Cosmic Girls’ Bona to headline as bubbly teen in Lingerie Girls’ Generation
KBS’s new 1970s throwback coming-of-age drama Lingerie Girls’ Generation is busy lining up its cast, and there’s an offer out to Cosmic Girls’ Bona (The Best Hit) to play the lead role. She is currently in the positively considering stage, as is CNBLUE’s Lee Jong-hyun (My Only Love Song, Orange Marmalade).
If she accepts, Bona would play the lively eighteen-year old Lee Jung-hee, the second daughter of the family that owns the local toy factory. Her character is described as the rambunctious type, a bit uncontrollable and sometimes reckless, but who also turns sentimental on a dime if she hears a song she likes. Lol, the articles call her an example of “ultra high-level puberty.” Which should make for a lot of fun for us viewers, though maybe not as much fun for her parents or teachers.
Lee Jung-hee is part of a tight-knit group of teenage girls at her high school in 1970s Daegu, but there’ll be some tension in the gang when a transfer student from Seoul quickly becomes the center of attention. Cue teenage jealousy and rivalry. I’m looking forward to watching how they’ll develop a friendship despite starting off on the wrong foot, especially with the regional city vs. countryside divide.
I wasn’t able to catch The Best Hit as it aired, so I have no reference for Bona’s acting abilities, but it’s promising to hear that she’s actually from Daegu, which should at least give her accent that extra level of authenticity. I’m a little wary about her casting because it’s a lead role and she’s a relative rookie in terms of acting (her only credit is The Best Hit), but I’m trying to be optimistic since I want Lingerie Girls’ Generation to turn out well. And I’ve been surprised enough times before by idols putting in good performances, so here’s to hoping she’ll be a great fit as an energetic, bubbly Daegu teen.
Lingerie Girls’ Generation is in talks to follow School 2017 in KBS’s Monday-Tuesday slot, which would put its premiere in September.