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Junho and Yoon-ah cross paths at luxury hotel King the Land


Junho, Yoon-ah

After he stole our hearts in The Red Sleeve Cuff, Junho is back to make us all swoon again. JTBC’s upcoming romantic comedy King the Land has just released its cast lineup, and it’s looking good so far.

Junho stars as chaebol son Gu Won, whose family owns the King Group conglomerate. With a sharp mind and a chic aura, charismatic Won sure has it all — except for one thing. He doesn’t have any memories of his mother, who suddenly disappeared from his life.

Yoon-ah (Big Mouth) plays the ever-optimistic hotelier Chun Sa-rang, who surpassed her humble beginnings as a receptionist to join the VVIP business lounge called King the Land. Full of smiles, Sa-rang is the complete opposite of Won, who absolutely cannot tolerate superficial smiles — looks like they’ll be clashing quite a bit!

Rounding out the supporting cast, we have Go Won-hee (O’PENing — Underworld Rider) as Sa-rang’s best friend and King Air stewardess Oh Pyung-hwa; Kim Ga-eun (Kiss Sixth Sense) as King Group’s sales queen Kang Da-eul; Ahn Se-ha (Idol: The Coup) as Won’s secretary Noh Sang-shik; and Kim Jae-won (To My Star 2) as King Air employee Lee Ro-woon.

Directed by Im Hyun-wook (Reflection of You) with Choi Rom as the scriptwriter and Chun Sung-il (All of Us are Dead) as the creator, King the Land will premiere in the first half of 2023.

Junho and Yoon-ah cross paths at luxury hotel King the Land
Clockwise: Go Won-hee, Kim Ga-eun, Kim Jae-won, and Ahn Se-ha

Via Newsis, Star Today
 
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I will watch for Jun Ho, always.

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🤝

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Oh @dramaddictally~ It's your boy!

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and many others' boy so it seems! He sure is mine too!

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Counting down the days!

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Oh wow 2023 is looking good❤️

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That title though...they are either being too clever for me or not clever enough...

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Damn cos, Go Won-hee in that lead role description would've been awesome... oh well.

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I've always wondered why she doesn't get more lead roles - she absolutely sparkles on screen.

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I see your vision and am now even more upset by the YoonA casting. Such a wasted opportunity all-around.

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*sigh*

I was so looking forward to Junho's next drama, but this 7-layer trope dip?

Maybe it won't be quite as bad as it sounds?

*sigh*

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@elinor: You said it sister. It is like reheated take out which wasn’t good to begin with but with a lot of good home-made pickles can be forced down. Juhno might be the human equivalent of good home-made pickles. We shall see. ps - I grew up on amazing home made pickles so like them o much!

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At least it’s not a legal drama?

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Yoon-ah really going all in with thing 'insufferable' niche she's carved out for herself.

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Maybe I'll let the Junho stans who have no choice but to watch it due to the Oppa Law let me know if her character finally dies from explosive haemorrhaging like I was promised in Big Mouse. Then I'll pick it up.

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*this

Ergh, why did I notice this typo before I posted?

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Oh but I like him so much 😒

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Oh my !!!! 🥴🥴
I like Jun ho so much but why pair him with Yoon-ah ??? Drama gods are really brutal at times 😐😐

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So sick of this chaebol fixation. At the very least, they may choose to critique the brutal and unequal system properly and not end the program with “ah, but he is sooo good looking and now has seen the error of his ways because he is in Loooove! Great South Korean actors deserve better material. Sigh. But then again, if they did, Subway, kopiko and countless others might not be happy to advertise.

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Why critique the system that exalts and elevates the very people in charge of these shows? The owners/largest shareholders of JTBC are chaebols themselves, no meaningful anticapitalist themes can be found here.

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@ladynightshade: For sure. I was deluded.

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@dncingemma: Not deluded, disappointed. And rightfully so. I believe we should continue being vocally disappointed about such tropes instead of becoming complacent, and demand better and more diverse stories. Not that a few international fans on an internet blog could have any industry impact, but it helps us viewers be more critical about the media we consume and what kind of stories we consider important.

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For some reason Korea loooooooves its chaebols and hold them up like modern demigods. They clearly haven't gotten the eat the rich memo yet.

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We need ordinary people's love stories with average salaries. But that probably isn't 'sexy' to present on the screen.

The rich want to marry within their class. So sometimes, I do have to laugh because I know it's fantasy the chaebol and normal woman romances.

