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Eugene picks cable drama for her next project

Eugene is coming back with her first drama post-marriage (to her Creating Destiny co-star Ki Tae-young), and has been cast in a new cable drama called Color of Woman.

Yeah, it’s an awkward title. I don’t love it. I suppose it could be a tie-in to the show’s setting, which takes place in a cosmetics company — as in, the color you add to make up a woman? Or maybe it’s trying to go for a poetic tone, as in The Color of Woman, only the title (which is in English, just written phonetically in hangul) leaves off the “the.”

In any case, Eugene will play Byun So-ra, the heroine who grew up in an ordinary family with an ordinary appearance. Uh, right there we’ve got a problem, since I don’t think anyone’s looking at Eugene and thinking, “Oh, she’s so ordinary-looking.” So-ra’s strength comes in her professional competence, where she’s a skilled and competitive “alpha girl.”

Early in the story, So-ra is backstabbed by her boyfriend, her dreams of becoming a professor are dashed, and she “tastes bitter defeat” before coming to work at a cosmetics company. There she starts on the path to success in both love and career, though she also meets a rival (yet to be cast) with whom she clashes.

The drama is described as a romance with “comic melo” elements, which sounds like it’s going for something a little different from standard romantic comedy. Perhaps with a dash more emotion and/or drama, though not serious enough to be straight drama.

Directing the show is a PD from Goong (though not its head director), Kim Soo-young, though I find the writing staff more noteworthy, if only for the sheer fact that we have an actual writing staff. Getting a team of four writers marks a change from the norm in dramaland, and one that I welcome. I’ve always thought it seemed crazy and burdensome to load a drama’s script responsibilities on one person for anywhere from 16 to 60 episodes; a staff seems like the saner solution.

Color of Woman’s staff will be composed of: Lee Shi-hyun of the fluffy rom-com movie Gold Digger Miss Shin; Jeon Yong-sung, a co-writer from The Host 2; Park Hyun-jin from the movie Six Years of Romance; and Choi Yeon-ji, who wrote the original Korean trendy drama, Jealousy. Eeee! Jealousy was the show that got me hooked, all those years ago in 1992, starring a much younger Choi Su-jong (President) and an effervescent Choi Jin-shil (RIP).

Color of Woman will air on cable’s Channel A beginning in December, broadcasting on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Via TV Report

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i like her, i hope somebody subs this one... too many dramas cropping up now, the subbing groups have a lot on their plates.

thanks for the info.

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thats so true, with the cable drama offerings our subbers are being spread thin

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I'm excited by the team of writers too. I've always wondered what a drama would be like if the characters had dedicated writers. It might also be more episodic. I hope it works.

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In any case, Eugene will play Byun So-ra, the heroine who grew up in an ordinary family with an ordinary appearance. Uh, right there we’ve got a problem, since I don’t think anyone’s looking at Eugene and thinking, “Oh, she’s so ordinary-looking.”

A perfect choice of words to describe this unlikely scenerio. I literally did laugh out loud at this one... :)

Can't wait to see our blushing bride once again!

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How will i cope with so Many dramas coming in Dec.-Jan.?
I welcome cable dramas but they need to come at slower rate. I would be missing on some shows at this rate.

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"Uh, right there we’ve got a problem, since I don’t think anyone’s looking at Eugene and thinking, 'Oh, she’s so ordinary-looking.'"

That's a problem I have with a lot of Korean (and some Japanese) dramas. Insisting that certain characters are ordinary, or even ugly, when they so clearly are not.

But then again none of the Jane Eyre's I have seen would truly classify as 'plain' either.

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Mia Wasikowska is pretty plain. :/

But yeah, I know what you mean. Goo Hye-sun in BOF is a perfect example of this. It makes me want to pull my hair out when someone as ridiculously beautiful as she is is called "plain" in the drama.

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See, I don't think she is. I think they managed to make her plainer, but even with minimal make-up she can be pretty:

http://misspleyz.blogspot.com/2009/12/alice-in-wonderland-movie-march-5-2010.html

and with a bit more

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_mYa5nPxi9iQ/S6PVcJdPtTI/AAAAAAAAAw8/1wYnkbEI-vw/s1600-h/mia-Wasikowska-jane-eyre.jpg

she definitely isn't plain, mousy, ordinary (whatever Jane was supposed to be).

Goo Hye-sun is a very good example of this. As is Makino (her Japanese counterpart). Only Kim Sun-ah broke the mold a bit in MNKSS, i.e. by not being the usual super skinny while claiming the opposite - although she was of course neither ugly, nor really that big either.

