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She Was Pretty (Hangul그녀는 예뻤다; RRGeunyeoneun Yeppeodda) is a 2015 South Korean television series starring Hwang Jung-eum, Park Seo-joon, Go Joon-hee, and Choi Si-won.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10] It aired on MBC from September 16 to November 11, 2015, on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 22:00.[11][12][13][14][15]

She Was Pretty
She Was Pretty Poster.jpg
Also known as
  • She Was Beautiful
  • Puzzled Lovers
  • Pretty Woman
Genre
Written by Jo Sung-hee
Directed by Jung Dae-yoon
Starring
Country of origin South Korea
Original language(s) Korean
No. of episodes 16
Production
Executive producer(s) Han Hee
Producer(s) Moon Suk-hwan
Oh Kwang-hee
Running time 70 minutes
Production company(s) Bon Factory
Release
Original network Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation
Original release September 16 (2015-09-16) – November 11, 2015 (2015-11-11)
Chronology
Followed by Scholar Who Walks the Night
Related shows Sweet, Savage Family
External links
Website www.imbc.com/broad/tv/drama/she/

It reunited Hwang Jung-eum with Park Seo-joon, who previously starred together in Kill Me, Heal Me;[16] and Hwang Jung-eum with Go Joon-hee, who previously starred together in Can You Hear My Heart.[17]

Contents

PlotEdit

A romantic comedy about two past acquaintances who meet again after they've gone through a reversal of fortunes and appearances, set in the backdrop of a fashion magazine's publishing office.

Kim Hye-jin was a very pretty girl from a rich family. After her family's publishing company went bankrupt, she experienced hardships then lost her beauty too. Ji Sung-joon was an unattractive boy with low self-esteem, but grows up as a handsome and successful editor.

The two decided to meet again as adults, but Sung-joon was unable to recognize Hye-jin. Ashamed to meet her first love and ruin his perception of her, Hye-jin asks her attractive best friend, Ha-ri, to appear in her place. Things, however, soon get complicated as Hye-jin was assigned to work at The Most magazine publishing office where Sung-joon is the deputy chief editor. He openly mistreats and belittles her for her clumsy nature, not knowing that she was his real childhood friend. Ha-ri also continues to meet Sung-joon, and soon develops feelings for him. On the other hand, Hye-jin finds a good friend in her workplace, Shin-hyuk, who slowly falls in love with her.

CastEdit

Main charactersEdit

An intern in the administration section before being appointed as junior editor. She used to be a beautiful, wealthy, and smart girl, but lost everything. Embarrassed at her failures in life, she asked her best friend Ha-ri, to meet with her first love Sung-joon, using her name. She thought that would be the end of her fate with Sung-joon, but turns out it's only the beginning of her nightmare, as he then becomes her boss. Despite the misfortunes, she still strives to do her best.
The youngest deputy chief editor in Korea. Stubborn and arrogant but also brilliant in his work. Contrary to Hye-jin, he was unattractive and shy but grows up to become handsome and successful. Immediately after returning to Korea, he contacted his first love, Hye-jin. He ends up falling for her even when he didn’t recognize that she was his childhood friend and first love.
A hotelier. She is Hye-jin's best friend and roommate. A beautiful and stylish woman with good personality. While continuing to pretend to be Hye-jin, she ends up falling for Sung-joon. Fearing that her relationship with her best friend might be compromised, she tries several times to tell him the truth only to fail in the end and having Hye-jin find out first.
A senior feature editor. He is generally a free-spirited, fair, and straightforward man but with mysterious identity (later found out to be the Korean writer, Ten). He is Hye-jin's direct supervisor at work, and they developed a close relationship. He ends up falling for her even before her beauty transformation. He found out about her relationship with Sung-joon one day when she was drunk.

Supporting charactersEdit

The chief editor of The Most magazine and Poong-ho's aunt.
The manager / ajumma in the restaurant on episode 7
  • Shin Dong-mi as Cha Joo-young
  • Ahn Se-ha as Kim Poong-ho
The company chairman's son but keeps it a secret from his coworkers until towards the end of the drama.
She finds out about the fact that the son of the chairman is one of her co-workers and sets out to become his love interest. She mistakenly thinks that it is Joon-woo and later finds out but she stays with him because she started to develop feelings for him.
  • Park Yu-hwan as Kim Joon-woo[21]
  • Kang Soo-jin as Joo Ah-reum
  • Kim Ha-kyun as Boo Jong-man
  • Jo Chang-geun as Kwang-hee
  • Jin Hye-won as Lee Seol-bi
  • Cha Jung-won as Jung Seon-min
  • Bae Min-jung as Park Yi-kyung
  • Im Ji-hyun as Lee Eun-young
  • Park Choong-seon as Kim Jong-seob (Kim Hye-jin's father)
  • Lee Il-hwa as Han Jung-hye (Kim Hye-jin's mother)
  • Lee Byung-joon as Min Yong-gil (Min Ha-ri's father)
  • Seo Jung-yeon as Na Ji-seon (Min Ha-ri's stepmother)

Special appearancesEdit

  • Kim Sung-oh as the man at pub (Episode 3)
  • Kim Je-dong as The Most 20th Anniversary's party MC (Episode 9)
  • Lee Joon-gi as the guest for The Most 20th Anniversary (Episode 9)
  • Seo In-guk as the guest for The Most 20th Anniversary (Episode 9)
  • Uee as the guest for The Most 20th Anniversary (Episode 9)
  • Park Hyung-sik as the guest for The Most 20th Anniversary (Episode 9)
  • Lee Sang-hoon as interviewee for Editor Kim (Episode 11)
  • Yoon Yoo-sun as Cha Hye-jung, Min Ha-ri's mother (Episode 11)
  • Kim Bo-min as Ji Yeon-woo, Ji Sung-joon's & Kim Hye-jin's daughter (Episode 16)

RatingsEdit

In the table below, the blue numbers represent the lowest ratings and the red numbers represent the highest ratings.

