True Beauty (Korean: 여신강림; Hanja: 女神降臨; RR: Yeosin-gangnim;[a] lit. The Advent of a Goddess) is a South Korean television series starring Moon Ga-young, Cha Eun-woo, Hwang In-youp, and Park Yoo-na. Based on the Line Webtoon of the same name by Yaongyi, it centers on a high school girl who, after being bullied and discriminated because of being perceived as ugly, masters the art of makeup to transform herself into a gorgeous "goddess". It aired on tvN from December 9, 2020 to February 4, 2021, every Wednesday and Thursday at 22:30 (KST).
|Literally||The Advent of a Goddess|
Slice of life
|Based on||True Beauty|
|Developed by||Studio Dragon|
|Written by||Lee Si-eun|
|Directed by||Kim Sang-hyeop|
|Opening theme||"Milky Way"|
by Park Se-joon & Na Sang-jin
|Ending theme||Various themes[b]|
|Composer||Park Se-joon et al.[c]|
|Country of origin||South Korea|
|No. of episodes||16 (list of episodes)|
|Executive producers||Kim Young-gyu |
|Producers||Kwon Mi-kyung |
|Running time||73 minutes|
|Audio format||Dolby Digital|
|Original release||December 9, 2020 –|
February 4, 2021
18-year-old high school student Im Ju-kyung (Moon Ga-young), who has an inferiority complex regarding her appearance, has been constantly discriminated by her family and bullied by her peers due to being perceived as ugly. She starts learning how to use makeup by binge-watching makeup tutorial videos on the Internet. When she masters the art just before transferring to her new school, her makeover proves to be transformative as she quickly rises to fame and her peers call her a "goddess".
Despite her newfound popularity, Ju-kyung still considers herself ugly and it is her greatest fear that her peers will see her real face. This unfortunately comes true when her dashingly handsome, popular and mysterious classmate Lee Su-ho (Cha Eun-woo), whom she had previously run into with her bare face a couple of times, recognizes her beyond her makeup. Su-ho is very popular among female students at school, but he hates being the constant center of attention and is often seen as aloof and cold. He has his own fears, and he harbors a dark secret—a tragic incident in the past—that has been haunting him for a long time. He and his former best friend Han Seo-jun (Hwang In-youp) have distanced themselves from each other because of this incident, and the blame Seo-jun placed on Su-ho has caused him a lot of guilt. Ju-kyung and the estranged friends Su-ho and Seo-jun soon forge an unlikely relationship as they unravel secrets, share their pains, grow together and seek comfort from each other.
- A newcomer student of Class 2-5 recently transferred to Saebom High School; Having been constantly discriminated by her family and bullied by her peers in previous school due to being perceived as ugly, she masters to wear makeup by binge-watching tutorial videos in the Internet and her makeover proves to be transformative as she quickly rises to fame and her peers in new school call her a "goddess", unaware of her real appearance. Ju-kyung prefers reading horror comic books and listening to heavy metal music.
- A student of Class 2-5 in Saebom High School; He is very popular for his handsome looks and being the top of his class. His dysfunctional family and a tragic incident from a year ago have turned him into an ice-cold boy who hates being the center of attention. He is formerly best friends with Seo-jun. Su-ho shares Ju-kyung's penchant for horror comic books.
- A student of Class 2-5 in Saebom High School; Seo-jun is a handsome and equally-popular student at his school who, despite being a tough-looking, is a kind, loving and soft person, especially to his mother and sister. He is formerly best friends with Su-ho and a former idol trainee but a tragic incident a year ago leads to him abandoning his path to stardom and severing his friendship with Su-ho, with whom he has since become extremely hostile.
- A student of Class 2-5 in Saebom High School; She is Su-ho's childhood friend and becomes close friends with the transferee Ju-kyung. Despite being a top student, she harbors emotional scars as she is being forced by her parents to excel at school and always being compared with Su-ho.
Lim Ju-kyung's familyEdit
- Jang Hye-jin as Hong Hyun-sook
- Lim Jae-pil’s wife and mother of Hee-kyung and, Ju-kyung and Ju-young. She is the matriarch of the Lim family who owns a beauty shop named Pandora which is popular among older women.
- Hong Hyun-sook’s husband and father of Hee-kyung and, Ju-kyung and Ju-young. He loses a great sum of money to a dubious investment which leads to the family having to move back to their old house.
