I’ve been anticipating She Was Pretty since news about it was first announced. Main reason for watching is obviously duh Park Seo Joon! It’s also his first leading role at a major network, so it’s definitely exciting. He’s paired off with Hwang Jung Eum whom he just worked with not long ago in Kill Me Heal Me. They played faux-siblings but you could tell they had this undeniable chemistry together. So I’ve been excited to see these two working together again.
I just finished watching the current 8 episodes. To be honest, this drama doesn’t really have much of a plot as the whole switcheroo story about Hye Jin’s hidden identity to Sung Joon. I also knew that it would be a while before Sung Joon finds out who is the the real Kim Hye Jin from his childhood. Otherwise, if he had found out so early on, we wouldn’t have much of a drama now would we? What really carries this drama for me is definitely the ensemble cast and their wonderful chemistry together.
From the first episode, Park Seo Joon was already making us swoon and our hearts flutter. The feels just happened so fast, I wasn’t even ready. However fast forward to episodes 2-4 and we see the mean jerk side of Sung Joon at the work place. At first I was a little bit put off by his extremely mean behavior, but I knew like Hye Jin that deep down inside is the kind and sweet boy she knew when they were kids. Why is it that Kdramas always have to make the lead guy a jerk? Anyways, soon enough we do see that side of Sung Joon and I just have to say Park Seo Joon is just perfect as the super caring, nice sweet guy type as witnessed from Witch’s Romance. His million dollar smile is just to die for. He really should be careful with that weapon of his because he’s slaying all the girls around the world. I feel like Park Seo Joon is just absolutely perfect for romantic comedies and should just always do them. However, of course I do want him to grow as an actor and take on different roles to build on his career which I know is going to be amazing. I also realized Seo Joon has such amazing chemistry with all of his co-stars. I’ve read in one of his interviews where he got asked about his chemistry and he said that he really takes the time to get to know his fellow co-stars and be comfortable with them. I dunno why, but when I read that it made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
Okay I’m kinda going off into a tangent now. I do believe though if Hye Jin did meet up with him as herself, he would still like her and would accept her in a heartbeat because he didn’t really love her for looks. It was because she was his first real friend who stood by him during his difficult times. For such a significant person who made a huge influence in your life, I think looks will not matter as much when you want to meet them again.
Moving on to Hwang Jung Eum who plays our heroine Kim Hye Jin. I think she’s a wonderful actress but I do wish she would tone it down a bit especially with the shrieking/screaming (same thing in Kill Me Heal Me as well). It is pretty hard to buy Jung Eum as being ugly, but I totally understand her conflict in not wanting to ruin that perfect first love image he had of her because he was an important person she had before everything went downhill for her. It’s one of her sweetest memories and I understood why she wanted so badly to preserve it. Her chemistry with Seo Joon is definitely a different kind of feeling from their previous roles as faux-siblings Ri On and Ri Jin in Kill Me Heal Me, which is a testament to their great acting. Also on a bit of a random note, wouldn’t it be perfect if Ji Sung made a cameo later on in the drama? Yo Na please!
I’m so disappointed with Go Jun Hee’s Ha Ri. Initially, I loved the friendship between Hye Jin and Ha Ri and I was hoping that she wouldn’t throw it away for another guy… even if the guy is Seo Joonie. *weeps* But low and behold, she really did it and pretty much threw away her 20 year friendship for a guy she just met. She just constantly keeps lying both to her best friend and Sung Joon. I don’t know how she can be truly happy when she’s pretending to be someone else. Also now that she’s dating him, does she not realize eventually she would have to introduce him to Hye Jin one day? She isn’t the smartest cookie, I’ll say. I guess being in love does make you do all kinds of crazy things sometimes doesn’t it? And when you’re acting purely just on your emotions alone. I really hope Ha Ri does redeem herself later and the friendship won’t be completely ruined.
Choi Siwon’s Shin Hyuk at the start was too cartoony and over-the-top for me, so I really couldn’t take him seriously in the beginning. However, over the course of the drama I grew to like Shin Hyuk because as a typical second lead he’s genuinely a very nice and considerate guy. Best of all, he liked Hye Jin from the very beginning with the frizzy hair, mom jeans and all. Still, I am not shipping him and Hye Jin like a lot of people are. It’s because I see that special bond that Hye Jin and Sung Joon shared together since childhood. Even though it’s been many years since they’ve seen each other, you can see that undeniable connection that neither Ha Ri or Shin Hyuk has with them.
With that said, I’m still really loving and enjoying the drama very much. I really do look forward to when Sung Joon does discover his Hye Jin because the poor guy is just so confused and is about to have a mental breakdown soon. I’m curious how will he find out and will he discover Hye Jin is the real deal or Ha Ri is a fake first? I know Sung Joon is going to really regret how he treated Hye Jin at first, but I have faith that he’ll definitely make it up to her with his smiles and sweetness. I just know it’s going to be magical and feels-worthy.
Oh and how could I forget to mention how HOT Seo Joonie is in this drama? I mean I always knew he was hot but DANG he is just so frickin fiiiiine like a tall glass of wine in this drama! *wipes drool off keyboard*