Two weekends ago, I surprised myself for carving out time to browse through currently on-air KDramas… just to get a feel on what’s going on. Y’know what I mean?
I’ve really been out of the KDrama Universe, but I knew my Sweet Cheeks, Yoo Ah In, is in SBS’ Six Flying Dragons and Lee Dong Wook will dive into a romantic comedy with Jung Ryeo Won in Bubblegum (which I shall also check out later 🙂 )
So, with zero expectations, I began Episode 1 of She Was Pretty on Friday night, 8:30pm… and by Saturday noon, I couldn’t wait for the upcoming episode of this drama. Much thanks to the Meteorically Improved Choi Si Won
Who would’ve thought he could metamorphosize the 2nd Male Lead character into the unofficial MALE LEAD for this drama?! In fact, I was ROOTING for him to be with Hye Jin instead of Sung Joon!!
What blasphemy!! 😮
For those who have yet to stumble onto this ride, the story is about two friends who were close during childhood, but as life would have it, separated when they took on different paths during their teens. When they become adults, fate intervenes, and the cute, bumbling chubby boy who spent much of his time in New York has grown into a tall, cosmo-chic man in the form of Park Seo Joon (whom I loved in “Witch’s Romance). Of course it is simply the optimum time to return to Korea and he would love to reconnect with his dear childhood friend, Hye Jin.
On the other hand, the pretty, “always center of attraction” girl, Hye Jin took a different route into adulthood and became perennially winter-cheeked, freckled, curly-bobbed version of Pippi Longstocking (a version I prefer to the “made over” one). She was ecstatic to find out that her dear old friend was returning to Korea and wanted to meet up soon. Alas, when they were in the midst of locating each other via cellphones at the park, she clearly could recognize him, but not vice versa.
Instead, he walks up to a lady of long, flowy hair and flawless skin whom he assumed to be Hye Jin. Devastated, she quickly hides herself and thus the shenanigans of get-my-BFF-to-pretend-to-be-me begins.
I shall not divulge much more on the plot, because I wanna talk about Choi Si Won!
Man! Has he grown leaps and bounds since his debut in “Oh! My Lady.” XD
Fact: Si Won-Sshi has played roles that were rather quirky or loopy or man of action, but this time, he milks Kim Shin Hyuk to the hilt. He is part mysterious, part cynical, part genius, part creative, part SWEETHEART and HE IS THE REASON I DID NOT SLEEP on that fateful Friday evening!!
From the moment he nicknamed Hye Jin as “Jackson” (thanks to her sartorial choice for interview – complete with white socks and black shoes) I ❤ his sense of humor. And then, the progression of scene stealing moments whenever he is on screen…
Scheming to get Hye Jin to feed him
Being very comfortable in his boss’ home
and showing what a genius he can be… when he wants to
He is not afraid to show his heart on his sleeve despite knowing where Hye Jin’s heart lies…
Even after knowing FOR A FACT she does NOT see him as a Namja, he still wants to be close to her. He treasures her presence in his life and goes out of his way to assure her he is not grudging on her decision to pursue a relationship with Sung Joon.
He just is.
Erhmerhgerd. Kim Shin Hyuk, why you so Hunkadorkable?! 😀