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My Princess begins rehearsals

Earlier this week, star-studded rom-com My Princess held its first script reading, and I would’ve given my left foot to be a fly on the wall of that room. Because if it went the way I imagine, this drama is going to be one epic crash and burn.

Please, someone tell me who thought it’d be a good idea to have Kim Tae-hee (IRIS) and Song Seung-heon (East of Eden) deliver dialogue written by the most verbose of drama writers. Writer Kim Eun-sook (Secret Garden, On Air) is known for her “brand-name/designer dialogue” [명품 대사], which is characterized by fast-talking witty banter, delivered a mile a minute. It’s what you’d call delivery-dependent dialogue, because without good actors behind it, the writing feels deliberate, and labored. Imagine lesser actors behind the banter in Secret Garden. Characters like Joo-won who spit miles of vitriol but convey depth underneath the surface are not possible without the acting chops to back it up.

You see my concern with this drama?

I don’t dislike either actor, but I wouldn’t exactly want a pair of actors, known separately for their wooden acting…to join forces as the romantic leads for a drama laced with rapid-fire dialogue. ‘s all I’m sayin’.

I remember liking Song Seung-heon when he debuted. He was shiny and new. I will admit to being distracted by the pretty. But his acting ability has stayed exactly the same since then. To be fair, so has his face, so that’s good for him. Kim Tae-hee was a take-it -or-leave-it actor in IRIS, so I’m sure she’ll be serviceable here, but I’ve never seen her be gripping in anything.

Who knows? There might be a hidden gem in this drama and Kim and Song will pull out all the stops, making my jaw hit the floor.

But with a chaebol-meets-princess storyline to top it all off, that’s asking a lot, Show. You should know that I will be armed with much snark, come January.

My Princess also stars Park Ye-jin and Ryu Soo-young as the second leads, and will be premiering on MBC in January.

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It sounds like a light drama, which can be nice. Still acting is way to important, kind of.. or I need at least one good main lead. Sometimes one cperson can carry a drama completely, that's for sure. Well, we'll see about this one later on then.

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It's about time to watch a train wreck. I hope I'm in the mood come January!

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I agree, i think this is going to be god awful - but you know what? We have two very beautiful people here, who can't act for love nor money.....but that are indeed very beautiful, maybe they will brighten up the deary winter months.
Maybe they will fall in love and have beautiful babies together.

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"maybe they will brighten up the dreary winter months"
this made me LOL.
this drama will be fun precisely because they can't really
act. but if they somehow manage to give some emotion
then it will be a nice surprise.

so either way, im exicted for this =D

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just put the damn thing on MUTE, you guys. lol

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No offense made but I hope and I mean it I hope they do not fall in love and have beautiful babies together please......

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Oh I am so looking forward to this. The only thing I love more than a really good drama is a really bad one, and I'm pretty sure I'll relish tearing this to pieces (in my head). Aah my drama addiction goes way too far sometimes...

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maybe the second leads will steal the show??

i'm not a big KTH and SSH fan either, to be honest. i haven't been able to finish a single series they've been in.

and i know you weren't a fan on "on air" but my god I LOVED IT.

the shrieking! and all the "drama"!!! hahaha

plus, Park Yong Ha, may he RIP.

that cast spit out that dialogue like nobody's business. (albeit, usually in shrill, dramatic voices!)

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yep...i love 'on air' too. mostly because of the dialogue of course and Park Yong Ha too )RIP).

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Park Ye Jin looks fabulous here! She will definitely outshine the leads in terms of her acting skills.

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Wow. Park Ye Jin's short hair looks great.

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I agree! I agree with the comment above Kim too! Thought she's the best dressed of all. And from the pictures above, I thought Song Seung Heon looked stressed... haha.

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She looks fantastic with the short hair!!!! I hope she keeps it because it looks amazing....

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heh, imagine if they'd switched the actors/actresses for the leads and second leads... i think this drama will just be for the lulz.

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I am LOVING Park Yejin's new hairdo. It's SO fresh!

