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Pyo Ye-jin dreams of becoming Lee Jun-young’s Cinderella

Just when I was thinking the jam-packed May couldn’t possibly squeeze in another premiere, TVING made a sneak drop announcement, kicking off promos for I Openly Dream of Cinderella. Starring Pyo Ye-jin (Moon in the Day) and Lee Jun-young (The Impossible Heir) as our love bound pair, we’re first introduced to the rom-com’s main cast in the newly released script reading stills.

Similar to the well known fairy tale heroine, we meet our leading lady Shin Jae-rim – played by Pyo Ye-jin – when she’s down on her luck, having bumped her head one too many times on the towering obstacles invading her life path. Feeling burnt by everyday life’s endless toiling, Jae-rim decides that the Cinderella route may be her only escape and dreams of finding her own charming prince.

I fear, though, that Jae-rim is barking up the wrong trope. Cinderella and the like may have their arms full with suave princes in the far away kingdoms of fairy tales. However, dramaland’s equivalent chaebols are notoriously prickly and Lee Jun-young playing our story’s Moon Cha-min is a textbook example – classically cold and cynical to boot.

In contrast, Kim Hyun-jin (Cheer Up) plays the gentle and courteous Baek Do-hong, a self-made filmmaker whose success was hard-earned. Also in a second lead role, Song Ji-woo (Doctor Slump) takes on the character Ban Dan-ah, who is described as a potty-mouthed princess.

Production for the series has writer Baek Mi-kyung (Strong Girl Nam-soon) in a creative role, together with PD Kim Min-kyung (Comedy Big League, SNL Korea) directing and scripts by rookie writer Yoo Ja. With a runtime of 10 episodes, TVING’s I Openly Dream of Cinderella will be launching this May.

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I wonder if the actors get tired of the tropes as much as viewers do. I mean nothing about this particularly appeals to me but just seeing "cold and cynical" made me involuntarily roll my eyes since I'm fairly certain he's played that type at least 3 times.

I don't know; maybe I'm being to harsh. I mean I certainly prefer a cynic (since I can relate to that) to a sunshine & rainbows type but I'm just wondering if there's anyway to give a new take to things

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He has, and honestly I don't think he's particularly great at it. And that's not in any way impugning his talent, it's just that it's hard to play cold and still be likeable. Not everyone can be like Yoon Hyun-min who should always play cold leads because he still manages to be super expressive and likeable, haha.

I like Jun better as oddballs, like May I Help You and Love and Leashes.

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I liked those two too! The first thing I ever saw him in was Love & Leashes haha

He does the menacing guy fairly well too haha
Such as in Brave Citizen (and he's gonna be a bully/antagonist in Weak Hero Class 2 )

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I loved him both of those, too!

I was hoping that this drama would erase "Impossible Heir" from my memory, but I don't love the FL, and the story seems tired.

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Yoon Hyunmiiiiin ๐Ÿค

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Yoon Hyun-min should start taking acting classes and train the young 'uns to play cold + expressive + likeable. A tough ask indeed. ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜‚

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For me it is the other way around. A more normal and ordinary premise like this one makes me smile and go ok, we'll see where this goes. Hope they have a nice story and a few good twists.

But a premise like what (and how) was advertised for QoT for example, feels contrived and forced to me. And my reaction is hmm wonder how many episodes they will manage to keep it interesting... The more the premise looks novel the more skeptical I become...

P.s. By no means I mean that ordinary stories are better, or that new ones are bad, this is just my reaction to drama announcements way before they air.

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I've always wondered this too, but some actors do want to play in a romcom to change up the genres they're usually in. Some viewers love a good, formulaic, tropey story and I'm sure there are actors who feel the same way.

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Does any of this sound original? Not even slightly. Will I watch this? Almost definitely.

I find the busier and more stressful my life is the more I want dramas that feel like a familiar hug. I hope this is that, with just enough surprises to keep it interesting. And I love the leads!

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You seem to have stolen the words right out of my mouth. I love the leads and I will definitely be giving it a shot

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THIS! ๐Ÿซฐ

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Pretty much, word to word is how I feel. No pretense, just a straight forward tropey fun and I am in.

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And maybe no serial killers, terminal illness, or murders?

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Fingers crossed.

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^^ Unaspirated's comment

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How are they still getting time slots in May?????
It will be good to see Jun in a non crazy role. Not sure if I will have time to love watch it. Nothing about the plot excites me either. Will see when it lands and decide.

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I think its because TVing is streaming

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Hopefully this will be better than both their last dramas.

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from your lips to the kdrama gods' ears, or however the saying goes XD

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Amnesia inducing wand to the rescue!!

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Hum.. I don't mind tropes if the actors have great chemistry.

But I don't trust Jun's choices of dramas as a lead. I don't really like Pyo Ye-Jin as a lead actress, I think she shines more in supporting roles.

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I don't think I have watched the ML in anything, but so far, I agree about Pyo Ye Jin. I feel she overdoes emotions and somehow does not have the presence to pull a show by herself. But it could be that her last drama choice was terrible, against a male lead who I find quite the dud. She had zero chemistry with him (I only watched one and a half episode so just based on that, though the beanie comments only validated what I felt).

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I haven't seen the ML in anything either, which is quite the feat as he seems to have been in A LOT!

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Wow you and I will have to have a serious chat over the drama you are implying about above. If your talking about Moon!?!

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I like both actors but as always Kurama has the most accurate analysis. ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘ โ™ฅ๏ธ

But I'm tempted to at least give this a try and (as always) hope for the best. ๐Ÿคž If nothing at least the drama chat will be ๐Ÿ’ฏ guaranteed fun.

