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[Actor Spotlight] IU

Singer-songwriter-actor IU is in the spotlight this week. She’s currently starring in the Hong sisters’ latest drama, Hotel del Luna. It might not be the blockbuster some were expecting, but the drama is pulling in some pretty nice ratings for tvN. And it’s so pretttty!

IU (born Lee Ji-eun) is no stranger to the limelight — she debuted as a solo artist in 2008 at the early age of fifteen. Since that time, she has carved quite a unique space for herself in her ten-years-and-still-going-strong career. While first and foremost a singer, IU also became interested in acting. Rather than dabble in acting to gain experience, like many other singers and idols are often seen doing, IU’s first acting gig was a main role in 2011’s teen music drama Dream High. Many leading roles, and much success, have followed, but I’ve always been impressed with the careful balance IU keeps between her music and acting careers.

Here are some dramaland moments from IU, followed by her full filmography.

 
Pretty Man (2013)

Yes, I know this drama was terrible. But anyone that has been reading these spotlights for a while knows I love talking about the duds more than the hits sometimes! Some dramas are bad enough to make you stop watching, some dramas are bad enough to make you keep watching — and some dramas are just bad enough to keep you locked in a drama-watching holding pattern. You can’t stop watching, but you’re not enjoying it either. Such was the case with Pretty Man, the Jang Geun-seok vehicle with a boring and predictable plot, a love line you couldn’t get behind, and second lead worth wringing your hands over. IU was adorable here as the crazy, colorful 20-year-old bag lady, but sadly her performance (nor anyone else’s) wasn’t enough to save the drama. Every actor has been better elsewhere. However, the vision of IU’s character swimming gleefully in Jang Geun-seok’s “sexy” collar bone hollow will never leave me, so it’s not a total loss.

 
My Ajusshi (2018)

If there’s a drama from last year that I most regret missing live, it’s My Ajusshi. Dark, emotional, and different from your typical mainstream K-drama fare, this drama told the story of a heroine’s hardships and her unique relationship/friendship with the “ajusshi” played by Lee Seon-kyun. IU seems to have an interesting pattern going for her acting projects, where her casting and/or roles are first met with a sprinkle of skepticism — only to be later tossed to the wind, after a great performance. It might have met some struggles along the way, but the drama performed well and was considered a critical and commercial success. I love that there is space for dramas like this one in dramaland, just as much as I love having it tucked away for a rainy day marathon.

 
Hotel del Luna (2019)

So, I’m not currently watching Hotel del Luna… *dodges tomatoes* but it’s not because I’m not interested in the story, and what the Hong Sisters will do with another ghostly drama/rom-com. It might not be the roaring success that was Master’s Sun from some years back, but it’s nice to see them having fun with the story (at least, it looks that way from my lurking in the recaps!). IU opposite the powerhouse that is Yeo Jin-gu sounds awfully good on paper, but at the same time, I’m not sure if they strike me as a Hong Sisters main couple. That being said, this drama is surely a visual treat, as the colors and cinematography look just plain sumptuous, and perfect for the storytelling.

 
IU’s full filmography:

  • Dream High (2011) [Drama]
    IU made her acting debut here, alongside the likes of Suzy, Kim Soo-hyun, Taecyeon, and more. TLDR: Successful teen drama goodness that spawned a sequel.

  • Welcome to the Show (2011) [Drama/Cameo]
    IU cameoed as herself in this idol-centric sit-com drama based on SBS’s real-life Inkigayo and chock full of real-life performers. Yeah, I’m confused too.

  • Dream High 2 (2012) [Drama/Cameo]
    IU had the requisite cameo as her character from the original Dream High.

  • Salamander Guru and The Shadows (2012) [Drama/Cameo]
    IU cameoed in Episode 6 of this short drama that I’ve secretly been dying to watch. Not only is the name fabulous (I mean, salamanders), but it’s a trippy-sounding tale of hackers and gurus. And there’s a billion of other great cameos as well.

  • You’re the Best, Lee Soon-shin (2013) [Drama]
    IU earned her first starring role in this 50-episode drama. Though first met with some skepticism, she quickly won over the crowd and the critics with her performance, and the ratings followed.

  • Pretty Man (2013) [Drama]
    A sad follow-up to her previous success (see above).

