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Han Sun-hwa in first lead role opposite Lee Jang-woo in Rosy Lovers

She’s on the fast track to stardom: Idol Han Sun-hwa (of girl group Secret) had her first minor role in 2013’s Ad Genius Lee Tae-baek, played mistress of disguise Jenny in God’s Gift – 14 Days, and moved up to second lead status in the (currently airing) tvN show Marriage Not Dating. Now we’re getting reports Han’s been cast as the lead in MBC’s upcoming weekend drama, tentatively titled Rosy Lovers, and she’ll start on the production as soon as Marriage Not Dating concludes and she wraps up promotional activities for Secret’s newest album, which drops next week.

It’s pretty remarkable that she just debuted as an actress early last year and has already snagged a lead role, and on a broadcast weekend show opposite another pretty face and singer-turned-actor, Lee Jang-woo (Pretty Man, I Do I Do), no less. Rosy Lovers will revolve around Lee’s character, who suffered a major setback in his youth. He doesn’t let the obstacle get him down, however, and continues to search for happiness and the answers to life’s questions, while leaning on and finding hope through his family.

He meets Han Sun-hwa’s character by chance in his building — she’s the daughter of his mom’s friend, and her character name is, punnily enough, Baek Jang-mi (White Rose). Jang-mi is an immature princess and a mama’s girl; a second-year costume design student in university who’s never known hardship. She becomes curious about Lee after their encounter, and when they get involved in some sort of mishap together, they’ll have to deal with the unexpected consequences.

I’m excited for Han Sun-hwa, who really seems to have made the most out of material given to her in previous parts, and I’m totally behind this good-looking pairing. Let’s hope they can prove to us that opposites attract, when Rosy Lovers follows Jang Bori Is Here on MBC in October.

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I was so confused to see the positive reaction until I scrolled back up and saw it wasn't girlfriday or javabeans talking. Sunhwa is most definitely not ready for lead yet. The only reason she's watchable in Marriage, Not Dating is because she's supposed to play a cold city girl who is detached from her feelings. The last couple of episodes where brick wall comes crumbling down and she begins to admit her lingering feelings for KiTae have just been cringe worthy.

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"Jang-mi is an immature princess and a mama’s girl; a second-year costume design student in university who’s never known hardship."

This is pretty much similar to the roles she's played in both Ad Genius and Marriage. I think she's been convincing in those. To me her greatest challenge will be creating a character that's sympathetic instead of the-one-you-love-to-hate.

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I do not remember her in Ad Genius LTB! Maybe selective memory is at work...

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She played Lee Tae-baek's younger sister, if I recall correctly.

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I'm not sure any actress could pull off what the scriptwriter in MND has asked her to do -- the character doesn't make sense.

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I had the same reaction and did the same thing! A couple of supporting roles for the past two years does not a lead actress make. I kind of feel bad for pretty talented actresses who seem to be stuck in minor roles because they do not have the connections or idol exposure to be lead, or more experienced and seasoned actresses stuck in second lead "bitch" roles.

Now I finally understand what the fuss against casting idols is all about.

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She is a very talented actress no matter what all of you think. All of you are just haters who cannot see someone succeed.

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Ugh, I thought she was an emotional-less actress in all of her roles (esp. the current Marriage not Dating drama). It's like watching a wall perform. I am not surprised she got a lead role, after all, she's an idol like Suzy, who have pretty faces and therefore can get lead role material when they don't have the skills to match up.

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The Two Leads Seems More Models Than Actors

Beautiful And Handsome

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He was pretty good in I do I do, completely believable. Perhaps it was his excellent partner, Kim Sun Ah, who was brought the good acting out of him, IDK. But surely he deserves some credit too.

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It's funny she's the rival to "Jang Mi" in MND and now she'll be "Jang Mi" in this one :)

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dramaland is running out of names it seems...

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*checking*

Song Mae Ri isn't taken yet.

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I see what you did there...

LOL.