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Want Hometown Cha Cha Cha an ordinary people romance? Twenty Five Twenty One, Weightlifting Fairy, Drinking Solo and I Can Hear Your Voice (granted it was a Noona romance but nobody was a Chaebol) are all regular folk. I think upcoming dramas like Gauss Electronics and Is It A Coincidence are also regular office people romances. There’s a decent balance for both types of dramas but the Chaebol dramas get more popularity and big names want to work on trope fest dramas because they know people will eat it up.

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I hope this appears! Yeah, I hear J-dramas focus more on the middle/working class, which might explain why there more low-key aside from lack of access to them.

I think it's the irony of Korea making films/tv attacking capitalism, like Parasite/Squid Game, but it's still playing into the hands of capitalism. With chaebol-esque dramas with swoony ML's, etc. I get why those are popular/why the ML's garners a big fanbase from it. I think it's more in the line of critiquing one system but still playing a hand in its soft power of presenting them attractively.

I'm more curious why for love triangles, why we see two men vs. one woman instead of the other way around. I get it, viewing audience, but it would be nice to re-freshen some of those tropes. But I've noticed over the last few yrs, Kdramas have been franker about the harsh realities of life, and cinderella/candy stories are less ubiquitous.

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Can I just say you and @ladynightshade are killing it in this post!

I love the different perspectives that you guys brought up too, and everyone else in this post as well. Who would've thought this post conjured up some interesting topics and thoughts about Junho's new career choices/& the endless chaebol fixation in dramas.

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@soulsearch12: It is kind of you to say so but you and others were part of what made it fun for me today so thank you. I had to work intensively today and the little breaks with you lovely Beanies powered me through, made me think, laugh and wish for an alternate timeline where some of our wishes are their realities!

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@dncingemma: I hope you are in a working environment where you can pace yourself in a healthy manner and stay motivated. Work is exhausting so I’m glad to see that us beanies can make your day better even in such a tiny way.

Times like these I wish I had your talent for writing messages of kindness. Your ones never fail to make me feel better.

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@ladynightshade: Interacting with you without fail makes my day better!:) Thank you for your kind message. Have a good day.

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Thanks! Back at ya and all the lovely folks here at DB!

Yes, may our wishes be granted. Dramabeanies Genie, please grant all our wishes ok!!

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@soulsearch12: Thank you for saying so! I find this community to be a safe space of like-minded critical thinkers who actively encourage me to explore my thoughts on such matters. It’s not something I can do elsewhere, even other kdrama fan platforms. Always fun to discuss topics like these.

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Likewise! There aren't many places to discuss dramas in a perspective that doesn't exist in a vacuum. We are fans of dramas and actors second, if that makes sense. And I think that spills over to the discussions, and its nice to have a holistic conversation that digs deeper into it!

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The drama gods can be truly cruel to me sometimes. Always wanted Junho to one day do a romcom, but at what cost? An unwatchable female lead and unbearably boring premise, that’s what.

*Huge, disappointed sigh* That Senorita performance has had disastrous consequences for us Junho stans. Let’s suffer through this together, comrades.

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@ladynightshade: You said it.

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@ladynightshade: Some days I think you read my mind.

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@dncingemma: I think I just tapped into the collective feeling of underwhelming disappointment of Junho fans everywhere.

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Junho isn’t exactly waving the revolution flag so we probably are wishing things for his career which he wouldn’t want. Sigh. I know, I know. We still like his acting, and, importantly, it allows you and I to kvetch about the world and commiserate. I like this just as much:)

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Awww, thanks for the smile you two have brought to my face this morning!

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@bbstl: A pleasure !:)

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*sigh* Junho is really good and I still hold out hope he'll get a drama worthy of him soon

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The guy doesn't lack script offers. The fact that he picked this script and FL out of every other project he got signals which direction he wants to take his career in, which is the commercial route for now.

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He doesn't get much say in it

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@songxrising: Soompi mentioned post TRS, Junho was offered over 100 scripts, and this was chosen? What defective alchemy led to this? Maybe like in Hollywood, post the mega success of TRS, he got variations on TRS and this was judged as the best? /*shudders at the thought*/.

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I don't think there can possibly be 100 variations on TRS being churned out.

My cynical assumption is that he picked the role which he bets will give him more commercial popularity and turn him into a next-gen Hallyu star.

I believe Junho at point in his career where he has a big say in his script selection, unlike what @midnight says.