- Ju-kyung's older sister; She is adored by the family for being pretty and intelligent. She works at Move Entertainment and develops feelings for Ju-kyung's homeroom teacher Han Joon-woo.
- Kim Min-gi as Lim Ju-young
- Park Ju-hwan as young Ju-young (Ep. 1)
- Ju-kyung's younger brother; He harbors a crush on Han Seo-jun’s younger sister Go-woon after hearing her sing.
Lee Su-ho's familyEdit
- Su-ho's father; He is a famous actor and CEO of Move Entertainment who is quick to find a new woman after his wife died, much to Su-ho's resentment.
Han Seo-jun's familyEdit
- Yeo Joo-ha as Han Go-woon
- A student at Saebom High School; Seo-jun's younger sister. She has great singing talent, but is bullied by her peers for being perceived as ugly. She befriends with Ju-kyung after Ju-kyung saves her from bullies.
- Park Hyun-jung as Lee Mi-hyang
- Mother of Seo-jun and Go-woon; an acquaintance of Hyun-sook (Ju-kyung’s mother). She suffers from an illness requiring a kidney transplant.
Kang Su-jin's familyEdit
- Seo Sang-won as Kang Jun-hyuk
- Su-jin's father; professor and doctor-in-charge of a medical school. He teaches Su-jin to be competitive and abuses her mentally and physically.
- Yoo Dam-yeon as Kim Ji-yeon
- Su-jin's mother. Passive with her husband's abuse at first. Later divorces him and leaves Korea with Su-jin.
Saebom High SchoolEdit
- Oh Eui-shik as Han Joon-woo
- Homeroom teacher of Class 2-5 and literature teacher in Saebom High School. He falls in love with Hee-kyung.
- A student of Class 2-5 in Saebom High School; Ju-kyung and Su-jin's best friend and classmate; Tae-hoon's girlfriend.
- Lee Il-jun as Yoo Tae-hoon
- A student of Class 2-5 in Saebom High School; Soo-ah's boyfriend. Tae-hoon often seeks the approval of Su-ho and later becomes friends with him.
- Lee Sang-jin as Ahn Hyun-gyu
- A student of Class 2-5 in Saebom High School.
- Han Yi-young as Ha Ji-young
- A student of Class 2-5 in Saebom High School.
- Lee Woo-je as Kim Cho-rong
- A student in Saebom High School; Seo-jun's friend.
- Kim Hyun-ji as Kim Si-hyun
- A student in Saebom High School.
- Kim Myung-ji as Jin Hee-jeong
- A Year 1 student in Saebom High School; webmaster of school's online community. She once bullied Go-woon.
- Kim Byung-chun as the vice-principal of Saebom High School.
Yongpa High SchoolEdit
- A student in Yongpa High School. He is a bully who formerly acquainted with Seo-jun.
- A student of Yongpa High School. A popular girl with pretty face, who used to bully Ju-kyung before she transferred to Saebom High School.
- Oh Yoo-jin as Joo Hye-min
- A student in Yongpa High School who later transfers to Saebom High School after being bullied tremendously at her old school.
- Seo Hye-won as Park Ji-hee
- A student in Yongpa High School; a friend of Park Sae-mi.
- Im Hyun-sung as Wang Ja
- The owner of Prince Comics, the comic book store that Ju-kyung and Su-ho frequents.
- Park Young-soo as Columbus Park
- The man who tricks Ju-kyung's father out of his money.
- Su-ho and Seo-jun’s late best friend. Se-yeon was a member of a boy group under Move Entertainment. A victim of harsh online shaming and fake scandals, he committed suicide by jumping off a tall building. His tragic death becomes the center of the broken friendship between Seo-jun and Su-ho, Seo-jun's animosity towards Su-ho's father and Su-ho's life of immense guilt.
- Go Woo-ri as Selena
- A famous makeup-artist whom Ju-kyung idolizes and later works for.
- A handsome nutritionist of Yongpa High School's canteen whom Ju-kyung had a crush on.
