Han Ye-seul, Joo Sang-wook confirm Birth of a Beauty
It took three years, but Han Ye-seul (Myung-wol the Spy) will be making her dramaland comeback this fall in the new SBS weekend drama Birth of a Beauty. She and Joo Sang-wook (Sly and Single Again) have confirmed that they’ll be headlining the series, about an ajumma who sheds weight, gets plastic surgery, and becomes a whole new person. Both actors can be really winsome in romantic comedies, so while the drama’s concept sounds a bit iffy, the pairing should be a cute one.
The new weekender comes from the PD of Madame Butterfly and the writer of One Well-Raised Daughter, and stars Han Ye-seul as an outspoken, brash ajumma whose big turning point in life happens when she undergoes a radical physical transformation into a glamorous beauty. The bizarre part is that Joo Sang-wook’s character is the one who makes her over. He’s a chaebol heir (of course), who suffers from broken heart syndrome — stress cardiomyopathy, which is apparently a real condition — and decides to transform the heroine into a beautiful woman in order to regain his first love.
Okay, first of all, that’s just plain weird. Is he pulling a Vertigo and creepily trying to make her look like a bygone lover that he’s still obsessed with? Or is there a logical (or even logic-adjacent) reason why he’d need to make one woman beautiful so that he can win back a different woman? If so, this is a really convoluted scheme. In any case, she loses weight and gets plastic surgery because of his plan, and naturally, he falls in love with her instead.
I’m wary of the crazy-sounding premise and what the drama’s treatment of beauty will be, but I do think it’s interesting to make her an ajumma at the outset, which gives her transformation more dimension than if she were just changing her appearance alone. I hope the focus is more on her second lease on life, and okay, that the hero is hopefully not a control freak who’s trying to make her a doppelganger of his first love. We have enough of those running around wreaking havoc on dramaland; we don’t need to go around making more.
Birth of a Beauty follows Endless Love and airs on Saturdays and Sundays beginning in November.
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