[Staff Spotlight] Get to know tipsymocha
Explain your username (and/or avatar).
The first half of my username was one of my unfortunate high school nicknames, because my name apparently resembles some rapper whose one-hit wonder was the song “Tipsy.” And “mocha” I chose because it represents two of my favorite things: coffee and chocolate! Also, I’m not sure whether you can tell, but my avatar is supposed to be Belle, of Beauty and the Beast, who is my spirit Disney princess.
What is the first drama that you watched (or the first drama that made an impression)?
I’m not sure I even remember my first drama since my parents were/are regular drama-watchers, but I think it was the sitcom Nonstop and Ha Ji-won’s Damo that first got me interested in dramaland. I’m judging that by the fact that they were the first two I bought the soundtracks to.
Tell us about a job or two that you’ve had in the past.
Prior to my current job, I worked for a government contractor doing business development and translator work. Now, I’m working at a law firm, though I’m not a lawyer (yet).
Have you ever lived a moment that you thought belonged in a drama?
This never happens to me, but I was in Seoul a couple years ago and met up with a friend for drinks. We were walking outside when a couple of really drunk guys kept following to yell at us to accompany them, and when they got closer to grab us, another group of guys came between us and the drunks. They were polite about it but firmly held their ground, and they were CUTE. Eugh, I wish my friend and I had thought to introduce ourselves, but we were a bit shaken up and left after saying a quick thank you.
What drama genres do you especially like?
Oh, I’m not picky at all, but I have found that I like at least a little action/thriller element in the show, even if it might be predominantly a romance, or a comedy, or a sageuk.
What drama genres do you especially dislike?
Nothing really, I embrace all genres. I do have some trouble with too much cheese, or heavy makjang melo elements, though.
Is there a drama character you’ve ever strongly identified with, and why?
I was actually really surprised by my own answer, because I started out Answer Me 1988 absolutely hating Bora. Superficially, we have a couple of things in common: We’re both the eldest of three siblings and we both pursued/are pursuing a career in law. But it was her relationship with her father, and how they’re so stubbornly similar that their interactions were always gruff and short, but filled with unspoken affection, that brought tears to my eyes because I recognized it in my own relationship with my dad when I was growing up.
What drama character would you want to be?
Oh, geez, if you asked me a couple months in the past or in the future, the answer would be different because I have the memory of a goldfish. Right now, I would say Lee Yuri’s character in Father Is Strange, because she’s such a badass older sister. Her takedown of Jung So-min’s bully was #lifegoals.
What was your major in school?
International relations. Ahh the memories. Makes me want to whip out Francis Fukuyama for old times’ sake.
What’s a random skill you have?
I am randomly really lucky at poker and Go-Stop for a certain amount of time. I only play with family for fun, (I don’t gamble in real life, lol) but the skill is knowing when to stop. Because my luck really does run out completely after a winning streak at the beginning, it’s so weird.
Favorite non-Korean movie and/or TV show?
This is cruel, it’s like asking me which parent I love more, you know, if I had ten moms and ten dads. I’ll just say Sherlock, since I just caught the latest season on Netflix (it was so good!!).
Which Hallyu celebrity would you actually want to meet and spend an hour with?
Yoo Jae-seok! Yoo neu-nim! <3<3
Which of the 7 deadly sins would be your undoing? (Pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath, or sloth.)
To be honest, it would probably be a three-way tie between pride, gluttony, and sloth. If I had to choose one, though, it would be sloth.
Your favorite drama has an unholy alliance with your most hated drama and produces a mutant baby drama. Describe the plot.
Uh, I could say that Answer Me 1988 *is* that mutant baby drama. But fine: Deok-sun and her gang become political activists at university and become targets of shadowy political movers and shakers. Deok-sun and her husband (whose identity NO ONE knows, ever) have a daughter who becomes a journalist, and Jung-hwan has a son who grows up to be a nightly errand boy who is earning money to buy his own private island. Deok-sun, husband, and Jung-hwan all die, and Jung-hwan’s son gets mentored by Dong-ryong, fresh out of jail, in order to get his revenge. The two kids meet, fall in love, and win against the baddies. The end.
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