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Bona offered lead in KBS’s Your House Helper opposite Ha Suk-jin

KBS has a new webtoon adaptation drama on the way called Your House Helper, and the webtoon’s concept is unusual, but I totally get where the fantasy comes from. It’s about a pretty flower boy housekeeper who descends upon young career women’s disheveled and disorganized homes and cleans up their lives in more ways than one. Where can I order one and does he also cook? Ha Suk-jin (Radiant Office) has been cast as the housekeeper, which is certainly a departure from the executive directors he usually plays, and Cosmic Girls’ Bona (Lingerie Girls’ Generation) is considering an offer to co-star.

The original webtoon of the same name is an omnibus series with three seasons available on Olleh KTOON, and follows one housekeeper through the various house cleaning jobs he takes on, spending a couple of episodes on each client’s mini arc. I don’t know how the drama adaptation plans to deal with the omnibus structure of the original, but I would expect them to focus entirely on one heroine and add a few supporting clients at most. The adaptation will be helmed by PD Jeon Woo-sung of Strongest Deliveryman and writer Kim Ji-sun, one of the junior writers on The Producers.

Ha Suk-jin will star as Kim Ji-woon, the wealthy son of an assemblyman father and a doctor mother. He began a career at a major conglomerate but chose to protect his pride and ended up getting cut off from his family, and somehow ends up working as a housekeeper. He’s got a gruff personality but finds satisfaction in creating order out of chaos. Bona has been offered the role of Im Da-young, a character taken from the second season of the webtoon. She’s an ambitious intern at an ad agency trying to make up for her lack of specs and land a permanent job, whose friendly and placating demeanor gets mistaken for flirting by her colleagues.

I have no idea how an intern can afford a housekeeper to organize her life, but I’m sure there’s some logical explanation for it. I haven’t seen much of Bona but people seemed to like her in Lingerie Girls’ Generation, so I’ll keep my hopes up about her. Ha Suk-jin so often plays the stereotypical prickly boss in dramas that I can’t really imagine him as a housekeeper (the flower boy part I get, for obvious reasons). But from the few episodes of the webtoon that I’ve read, he’s just as rude and bossy… but now he’s wearing an apron and cleaning your house while judging you outwardly. And then you pay him. I don’t know, collecting a paycheck to be his assistant doesn’t seem so bad now.

Your House Helper has been scheduled in KBS’s Wednesday-Thursday lineup following Mystery Queen 2 and Suits, which puts the premiere in June.

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is it just me or this guy always took the same character role over and over again?

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I really wanna like him but he literally plays the same character in every drama and I hate that type of “be mean to you until one day I magically have a personality transplant” character

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hahaha, that description tho, I love it!

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While I like the idea of a "Mister" housekeeper, I can't help but notice his chaebol roots. *sighs* Ha Suk Jin, I do like the actor, but he hasn't particularly stood out to me yet? Love his suits though - Let's Eat, Something about 1%, and Prolematic Men. Always in a suit. ^^; Colours, patterns and everything.

Also, glad to see Bona taking another role. I'm one of the people speaking well of her in Girls Generation 1979 and I have hopes she'll make this one work. ^^

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Did you mean “Let’s Drink”? 😬😬

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Haha yes! Alcohol, not food.

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Alcohol, not food.

I will borrow a comment from @tsutsuloo: "I’m gonna use that in a sentence this week."

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His character in Radiance Office was a wee bit different, and almost relate-able. He had good reason to be initially distrustful of the female lead. He was efficient but not a geeenius, and definitely wasn't super rich. (Also, I have the warm fuzzies about that drama more generally.)

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Oh - and great suits in Radiant Office as well. ^^ I only saw a couple of episodes.

So basically you're saying we can expect a different take on grumpy and efficient in this role. ^^, I'm tickled at the thought and looking forward to it.

