not a fan of SSK (dull to watch) so this is disappointing. i didn't even know jeon ji hyun had been considered, but i would have been much more excited if it had been her. i think sandara park looks the part as well. but eh, if this is their choice.

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opps correction, HYS is one of the heroin who are more tha 23yrs when she starred in FC.. anyways, most of them are very young.

One thing, new actresses nowdays are so lucky, eventhough the rating of their dramas are around 10-17%, they still can be really popular, unlike the era of SHG, Cha Rim, Lee Da hae, YEH, etc-they must hit above 20% in order to be recognized.

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Odd thing is that YGentertainment stated that Dara was considered for this role and then the company later said she wasn't. Something is fishy but nothing that should be made a big deal out of since they've apparently made their decision.

I'd rather be it Kim So Eun rather than Shin Se Kyung but I have nothing against Shin Se Kyung despite the fact I was hoping it was Dara instead. Oh well. The story is still interesting nonetheless and even though I'm not too impressed with Lee Seung Gi (wasn't a fan of SHINING INHERITANCE), I will give this a try!

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I believe she'll fit the role just fine...altho the other choices were also appropriate (i thought dara was never considered but it was lee min jung from smile, you/BOF/WAY?). the main thing is that after YAB (and MG, and HGD, etc. etc.), there's no way i'm going to miss this!!! hope lee seung gi will do fine.

and thanks for the news!

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mmmm - have always been on the fence with shin se kyung... but i'm trusting the Hong Sisters and lee seung gi on this. besides - as long as they have good chemistry, anything's possible right?

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Well, she has the looks, but will she still have that slightly bewildered and timid attitude she had in 'High Kick"? In my mind, a Gumiho would have a very quick,alert, dangerous air about her. I guess we'll see.

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I agree w/ the above comment that finds SSK's acting to be "dull." Perhaps that's because of the roles she's played in the past, but it seems to be a stark contrast from the past Hong sisters' leading actresses. That being said, visually, SSK looks the part of a gumiho so I can definitely see why they would cast her.

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Not entirely satisfied but satisfied enough. I watched a little bit of high kick through the roof and she doesn't seem to stand out for me. I'm sure people said the same things about Han Chae young, Han Ye Seul, Sung Yuri, and Park Shin Hye (and even Lee Da Hae) when they were first offered a Hong sisters drama, but they nevertheless won over so many people's hearts. Hopefully this role will breath life into her.

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I'm surprised most of the people here aren't that excited with SSK as the lead especially since everyone I know (plus Korea) seems to really like her. I personally think she's really gorgeous and talented (though I do agree with the comments saying she looks old for her age... she looks like she's around 25 IMO). I personally never really LOVED any drama in the past penned by the Hong sisters (they were just okay for me), but I'm looking forward to watching this now.

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i love hong sisters drama so ill be watching it
but she is a new face to me, never watched high kick before
hoping it will be goodXD

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Well, Shin Se Kyung is really popular right now, and I guess it's for a good reason, and I liked Lee Seung Gi in Shining Inheritance and the Hong Sisters' writing is somewhat solid, so I'm trusting that this will be good. Now we just have to wait for August.

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i love the hong sisters!! i've watched Sassy Girl, My Girl, HGD, and YAB.. i love all of them!! although i would like to see JGS as the lead, but i guess it'll be fine anyway.. hope there'll be another hong sisters drama that includes JGS..

Hong sisters!! fighting!!

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I agree with you javabeans.. Jeon would have been perfect for the role. However I think they picked the best actress for the role. Shin Se Kyung is the current rising star with a lot of potential, and the Hong sisters drama usually is a vehicle for stardom. Plus, I could not agree more that this being a Hong sisters drama, I would watch it anyway if the actress turned out to be Lee Jia!!

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Seems like a GOOD choice!! Shin Se-kyung has proved her talent and her popularity a bit thru her previous projects...and I'm curious to see what kind of role the Hong Sisters will giver her as gumiho.

She's got a nice mix of foxy and innocent (kinda like how Lee Seung Gi has a mix of boyish and manly, lols)....so I have high hopes that this will be another DAEBAK! ^_^

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Shin Se-Kung is 19?! WOW! All this time, I thought she was in her middle 20s...but still, I'm excited for this drama cuz it's the Hong's sisters drama. It doesn't really matter about who, but it's a matter about acting. Shin Se-Kung is actually quite popular, so we'll see what she have to offer.