Episode # Original broadcast date Average audience share
TNmS Ratings[22] AGB Nielsen[23] Highest Internet Ratings
Nationwide Seoul National Capital Area Nationwide Seoul National Capital Area
1 September 16, 2015 4.9% 5.8% 4.8% 5.0% 18.1%
2 September 17, 2015 7.1% 8.1% 7.2% 7.8% 25.1%
3 September 23, 2015 8.0% 9.1% 8.5% 9.4% 30.9%
4 September 24, 2015 7.8% 8.8% 9.9% 9.9% 32.5%
5 September 30, 2015[24] 9.0% 10.8% 10.7% 11.9% 40.6%
6 October 1, 2015 8.4% 10.4% 10.2% 11.3% 40.2%
7 October 7, 2015 11.8% 13.7% 13.1% 14.2% 47.0%
8 October 8, 2015 13.2% 15.4% 14.5% 16.3% 49.6%
9 October 15, 2015[25] 16.2% 19.1% 16.7% 17.9% 59.4%
10 October 21, 2015[26] 15.3% 17.4% 17.3% 19.7% 59.6%
11 October 22, 2015 17.2% 19.7% 17.7% 19.2% 59.8%
12 October 28, 2015 15.5% 17.8% 16.5% 17.9% 58.6%
13 October 29, 2015 15.0% 17.5% 18.0% 19.8% 56.0%
14 November 4, 2015 15.3% 17.4% 15.9% 17.8% 58.0%
15 November 5, 2015 15.0% 17.8% 16.9% 18.7% 52.8%
16 November 11, 2015 15.0% 17.7% 15.9% 17.7% N/A[27]
Average 12.17% 14.16% 13.36% 14.66% -

Original soundtrackEdit

No. Title Artist Length
1. "쿵쿵쿵" (Thumping) Kim Min-seung 3:25
2. "가끔" (Sometimes) Zia 3:56
3. "한 걸음 더" (One More Step) Ki-hyun from Monsta X 3:25
4. "모르나봐" (You Don't Know Me) So-yu from Sistar & Brother Su 3:20
5. "너뿐이야" (You're the Only One) Choi Si-won 4:18
6. "먼 길" (A Long Way) Park Seo-joon 4:12
7. "(They Long to Be) Close to You" The Carpenters 3:41

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Recipient Result
2015
4th APAN Star Awards
Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Park Seo-joon Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Hwang Seok-jeong Nominated
Grimae Awards
Excellence in Drama Award Lee Jin-seok, Roh Hyeong-sik Won
Best Lighting Director Award Kim Yong-sam Won
MBC Drama Awards
Grand Prize (Daesang) Hwang Jung-eum Nominated
Drama of the Year She Was Pretty Nominated
PD Choice Award Hwang Jung-eum Won
Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries Hwang Jung-eum Won
Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Park Seo-joon Won
Choi Siwon Nominated
Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries Go Joon-hee Nominated
Top 10 Stars Hwang Jung-eum Won
Park Seo-joon Won
Best Supporting Actor in a Miniseries Ahn Se-ha Nominated
Best Supporting Actress in a Miniseries Hwang Seok-jeong Won
Shin Dong-mi Nominated
Best New Actor in a Miniseries Park Yu-hwan Nominated
Best New Actress in a Miniseries Shin Hye-sun Nominated
Best Young Actor Yang Han-yeol Won
Popularity Award, Actor Park Seo-joon Won
Choi Siwon Nominated
Popularity Award, Actress Hwang Jung-eum Won
Go Joon-hee Nominated
Best Couple Award Park Seo-joon and Hwang Jung-eum Nominated
Writer of the Year Jo Sung-hee Won
2016
52nd Baeksang Arts Awards
Best Drama She Was Pretty Nominated
Best Director (TV) Jung Dae-yoon Nominated
Best Actress (TV) Hwang Jung-eum Nominated
Most Popular Actor (TV) Park Seo-joon Nominated
Most Popular Actress (TV) Hwang Jung-eum Nominated
43rd Korea Broadcasting Awards
Best Drama She Was Pretty Won
Best Actress Hwang Jung-eum Won

International BroadcastsEdit

RemakeEdit

A Turkish remake of the drama, titled "Seviyor Sevmiyor" was aired in 2016 on ATV (Turkey). A Chinese remake of the drama, titled Pretty Li Hui Zhen started airing on Hunan TV in 2017.

ReferencesEdit

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  22. ^ "TNMS Daily Ratings: this links to current day-select the date from drop down menu". TNMS Ratings (in Korean). Archived from the original on November 28, 2013. Retrieved September 17, 2015. 
  23. ^ "AGB Daily Ratings: this links to current day-select the date from drop down menu". AGB Nielsen Media Research (in Korean). Archived from the original on December 26, 2013. Retrieved September 17, 2015. 
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  27. ^ Tving is permanently not to release the internet ratings of the programs from three main TV channels of South Korea since November 10, 2015.

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