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Speaking of suits (clearly I can’t seem to shut up when it comes to Radiant Office), another bit I loved is that the female lead would wear the same skirt suit till she was made permanent. Only then, there was more variety in her wardrobe (which included a gift from her bro as well). So, a far cry from a Candy with an array of labels in her wardrobe.

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Oh! That's a nice touch of reality there. You're making me want to watch it just for this little bit.

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That's one of the reasons why I liked Radiant Office,it was a quite realistic and good drama.

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Radiant Office is a great office drama. Go Ah-sung is excellent, and yes, Ha Suk-jin's character doesn't have a chaebol or rich background.

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Maybe instead of suits, I am hoping that he will be wearing colorful patterned aprons and bandanas with those awesome pink rubber gloves. Flower boys need to be all decked out while cleaning too!

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HHAHAHA
I was imagining him going about his cleaning in a lovely green suit with perhaps pink polka dots on it, but this sounds equally funny. Would be even better if he wears the apron over the suit!! ^^

*as you can see, I'm having way too much fun with this* *but I really do love his suits*

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So you are imagining the apron is over another piece of clothing? Shame on me.

*as you see, I'm having way too much inappropriate fun with this
*but seriously I really do love his suits too

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I am a low maintenance fan. I just need Ha Suk Jin in an apron - nothing else.

Ain't I easy to please?

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Hahaha shameless minds think alike

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Ah! Hahahahah my innocent self just understood. I see. The view is indeed rather better.

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I should be sleeping already, this crack me up so hard XD

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Dramabeans: partly responsible for the robust demand of undereye concealer in the beauty industry

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I've been loving all the casting news this year but I guess there's always one that doesn't satisfy you. Nevertheless I'm gonna watch this coz for once I wanna see ha seok Jin play a different role

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I got interested when the role was a housekeeper then the character background with gruff personality is where you lost me. Ha Suk Jin why?

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All I need to know is Ha Suk-jin! I really need him back in my life. So what if he been typecast. Right? That's not a big deal...Ok. This guy needs a better agent/advice.

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Bona i smell an sponsor in your life

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The only thing that smells right now is your comment

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Awesome reply!!!

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from what i know, she did quite well in LGG. And honestly speaking, there are way more idols out there who pick up lead roles right from the get-go. there are also actors/actresses with little to no ability yet are always being casted here and there. i think bona is rising up quite quickly but it's not unreasonable to the point where we should assume she's being sponsored.

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She did great in Lingerie Girl's generation and I liked her even in the best hit so I am not sure where your comment comes from.

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I do find it weird too. Since she's neither in a big 3 company (RV's Joy) or a trending girl group (I.O.I Chaeyeon/Sejeong) and is not a hot topic online (Twice Tzuyu/RV Irene). Her role in The Best Hit was also not career-changing like Suzy's in Architecture 101 to warrant her immediate rise to leading lady status. But then I went to research her group and apparently they are managed by Yuehua, one of the biggest entertainment companies. So it's not surprising they are gonna buy a few drama roles for certain members of the group.
Even if she does have a sponsor, it's not that surprising imo. Isn't the concept common in the industry?

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Oh and I just noticed that all her roles (even her cameo in Radio Romance) is from KBS. So maybe she has a relative there or smth.

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Cosmic Girls is under LOEN which is one of the biggest music companies in Korea.

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The plot reminds me of Radiant Office where prickly, rude, and bossy Ha Suk-jin is prickly, rude, and bossy Ha Suk-jin and Bona here is Go Ah-sung as the struggling contract worker who lacks specs. The difference being instead she cleaning his house, now Ha Suk-jin cleans hers.

If the show includes interesting characters like a couple of hapless interns similar to Lee Dong-hwi and Hoya, I am in!

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It's either I don't care Ha Suk Jin being typecasted or I just enjoy watching his character suffer. Whether he's a rude and prickly boss or rude and prickly chaebol or a rude and prickly dustpan, I always gets amused when his character gets his comeuppance. Plus he's very good at playing an idiot in love.