  • The Producers (2015) [Drama]
    IU starred with Gong Hyo-jin, Cha Tae-hyun, and was reunited with Kim Soo-hyun, in this meta-heavy drama about the team behind a TV variety department.

  • Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo (2016) [Drama]
    This drama is better known as the sageuk with too many flower boy princes… another case of too much pretty and not enough eyeballs. IU starred here with Lee Jun-ki (and many others), and though the drama didn’t do too great, at least it tried.

  • Real (2017) [Film/Cameo]
    IU had another cameo in this dark, dystopic-sounding film that again starred Kim Soo-hyun (I’m starting to see a pattern!). Actually, I haven’t heard much about this film before now, but the premise of two personalities and one Kim Soo-hyun, and the fact that it’s a manhwa adaptation have piqued my interest.

  • My Ajusshi (2018) [Drama]
    Another huge, important, and critically acclaimed role for IU (see above).

  • Persona (2019) [Drama]
    You know you’ve made it when you’re starring in a film of four vignettes about you, and starring you.

  • Hotel del Luna (2019) [Drama]
    More Hong Sisters, more ghosts, more squeeing (see above)?

  • Shades of the Heart (2019) [Film]
    Art film that starred IU and Yeon Woo-jin, and I can see them being awesome on screen together.

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she is amazing as an actor. i think My Ajusshi will forever be her best one.

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I love her singing but her dramas are hit and miss for me. I thought she was adorable in DREAM HIGH but totally out of her element in MOON LOVERS SCARLET HEART RYEO. I hear her latest moon drama has been well-received, so good for her!

That film with Yeon Woo Jin sounds interesting...

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Combining Goryeo's history with Tong Hua's Scarlet Heart didn't work for me at all. I think it would have been better if they were separate dramas.
I enjoyed the Goryeo part more and most it was taken from the Goyeosa.
Kang Hana's character was on point even though most viewers hated her. That girl can do sageuks and I hope to see her in a memorable well written one like Han Ye-ri's character in NOKDU.

I really want to watch "Shades of the Heart." I like this director's indie short films.
I think IU is making a good transition choice by appearing in short films.

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Nothing is or will be better than "My Ajusshi"... But you have to watch by yourself

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Unless she can talk someone else into watching.

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I always found her likable, but MA and now HdL brought a new level of acting skill-- matching the emotive level of her singing. Add to that her family background, and her interviews and co... She is not only talented, but also works really hard, has a good head on her shoulders and seems like a genuinely good person. I find her inspirational.

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I really hope she will star in another critically acclaimed drama. That acting in my mister is still memorable in my memory. Seriously one of her best acting. Still not a afan of her recent drama though I'm so glad the drama is doing well. . But still watching it with a using a huge amount of ff button lol.

I'm one of the view people who think she wasn't bad in Moon Lovers. Heck that drama script is one of the worse I've seen. But still she is still nail the emotional aspect of the drama for me.

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I’m not sure if they strike me as a Hong Sisters main couple

IU's best couple was Kim Soo-hyun in The Producers, but IU's couples are frequently miscast i (Jo Jung-seok in You’re the Best, Lee Soon-shin, Lee Jun-ki in Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo, Yeo Jin-gu in Hotel del Luna) making her romances unbelievable.

IU suits non-romances like My Ajusshi. I never shipped her character with Lee Seon-kyun.

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I did, somehow... But in a very symbolic way.

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To be fair it's the other way around too. These are talented actors you are calling miscast. They have been around with memorable roles and performances before she came along.

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Her couples are miscast meaning the actor cast second, which was IU in Moon Lovers. I will never understand dramas deliberately casting 13-year age gaps.

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Huge age gaps rarely works but in defend of the drama it was based on an era where this kind of age gap was common.
On the other hand, the other half of the population probably married someone closer to their age, arrange or not.
I'd blame the PD and writer for that mess.

SECRET LOVE AFFAIR made the huge age gap works as intended.
That was a near perfect drama on all front.

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I like her the best in The Producers and My Ajusshi, and her chemistry with Kim Soo-hyun is my most favorite. Really glad to see their friendship going strong since Dream High, with him appearing in Ending Scene MV and will be in Hotel del Luna's final episode.

YTBLSS, Pretty Man, and Moon Lovers writing and directing did her no favor.