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@songxrising: It can if the theme was overbearing and entitled men who had the potential to be much more interesting and sympathetic but didn’t quite get there. I didn’t mean just in a saeguks. It was implied.

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Considering the overall quality of scripts this year - and the fact that Taec is in the truly awful Blind - it's possible this actually was the best of them that fit his schedule.

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@dncingemma: Gotcha. That makes sense.

@leetennant: I'm still waiting for the so-bad-it's-good drama of 2022.

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Yeah. I'm a bit bummed ngl. I expected him to do a film (He wants to debut in Hollywood/go to Cannes). But he's clearly striking when the iron's hot, and that is to take a rom-com where he's the fancy guy.

As for scripts, don't know if Red Sleeve changed it. But when 2 PM still held concerts, he said that he had time in his schedule for 1 acting project per yr. Also that he had a full choice in his acting projects, and JYPE had no say in that matter overall. But that was in 2018, so don't know if things changed since.

You hit it! Since 2PM no longer holds concerts, and acting is the full job. It's apparent he and his agency want to market him as a Hallyu superstar, note the Youtube/2nd Twitter page. I don't know if that'll occur, but doing it now at his age is better late than never.

@dncingemma I think the '100' scripts thing is something all actors say to increase hype for their clients. I mean, Joo Won also said the same thing post-military and he chose Alice lmao.

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Tbh...I feel like, despite him being critically acclaimed. There's probably some prejudice due to him starting as an idol. He can bring it, as we've seen, but the jury's still out whether he can carry a show after TRS.

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Nods head, we will persevere for Jun Ho. For whatever reason dramaland has decided bland FL is the way to go, probably because the really good actresses are doing more interesting roles or being paired with bland MLs. Sigh.

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I also notice we rarely see two A-list leads get paired up like they used to.

It's now one A-lister (male or female) paired with a rising star or a talented but not famous artist. I think Korea's pool of picking talent is relatively tiny. You usually see the same faces for years on end and change
interchangeably.

One can be a good talent but lacks charm or distinct traits. But paired with a bland talent, it's like crickets. Characterization and direction, plus script, do play a significant role. But its also cases where a charismatic talent can elevate a script to make it watchable.

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It is not his first romcom though?

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@midnight: You’re right. Technically, it isn’t as the “Wok of Love” could be considered a romcom but was more complex than that.

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Wok of Love, for all its flaws, was almost avante garde for a romcom. It was more like a melo/romcom hybrid with subversive elements (hence its original - better - name Greasy Melo). It was by the writers of the wildly popular Jealousy Incarnate and co-starred Jang Hyuk and Jung Ryeo-won.

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@ladynightshade: In my book, that - unfortunate for us - Senorita pairing should have only resulted in Junho ALWAYS - yes, I am CAPS level adamant - wearing that gorgeous eye make up. It was Hwang Inyeop level gorgeous. The cheap costumes and cheesy choreography at least brought us that. Maybe in our multiverse, there is one such world.

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@dncingemma: One of the few pros of your fave being an idol-actor is that there are many chances to see more experimental or interesting looks. Most of the other guys are forever stuck in a regular tuxedo with regular whiteface makeup. Not that Junho isn’t (unfortunately) also doing that, but there can be some variety.

Thank god I found someone else who also thought the choreo was cheesy and off-putting for that particular song. The collab got such rave reviews everywhere that I was scared to publicly say that my reaction was meh. They both could’ve done better, just saying 🤷🏾‍♀️.

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No, no .
I love Junho and stan him as both Idol and actor.
I love Yoona as an idol ,but haven't fallen with her acting yet.

But that stage costumes of Senorita are very ugly on both of them.
Junho's outfit looked big on him.
And his make up made him into a ghost.
Yoona's one just looked bad on her.

I like their practice video on Yoona's YT channel much better.

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I get it, but general public likes, well, general stuffs. I personally think he’s trying to cement his status and gather fans from general public so he can have more freedom in choosing more meaty roles in the future. As fas as I know 2PM members didn’t have much choice early in their career as they were the cash cow of JYPE. They had no choice but going on tours every year (sometimes twice a year) to generate money. And those crazy schedules did limit a lot of Junho’s acting project choice.

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I'm not Junho's fans. But i feel what u feel. I have been afan of Song Joong Ki since 2010. And after spectacular performances on The Innocent Man and werewolf boy. I have to went through suffering watching him choosing DOTS as his drama come back and i have to wait for years until he pick arthdal despite not liking the direction, i finaĺly watching him pick challenging project again.