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Someone please write a drama about a rude and prickly dustpan as an idiot in love who will get his comeuppance!!!
Ha Suk-jin or not, I will watch!!

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your convo, guys are killing me!!! I've been awake for 28 hours now

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I still can't picture these two as a pairing but all I need is Ha Suk-jin. He didn't really stand out as an actor in my eyes, but he is consistent. I rather have an actor who is consistent in his acting in each of his role, rather than good in one role and back to be bad in next role. I mean if you can't have a mind blowing acting, at least give a decent performance is enough. He also seems to be aware of his limitation, so that's probably made him keep taking similar roles which isn't a big problem for me.

I liked Bona in GG 1979, but I prefer to see her in supporting roles for now. Honestly, I just wish Ha Suk Jin is paired with more experienced actress than with some rookie actress.

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I've never thought of it that way, Now that I think of it. I like everything Ha Suk-jin is in even tho its the same roles with slightly different variations

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Me too. I never watch anything that Bona starred in, I heard she's pretty good but then again, Ha Suk-Jin and Park Ha-Sun was one of best couple I've seen and I hardly seeing him with another rookies. I mean Ko Ah-Sung ain't rookie but I didn't catch overflowing chemistry between them.
But it's okay I head some dramas ahead so I won't think about this one thoroughly.

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My reaction:
Step 1 - reading the headline only: Sigh. He's going to play the same character again. Wouldn't it be more fun if he was the house helper?
Step 2 - reading the first paragraph: Omo. He IS the house helper. This is excellent, so happy he's doing a different character this time
Step 3 - reading the rest of the article: Sigh. He's got a 'gruff personality' and is the wealthy son. And 'rude and bossy'. Nothing changed then.

Ha Suk Jin Fighting! You'll do nice & sweet & fluffy one of these days (and not just for 10 mins in ep 16)! Or, you know, just a normal person.

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"Not just for 10 mins in ep 16!" LOL 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

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Wasn't he relatively normal in 1% of Anything? I mean he started out kind of fed-up that he was being forced into a marriage meeting but once the gramps relented a few dates would be enough he flipped completely chill about it. Awkward but basically he was a lot different than he was as Premium Trash in Let's Drink.

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I actually don't know. Didn't watch let's drink. And also I did not watch the 1%... I read all recaps though, and it felt like a cute drama; but I never brought myself to watch it. Now,I know him from D-day and he was kind of upsetting there! 😂.
Would I give him another chance now?? So far, no. Because I don't have the time.
But as an actor, I wish him good. 😅

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Hummm, I don't know. Basically, I don't like him. I don't like the way he looks, and his acting skills are also not so good, they don't reach me. So, I pass...

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I'm surprised at the flower boy label; he seems more conventionally handsome than pretty and I don't think he's exactly willowy built. Still I enjoy his comedic chops a lot and it'll be nice to have him back soon!

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Ha Seok Jin is a typecast and I would have been sure he’s probably sick of playing the same role too, if I actually knew him. It doesn’t give him enough room or opportunities for growth but I remember watching an actor or actress - it’s a vague memory - talking about how they’d been typecast for playing the villain and when they wanted to break out by refusing villain roles offered to them, it backfired. I remember them saying they didn’t get any roles for a long time so I’m guessing he probably isn’t getting any other types of roles.

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Type casting works (and I think it is for him) in the since that similar roles have subtleties that actors can delve into to make a better, juicier role. Everyone seems to like him the most in 1%, where he was nice jerk (in my opinion, anytime he wasn't being a jerk, he was just regular nice), others like him as high-quality trash, but I liked him the most in Radiant Office because there was this dorky level to the character that seemed winning.