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Yep!!! Love her friendship with Kim Soo Hyun too. I always love when dramas bring actors together and their friendship grows overtime. ie - Hwarang, Reply 1988, SKY Castle, Dream High.

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It might be because she played in my favorite drama ever, or because I love her songs, I love IU. She seems to have such a humble, yet professional personality about her and I respect that.

I might get hate for it, but at first in Hotel Del Luna, even though she was BRILLIANT in playing Man Weol, I felt like I could see her acting. Not because she was overacting or something, idk i felt she was too young to play her character or... IDK how to put it. Like she was playing dress? But now she's totally THE man wol character. I have faith in her creative decisions and hope to see more of her in the future!

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like she was playing dress=> You are not alone. Cause IU does look like a baby girl (a pretty one, ofc). Plus, many people have the image of MW as a statue-like goddess (Like Jeon Ji Hyun) feel she is doing cosplay, lol.
However, thinking about it, one thousand years ago, MW could have been a teenager girl. In that sense, IU's appearance does fit the role.

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First saw her in her first drama, Dream High. One of my top favourites ever. ♥️

My Ahjusshi made me love her more. Her best performance so far although I loved her a lot too in Hotel Del Luna.

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I first saw her in Pretty Man and I loved her. Sorry to say I’m not a kpop fan so I actually never heard her sing (or I just don’t know if I accidentally heard any of her songs) outside of dramas.

First time realizing she’s a singer was in Producers. I loved Cindy.

I tried to watch My Ajusshi but unfortunately it really isn’t my kind of show.

Just finished Hotel De Luna and she rocked her role.

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Class & poise is what comes to mind whenever IU/Ji Eun is brought up 🤗 She’s THE solo artist of the 2nd Gen. that I respect and love most. The girl debuted at 15—[about] the same age as when BoA debuted— yet, she’s carries her career along with such class. Her thought into each of her songs—self composed or not— and the effort she puts into each of her roles is so admirable, along with the person she is behind the scenes and behind the spotlight. Her stage name says it all: I (for herself) & U (for her fans). She personally picks out & buys souvenirs & food for her fans from each & every one of her overseas schedules and gives it all out in the airport just as she’s landed and probably exhausted out of her mind. She probably has antis (who doesn’t in the K-entertainment world? People can be savage) & junior artists who have disrespected her before, but not once have I seen or heard her speak of those things to anyone in front or behind a camera. She’s the breadwinner of the family and fully financed her brother through school. She does collabs and helps other artists at the drop of a hat, no hesitation whatsoever.

Even though it was out of a sad incident, she was the SOLE PERSON who spoke up for the artists and for the people who work hard behind the scenes and said “... It’s okay to cry. It’s okay to not be okay. It’s okay to BE HUMAN and have emotions and be weak...” during her speech at her first (award) appearance after Jonghyun’s death. Props to her for doing that. When the first of her contract with her agency (formerly LOEN Entertainment, now Kakao M) expired— I think it was 7 years, standard for initial contracts), the agency, of course, wanted to extend their work with her, and the only terms that she requested in order for her to say ‘yes’ to them was if the people working under her—her ‘entourage’, if I must— all got raises in their salary.... I’m mean, WHO DOES THAT???? 🥰🥰🥰🥰

This girl, though already 10 years into her career at 25/26, is going to have even more beautiful and meaningful experiences to come her way, because her career—this LIFELONG career— is going to be a long and beautiful one for her ♥️♥️♥️

... JYP, you missed out, dude.

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Unless you want her in a girl group, JYP would never have made IU into the Nation's Little Sister she is today because JYPE does not know how to manage their solo artists.

IU could have only thrived under LOEN (Kakao M) who ironically can only make her successful. Even having IU collaborate with all her label mates (Sea Of Moonlight, Friday, Not Spring, Love, or Cherry Blossoms), all of LOEN's groups flopped (Fiestar, HISTORY, HIGH4).

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True 😂 But my comment was more geared towards the “JYP lost out on a super talent” sentiment 😅😅

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This is such a lovely comment, @bebeswtz. I wish IU herself could see it.
I didn’t know these things about her. She sounds like a very nice person 😊.

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Awww thank you :)

The person Lee Ji Eun/the artist IU has a really good head on her shoulders and a beautiful heart for sure ~!!! So I'm proud to be a fan of hers and learn so much from her as a person as well, even though I'm slightly older than her. Learning, and the heart/mindset of, doesn't stop--nor should it stop-- just because of age, status, background, or ability

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She built her own studio and invites up and comers to use it. She's such an amazing person.

