6:03 pm - 06/08/2012

Lee Hyun Woo to play second lead actor in "To the Beautiful You" + rest of cast

OK, I was a bit worried when I heard more idols were cast (who will act?), and then brightened up and got excited more when the final casting news came out with quite impressive actors lined up as supporting characters.

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Minho as Kang Taejoon, a high jump gold medalist, who is discouraged after being injured

Sulli as Goo Jaehee who disguises herself as a male and transfers to Taejoon’s school to help him recover for a comeback

And people wondered who would play the second male lead and hoped an actor, not an idol, would be cast. Yesterday, Lee Hyunwoo came to my mind, and I thought to myself if he could be cast, it would be perfect. Yes, he was cast!!! Now I can believe SM is serious about making this drama not only to sell it to overseas idol fans, but also to lure muggles. Lee Hyunwoo is a rising star who is making a successful transition from a child star to an attractive and good adult actor. He was in the Master of Study and the Equator Man.


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Lee Hyunwoo as Cha Eungyeol, soccer middle fielder, who is conceited and short-tempered

And a new face who is a rising musical actor (also appeared in some drama and movies) was cast as a sub-main. Kang Haneul as Joo Jicheol, a high jump player in the national team and Taejoon’s rival.

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Seo Joonyoung (known for his impressive acting in Tree with Deep Roots) as Ha Seungli, dorm supervisor and fencing team chief — a macho type with strong leadership

Ki Taeyoung as Jang Minwoo, a mysterious eccentric school nurse who helps Jaehee

Kang Gyeongjoon as a comic and clumsy track-and-field team coach

Lee Young-eun, a teacher of Korean in a triangle relationship with the school nurse and the coach

Lee Hanee, school president with gentle charisma

Lee Hanwee, Taejoon’s father

Lee Ahyun, the dorm supervisor’s mom who knows Jaehee’s secret and helps her

Ahn Hyegyeong, a sports magazine reporter

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Ko Soyoung, head director like Bae Yongjoon in Dream High; her casting made a headline because this is her first TV appearance since her marriage. She’s a top model and star who is now married to Jang Dong-gun, a top star in Korea.

Also, Kim Jiwon (CF model, High Kick 3) as a student in a neighbor school who likes Taejoon, Gwanghee of ZE:A as another dorm supervisor and theater team chief (?) who is adored by everyone as the owner of absolute beauty. L of Infinite may also be cast as one of Taejoon’s friends.

*The cast and character information haven’t been finalized yet, so there might be changes.

Total 16 episodes to be broadcast in August

Staff Info:


Directed by Jeon Kisang (Witch Yoo Hee, Delightful Girl Choon Hyang, My Girl, Boys over Flowers)

Written by Lee Youngcheol (High Kick 1, 2, 3, Kimchi Cheese Smile)

Music by Park Geuncheol (Goong, Queen of Games, City Hunter, Lovers in Paris)

Art by Noh Sangsoon (You Are Beautiful, My Girlfriend is Goo Mi Ho, Shining Inheritance)

Produced by Kim Hoon (White Tower-assistant producer-, Love in Harvard, etc)

Action by Jung Jingeun


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article & commentary by jujugal

omg so excited for lee hyun woo he is such a qt
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mishi07 8th-Jun-2012 11:18 pm (UTC)
oh the cutie from Master of Study! great choice!

suffice to say i'm least confident about the two leads...although the characters doesn't need much stretch since its an idol drama so its okay
imyoona 8th-Jun-2012 11:27 pm (UTC)
yup! this is lame
mangomuffins 8th-Jun-2012 11:20 pm (UTC)
omfg i seriously had 0 plans to watch this but i might have to watch this now................ he's more qt than the rest of the cast put together
es2pido 16th-Jun-2012 11:01 am (UTC)
IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE LIKE THAT TBH!!!! ♥
lenkaxchan 8th-Jun-2012 11:24 pm (UTC)
to be honest, when the info about the drama first came out I thought it's gonna be like "Attack on the pin-up boys" with most cast from SM

I'm not sure how I feel about this...
mycorrhizoid 9th-Jun-2012 12:01 am (UTC)
Yeah, but the boys who got the biggest roles in Pinup Boys were already actors.