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This could be gloriously awful. I hope it's that and not just pathetically bad. Dare we dream it's another Strongest Chil Woo in terms of awful glory? ㅋㅋ

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"but I wouldn’t exactly want a pair of actors, known separately for their wooden acting…to join forces as the romantic leads for a drama laced with rapid-fire dialogue." - BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA! oh! i can't stop laughing!!! it's actually taking me longer to type my reply because i'm STILL laughing.

JB - you're too funny for words at a lot of times and this time is no exception! thank you.

at this point, i just want to see park ye jin in another drama that i might have to put up with the leads "acting". ^^

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ah the second leads are more interesting...for me!
I never really like ( never hate either ) SSH and KTH, and is still planning to pass this drama.

and yes PYJ is looking great with short hair~~

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the second leads are more interesting too!

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Don't agree!
Song Seung-heon was pretty good in the drama East of Eden!

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I guess we should just resign ourselves to mediocre acting and hoping that the story will get us through it, though the plot doesn't sound interesting to me. Overnight princess reminds me of the tw drama, Romantic Princess, which also suffered from bad acting (also, to me, Wu Zun is like the younger taiwanese version of SSH)

I don't think it will be an epic crash, but the weak combo will make the drama seem like the last vestiges of a lingering cold. To be fair, i think KTH and SSH do have their own charisma and there is the novelty of having KTH and SSH do a rom-com, which I don't think they've done ever in drama format. Maybe they will do better with comedy? at least show more of a lovable side that we would be willing to forget their acting flaws.

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After Playful Kiss, I promised myself to give actors a second chance...but it's do hard to do that for the cast of this drama. At least KHJ & JSM of PK had only one drama each behind them & Min-min was promising in Bad Guy. Can't really say the same for both KTH & SSH now, can't we? How many dramas have they done before already? I hope the plot's laugh-out-loud funny, the scenes are gorgeous, the director's good, & the editing is superb. That would make up for the acting or lack thereof...;)

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I'm not sure if I read your reply wrong, but I'm confused. SSH and KTH both have plenty of dramas under their belt in terms of experience (not to say their acting chops correctly reflect what should be their level of acting with that much experience in hand). But in comparison to KHJ and JSM, they're miles ahead (in terms of dramas completed). SSH's done at least 11 and 1 sitcom (of which he was in the lead in at least 4 and second lead in at least 3). KTH's been the lead of 3 series and the second lead in 2 or 3.

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Oh, I did read wrong. HAHA. You mean KHJ and JSM can be excused because they only have one dramas each, right?

Then I actually agree with you. ^^;;;;;;;;;;;

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I actually beg to differ re: Song Seung-hun's acting. While I don't think he's the best actor out there, he's come miles (several revolutions of the earth, actually) since his beginning days to now. Even when considering East of Eden and his latest work (movie 무적자, or A Better Tomorrow), his acting has improved notably. I thought he did particularly well in A Better Tomorrow.

Now, as to whether he can pull off Kim Eun-sook's dialogue... I don't know. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

And while Kim Tae-hee isn't a good actress, imo, she's always had success with dramas (that never carried onto the big screen, sadly), so here's hoping that luck continues here.

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gotta agree with you. SSH can be really embarrassing in some dramas, but if given the right role, he can be spot on. i loved him in He was cool - even if he was like, 100 years older than the character's age lol

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He Was Cool 4evah!

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another vote for he was cool. still lol when I watched again it.

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I don't get why Park Yejin would want to dowgrade herself to playing with the mediocre 3.

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Your comment is just really mean. i don't think Park Ye Jin feels that way.

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I have this weird "its so bad, its good" feeling from it.
also, is this airing in the cursed MBC timeslot?

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i think so, because MBC picked up Birdie Buddy and that's airing Mon-Tue

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MBC have done what? Oh dear.
But strangely enough, I'm looking forward to Birdie Buddy, for UEE, she's a natural born entertainer.

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This will be an epic drama, epic in the sense that it will be full of pretty shine people(SSH & KTH) but beond the surface there is nothing.
I'm sure KTH will show her range of emotions(2) and SSH will just tag along.

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all i really care about is how are the going to do this princess storyline thing???........is Korea going to have another royal family like Goong?....or do they mean chaebol princess??

