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High school romance and mishaps in new True Beauty teaser

A new video teaser has been released for tvN’s upcoming True Beauty, featuring the main trio: Moon Ga-young (Find Me in Your Memory), Cha Eun-woo (Rookie Historian Gu Hae-ryung) and Hwang In-yub (Eighteen Again).

Moon Ga-young plays the central character, Joo-kyung, a bright but insecure high school student whose main struggle is not thinking she’s beautiful. As a result, she becomes reliant on cosmetics to make herself look prettier and hides her natural appearance from others. But her secret becomes known to Cha Eun-woo who eventually ends up sharing his own insecurities with Moon as well. As their relationship blossoms, they encourage one another to find confidence and love themselves as they are.

As with most rom-coms though, there’s another student with his eyes set on Moon Ga-young and that’s Hwang In-yub. While Cha Eun-woo comes across as cold and aloof, Hwang is more assertive and tough. The ensuing love triangle between the three characters is the focus of the newly released teaser.

The video starts with Moon Ga-young and Cha Eun-woo’s first drama moment with Moon falling on top of Cha unexpectedly. Cha thinks about what happened afterwards and he wonders, “How is it that we ran into each other there? But why did she pretend not to see me?” In contrast, Moon is fixated on the fact that Cha saw her without makeup and wallows, “This is the end of me…”

Back at school, we see Moon Ga-young’s encounters with Hwang In-yub, who asks her, “Why? Are you interested?” And he grabs her by her backpack, asking, “Are you running away with my helmet to get my attention?” But Moon is preoccupied with trying to speak to Cha Eun-woo. In voice-over, we hear her ask, “I have a request, can you please pretend not to know?” Cha finally looks at her when she leaves a sticky note on his book, with the message: “Thank you for keeping my secret!!” And she give him a thumbs up while mouthing her thank you again.

Cut to Moon Ga-young getting dragged away by her family as her mom yells, “What’s the point in layering on thick makeup to be pretty when the base face is a mess?!” In a quick sequence of shots we see Moon putting on makeup and messing up her eyebrows, getting her face squashed against a window, and Cha Eun-woo holding up a jacket with an imprint of Moon’s face. Text screens intercut the sequence, “Can makeup help with dating too?”

The teaser comes to an end with the main trio standing together outside. Cha Eun-woo asks Hwang In-yub, “Why do you keep lurking around her?” And Hwang responds with a question of his own, “You like Im Joo-kyung, don’t you?”

Directed by PD Kim Sang-hyeob (Extraordinary You) and written by Lee Shi-eun (Top Star Yoo Baek), tvN rom-com True Beauty is currently set to premiere next month on December 9.

Via Sedaily

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I'm so excited for this even though the current webtoon plot is a mess! I'm really excited to see what they do with this and if they change up or add anything new! I'm rooting for Eun-ho's character but damn if Hwang In-yub isn't going to give me major sls again.
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I agree that the current webtoon plot is a mess. It started out fun but now its giving me headache, so I have stopped reading since 2 weeks. Its sad though. Hopefully the drama will not go down that line and give us a solid story line.

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Is it typical for webtoons to have 130+ eps and span 3+ years? This is the first one I have read. My guess is that there will a lot to change up in order to pack all that plot into a 16 episode drama.

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I honestly think the author just keeps it going because it's so lucrative. The post-high school chapters have just been going in circles with no real story driving the characters anymore. Hopefully the drama will be smart enough to end the story at its natural stopping point.

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I hope so too.

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I will be watching this because I like the sweet romance between Jugyeong+Suho. The plot will be what it will be but I am invested in their relationship already. Pretty sure that the comedy and vibrant wardrobe design will keep me entertained.

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This show has a Gamnam beauty vibe and I am not sure. Also, I usually don't like love triangles although I know they are common. 😐

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Seems to me that this isn't going to be any different from the webtoon and that this will also focus on the love triangle rather than the insecurities and such, which is such a shame because as someone who unintentionally watched all of Moon Gayoung's recent works in the past few years, the girl can play a character with a lot of depth. But, I sincerely hope that there is more depth to the story than what they are showing in the trailers.
Also, since this is probably the only place where I won't be unreasonably attacked for saying this, I will say this here. I am not saying that Cha Eunwoo is a terrible actor, I'm just saying that he is very limited with his acting. When I watched "Hit the Top", I didn't feel that he was a bad actor there so I didn't think twice when I watched Gangnam Beauty. GB clearly showcased how limited his acting was and it is happening here again. Based on the trailers and the dialogue used in them, the emotions he was supposed to portray were anger, annoyed, surprised, cocky and few others, all being extremely different emotions and yet he had the same expressions in them all with just his eyebrows angled differently in all. In what is supposed to be a comedy will just make it awkward. For example, Park Seojoon in "She was pretty" and Lee Minki in "Because this is my first life", had similar character descriptions to this and while both were portrayed differently, they still had so much depth, which I'm afraid will be missing here.