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Lee Jang Woo has been gone from my screen for too long. The premise sounds interesting and I hope Sun Hwa can carry the weight of Lead actress. Good thing about weekend dramas is that they tend to have a lot of side stories and that may be in her favour.

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I think it's the third lead for Lee Jang Woo after I Do I Do & Oh Ja Ryong Is Coming. He's a good actor, but his hairstyles are horrible sometimes.

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I actually thought she did a good job as Jenny in God's gift, and she's doing her best with her crazy character in marriage, not dating. I didn't even know she was an Idol until this post. Looking forward to her drama

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I liked her in God's gift too. She acted pretty well for a rookie.

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She wasn't bad there, but then again everyone was loveable in that show.

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*cough*EspeciallyKiDongChan*cough*

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Oh so she is an idol... thought she was just meh. No that's mean. With any luck this drama will be long therefore she won't be cast as a lead in any other good miniseries for a while...

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IDC what people say I know its ger character in a show I do I realize its fiction but.....YOU DO NOT BLACKMAIL UR EX 4 SPERM lol knw everytime I see her in gonna be like "Hey its that chick who wanted woojies sperm ?

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LOL, the sperm whisperer ;-)

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Errr... I'm going to pass on this one.

Sun-Hwa's acting is just too poor. Sorry if I'm offending her fans but she cannot act. Watching her in Marriage not Dating is PAINFUL to me. I fast-forward all the parts she's in lol.

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In Marriage Not Dating, Han Sunhwa is suppose to play a character that people hate and she was obviously successful while Hangroo played a character that people generally should root for but many dont like her Jangmi character. Now, Seoul International Youth Film Festival just picked Sunhwa as one of nominees for BEST ACTRESS for her efforts in Marriage Not Dating and Hangroo wasnt. That says something about how the experts in the industry judge acting as compared to drama fans who are influenced by the likable/non likable role actors play. Han Sunhwa does not belong to a big famous & influential agency nor does her status as a Kpop idol compare to Suzy & Yoona (and other idols who have gone straight to lead roles without experience) even though she and her group are relatively popular. Sunhwa is not at all in a position to bring up ratings for her name and yet one of the major 3 TV stations have confidence with her to pull off a big role and an International Film Festival acknowledged her skills. It's a risk by MBC but a calculated one. Sunhwa has been doing cameos and small roles since 2010, way more compared to some of the idols who went straight to lead roles without prior experience. I'm wishing her the BEST!!

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So because Han Groo (who is an ex idol btw, she quit to work on her acting), did not get a nomination from some *youth festival*(read: idol focused) you are tryin to claim this girl is better than Han Groo and we as drama viewers, are stupid??

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAH!!

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LOL so true. It's like taking the Kids Choice Award seriously...

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U consider nominees like Park Shinhye, YoonA, Jung Eunji , Dasom, Park Boyoung and some others as kids? Or u meant the voters? As far as i know, anyone in Korea can vote.

Alright, what I say above isnt important but what's important is the panel who picked these nominees are adults and industry experts so I have no idea what kind of argument u are trying to make here by putting down the festival like a "Kid's Choice award". Would u say the same naive remark if someone u liked got nominated here instead? I bet not but that's normal i guess

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How about u do the normal thing and reply to me and try and think and make sense as to why is Sunhwa getting a big role when she's not popular enough to increase the ratings and her company has no influence in the industry and she actually auditioned in ALL her roles so far without getting any favors? (she even told audition stories for her dramas)
How about u explain how Jangmi who is suppose to make majority of people cheer for her partly failed to do so but Sunhwa successfully did her role? (Even her own fans hate Kang Seah, that's how good she is)

And yes I think large number of drama fans who actually write comments on sites are naive high school middle school kids & fangirls who are not even old enough to support themselves but embarrassingly try to judge decisions made by a multi-million corporation like MBC. Think about it

My point is she's good enough and people in the know think so and willing to risk a lot of money to give her a big responsibility. Instead your answer is Hahaha? Okay...Peace.. I think I got u figured :-)

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@Sensible - please, you're embarrassing yourself. No one here gives a flying poop about your favourite idol aside from our opinion of her acting abilities (not that good).

