My K-Drama Addiction: She Was Pretty

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Okay, I never really understood the K-Drama and this whole K-Pop shebang - how almost everyone in the world loves K-Pop. Even that's an understatement. Every time I hear a new K-pop band having concerts in Hong Kong and Manila, I'm always amazed by the fanbase. It's crazy. Hollywood style but Asian.

The first K-Drama I watched was Boys Over Flowers. I watched it because I like the story of Meteor Garden and of course, Lee Min Ho. But even then, I don't recall being obssessed with the show. I even skipped several episodes. The show (itself) also did not become a precedent to me being drawn to K-Drama. It was more of being interested with other K-dramas that Lee Min Ho starred in. But even my so-called infatuation with this Oppa didn't last long.

I've watched other K-dramas that were shown during primetime on a local TV. But it was because K-drama is the last show before the news and I watch the news. Or that I always leave the TV on until I pass out. But these K-dramas still didn't tickle my fancy.

Then came "What's Wrong With Secretary Kim?". Okay, that will have a separate post. But I gotta say, it was the K-drama that really got me hooked into this K-drama/K-pop craze.

I told myself though, I gotta set some limits cos I do not have all the time in the world to watch all the recommended shows. And that limit started with watching shows that Park Seo Joon and Park Min Young starred in. That seemed to be an easy way to start my calculated addiction (if that made sense). Well, that's what I thought.

After watching What's Wrong with Secretary Kim last year, I haven't really thought of watching a new show. To me, Secretary Kim was that good. All the feels were right up my alley. Then one day, I saw a post on Facebook about She Was Pretty. The photo was Park Seo Joon and his leading lady. I thought he had a new show (or just finished one) so I immediately watched it on Netflix. Then I found out it was his show back in 2015. But since I had already started watching, might as well just finish it. 

The first few episodes were blah. Also, the female lead was annoying. Her voice was annoying. But I kept watching because hello, Park Seo Joon. But when it reached the 5th or 6th episode, I started to realise that the second male lead was kinda cute. See, I couldn't really tell yet because I prefer clean looking guys than rugged guys but there was just something about the second male lead that made him extra interesting. He's so out there with his comedic ways yet he's been hiding in plain sight all this time. Watch it and you'll know what I mean.


Among all the Korean actors I have watched so far, this second male lead Siwon Choi, has the best facial expressions - and I mean best. He can be extremely comedic and be dashing the next second.


If you have seen both What's Wrong With Secretary Kim and She Was Pretty, you'd say the story line is quite similar - except that She Was Pretty had an amazing second male lead. If I were actually to choose between Park Seo Joon and Siwon Choi (in this show), I'd choose Siwon. I mean, he liked the girl for who she was. Even when she didn't look pretty - whereas Park Seo Joon who only concretely paid attention to her when she revamped herself. But then Siwon played the friend card to get close to the girl which is probably why he ended up in the friend zone as well. But man, all the efforts he did for the girl in this show were heart melting to the point that you'd tell the girl why can't she just choose this guy over her petty puppy love.

This show is basically about a pretty girl who had a puppy love with a chubby boy. The boy left for the US then came back to Korea more than 10 years later and wanted to reconnect. The then-pretty girl is no longer pretty now due to unforeseen circumstances in her life. She asked her pretty best friend to pretend to be her and meet up with her puppy love upon finding out that chubby boy turned out to be a handsome man now! Things get crazy as the best friend continues pretending to be her and falls for the chubby boy while the lead girl works for a Magazine and has her puppy love as her boss. Siwon Choi gets involved as the shoulder to cry on/older brother/closest officemate for the main female character and her best friend (as a VIP hotel guest). It's the usual happy ending story. But this time around though, I wanted it to end differently.

Park Seo Joon was still hot as ever in this show. This is the first time I have watched Siwon Choi ever and he did not disappoint. I actually like this show so much because of him and not because of PSJ. It's also because of this show that made me watch all the other shows of Siwon Choi.

If you miss What's Wrong With Secretary Kim, you can watch this show. Just don't expect too much and just ignore the female lead as her voice is really annoying. You'll get through it. Others kept playing fast forward. LOL!