I can immediately think of someone it worked for--Namgoong Min. Type-cast as bland second lead, then as villians, then as quirky. And Gong Hyo Jin is typecast as kind of an every-woman character (she's a better actress, the only reason i think it's harder to notice she IS playing the same character over and again, with a bit of variation in Temper. As a writer I feel its pretty blatant) with some exceptions here and there, mostly in movies.

I'm sure somewhere deep down I'm rooting for Ha Suk Jin to move onto other roles, but at theeeee sammmmemememmeme timemememeee I NEVER WANT HIM TO STOP DOING THIS ALSO. I always end up loving him. A lot of actors play jerks and I hate them. He's one of the few I dont.

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" A lot of actors play jerks and I hate them. He's one of the few I don't."

Same here. Maybe it's the writing or maybe it's HSJ. His characters can be jerks at first glance but there's always a dork beneath and a very funny one at that.

I will always remember his character in Once Upon A Time In Saengchori. He played a math genius who crunches numbers like cornflakes. Obviously the guy suffers no fools so that's the jerk part. Well, one day he got hit by lightning and poof went his mathematical ability. I swear every time he secretly got out his pre-school maths book to practice, I laughed so hard.

In 1% of Anything, I hated Premium Trash until he got Lobbed by a Lobster by his Premium Date.

I think I don't hate his characters because he always make them funny. They were never meant to be swooned at or romanticized when they were being jerks.

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Premium, trash was in drinking solo. 1% of anything and drinking solo aired around the same time and it didn’t help that he was playing similar characters so I read a lot of comments about people being confused 😂

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In fact he is an engineer with a pretty high IQ.

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I’m also one of the people who enjoy him in this role. He seems to know his way around and he’s not bland. Radiant office, too, was my favorite of him. He was different. But as a fan, I also wish I could see him in other things. It’s just because many actors have voiced their thirst for playing versatile roles and how it fulfills them so as a fan (and because I tend to really internalize or overempathize as my teacher said) I worry that he’s being too caged especially since I’ve heard it’s too hard to break out from a cage. Otherwise, I really do enjoy him and the examples you mentioned. Like Gong Hyo-jin, she’s a romcom queen. Her characters aren’t always similar and even if they were, she has her own magic going on.

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It's true that HSJ often acts the same kind of role but the stories are different so it doesn't bother so much (and he's sexy and smart in the real life a big plus :p)

I liked Bona in Girls Generation 1979 but she played a teenager. I don't know if she could be as good in a more mature role.

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Oooh, tell us more about the 'sexy and smart in real life' bit :)

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I recommend you check out the variety show "Problematic Men". ^^

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Thanks!!

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He studied Mechanical Engineering at the university and not acting like a lot of actors.

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He has an engineering degree and an high IQ in real life and yes,is sexy :-)

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The age gap is kind of wide- she is very young

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or that they were going to get married in real life so that you look at the age, how ridiculous these comments of age is only a Dorama nothing more.

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yassssss. I don't care that it's literally the same character.

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I like him prickly and uptight. Make him prickly, uptight, and good at cleaning, and I'm sold.

Sometimes formulas work, because sometimes you want your entertainment familiar and relaxing. Watching an attractive man clean while he bickers with a love interest sounds good to me.

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Poor Ha Suk-jin, the forgotten HotBar.
http://www.dramabeans.com/2011/10/cant-lose-episode-18-final/

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Why was he called HotBar?

I mean he's Hot alright and I suppose he's long enough to be a Bar...

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In noble pursuit of Hotness, I read the recaps up to ep 4 and got this:

Eun-jae drinks at her bar, and HotBar arrives for work. (See, now I don’t even want to know this character’s name. I’ve decided to call him HotBar, which transliterated into Korean is also the word for corndog. Don’t ask me why.)

This isn't very good for a Tues morning when I'm about to head out. Now, I am torn between two choices for lunch - do I lick a Hotbar or eat a Corndog?

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Eating a corn dog is a safe option. Licking a hotbar is open to interpretation - but hey, who says what is or is not acceptable as a lunchtime option.