And pigsnout left their reply right up there, which I will translate if you have trouble with English: she means that the idea that some 'industry experts' from a festival with the words Seoul International Youth whatever in its name have the authority to declare your precious Sunhwa as a better actress than Han Groo, is laughable. Clear?

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Let's not get a ahead of ourselves here dear.

I am not basing my opinion on some YOUTH festival. I've seen her in two shows and in my point of view she is not good and certainly isn't nowhere near the likes of Han Gro.
If you think she is that's fine, really. Let's respect each of our own preferences.

(I don't feel much for Kang Seah- not interesting at all...)

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Being nominated for an award really doesn't prove anything - award shows are simply full of politics and manipulation, and are no longer reliable. That being said, I do agree that HSW did get a less favourable role. People are bound to like HG over her, but that in no way changes the fact that her acting had A LOT of room for improvement. She's still very green in my opinion, even more so compared to HG.

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This drama sounds so bland and vague. I don't know what to expect. I really love her face tho.

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Yep! The best money can buy!

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It really seems like she's going for Jeon Jihyun's look.

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well, there was that line in YFAS where Song-yi says so many girls look like her because they go to the plastic surgeon and ask for her face...

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Aw, her real life personality is great and she's a cutie (fangirling over jjh and saying sorry to ksh for liking females better, ha) .. But bless her soul, she's not ready for lead role.

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fyi, Sunhwa was a member in Invincible Youth season 1, she was quite wacky there, so I am surprised that she can get a number of roles in serious and not comedic drama.

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Wow, she just debuted as an actress last year?! From small side roles to a lead one. Lucky girl.
I've only seen her as Jenny in God's Gift and her character was likable there... But I don't think she's outstanding.
Feels like she got a lead role too fast. o.O

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Going against the popular opinion here, i actually really like her and her character in Marriage, Not Dating. ( Lets put the craziness aside for a moment).

So Sun-hwa, Fighting!!!!

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I like her too. I didn't know like many that she's an idol.
I am currently watching MND and she's doing a great job as her character Se-ra as oppossed to that HYR character. She doesn't have long screen time but she's able to get across her character right. Cant compare her to Han Groo, who has a lot more character fleshed out for her.
Surprised that there are still people who cant separate actor from role.

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Except that this is Han Groo's first time as full length drama lead, and h Han Groo's performances in supporting roles/second lead are much much better than anything this girl turned out.

HG earned her lead status, this girl just media played over her small role in GG14D even more than Lee Bo Young who was the actual female lead.

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not to mention Girl k

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Aw I adore Sunhwa, had a soft spot for her since IY1.
It might be because of it that I can watch her in Marriage Not Dating, as I haven't found her that bad.
Wish UEE would so this though, she's perfect for this kind of role. And I kind od miss her.

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Ugh. I have no problems with "Idols" becoming actors IF THEY CAN ACT, but sadly, most can not. Most stick out like a sore thumb - as this one does.

Are there just too many "idols" with nothing to do so they stick them into dramas? Churn out less "idols" Korea.

Give the acting parts to the talented actors and actresses. There are enough of those - keep them employed and give these surplus "idols" something else to do.

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She was a lot of fun to watch on Invincible Youth, but she ddin't come off as being very bright. I like to think tat doing a complex role in a drama requires some smarts, but I know that is idealism.

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I feel bad for great actresses who have been in the biz for ages and still haven't been given the opportunity to play female lead, despite having the talent. And then there's some people just being handed roles.
Definitely won't be watching this. Didn't like her even before she became, as Skelly just named it, the sperm whisperer.

I wish they'd cast good idol actors if they have to cast them at all. It's getting really annoying.

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because she's an idol. meehhh.

i hate it when idols get the privileges to act as a lead role despite their undeveloped talent. other actors/actresses started out with so many supporting role before securing a lead role.

looks like kdrama casting style will forever annoy me.

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i think right now, for me the best idol actress its A-Pink's Eunji.