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Sorry for the long essay :(

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No I completely agree, he's a bad actor lol. I won't be watching this show (for a number of reasons) primarily because of his acting skills.

I can already see the cringe-fest from the trailers and I agree about the show focusing more on the love triangle than the conversation about insecurities, beauty, and beauty standards.

But hey, why tell an engaging story when we can just bank on attractive actors and fish-eyed kisses, right? :(

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Well, I can't say that I completely put off this drama because I absolutely adore Moon Gayoung, both acting-wise and personality-wise (since the girl is all about social issues, I can kind of understand why she wanted to do this drama). But the question for me is will I stick with it because I'm already disappointed with the tone of the drama with all its "extraness" since I just want societal issues to be told in a more serious manner, because right now, based on the trailers, it is more of "who will she choose?".

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Also, if they are aiming to talk about societal issues and just not showing it yet in the trailers, then I have to say that casting an idol was the wrong choice because all these fans have put in some blind faith in him and don't even care about the girl's story and anything is okay as long as the guy is on the screen.

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Speaking as one of his fans, I'm fully invested in the story of Jugyeong's self-love and I hope they speak to that side of the theme more than anything. As far as Eunwoo goes, I'm happy to see him employed and want to see him grow as an actor, but I don't think it's fair to judge his fans more than any other actor's. Look at Start Up: does anyone there seem to care about Dal Mi and Injae mending fendings and fighting for their self-driving car? They're all screaming about which boy is better despite no idols in sight.

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@kangminjae I honestly get what you are saying, but honestly, from what I observed, probably 1 in every 5000 fans of this drama sincerely care about the self-love aspect rather than the love triangle. Also, I probably didn't word it right before, but I'm not judging eunwoo's fans, what I wanted to say was that by casting a more famous person for the main male lead rather than the female, the interest is definitely more towards the male character than the female, who the story happens to be about. I would have preferred if both or neither were idols or even just the female lead so that the focus remains on her.
Also, it is probably what's happening with start-up that made me more weary about this. Start-up, too, was supposed to be more than the love triangle, but the writer ended up focusing more on the love triangle than anything else, which is what I'm afraid will happen here as well, especially since people seem to care more about the love triangle even before the drama aired.

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I read the first 60 chapters of this popular Naver webtoon. I kept surviving with the storylines I knew: romantic scenes between the trio, some bromances, a thugged gangs, accidents that I looked forward to see it into live action (e.g. FL slipped at fastfood restaurant and helped by the rebellious male friend's gang, bus crash which FL and one of male lead involved), social media appearances (I hope Naver will be one of them) and some sexy girls a lot of there even the fashion shops scenes (incl. the fitting room) and that PPLs that every popular brands in South Korea. So after I read the first 60 webtoon chapters, I'm in for looking forward for the live-action version.

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I feel too old to be watching this high school rom-com, but I’m curious. The leads look like a perfect casting to the webtoon characters (haven’t read it though).

I wanna see more of Hwang In-yub.
I'm glad his real age is 29; he looks way younger. XD

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He's 29?! Holy crap. He's 3 years older than me but looks about 3 years younger hahaha

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I haven't seen any of his work but I was impressed with his deep voice and presence just from the trailers and behind-the-scene releases.

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He's in 18 Again and is a delight. I'm very excited for his Seojoon

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I'm actually really excited for this drama even though the webtoon lost the plot after chapter 60. Hopefully they stick to only adapting the first half, because I love the whole cast and the director is great. Also, I watched the behind the scenes videos, and it seems like Eunwoo and Gayoung have a really nice and comfortable chemistry.

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90% of the time I have the taste of an ahjumma/ahjusshi when it comes to dramas and prefer ~good~ actors, the other 10% is reserved for my unabashed fangirling and bias towards over Cha Eunwoo.

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I'm more than a little skeptical for this drama, but if this is the work of Extraordinary You, we can at least count on the first half being a fun ride! I was wondering why the sets and costume design looked so familiar, the best part about EY was it's atmosphere, I'm starting to get a little excited. Here's to hoping this turns out better/on par, even with its faults I'll still probably enjoy it!

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Extraordinary You PD*

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