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Thank you so much for this lovely comment, it is full of truth ❤

she is so beautiful both on the inside and outside and I truly believe is she s gift from above. Her voice is heavenly and healing for the soul. It has been amazing seeing her mature as an artist and write and compose her own songs. Seeing some of her live performances with a packed out audience singing along to her songs while waving their lightsticks will never not hit me in the feels. It's something every aspiring musician would love.

She is incredibly generous with her time during her concerts. Who on earth does 4 hour concerts with 1 hour encores? It is a dream of mine to one day attend one of her concerts, preferably Seoul where it will be the biggest and longest hehe.

She is extremely loyal to her friends, and many of her celebrity friends she has known for many years like Yoo In-na, Yoo Hee Yeol, Kim Soo-hyun, Lee Joon-gi and Kang Ha-Neul.

I'm really anticipating her upcoming album, I know it will be delightful 🤩

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Awww Thank you 😊

And yes go everything you’ve said!!!

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IU has the most beautiful and generous heart! Where much is given much is expected and she certainly give as much. She seems like the coolest girl to hangout with because she value people through long term friendship etc.
I love her friendship with Yoo In-na and her leading men outside of dramaland. Kim Soo-hyun, Lee Jun-ki and hopefully Yeo Jin-goo too.

If there was any doubt in her capability as an actress MY AJUSSHI just proved that she is on her way.

Keep shining girl <3.

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she value people through long term friendship etc.

I can’t name all the instances this happened in the dramas she was in, but I love how My Ahjusshi team went to see her concert, that was very heartwarming. That really says a lot in her personality that people she’s worked with would take time off to see her and support her. Most, if not all, actors in My Ahjusshi are her sunbaenim!

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Yes and recently two of the actors from My Ahjussi, Oh Nara and Park Ho San sent her coffee trucks to the set of HDL and there were banners referring her as “Lee Ji An” and my heart couldn’t handle this cuteness😍🙏🏻🥰

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I love IU and unlike most people have loved her since Dream High.

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My ❤️girl crush❤️. iU can do no wrong.

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No other actresses could give life to the character “Lee Ji An” in My Ahjussi as amazing as how IU did!

I’ve watched MA four times and every damn time she makes me speechless!
She is the heroine of my fav drama ever and I support my queen💜

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Agree with you 100%. I liked her since pretty man, even though yeah, the drama is bad, but I didn't even knew she was a singer. Anyway, I liked her since dream high as well... I simply liked her, but in My Ajusshi, she killed me. She is also my ultimate heroine ever.

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We have been so impressed with Lee Je Eun's growth as an actress. Her ability to convey emotion with subtle facial expressions is remenicient of Kim He Ae who we believe is one of the world's greatest actresses.

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I gave up on PRETTY MAN. It was terrible. But I have come to really admire IU for the way she balances music and acting. She has a really sweet voice. She has become a very good actress.

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She was average-good in Scarlet Heart but brilliant in My Mister. She simply became my favorite after that drama. Watching Hotel De Luna now, and IU is shining brightly there.

Just one suggestion: never write your opinion on a drama/movie/anything that you're not watching. Nobody wants to know what you think about it without watching it.

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“It might not be the blockbuster some were expecting, but the drama is pulling in some pretty nice ratings for tvN. And it’s so pretttty!”

I’m confused. TVN is a cable network so the rating system is different from a major channel. I’m not sure what you mean when you wrote Master Sun was a roaring success when HDL is not? HDL is second to Sky Castle as one of the most successful cable dramas.

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It's definitely a huge success/hit for tvN. I don't think anyone was expecting it to do this well considering it was teated as a "filler" for Arthdal Chronicles and even pushed forward in air date by a month. Sky Castle is another league though.. literally was national phenomenon.

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HDL is successful but it's not 2nd to SKY CASTLE. It hasn't beat Yeo Jin-goo's CROWNED CLOWN earlier this year yet but it's close.

