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Lee Yoon-ji joins idol-laden cast of Dream High

Underrated (imo) actress Lee Yoon-ji (Dandelion Family) has come onboard the Korean Fame-like drama series Dream High, in which lots of idol stars will act as aspiring versions of themselves, playing high school students in an arts school. Lee will play a teacher at the school who is characterized by “elegant, perfect style and strong charisma,” who cultivates young stars of tomorrow.

And can I just say: Finally! A real actor! I was worried for Kim Soo-hyun (Giant) for a bit there, because while he is a fabulous young actor and can certainly carry the lead role, he’s surrounded by newbies. He’s held his own (and then some) opposite some of television’s top veterans, so I just hope his talents aren’t wasted.

(I’ll take the moment to reiterate that I am not saying all idols make horrible actors. Some are decent, and a select few are good, even great. (Some also suck.) It’s just that I grow doubtful when a whole cast of relative newbies is thrown together and expected to carry a drama on the strength of their fanbases and personal charm. A star’s appeal and charm are great things, but they are in no way substitutes for acting experience or training.)

The other cast members include idol stars Taecyeon (Cinderella’s Sister) and Jang Woo-young of 2PM, Suji of pop group Miss A, and T-ara’s Ham Eun-jung (Coffee House). The show is being produced by Hallyu actor-producer-businessman Bae Yong-joon and kpop hitmaker Park Jin-young, both of whom are slated to make cameo appearances.

I can’t say I’m excited, but with Kim Soo-hyun and Lee Yoon-ji attached, my fears are alleviated somewhat. We shall see soon enough; Dream High is scheduled for an early January premiere, and will produce 16 episodes.

Via No Cut News

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to add to that list of idols., pop singer IU is also there, and JOO of JYP Entertainment...way to go JYP!!! talk about broadening the horizon (insert sarcasm there...) i think another actor-actor was cast, but can't seem to remember...

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Hm I'm actually looking forward to this drama! I did watch Dandelion Family (mostly for her and Kim Dong-wook's scenes) and I really like her screen presence.

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Oh, he gets to be act alongside veterans in Dream High, too. None other than Bae Yong-joon.
Hahaha, yeah, smart career move, laundry boy.

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Eunjung is gonna look like an A-lister compared to the other idols.

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haha!...her and taec

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No. just eunjung.

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with all these idol actors, I doubt most of them will have that much screen-time. Maybe most will probably get like 20 minutes out of the entire series. All this news of idol actors sounds like name-dropping to hype up the series.

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i thought the girl from miss A was called suzy =="
i'd watch this drama just for the sake of my loyalty to 2PM BUT THANK GOD some of the cast are actual 'real' actors :) so there would be less awkward acting ^^
phew

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"suzy" is pronounced "soo-ji" in korean lol

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I'm in agreement with you javabeans, Lee Yoon-ji is very much an underrated actress. With the rash of idol-based dramas (All My Love with Jo Kwon, Ga In, and Doo Joon come to mind) on the horizon I have to wonder what the producers, writers, etc. are thinking.

Though I have to admit Ham Eun Jung was fun to watch in Coffee House, but she still has a ways to go (grow into acting) before she'll shine as an actress.

I'm hopeful this won't be a jumble/mess of a show and they'll (the writers, PD, etc.) will put some real thought into making something unique and enjoyable.

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I agree about Eun Jung. She was just as good as any rookie actress. I didn't even know she was from T'ARA til the drama was over.

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Suji! hahaa, well we kpop fans usually call her Suzy, and she uses twitter name as Suzy, but I can read Hangul and it is "Su ji" and last time when she was MC-ing in Music Core, her mic's name is Suji.
It's cute nonetheless.

I agree, even though as Kpop enthusiast, I'm interested to see idols try to act, but I also want a decent drama with real acting. But then, we never know.
Maybe these newbies can do great, because they will play as "the aspiring version of themselves", and I'm ready to be surprised!

I wonder why Kim Hyunjoong is not in it, since it comes from BYJ's company ( where he's in )

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It will be a nightmare if kim hyun joong is in it.

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LOL! Took the words right out of my mouth.

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I think Micky YooChun doing well in SKKS as a beginner

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Hmm it was mediocre performance. He was the sole reason I did not get addicted to SKKS. I could not get it, how on earth was the worst actor among the 3 of them suppose to be the main lead and he’s the one who is suppose to get the girl. Trust me I had no idea who Micky was, I was just judging him as an actor. The character could never grew on me. Yoorim and Jashin stole the show.

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i doubt that you don't even know who micky is...i think he did well in skks..netizens of korea keep praising him for his acting and who are you to say that?lol
another jealous fans of yoorim and jaeshin i guess..although i love yoorim and jaeshin but i'll never talked bad about anyone else to put them higher....grow up dude

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Wow, defensive much? O_O
7.2.1.'s comment sounded like an honest critique, IMHO. I didn't know who Yoo Chun was before SKKS, either. ;)
There's no need to be rude to the commenter for giving his/her honest (and fairly worded) opinion. Peace.