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i do not know all (or even most) idol-actresses b/c i am not into k-pop so when i look at a drama (like MND) i usu. have no idea it's an idol until i read it here.

having said that though, i can say that Eun-Ji can actually act. she's still a newbie but appears to have actual acting skills to work with as opposed to some of the others who you can tell have had to learn to act & are not quite there yet.

i do not know if her skill will translate to a wide range of roles yet, but she has loads of potential.

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I think 5dolls Hyoyoung is quite good too. She was n School 2013 and Wild Chives and Soybean Soup but her group is unknown so she only gets smaller roles and not leads. She does different kinds of roles too.

All these idols rushing to be cast in dramas when they l
ack the talent and because they think it is just like variety makes me respect even more the idols who don't do it like Hyuna and CL, or who do have the talent but show it in supporting roles where they prove that they are lead role material and earn it, like Im Siwan.

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So I kind of have to disagree with a lot of the comments I'm seeing here. Contrary to popular belief, I think Han Sun Hwa is more then capable of handling a lead role. Although I love Kpop, I usually hate seeing idols who can't act in lead roles when someone with more and better talent could have taken their spot (Minho and Taecyeon, I love you guys but please stop making dramas or movies; just don't act; please for the love of god just rap and be models for the rest of your lives; and if you have it in you; retire as composers or mentors in your companies or something). However, I really like Han Sun Hwa in Marriage Not Dating; and at first I didn't even recognize her even though she's my favorite member from Secret. To me, that's how captivating she was as a second lead. I think the other actors and especially the PD and writer have a lot to do with how Sun Hwa comes off on screen, but over all she's got a great energy in dramas, and I feel immersed in who she is as a character everytime I watch her. She even makes this could be typical second lead scenario relatable for me. I'm really excited that she's going to be a main lead, and since Secret comes from a company that doesn't yet have much influence over the drama world (to my knowledge) I think she was chosen partly because she's an idol, but also partly because she's an idol with talent. I don't think she would have gotten to a main lead so quickly without it. I will definitely give this show a chance and see if Sun Hwa can be more then just an acting-dol, and I think it would be great to give other a chance too. I really see something special in her.

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Not making a dig at anyone in particular, but I'm really sick of all the idols snagging up leading roles these days. Where are the leading roles for the up and coming female actresses of similar ages?

/endrant

Okay, let the negative comments come in now.

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Not taking a dig at any particular person but I'm really sick of hearing all these idols snap up leading roles these days. Where are the leading roles for our equally talented female actresses of similar ages? Ridiculous.

/endrant

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I'm currently watching Marriage Not Dating in which she is a second-lead. In terms of portraying the character, she's amazing. I did watch God's Gift and despite how little she appeared on screen, she was still pretty good, for a newbie but then again, I was more focused on the action so sort of didn't care about anyone who wasn't a lead.

I've never seen any of the dramas Lee Jang-woo were in, nor have I heard of him until now so this will be fun.

The premise seems pretty typical but I'll watch a few episodes. I'll probably tolerate it very well considering I've been watching Jang Bori, is Here.

PLEASE STOP JUDGING HAN SUN-HWA FOR BEING AN IDOL. Give her a chance for this role. We don't know how she'll do as a lead so please, calm down. Secret is not A Pink popular anyways so obviously, this isn't trying to just attract a tremendous amount of fans like what they almost did with Nodame Cantabile (Cantabile Romance) with Yoon-ah. I honestly think, that once some of you read the word "idol" it's automatic for your brain to register, "ratings." The actress/actor must be very popular, or their group must be to attract a large amount of viewers. I can't even name all the members of SNSD or Miss A or A Pink or all the members in guy group either (but since we're talking about an actress, I went with the girl groups). I doubt that some of you have actually heard of Secret or know any other members besides her (I don't either), so let's all calm down and give her this chance. I do think sometimes that some idols should just stop acting or should not have been given a role due to their popularity or connections, but this isn't the case here.