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i also have my doubts about the female & male leads cause I havent seen both of them do a romcom, well although SSH did "He was cool". but I am gonna watch this cause the story is interesting & park yejin is in it..
and i am just gonna have faith in the fact that they are actors..

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i've been rewatching love story in harvard, and i remember kim taehee saying in an interview that she had bought the dvds for that series before doing IRIS, and watched herself and was embarrassed by her own acting. but i didn't think her acting was THAT terrible. in fact, i really liked her in it. but i might be biased because that drama may just be one of my guilty pleasures lol

but the girl can pull off tears. i don't know if they're real or fake, but she can really cry. and i'm hoping that IRIS will have improved her acting. same for song seung hun and east of eden.

i thought i liked kim eun sook, simply because i loved lovers in paris and on air so much... but i'm kind of getting tired of her writing style. it doesn't feel fresh anymore, and sometimes the slapstick scenes annoy me. there were lines in secret garden that made me burst out laughing, she can write some funny things. but i'm not sure yet if it's the writer or the actors that's not making me click with the drama. i simply am not clicking with ha jiwon or hyun bin, which was a surprise. i thought i'd like them both.

anyway maybe this drama will help me confirm... i like both of these actors so much i hope the script isn't too annoying!! meaning... her slapstick silly comedy scenes that she likes to sprinkle her scripts with.

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At least the both of them will be eye candy?

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i'm actually looking forward to this. it may turn out cringe-worthy but i'm sure it's going to be pure entertainment. i'm actually pretty disappointed it MSOAN. maybe it was bc i was so pumped for it. of course the couple are way adorable but i feel no excitement to watch the upcoming episodes.

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i seriously agree!
i'm definitely looking forward to the drama, and just like playful kiss, even if people don't like it, i will! and i know that kim tae hee may not be the best actress, she can click onto her roles really well.. and i always thought song seung hun pulled off his characters really nice! but oh well.
and I was so excited for the Mary stayed out all night, but i'm a little less excited, cuz of Secret Garden. Secret Garden has some intense scenes, ahem ep 4! but i'm still watching MSOAN because it's pretty freaking adorable! i really love the two leads! and moon geun young is my favorite actress!

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awwww! yejin looks so pretty! sorry kim taehee fans but PYJ is gonna eat her whole in this drama..i mean acting wise.

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ew, seriously- even the title of this drama is bland and stereotypical. PYJ shouldn't be wasting her talent acting in this!

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i hope the best for this drama... especially cuz PYJ coming out... but even SJS couldn't break the wednesday mbc curse, how do you expect "wooden" main actors to?

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JANUARY - what am I'm going to do this holiday season?
The MBC lineup is pretty pitiful. Birdie Buddy looks like a dud!

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I bet this series will surprise us for good or bad. We'll see who is right. I'm looking forward to the diplomat scenes as they're going to film at the official embassy and the actors were asked to be ambassadors. Of course acting ability is number one but another quality that can't be underestimated is *star* quality and deny it if you want, but KTH and SSH have that in spades. Something tells me they will both have leading roles for many more years regardless of their critics, 97% who post here ; )

(Missing Kang Dong Won already...he who has great acting ability and can't take your eyes away screen presence)

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well spoken indeed! :D

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BOF, IMO was a disaster both in script and performance yet there were people hooked on it. Never seen Kim Tae Hee in anything, saw SSH in Autumn Tale and rooted for Won Bin. Regardless, it's just a rom com anyway and will give it a shot. Plus it stars characters in the age group I like to watch.

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MBC deserves bad rating for picking such crap a hidden gem say a hidden disaster its a crime to hire any of those 2 while lots of talented ppl sit home with nothing to do

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This is kinda mean but I kinda wished that Park Yeh Jin and the second lead guy are the leads for this drama! LOL...but I guess we'll see...Yet again, the writer's type of drama needs gooooodd actors to deliver her dialogues well in my opininon...

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I know he's a bad actor but SSH is just so good-looking I'm willing to ignore that part of him just to stare at his face...I'm so bad T___T

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Thanks jb

"I don’t dislike either actor, but I wouldn’t exactly want a pair of actors, known separately for their wooden acting…"

SSH has done 8 movies and KTH has done 5 movies yet I still don't take them seriously as actors. Still no
UMGHM! from them till today.