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Wait, this is different from the one that also has Cinderella in the title where she takes the rich family's money and leaves the dude, right? Or is it the same one? I can't keep track!

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It's Cinderella at 2 AM with Shin Hyun-Bin and Moon Sang-Min. There isn't a released date yet, just 2024.

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Oh, right, the male lead is from Wedding Impossible in that one! And I thought the age gap was larger. Thanks for clarifying.

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So ... this is the year of Lovely Cinderellas!?

I like this 2 am drama premise. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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I just want some clarity on the actual title, because the other one being bandied about is ๐Ÿ˜ณ

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"I Openly Dream of Cinderella" is the direct translation of its Korean title "๋‚˜๋Š” ๋Œ€๋†“๊ณ  ์‹ ๋ฐ๋ ๋ผ๋ฅผ ๊ฟˆ๊พผ๋‹ค." "Dreaming of Cinde Fxxxing Rella" is the English title they've decided to go with because swear words are cool and will attract more English viewers. /s

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Ridiculous!!

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In Asianwiki it says the title is
โ€œ Dreaming of Cinde Fxxxing Rellaโ€

Iโ€™m not thinking that is right ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ

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I recently tried to put the revised/English title in a fan wall post and was blocked from doing so. Has db staff decided to allow it?! ๐Ÿค” lol

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@claire2009 @minniegupta1 @midnight @sonai @koalatown @nefret @isagc @bebeswtz @skiee @23new2kdrama @jls943 @amany @mazarin @ceciliedk @seeker @redfox

Hey Our Blooming Youth group. We will be especially interested in this as our fantastic GaRam is staring!!!

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Yes I'll be tuning in for her!!

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Count me in ๐Ÿ™‹โ€โ™€๏ธ

*what is sleep*

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Maybe a mini live group chat? It sounds so fun but Iโ€™m not used to watching all these shows at once

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"A mini live group chat" <<< Yes, I'd love it.

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To me it sounds pure fun. I am all for tsundere CEOs becoming dorky in love.

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Iโ€™m a sucker for that too. Give me a chaebol anytime

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I am all for tsundere CEOs becoming dorky in love.

๐Ÿ™Œ ๐Ÿ’ฏ that!! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

Why does the tsundere CEO look like that Blooming Youth Lee Hwan. ๐Ÿง

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โ€œEverything reminds me of himโ€ syndrome ๐Ÿ˜…

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Thank you for the diagnosis doctor but I'm sure uri "real" doctor @minniegupta1 will once again remind me to stay in my fangirl-ing lane. So in front of Minnie I'll pretend the tsundere CEO I mean is actually Kim Seok-woo ๐Ÿ˜˜ who makes moi dorky in love - flower suits and all. Isn't that right @Kurama.

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@seeker I wan't necessarily saying you were having that syndrome though ๐Ÿคฃ It could be anyone ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Because you know it will fit him to the T ๐Ÿ˜

He played it uber successfully in High Society. But now he only plays fish and dork ๐Ÿ˜‚

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He does snooty rather well. ๐Ÿ˜‚

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Me too! Tsundere male leads, especially rich ones, are my favorite

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Iโ€™m lost!! What or who is tsundere? Sorry

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perfect Thank you!! So many different terms!!!

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OBY Yi Hwan is copy-book tsundere. So is High Society Yoo Chang Soo. I am sure there are other memorable ones but these two are on top of my head.

Many would call Boys over flower ML tsundere as well though in my books he is just a jerk.

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I was trying to think of some examples- maybe Ahn Bo-Hyun in Flex X Cop?

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Goo Won In King the land?
If that word works for a women-
Oh Han Byeol In Shooting Star would work

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I guess I could start it. I'm not a fan of the main actors yet, but the plot could be fun and nice.

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I believe It will wait longer in my watchlist than you all, as I am in the โ€œold is goldโ€ phase ๐Ÿ˜‚ currently prefers watching older work than new production! But will definitely read you all !

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Than goodness for Old os Gold dramas. I hear people who are worried about current drama productions- that there arenโ€™t enough good ones coming out. I do not have this problem as there are sooo many older shows to watch.
What are a couple you have recently watched that you loved?

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Same here, am not quite sure about such concern of shortage with new productions, or maybe cause I am a-newly fan of kdrama I still have a lot to catch up with! My viewing strategy is such a simple one, either to watch all work for an ML or FL I lied the work OR by genre depending on my mood! Whether itโ€™s an โ€œold is gold โ€œ or โ€œescapismโ€ etc etc, as for recommendations based on latest watched over the past couple of months :
My princess
Secret garden
Prime minister and I
Scent of a woman
Lie to me
Another miss ho
Shopping king Louie
Marriage not dating
Falling for innocence
Kangchi, the beginning
Letโ€™s us know which one you enjoyed watching the most so we set recommendations accordingly ๐Ÿ˜„

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I sure hope there is some big twist to make this tropey story interesting. On paper, I am not really invested in it but I want to try for LJY and PYJ. I didnt stick with either of their previous respective dramas. I will wait for more info, trailers or posters.

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I like both leads but don't know how many I can live watch and how long can I survive being sleep deprived. We'll see. I'm sticking to the original title I Openly Dream of Cinderella.

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I'm just seated here for Pyo YeJin. Lee JunYoung is a great actor. Let's see how they' pull this off!

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It is the secondary characters that make me think that this one could be entertaining. I do not expect a great drama but I will give it a try.

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I like PYJ in Taxi Driver. I dont like the plot though. Cold ML - snooze. FL pursuing the cinderella path - snooze. Unless it's exeecuted brilliantly and the leads have electrifying chemistry - cant quite see the drawing factor

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