Now, most of SJ are too old to play teenagers and none of the younger SM boys have enough experience to carry a drama. That's why they need actors in the other roles to make up for Minho in the lead.

LBR though, we're definitely going to see the rest of them somewhere. SME always seems to manage to get cameos for their other artists in dramas that they have a cast member in (e.g. Sulli + SooHyoJess in Oh My Lady, Jess + Heechul in Taemin's sitcom, OnTae + BoA in Athena, Onew in Dr. Champ, Onew in OMGx2, Taemin in High Kick 3, TaeKey + Leeteuk + Taeyeon in Salamander Guru, etc). It's even more likely since it's SME's drama.
crazyxcami 8th-Jun-2012 11:26 pm (UTC)
ugh i love Lee Hyun Woo <3 Watching it for him :3
dorkiilove 8th-Jun-2012 11:28 pm (UTC)
Directed by Jeon Kisang (Witch Yoo Hee, Delightful Girl Choon Hyang, My Girl, Boys over Flowers)


how do you go from directing something amazing like Delightful Girl Choon Hyang to something tragic like Boys Over Flowers...

I guess kinda looking forward, I can't stand idol casts but....we'll see I gues......
lysblack 8th-Jun-2012 11:31 pm (UTC)
to be fair, the directing of BOF was good, the cinematography was amazing, the problem was the writing.
already 8th-Jun-2012 11:28 pm (UTC)
I approve of this Nakatsu! he was good in Equator Man and Return of Iljimae.
now I just feel sorry for Minho to be acting against Lee Hyun Woo and Sulli.

sigh so I suppose we can kiss all the gay storylines goodbye now :\
chikage_chan 9th-Jun-2012 01:22 am (UTC)
I will trust your opinion on this Nakatsu being good enough, since i know nothing of him!
And did we still have any hope for the gay storylines? >.<
hisjulliet 8th-Jun-2012 11:29 pm (UTC)
So he's Nakatsu?

He's cute. I hope he brings the character justice.
lysblack 8th-Jun-2012 11:29 pm (UTC)
the pd and writers are good hopefully so will this but ugh i cnat believe i'll have to put up with minho's nostril acting for 16 episodes.
okdubu 8th-Jun-2012 11:31 pm (UTC)
OMG LEE HYUNWOO AS NAKATSU I CAN LIVE WITH THIS! I APPROVE!!!!

still my favorite role of his was the little squirt in return of iljimae. :3 he was so cute with that older ajusshi omg
okdubu 8th-Jun-2012 11:33 pm (UTC)
"Lee Hyunwoo as Cha Eungyeol, soccer middle fielder, who is conceited and short-tempered"

wait wat that's not the nakatsu i kno :(
drfaith101 8th-Jun-2012 11:34 pm (UTC)
Aww so Jiwon gets to work with both Krystal and Sulli! Cuteeee
anthonymarie 8th-Jun-2012 11:35 pm (UTC)
" GYA. IM GAY"
taecmyheart 8th-Jun-2012 11:40 pm (UTC)
LMAOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
MY FAVORITE PART IN THE WHOLE ENTIRE THING
imanat 8th-Jun-2012 11:35 pm (UTC)


but srsly, I have no idea who he is
tsuyoi_hikari 9th-Jun-2012 12:11 am (UTC)
He's a really good actor. Cute and can actually act. I put him together with Yoo Seung Ho as talented child actors that grow up to be attractive young boys.

I might watch this drama because of him though I'm afraid since he will be playing Nakatsu and we all know how everyone love Toma as Nakatsu. I hope he give the character a justice. But looking at his character description, it doesn't sound like Nakatsu like in the Japanese version. :O
shiroki_tenshi 8th-Jun-2012 11:36 pm (UTC)
Best casting goes to Kwanghee - from his description, it looks he's playing Oscar.