Good looks will one day NOT be seviceable any more. !!
but skills........

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Ryu Su Young darling, its time for you to shine like the star you are! Since its SSH and KTH, not gonna be too hard.

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LOL! :)

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BLEH. Not too interesting. Agree that this **might** have been more appealing with more charismatic talented actors. Bleh is all I really have to say to this.

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its going to be boring, i think. The should have choosen some other actor as the lead

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I will give this a try and will really try to not expecting anything, good or bad for this drama will be.

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I have never mind pretty face actor-actress.. eye candy factor is there so i find with that :P

all I care from watching a drama/movie is storyline.... Hope this drama will be god enough...

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I disagree with this. I have loved all of SSH's dramas and movies. Kim tae hee on the other hand, she's not a bad actress. I haven't watched many of her dramas, only stairway to heaven and Love story in harvard-(which i thought she was great in.) I think it depends on what kind of drama and acting personality you like. For me, they both are good and deserve some credit and a chance to prove themselves.
I really do love your recaps but I hope you aren't biased in who you think can't or can act because your opinions can make readers shun this movie even before ever giving it a chance. I remember reading a couple of the first articles about Wish Upon a Star that had disappointed me alot and i remember that some people didn't watch it do to that.
Everyone has different views. Some like and some won't like but I'm hoping everyone will give this drama, these actors, and the writers/staffs a chance for their hardwork.

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AGREEEEEEED! you took the words out of my mouth. im really excited for this:)

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good point for you!
you took the words from my mouth!!!
please stop and give them a chanch.......

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I agree with you. Give them all a chance to prove themselves. All I want to say is to each his own.

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anticipating this partly because I get to see SSH again :DDD

I won't go as far as saying SSH can't act but he's just mediocre when we compare him to others. His acting feels quite forced, that doesn't necessarily mean he can't act.

He did however do a great job in EoE, the melodramatic messy love connected with his 'type' of acting. Hopefully we see some 'O-naturel' in 'my princess'

Can't wait~

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Can't wait for this one! *Snerk*

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***SPOILER***
i just watched IRIS:THE MOVIE and it was very shocking to find out who killed Lee Byung Hun's character!
It turns out that the girl that liked him killed him:/
not kim tae hee but the other one.

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ryu soo young looks so much more mature than his previous dramas... (i'm avoiding the word 'old' cos it sounds age-ist><) but i guess that's cos the last drama i watched with him in it was 18 vs 29. I love him as a villian too!! favourite villian of all time:):) hope he spices things up in this show!

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Honestly I'm only interested because Park YeJin is in this drama. If it wasn't for her I would've ignored this drama.

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Haven't seen any SSH & KTH 's drama/movie..

But they ARE both gorgeous people.

Got to try to watch this drama.

I know that I'm that shallow. But what can I do?
:-D

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I have only one thing to say....
Kim Eun-sook is not the writer of this upcoming drama.
She is not even present at the script reading, but the ACTUAL writer is, together with the full cast and PD.

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yay to the second leads! :D

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I like both Song Seung-heon and Kim Tae Hee. There are many factors that make a drama successful. First of all, the storyline has to be interesting. Kim Tae Hee can be very innocently sweet and would fit the role perfectly just like what she had acted in Love in Harvard.. As this is the first time that Song has assumed the role of a rich man's son, it is a challenge and opportunity for him to tear away from his stereotype role which he had been previously casted. It is a perfect fit as both actor and actress have pretty faces but most importantly, they must have the great chemistry to make this drama a big success . It is a milestone for both of them and I am sure that they can do it. All the best to the production.

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Amen for your words!!!

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Song Seung Heon... yeah i'd still tap that, emotionless or not LOL! but yeah, poor drama... will be one of those "Oooohh he's/she's pretty..." then after 1 gap, changes the channel!

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Park Ye JIn looks so chic and pretty in the picture. Why didnt they make her the lead instead?

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Is it bad that I want to watch this because of the train wreck factor?

And tell me, how does SSH look so hot ALL the time? It might be the all black ensemble, but I swear I started to drool and these are just "candid" shots.

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