She hasn't had many roles, nor has she had any big roles besides in Marriage Not Dating as Kang Se-ra which she is doing wonderfully in, so we'll see how she does with this. I don't want to judge too quickly because this is her first lead role. But if she does terribly in it and I lose hope in the drama as well, then I'll just sigh and move onto another drama. The premise sounds pretty cliche, too, so we can always watch another one with better writing and actors/actresses for the same plot and similar situation.

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"It's pretty remarkable [that she's scoring a lead role just over a year after acting debut]"

Not really though, she is an idol. Whose management probably thinks three small roles is more than enough training for her and now they can throw their weight around and get her a lead role.
She is ok but no standout, I am so sick of idols and their agencies behaving as if acting career is their god given right while far more talented actresses who prove themselves in supporting roles really well, never get the chance. I will be so annoyed if the IHYV PD and writer's new drama also goes and casts another idol in the lead, they did fine with no idols in IHYV.

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Obviously if it is someone who is genuinely talented like Jung Eunji/IU/Lee Joo or who spent a lot of effort to take many small roles to develop their skills like Im Siwan or even delivered a performance that was not just good, but great despite poor writing (Jaejoong) then it's ok. But this girl and Krystal really never made me think they are leading lady material yet.

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wow i'm looking you Sunhwa as a actress .lol drama. cute couple

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wow i'm looking you Sunhwa as an actress .lol drama. cute couple

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wow i'm looking you Sunhwa as an actress.follow drama

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Her acting is really mediocre. I don't think she's good enough to be a SECOND lead, let alone a lead actress. Her company must be pulling some powerful strings.

I feel bad for all the (non-idol) good actresses out there who struggle to find lead roles even with loads of talent and years of experience... because all those roles are going to idols.

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I'm not digging Lee Jang Woo's acting, but that's just me talking..based on the drama with Kim Sun Ah. He wasn't bad but I wasn't impressed either. I was expecting more.

On the other hand, Sunhwa was a surprise for me in Marriage not dating, I might have set the bar too low for an idol (not to get too disappointed maybe), but I really really thought she did great/well in the episodes that I've watched (haven't been keeping up to date with the drama though) compared to other acting idols.

I would probably take a peek at this drama to see if Sunhwa will show better acting than she is doing now, so I'm excited for that.

k bye~

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Two vets of We Got Married; the meta would be absolutely perfect (that show airs on MBC if I'm not mistaken) if the producers could get Ham Eun Jung and Kwanghee to guest star on the show, too.

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Well, my mom is watching Marriage, Not Dating. I didn't tell her who is and or isn't a idol-singer and she couldn't tell Sunhwa is a singer-turned-actress at all. I think she's doing a pretty fair job. Of course being a Secret member did help her getting picked for this job because she's already really well known, even amongst the Secret members. I hope she'll do well.

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I'm so happy for her as her fan, and I hope she works hard do a good job so she be knows as an idol who can act, not just another idol who acts!!!:)
Fighting Sunhwa!!!^_^

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Just give her change. I think shes not that bad. I like her acted on Ad Genius Lee tae Baek and also Gods Gift. if you do not like her just leave it. Anyway, it weekend drama I believe just some of people in here like that kind of drama. so, what you worried too?

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She's playing such a pathetic and frustrating character in MND, I feel so annoyed when she comes up on screen... but in God's Gift, she was pretty funny. I don't think she's yet female lead material though from her her acting.

So this is a pass..

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I used to watch her WGM show with Kwanghee and saw the un-glamorous side of her, so I have to took many scene to recognized Sunhwa in God's Gift (I thought her a rookie artist with eye-catching performance at first). And I really hate Se Ah in Marriage not Dating, so I guess she pulled the character successfully. Is she deserves to be lead? well probably, her character in Rosy Lovers seem similar to her previous dramas. I want to see her acted different roles thought, like innocent dumb girl or something haha

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I like him. But I was totally not impressed by her performance in Marriage Not Dating... She is not good enough to take a lead role

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too much jelly n so called "drama judge" in here.

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agree with you :)

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