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Jun-ho🥰😍🥰😍🥰😍
I love him sooo much.
But hey, the rest of the cast will make this one a good one. At least, very pretty to watch.
I hope the plot will make sense.

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He got better female leads before Korean general public acknowledged his acting in TRS to be honest. Well, a Junho show is ok, but a good drama that can be enjoyed thoroughly is always much better. I really hope it won’t turn into something like Hyde, Jekyll, and me where stuff I enjoyed was only Hyun Bin and his secretary.

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Junho!😍
Yoon-ah...🙁

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Oh be still my heart! I absolutely love Junho and Yoon-ah! Must be patient as it is next year. It's a for sure watch for me! (Now how to be patient that long)

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Oh god, I'm still traumatized by K2.
Why????

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@Nefret: That drama was so atrocious because of her *ahem* acting that I dropped it after a couple of eps so I empathise. JCW’s character had so much more immediate chemistry with another character, maybe a policewoman?

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@dncingemma: Ji Chang-wook with Song Yoon-ah in K2 has long been a “the couple that never was” sort of pairing in dramabeans. Oh, if only this YoonA wasn’t in the drama…

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Omg. I finished that a while back, and omg, Song Yoon-ah stole the show from me in K2. She blew me away in that show. Her role and path were quite the journey.

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I will watch this

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Every time I see this pic of them in their cast release news, I always get taken aback due to how small his face is in comparison to hers, lol.

This doesn't sound super fresh. Yoona is taking on a role like this after her Big Mouth kinda seems a step-down. Interested to see how Junho tackles his first project since Red Sleeve.

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I will watch Junho in anything. He is an extremely versatile and talented actor and the way he looks doesn't hurt, either (sigh!) but WHY YOON-AH??? Honestly, your average log of wood has more charisma. She absolutely DESTROYED K2 with her completely unconvincing acting. My personal opinion, only, of course. Doubtless thousands find her adorable!

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It's Junho. I will sit through it, come what may.

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The story doesn't sound promising and I hate Chaebol story line. But I like Junho and after the success of The Red Sleeve, I want his next work to continue build the momentum for him. Maybe the story line will surprise us. I know she gets a lot of hate here but I actually like Yoona. I think a lot people hate her for her K2 character Anna and can't move on. I am excited to see what these two will bring to us next year.

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Honestly the sheer amount of hate Yoona (and others like Suzy) gets is appalling to me sometimes.

I have absolutely no problem with people being critical of acting skills or whatever, but the vitriol that some people put into their comments is so over the top. Like, comments feel disgusted and personally offended by her for some reason and I cannot wrap my head around. It starts to sound personal and that's where I draw the line.

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I agree with you. It's not a critical criticism but just hateful comments. People were celebrating her character getting cancer in Big Mouth and were delighted by her death. The comments became personal. It sounded like the comments were towards to her and not her character. It's shameful. People give their thoughtful opinion on something even if to criticize, now it seems like hate spam commenters. I thought DB were different from other k entertainment, I guess not. I am not generalizing everyone here. I enjoy reading DB comments and I have been coming here for years to read recaps and enjoy others point of view of the dramas. Now I find myself kind taking back by some comments here. Maybe things changed...

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I personally don't think Yoona's acting is that horrible. After so many movie she has starring, She is sure has improving her craft. she even put decent acting in something like Big Mouth imo.
And rom com is not exactly require of nuance acting. Put decent performances and she is really good at creating chemistry, too, which is a key point to rom com success

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Yoona did well in Prime Minister & I and had good chemistry with Lee Beom-soo, one of my favorite k-actor. Yoona is not oscar worthy actress but she is decent actress. She built a name for herself in the movie industry. She is getting nothing but praises everywhere except here. It's understandable not to like her but the hate and inferior comments makes you look nothing but bitter oppa fans. K2 was like 6-7 years ago, get over it. Yoona has done good projects since then and have improved a lot. I can't wait to watch when this airs. Junho and Yoona both had good success this year and I wish them the same success next year.

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It’s not disliking Yoona - it’s people getting tired of repeatedly getting an “improving” actor jammed into dramas when they’ve either not added to or dragged down their (many) previous dramas.

There’s nothing wrong with wanting a meal to have high-quality ingredients, and it’s normal to get irritated if the chef keeps putting a not-great ingredient in the food. The chef really likes grapes, fantastic, but I don’t think they taste good in ice cream and if he keeps adding them while saying “but the grapes have improved in this version of the recipe!” the problem remains which is: I’ve tried your grapes in ice cream and I told you I don’t like it, so maybe try focusing on making good ice cream rather than getting a good deal on grapes?