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Sounds like a very interesting plot/story line and I'm happy to see Eugene back, she was of those actresses that I really enjoy seeing. However, ordinary looking uhhmmm big understament, unless they put a mole or a crooked nose on Eugene, that "ordinary looking" doesn't fly to high.

This is way out of topic, but I'm seeing more and more high profile actors going for the cable dramas, eventhough, they don't rank those crazy ratings the 3 main TV stations are always looking for. So my questions is why is that? Is it cause they feel the writing material is better quality? Are they treated better? Is the shooting schedule not that grueling/demanding? Or is it just better paycheck?...Sorry way too many questions...but I'm seeing a big exodus of actors going cable. Hey, I don't complain I LOVE IT!!!! but just a observation....

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I might watch this depending if I can handle the amount of wonderful dramas coming in from cable.

I can't wait to see Eugene once again! Her character in Baker King last year was a far cry from her previous roles. The story she's about to portray seems promising, so I'm keeping my hopes up.

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Have you seen her drama "Love Truly" (aka I really, really like you)? She did a great job being a country bumpkin so I'm betting she can pull off an attempt at "ordinary-looking", too.

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i agree, i think if someone can pull average off is Eugene, because of IRRLY.

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The funny thing is; It was country bumpkin 'Yoo Bong Soon' (Eugene's character in RRLY) that stopped me dead in my tracks channel-surfing (about five years back) and made me a hopeless drama-addict. Nothing about her appeared, "plain" or "ordinary" to me. I can see through a make-up job, but a beautiful face needs no help being recognized for what it is. The effect goes beyond what one's eyes see. That pulse quickening is involuntary and without the need of any other stimuli... ;)

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looking forward to this one!!! missed Eugenes' acting...did't really like her at Baker King..

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Funny how everyone is fleeing to do cable dramas these days.

I think Eugene biggest asset is her charm. I don't find her acting that great. Most the characters she played in the past all seem to resemble one another.

I like her rom-coms better.

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"Ordinary-looking"? Yeah, right.

Anyway, I can think of one idol-turned-actress (if you can call that acting) who's always on the top of pretty lists but for me she's really so plain & ordinary-looking. Can't think how she became the prettiest of them all...

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Ditto!

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I totally agree with you.

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We all know who you're talking about. Ask any heterosexual male on the planet if he agrees with you...

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I cant wait!! i love eugene

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Haha, it's kind of like all of Sandra Bullock's movies where she plays a "Plain Jane" but all that really means is that she doesn't brush her hair and wears unflattering clothes. Then somewhere halfway through they find an excuse to get her into a gown and put some lip-gloss on her and everyone starts going crazy.

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This is great!! It's getting more and more drama to watch on my holiday!! HURRAY for that~~~

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Yay! I'm excited. I really enjoyed Wonderful Life (so underrated - I basically bawled) and Creating Destiny (the second half wasn't that great, but I loved the first half).

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Hands up if you think that in order to make her look 'ordinary', they give her glasses and curly hair.

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And maybe dowdy ajuma clothing.

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No doubts whatsoever.

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Did you just outed your age by saying that you got hooked to K-drama/movie in 1992?
; )

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yay more cable, none of the fansub teams seem to be taking any new cable title! then again, with the rise of dark smurf and viki it's quite explainable.

I wish everything was translated :$ so many good premises!

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I didn't enjoy creating destiny because she was so boring.

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I think whenever they mean plain or ordinary-looking, they really mean no makeup, not well-dressed, and doesn't give off the sexy feeling. Sure, Eugene can be sexy when required but her true self is more of a down to earth type of girl.

But yay for an alpha-girl type of heroine!!!

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looking forward to this drama!..glad that she's back,she can pull through any role she's given to and one just can't get enough watching her beautiful face on the screen..

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I love Eugene ever since Save the Last Dance for Me (sadly, that was the last project I love of Ji Sung...)!!! She's the definition of successful idol-turned-actress <3

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This sounds a bit like Fireworks! (I feel like I'm the only one who dug up and watched that show. I was sick at the time, so...)

Seems like the show to thank for Kang Ji-Hwan, but the premise could really be made more of, so this could be good!

(Fireworks wasn't much of a comedy, it may have been my first almost straight-up soap-type drama, and that may be why this melo-comedy sounds like it may work the same way. Also, backstabbing boyfriend and cosmetics company!)

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Who is gonna be the lead actor?

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