Top 10 Higest rated Cable dramas:
1. SKY CASTLE-23.7%
2. REPLY 1988-18.8%
3.GOBLIN-18.6%
4.MR SUNSHINE-18.1%
5.100 DAYS MY PRINCE-14.4%
6.SIGNAL-12.5%
7.THE LADY IN DIGNITY-12%
8.REPLY 1994-11.5%
9.PRISON PLAYBOOK-11.5%
10.CROWNED CLOWN-10.8%

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The HdL finale just had a swooping 12.001% rating. So, it would take the 7th spot on your list, I guess?

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That's awesome! Second highest cable drama for 2019 so far.
It'll take #8 spot behind DIGNITY (12.065%).

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Wouldn't it be the highest rated cable drama this year? The Crowned Clown is behind it.

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No because SKY CASTLE's final eps was in Feb 2019.

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kiara, I guess you've misunderstand JennyNo's argument.

Talking about rating first. No doubt in a cable TV network, 12% is not especially impressive, but «Hotel del Luna» has already been tvN's highest rating in 2019. Thinking also about the last time tvN's drama rate higher than 10% (which is «Mr. Sunshine» last October), and as well as JennyNo said, HdL is considered use to be treated as a "filler" of «Arthdal Chronicle» (and also considering that AC has used KRW 54B to make. We don't know how much for HdL) with AC highest rating only 7.7%, HdL has done a great job.

About the quality, Honestly, even with almost 24% rating, although it's opened greatly, I don't think «Sky Castle» is good. Especially after JTBC decided to extend it from 16 episodes to 20 to chase for better rating, the whole story falls apart disastrously, so I think it's crap. «Mr. Sunshine» is excellent, but her high rating (also «Goblin», which by the same writer, and have a similar theme with HdL) do have some branding effect (and I don't even consider «Goblin» is as good as HdL: «Goblin» do have some flowery language, but in terms of presenting the theme, talking about some social issues--talking about that Room 13 ghost, or sarcastically referring to some past dramas, HdL is golden) involved. So I consider «Hotel del Luna» is one of the best dramas I've seen lately.

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I'm sorry but I wasn't replying to JennyNo at all. I would have clicked reply to her directly if I was.

I'm not going to argue with ratings. It is what it is and you or I can't change that.
Personally I think every cable drama that surpasses 10% is a huge success these days especially when public stations with free viewing are struggling to get to the double digit.

What you consider quality is not what I would consider quality. We all have our preference and we judge dramas differently so no debate there.

Just enjoy what you like best! I'm not going to argue with that.

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Btw, the last time tvN had a drama rate higher than 10% was CROWNED CLOWN (Jan-Mar 2019).

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"No doubt in a cable TV network, 12% is not especially impressive."

Did the rating game change that 12% is no longer considered impressive? The last time I remembered, achieving even 4% for a cable was considered a huge feat. What do I know, I was under the impression that HDL ranked second in cable drama ratings.

I know this is a highlight article on IU but there's something strange about how this is written?

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IU will always be my #1 girl crush. Such a multi-talented individual with a good head on her shoulders. Although first a singer, she's always talked of her love/passion for acting and hope to continue learning and improving in this field. It's nice to see things finally falling in place for her acting career after My Ahjussi.

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Man Wol changed my perception of IU altogether and this is my fav role of hers. For me, she plays salty really well and convincingly compared to emotional characters. I fear it may be a one hit wonder for me, as it is with Shin Se Kyung, whom I've only ever liked in Bride of the Water God.

Still, I truly enjoyed Hotel Del Luna with her and it may not have been the same if MW was played by someone else. She even made me like Yeo Jin Goo here. Their relationship was actually believable in a dependable sort of way.

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Moon Lovers, it's one of those "dramas that could have been so good if only. . ." for me. (And I've put lots in this category--usually while weeping.)

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Hotel De Luna is awesome!!!!
I didn't realize it was IU on Pretty Man and My Ajusshi. And since I am very much bought with her performance in Hotel De Luna, gotta binge watch My Ajusshi! Though I am a little hesistant with Pretty Man because of the bad reviews, should I also watch that?

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Don't waste your time with Pretty Man. It was a mess of a drama. But I definitely recommend My Ahjussi. One of the best dramas I've ever watched: brilliant directing, writing, and acting. First few episodes were a bit too dark and slow at times, but after that it was incredible. Really left a deep impact on many viewers.