As for the drama, let's hope Kim Soo Hyun, Lee Yoon Ji, and Uhm Ki Joon's talents can be displayed as they so richly deserve. :D

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lawl, i just can't refrain myself. who are YOU to say that? why can't 7.2.1 state their opinion?
"grow up"? seeing how it's coming from the same person who quickly accused another of being ~another jealous fan of yoorim and jaeshin~ without any sort of substantial proof, i find it pretty amusing. how about you grow up and stop being so butthurt.
o btw, micky yoochun is no britney spears, it's very possible that there are people who don't know him.

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This is exactly why I'm not going to enjoy this show. People state their perfectly reasonable opinion and get attacked by hordes of crazy fans with almost expletives like 'jealous hater' (when they generally don't even know what it means) but what the hell - 'are you dissing the WUB of my WIBE?! I don't CARE what you said! You Jealous Hater!' There, that should make me feel better. *rollseyes*

I remember when Taec fans were pinning the succes of CS on him. I can just see what my poor Yoon Ji and Soo Hyun are going to have to go through in this. I actually wish that KHJ would replace Soo Hyun so this can be a complete disaster without gems like KSH to break my poor Idol-free heart.

I just hope they cast a REAL actress as the lead - please? atleast spare Soo Hyun?

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@hjmoko.
uhm ki joon is in this too??....woah.....as far as bringing in the serious actors (outside of the idols)is considered they have done an awsome job!!...now im (kinda) in...once the dramagods oblige to my wishes and cast Park Bo Young too i'll definitely be in

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I totally agree with you Anonymous. I really like Micky as a kpop artist but his character in SKKS was just frustrating. He had some moments where he was doing good but mostly he suffered from stiffinitis (my lame word to describe this condition of newbie idols/actors) making it hard to feel much for his character. I think its one of the reasons why i feel so strongly that Moon Jae Shin should have gotten the girl in the end!

Fortunately for me though, the drama had enough charm and the other characters (especially Yong Ha and Jae Shin) had enough appeal that allowed me to finish this drama.

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ummmm...i didnt make that first comment....that's another person with the no screename as well..i actually liked micky...he wasnt phenomenal but he was decent

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yeah i know it's your opinion so whatever but i thought micky did a good job for an idol-turned-actor, wayyyyyy better than taecyeon and kim hyunjoong.

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I am a non-korean and am not into boy bands at all and didn't know who YooChun was. But like Sam, I too thought he did extremely well for a beginner. For sure, he needs to improve a lot. Particularly in scenes where the other characters are speaking and he doesn't have many dialogues, his face does not at times show any emotion.

This said, I loved him as Lee Sun Joon. I cannot imagine anybody else as that character. Considering that it was not an easy role to play and that he had such experienced and talented actors as his costars, I think he did well. I loved the lead pair and I had loads of fun watching their interactions. And definitely Yoochun made a wise choice to do such a role where there is a very visible character development unlike Playful kiss where the male lead remains pretty much the same.

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I wonder why my comment leads to this debate? :P
I didn't even mentioned SKKS!

anyhow, I love SKKS! I love DBSK, I love JYJ when Junsu doesn't wear apron! I love KHJ when he's being 4D self!
I love everyone!

ps : but I love Taecyeon more :D ...and even if this drama will be a train wreck, I'm so going to watch Taec and Suzy's love scenes. I'm shallow I can't help.

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lol, it seems like everyone is still a suffering from SKKS withdrawal.

I am fine with KHJ making a cameo appearance, but not otherwise, although he did improve in PK, i still think he's still got a long way to go. and i am glad that LYJ is joining this project, she gives off this warm aura that just makes her really likeable.

off-topic-- someone needs to burn that atrocious apron-shirt-like-thing-idontevenknowwatitis.

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This drama sounds like a NIGHTMARE.

I don't think two serious, non idol actors are going to be enough to save this =/

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What i wanna know is who will be the main actress. Please let it be Park Bo Young!

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I'll rather Lee Yoon Hee

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It still going to suck anyway.
They might as well just include everyone from jype entertainment.

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i like her. in goong and the other show that gu hye sun was in last time as a china girl. =]]]

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Yea, yea, that's why I found her face familiar when I saw this post. She was Shin's sister in Goong and she was also the younger sister to Koo Hye Sun's love interest in Pure 19.

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BYJ and JYP are marketing gods. I can just see the OST and all the "Dream High" merchandise flying off the DATV and JYP websites. This show may end up being a cheesy ripoff of Fame and High School Musical, but BYJ and JYP are brilliant enough to pull it off. They have cast this drama very cleverly to pull in the viewers. The tweens/teens will tune in to see their "idols" and the Ajumma Army will be glued to their tv's waiting for a glimpse of Mr. Bae in his first tv appearance in 3 years.