And whyyyyyyyyy did they change Nakatsu's description? T______T So I suppose then Lee Hyun Woo fits much better with that description.
linzer_jello 9th-Jun-2012 01:55 am (UTC)
I know!! Totally agree with Kwanghee!!!
arcticmoonrise 8th-Jun-2012 11:42 pm (UTC)
Oh a remake of Hana Kimi...
And Lee Hyun Woo is actually playing Ikuta Toma's character! Homo janai!~
So will they make Minho kiss random people too? Maybe not...
But LHW is so handsome I can't...
Just watching this for him XD And L of course :)


Edited at 2012-06-08 11:44 pm (UTC)
taecmyheart 8th-Jun-2012 11:42 pm (UTC)
can someone make cuts that exclude the leads lol
anconeous 9th-Jun-2012 12:34 am (UTC)
LOL I watched the original Japanese version fast forwarding Sano and Mizuki's scenes. I'll probably do so again this time around.
okdubu 8th-Jun-2012 11:48 pm (UTC)
i can't wait for all the bromance of all the actors to begin :3 i won't bother with the actual drama.
xxmannequin 8th-Jun-2012 11:48 pm (UTC)
YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS.
BEST NEWS EVERRRRRRRRR.

He is so cute. <3
Watching this now.
schticklet Oh, Minho....8th-Jun-2012 11:50 pm (UTC)
Just because of Minho, I'm thinking that the Japanese version is going to continue to be my favorite.... idk about Sulli either, but I haven't seen her act in anything.
unknowntoyou18 Re: Oh, Minho....9th-Jun-2012 04:19 am (UTC)
child actress and she's pretty good though...

zeldas 8th-Jun-2012 11:50 pm (UTC)
cuts, please. without minho and anyone else who manages 2 reactions top.

seo joon young why are you in this mess ;; ♥
hisjulliet 9th-Jun-2012 12:02 am (UTC)
Do you have the original picture of your icon if I may ask?
scubajr 8th-Jun-2012 11:58 pm (UTC)
Aww, he's cute! I wasn't planning on watching this but the more I hear about it, the more I wanna watch it.
cattleyae 9th-Jun-2012 12:11 am (UTC)
so... no sassy doctor umeda? :c

i don't know lee hyunwoo's acting, do you guys think he can live up nakatsu's character?

YES KWANGHEE AS OSCAR! needs more idols to gain my interest tho... i don't know most of the actors here ._. (as cringeworthy as the idols' acting might be lol)
cairistiona 9th-Jun-2012 10:11 pm (UTC)
Lee Hyunwoo is reeeeally good, though I may be biased. You might be able to find some of his cuts on Youtube. He was brilliant in God of Study so I don't think he'll have a problem, though they appear to have changed his character slightly.
bubble_monkey9 9th-Jun-2012 12:19 am (UTC)
yay I like him a lot and I'm glad they're not using more sm idols

I think minho is a good fit for sano tbh. the character doesn't really do much anyway.. I love oguri shun but he was boring as fuq in that role.

Edited at 2012-06-09 12:21 am (UTC)
sisterjune 9th-Jun-2012 04:48 pm (UTC)
Yeah I dont get all the people who are just so upset by the casting of Minho. yes ok even tho I like the kid I know he cant act I wont argue otherwise but Oguri Shun is a great actor and yet he was DOA in that role. He totally phoned it in and I think thats because at the end of the day its not a challenging or complex role. there just isnt much to Sano. So frankly considering japanese drama Sano was not that great, I think Minho would have to try hard to be even more boring/worse.
honeyfunnybunny 9th-Jun-2012 12:20 am (UTC)
i thought this wasn't going to be serious, and like every drama with someone from sment, run the buy 1 get 1 free promotion where sment artists are making cameos and all over ost(ost i don't mind). but this seems pretty solid, if i take minho out of the picture. i'm sure he can still improve and all, but being the main character with such a strong cast and staff... idek.

Music by Park Geuncheol (Goong, Queen of Games, City Hunter, Lovers in Paris) cries. all my fave osts are by park geuncheol. yes yes yes yes
shocko_o 9th-Jun-2012 12:27 am (UTC)
he's cute! idk what to say about minho or sulli, but nakatsu is the crucial role here.
i've only seen him in equator man, where he was good in a good role. don't want to be too excited yet, if this wont be a good fit for him.

reread: jiwon! ok i'm curious about this girl, she has potential but i'd be more interested to see her in another musical drama.

Edited at 2012-06-30 01:32 am (UTC)
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