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Ha Suk-jin would actually be fantastic in that role. Whilst Bona can act, I can't particularly see them together.

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I need a pretty flower boy housekeeper to fix my life. Do they accept credit cards?

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*starts reading* so he's stopped playing the same person then? he'll be poor and nice?

*hits character description* HA SUK JIN U NEVER DISAPPOINT

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Have no objection to weekly dose of Ha Seok-jin, can totally imagine him channeling his inner ajussi (or ajumma in this case) underneath all that executive veneer ^^

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Can Ha Suk Jin play somthing other than haughty, mean guy with a soft interior?? I wanna see him play spazzy characters. Or dorks. Or spazzy dork with glasses. Some variety would be nice, ajusshi.

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Where are the age gap comments now or do those only apply for the Kim Trio. She's 1995 while he's 1982 that's a 13 year gap for those wondering.

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I think it is because the lead girl isn't as famous as Kim So hyun and Kim Yoo Jung so many people don't know her real age. Furthermore she is an adult already while the other two became adults recently if I'm not wrong

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Visually I don't think Ha Suk Jin makes the best flower boy. He looks too manly and kinda old for the role. I would think Lee Jong Suk and Ahn yo Seop have a very flower boy look.
Also the lead girl has a very youthful look compared to him so again have reservations regarding the couple visually. However, I hope they prove me wrong and I can eat my words lol.

Seriously I'm tired of getting disappointed by dramas since 2017 LOL. 2016 was such a fun year. But I feel like I have been in a semi-slump since 2017. I still watch a LOT of dramas but it feels more like a chore rather than pure enjoyment. A lot of them start good but lose steam halfway. I have watched and given a try to almost all dramas this year but nothing really has impressed me. C-dramas on the other hand have been better recently along with a few J-dramas.

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It's funny what you say about C-Dramas. I think they're getting worse with time. Dramas with more than 45 episodes with too much dragging, filler episodes, flashbacks, nothing useful happening, bad script, bad edition, bad direction and bad acting.
I'm thankful China is ar least doing very good to great web dramas at least 4 projects a year which can be considered as above.

I used to love J-Dramas. I went on hiatus on them and I need to go back to them asap.

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Maybe it's because I have watched a lot of kdramas so they just feel like it's the same thing over and over again whereas C-drama and J-dramas I am not that familiar with yet so they feel more new and exciting. Also I do enjoy skipping the flashbacks lol.

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I thought Bona was not as good in Lingerie Girls’ Generation as the 2nd lead - Chae Seo-Jin was. I am so tired of all these idols waltzing their way to leading roles, while we have far better 2nd leads who are more deserving than them.

I know that the stations want them in for their following to influence the ratings, and also to help them out - but I really do think they need to get used to starting like everyone else - in supporting roles, then 2ns leads, before advancing to leads. It is only fair - to both us the viewers, and the good actors in 2nd leads, who deserve promotions to leads.

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OMG yes! Like in "The Great Seducer" with Joy. I have nothing against her, but really wish Moon Ga Young had been the lead. All these actors/actresses have been doing acting for years, and Joy right off the bat had a lead in her first drama and second one. Her acting has greatly improved since the first one but still. You know?

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I actually hope Bona passes this one...I am interested in seeing her again after Lingerie Girls' Generation but I am totally passing a Ha Suk Jin drama. I can't exactly pinpoint why but I don't like his acting that much and I dislike his acting even more when he's playing those annoying jerk characters.

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Unfortunate for Ha Suk Jin to have played such similar roles (executive like) in his last couple of dramas. Excited to see him in something different. Hopefully this will be a boost in his career. His acting isn't bad, I think he just needs to portray different characters to really show his ability as an actor. Ha Suk Jin Hwaiting!

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watched the teaser seems like this drama's gonna be interesting. It premiered yesterday, gonna watch. I love Bona.

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