I bet the overseas rights are sold before they even film the first episode.

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You forgot to mention Glee.

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I'm a big 2pm stan. But I don't think I want to watch this.
It's a train-wreck in the making.

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Lee Yoon Ji will not only be the prettiest face on the screen, but the most talented actress as well. She's been consistantly making converts and stealing scenes in her own inobtrusive way for years and this production will, no doubt, reveal much of the same. Yoon Ji was instantly the object of affection for middle-aged viewers through her endearing performaces in several long-running daily dramas (including Han River Ballad (MBC, 2004) Pure In Heart (KBS1, 2006), By My Side (MBC, 2007) and her performance as the queen in The Great King Sejong (KBS1, 2008.) Despite winning several awards, creating goodwill and warming hearts with her glamorous looks and mega-watt smile whenever and wherever she appears, her fame tends to fly just under the radar and has many refering to her as: "...that girl who was Kangin's wife on 'We Got Married', or "...the Princess from'Goong', etc. She always gets noticed, but never in a huge way. As a long time convert, I am happy to see her attached to another series that will no doubt gain her more attention wondering, "Who is that really pretty big sister who plays the drama teacher in 'Dream High?'...

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She's the main reason to watch Dandelion Family - when she's on screen, the whole thing feels real and grounded. I'm a fan, but the descriptions of this production make me feel unsettled. I always hope stuff is awesome, but I don't have a good feeling about this at all.

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So this drama is set into a highschool.. While What's Up focuses on college kids? I wish What's Up already got a broadcast date.. Does anybody have an idea why there's still no news?

I'll watch this bec of KSH..

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Ever since her role in Goong, I thought this actress had presence and charm.

I hope to see her do more substantive work that showcases her strengths.

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Don't know what to think about this drama. Read somewhere that it's a musical drama.

Does that mean they are gonna break into a song at any moment? O_o

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love love LOVE her....finally someone w/ experience...i'm hoping they cast Park Bo Young as KSH's love interest....that would be awsome!!

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yeah..i love park bo young..miss her already

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This looks like "Nonstop 5" but it has less episodes, and it's an hour long.

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Yes!! She's definitely an actress I love to watch^^ I watched Dandelion Family just because of her^^ she's pretty awesome, and she's cool and down-to-earth I love this piece of news, hopefully she'll get more recognition and people become aware of her more...
On a sidenote.. I also love that one of my favourite trot singers is her cousin^^ Park Hyunbin^^

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I can't wait for this drama already. Too excited!!

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Oh, I keep on confusing this with Im Joo-hwan's drama, haha. :)

Completely unrelated, I know.

:)

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im hoping these idol stars are playing very very side characters, whilst they let the real talent perform

...yes yes im a teeny bit annoyed cos ive been waiting for kim soo hyun's lead project for a while and now its turned into an idol plague

...all i can say is thank god they didnt cast yoona....but ham eun jung is pretty good i liked her in coffee house....and i guess taec wasnt too bad in CS...

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my sentiments exactly. The guy's got talent and I'm hoping they pair him up with a great female lead. Believe it or not I was hoping they'd cast Yuri of SNSD.

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'im a teeny bit annoyed cos ive been waiting for kim soo hyun’s lead project for a while and now its turned into an idol plague"
me too.....tsk tsk...bt to most of the idols (the ones with not much experience) at least have been cast as minor characters...barring i think taec..who i thiought was pretty decent in CS anyways... but i am impressed by the actors they chose for the more substanital roles....as long as they dont cast another newbie idol for femal lead oppostite KSH...please please god let it be Park Bo Young!!

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I believe Eun Jung might get that role.

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I love her..
She have strong auro and screen presents.

But I don't think my love to her will make me watch this show. It's too much idol for my taste

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I think I'm the only crazy one whose actually excited about this drama because of the idols. Yes the acting will probably be bad but eye candies man eye candies.

Wooyoungg <3

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Gosh, Lee Yoon Ji look verrryyyy beautiful young woman, of course! ((cuz' this picture (above) of her pose like that))

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Aaaa! Now I remember her! She's in Goong! (i just know her only in that drama) No wonder her face looks familiar to me... She's the Prince's sister right? hahaha...

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From the summary of the drama, sounds a lot like a Korean version of Glee, a lot of pretty people singing and dancing. Hopefully the plot will be as good (like Glee's) to keep the drama interesting!

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I like Yoon-Ji. And Soo-hyun. But the list of idol casting makes me nervous. I'll probably wait for reviews to see how it turns out.

Totally counting on you, JB and GF!

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i love youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu yoon ji .

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