“Improved” doesn’t matter for any audience. That’s for teachers and proud parents. “Good” or “convincing” or “compelling” matters for audiences, and for a lot of people, Yoona has not hit that bar and there are plenty of already talented actresses out there who have.

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But there are so many out there who are ALREADY better actresses than Yoona, and it feels borderline cruel to all of us (including Yoona) to stick her in FL roles so she can “learn” how to get better. That’s not what FL roles on major network shows are for - you’re second lead or in webseries until you prove you’re worth it for the audience, and THEN you get the bigger roles. with Yoona, it feels more like when a conglomerate secured a copyright for a decade and then keeps hammering away at trying to monetize it, audience be damned.

I mean, this Yoona thing is reaching Jon Se Yeon levels for me now.

And no, I don’t think she’s good at creating chemistry in TV shows. Ji Chang Wook, who can spark with almost any actress, not only had to carry K2 but also ended up having scorching chemistry with the second female lead. Big Mouth was bland. And few of us doubt Junho’s ability to generate chemistry with anything animal, mineral or vegetable. If Yoona’s ever been able to create chemistry with someone as the primary generator, I’ve not seen it.

I desperately wish the FL here was different. She isn’t lead quality and this isn’t acting class.

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*Jin Se Yeon - when will my stupid autocorrect learn Korean.

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Well, in big mouth. She is not exactly the kind of acctress who I rate passable to decent. It's actually decent to good performances standard, and she is actually has an important role in that drama which can't be ignored. Who is the weakest link? It's basically Lee Jong Suk.

I understand your concern. We empathy with talent acctress who fail to make it big. But not all idol who land a lead always successfull. So credit is also should give it to her.

And you should give a standing ovation to someone who make an effort to improve their craft.

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Yoona had good chemistry with the actors that she worked with. When you dislike someone, you will not like anything they do. Yoona had gotten nothing but praise for her performance in Big Mouth and had an important role in the drama. When someone improves their skills, you should acknowledge it.

Yoona will continue to work with actors you like because she is in demand and popular. You used the metaphor of the grape in ice cream. If you don't like grapes in your ice cream, that's fine. But they're others who will like it and fit their taste. Yoona may not be to your liking, but they're others who found her charming and enjoyed her performance, and think she is a good actress. I tend to avoid actors and actresses whose acting I don't like. I don't go out of my way to write vitriol comments about them everywhere. People are out of line with their comments when it comes to idols like Suzy or Yoona. We can give our opinion without forgetting to be respectful. I am not here to change people's minds about Yoona's acting but at least be respectful.

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Mashing the thumbs-up button on this to the point of breaking my keyboard - and especially for what you said above about 'improved.' I'm not giving a standing ovation (or a lead role) to someone for making an effort to improve; that's just doing their job and should be the absolute minimum for a professional actor. Saying she’s ‘decent’ or ‘not that horrible’ is damning with faint praise.

I agree with @mindy about personal attacks and vitriol - and wishing an actor would get cancer in real life is grotesquely wrong. But I have no compunction about being vitriolic toward performances that deserve it, so I'll get non-personal here:

I’ve seen [actor X] in a handful of roles over a long period of time, and I’ve disliked both her characters and the way she plays them every time. It doesn’t matter who the other actors are, she looks amateurish and juvenile by contrast. Whatever is the opposite of charisma, she has it, and based on that experience, I don’t want to see her on screen again. Saying “I don’t like [actor X]” is shorthand for that. Of course it’s not personal - I don’t know her, will never meet her, and have no reason to have any animosity for her as an individual human. She’s not appearing before me as an individual human, though. She’s taking a role that could and should have gone to a more capable actor who would have made a show better instead of worse. It especially stings when she is paired with actors who are favorites because they are good at their craft.

Yoona is far from the only plausible [actor X], by the way.

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@elinor I don't think Yoona's roles in big mouth require more experience acctress.despite how important her roles is, the roles doesn't require much nuance and great acting skills, more experience acctress will be waste in her roles.

And rom com exactly doesn't require great acting skills, unless this rom com demand something deeper.

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I must say I was quite pleasantly surprised with Yoon-ah's acting in Big Mouth recently. She did a great job and I will be tuning in for this one if the promos look good!

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