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Wow, that's promising.. Thanks! :)

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Some funny absurdist bits in Pretty Man like when man-crazy IU wraps herself is plastic wrap to lose weight. Its worth watching for a couple episodes just to gawk a very young IU in the role of a cartoon character. Don't bother to get invested in the story, though.

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I have been so much indulged with IU's character in Hotel De Luna that I almost forgot how sweet and cute she is! I guess I'll get to see more of her cuteness on Pretty Man.. Thanks for the help!

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HDL the first time i saw IU and i loved her there. She was excellent and had great chemistry with Yeo jin goo. Now i have started listening to her songs as well she has a really lovely voice. The song she sang for HDL is beautiful too. ❤️

I hope you guys write an actor spotlight article for yeo jin goo as well. I loved him in METS, hwayi, circle, crowned clown and now HDL. An actor with a great potential.

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I thought she was excellent in My Ahjussi, Producers was a disappointment, I stopped watching Moon Lovers, Hotel Del Luna is fun and Persona was mostly forgettable. Still, I like IU. She doesn't seem to take herself to seriously and when I watch clips of her she seems to laugh a lot.

However, I am concerned about her. I think she looks a little too frail and too thin. I know actors and actresses are usually thin. But she seems skinnier than most, and in an unhealthy way. She is wearing all these glamorous outfits in Hotel Del Luna but many of them don't look right because of her thinness. But I hope she keeps doing good projects.

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You can see her eating habits in the reality show Hyori's Bed & Breakfast. She loves chocolate and she would just survive on chocolate if she could. I think because she was called "bubbly", the one with chubby cheeks before she is constantly taking care about her fly weight.

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Say what you like about acting (which I think is excellent) but her singing is heavenly...ethereal. Healing for the soul.

She is a blessing to humanity. I'm really looking forward to her upcoming album that I'm certain will destroy the charts. Hopefully we get "Our Happy Ending" in the album too.

And she was truly phenomenal as Man-wol. What a deeply interesting, conflicted and layered character she was, sprinkled with enough sass and humour to make her adorable. 10/10 performance 👏

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Long time no see Dramabeans. I am just lurking from time to time. I wanted to say i love IU. For me first few roles didnt really pull me in. She was cute in Dream High, wasnt good in Lee Soon Shin& Pretty Man& Producers for me. Then magic happened. Scarlet Heart Ryo happened, i totally fell for her as an actress and her acting was so different from previous roles and genuine. She totally loved two guys with different love and i think drama has some weird writing. But i didnt compare it with chinese and i loved that drama for its own charm and nice OSTs. I am a total fan of KOOKU couple btw and hope something is happening or hope she lives happy and loved.

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It was in 'The Producers' that IU perfected the persona of the nasty, dislikeable narcissist whose really a vulnerable softie nerd hiding inside, a role that she will perfect 4 years later in 'Hotel Del Luna'.

The author speaks of 'My Ajusshi' like someone who hadn't watched it, just rattled off dry facts from the Wiki page. Those who watched the series tend to throw in works like 'profound' or 'spiritual' or a dozen similar superlatives one doesn't often see appended to 'office intrigue' K-dramas.

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So which one of you are/were Pilsuk enthusiast and is dying to see her in a singing role again smh (ALSO WITH KIM SOOHYUN AS LEADS)?

PS. I hope Producer rot in hell for giving me the bliss that was IU and Kim Soohyun but not really giving me a whole romance (though in their defense I do love where the two characters ended)

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I am not sure what qualifies as blockbuster ratings these days. But as far as I can make out Hotel del Luna has so far been the most watched cable drama in 2019, and the fifth or sixth most watched prime time drama overall. I am pretty sure tvN are psyched about these numbers.

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I will always remember Moon Lovers for how pretty that cast was.

Just. stunning.

And that crappy ending...and beginning...and middle.

But they were pretty.

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I agree. Given the hype (and number of cameos and I surmise Budget with her clothing changes, CGI effects etc), 12% was great but not exceptional (for a weekend drama at prime time). Sky Castle was great without any hype (and it was on at a weird time 11pm which meant viewers literally had to stay up to watch it). It was pure story and plot (and probably raging relevant issues) plus great acting that carried the drama to its stellar ratings. Having said that HDL was a hit for Hong Sisters (and IU/YJG) after a string of let downs. Kudos to the team.

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she was great in my ahjussi. that really changed my perception of her, and made me see her as more of an actress than an idol/singer

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