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Jeon is kinda old for Lee Seung Gi, and can Dara act? Just looking cute with three other girls doesn't make Dara an actress.

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Eh.. I was hoping it won't be her. I never find her ~glamorous or gorgeous. She's plain pretty at best.

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Sandara Park was never considered for the role. I'm really glad that Shin Se Kyung got the role in the end.

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Kindof disappointed.. I wanted Lee Min-jung! Lee Min-jung can actually act. But I'm still looking forward nevertheless..

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I KNEW IT I KNEW IT!!
i think she and seung gi would look really good together
i cant wait, i totally love the hong sisters!

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Yay she was my first choice of the three!

I secretly want Jeon Ji-hyun to be in Rain's drama. And I much prefer Shin Se-kyung to Sandara Park.

Good news!

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oh! i just realised she plays the best friend of moon geun young's character in my little bride. and that, for some reason, makes me interested in this news. go hong sisters!

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About her acting, from what I've seen of SSK so far:
I only saw her High Kick role in snippets and I don't think the role kind of allowed her to be anything but dull.
She was great as the young Chun Myung in QSD, she was meant to be an overbearing, self-righteous (wishywashy) royal, but in spite of it she was quite fiery and had a spark. It's that spark which makes me v. hopeful!

I adore JJH but just feel it's nice for n00b actress to be given a chance, JJH and Sandara Park (if she was considered) are already pretty successful in their respective fields.

About her age, I find she has a very cute cherub face, she definitely looks like a teenager to me..?

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YESSS!!...i ws hoping it would be her over Sandara Park...im content on that...but WOOT?!1....they actually considered Jeon Ji Hyun???......maan i would have sooo rooted for her had i known...bt she is a little older and honestly I would rather she play something else (not a comic role) for her television comeback......maybe with an older actor.....so I guess it doesnt matter anyway....and like JB said with this writing team it wouldnt matter who got cast...i love the Hong Sisters!!..i owe my kdrama addiction to them....

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Shin Se Kyung or jeon Ji Hyun over Sandara ANY day!
seriously, if were gonna go for a big name here, dont just go pickin a rookie.
I like Shin Se Kyung, she's good, and sexy. Haha

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at first, i'm rooting for Sung Yuri because she's beautiful and funny and she also made a mark after Hong Gil Dong...

I hope SSK will be good at this because the MIGHTY HONG SISTERS wrote this story and they never failed us in choosing the right actors for the characters like Han Yeseul in Couple Fantasy, Sung Yuri in Hong Gil Dong, Park Shin Hye in You're Beautiful... Hong Sisters have high standards...

JIAYOU!!

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ugh... i guess she totally looks the part of an evil fox D8...
... do not see the pairing though honestly. whywhywhy.

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Been looking forward for this drama since I heard that "heodang" Seunggi will play the lead male role...
Yaaay, so glad that they choose SSK over sandara park kekeke.. (no offense)
And hopefully Hong sisters won't disappoint me twice (wasn’t a fan of YAB)

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I think SSK's image fits LSG more.

I saw that some ppl wanted Lee Min Jung..she is an awesome actress, but I think she would fit another main lead - not LSG.

I like LSG, let's see if he will do well in this drama too =3

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I'm glad they cast SSK instead of Dara. I love Dara but seriously she has the body of a 11 year old. How can she play a fox. She's more like a rabbit. Looking forward to this Drama.

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Im kindda dissapionted.
I think JJH or SP or LMJ would have fit the role.
YOur pretty,
BUt zJJH and SP and LMJ had the proud look in them and fierce too!=)

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Shin - Sekyung ... I saw her acted in Queen Seon Deok and she really did a great job there...i believe she has a chemistry with LSG...

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was rooting for LMJ but SSK would be nice too.

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i'm not quite sure, but i think it's not yet final... there are still news articles stating that no final decision has been made yet. The production team of this drama seriously needs to make up their minds soon.

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Love her in QSD so I'll be rooting for her :p.

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