- Ok Joo-ri as a neighbourhood woman (Ep. 1)
- Cha Young-ok as a neighbourhood woman (Ep. 1–2)
- Lee Jae-eun as Su-ho's housekeeper (Ep. 3)
- Song Hoon as a history teacher (Ep. 3)
- Uhm Tae-yoon as a customer (Ep. 3)
- Kim Jeong-hak as Joo-heon's associate (Ep. 3)
- Jang Young-hyun as a guy at the convenience store (Ep. 3)
- Moon Hak-jin as a guy at the convenience store (Ep. 3)
- Ham Tae-gyun as a guy at the convenience store (Ep. 3)
- Kim Hye-yoon as Eun Dan-oh (Ep. 4)
- Dan-oh's classmate and fiancé whom Suho mistakes as Woo-hyun, Jugyeong's blind date.[d]
- A baseball star playing for Seonil High School who has a crush on Ju-kyung and asks her out. (Ep. 7)
- Woo Hyun as the camping site manager (Ep. 8)
- Kim Jae-wook as MC Jaerong, recreation MC (Ep. 8)
- Jung Ye-nok as the head of imaginary bullies (Ep. 9)
- Lee Han-wi as Min Jae-joon (Ep. 13)
- A plastic surgeon.
- A stranger whom Ju-kyung runs into at Namsan Tower, and she mistaken him as Su-ho.
- Lim Da-young as Chae-ni (Ep. 15–16)
- A celebrity under Move Entertainment.
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original release date||South Korea viewers|
|1||"Episode 1"||Kim Sang-hyeop||Lee Si-eun||December 9, 2020||1.083|
|Teased by her family and bullied by her peers because of her looks, 18-year-old high school student Lim Ju-kyung contemplates suicide and goes to the rooftop of a high-rise building, but she stops herself at the last minute and decides to move on with her life. Just in time, a handsome boy pulls her away from danger and tells her to consider how her loved ones will suffer had she jumped to her death. Days after, she starts learning how to use makeup through tutorial videos in the Internet and masters the art just before transferring to her new school. The makeover proves to be transformative as her peers call her a "goddess".|
|2||"Episode 2"||Kim Sang-hyeop||Lee Si-eun||December 10, 2020||1.000|
|After encountering her handsome classmate Lee Su-ho at the comic book store in her bare face, Ju-kyung struggles with keeping her true face a secret to her peers. She realizes later that Su-ho does not recognize her yet at school as the ugly girl from the comic book store. Meanwhile, tough guy Han Seo-jun returns to school and recognizes Ju-kyung to be the girl who ran away with his helmet.|
|3||"Episode 3"||Kim Sang-hyeop||Lee Si-eun||December 16, 2020||1.162|
|Su-ho reveals to Ju-kyung that he recognizes her. Ju-kyung offers herself to Su-ho as his errand girl in return for keeping her true face a secret from their peers. Later, she searches her bedroom for Seo-jun's helmet but it is nowhere to be found.|
|4||"Episode 4"||Kim Sang-hyeop||Lee Si-eun||December 17, 2020||1.178|
|Reminded of Jung Se-yeon's tragic death, Seo-jun picks up a fight against Su-ho at the cafeteria, with the innocent Ju-kyung in the middle of the clash. The incident puts Ju-kyung in an uncomfortable position as rumors of a love triangle between her and the boys spread in the school. Su-ho becomes bothered when Soo-ah arranges a blind date for Ju-kyung.|
|5||"Episode 5"||Kim Sang-hyeop||Lee Si-eun||December 23, 2020||1.095|
|Ju-kyung runs into Seo-jun's younger sister Go-woon being bullied by her fellow music club members for taking the lead role despite being ugly. Reminded of her past suffering, she defends Go-woon against the bullies and uses her makeup skills to transform her just before the club's performance during the school festival. As Seo-jun's rebuke and a posthumously released song remind Su-ho of his tragic past, Ju-kyung recognizes the boy who rescued her at the rooftop.|
|6||"Episode 6"||Kim Sang-hyeop||Lee Si-eun||December 24, 2020||1.086|
|Despite Su-ho's loathing, his celebrity father Lee Joo-heon goes to school for a parent-teacher conference and gains a lot of attention. Seo-jun expresses his gratitude to Ju-kyung for helping his younger sister. Ju-kyung runs into an unlikely visitor at the Im family's residence. One day, she bumps into the person she fears meeting the most and is kidnapped later on by Seo-jun's enemies. Seo-jun and Su-ho team up to rescue her as Soo-jin, Soo-ah and Tae-hoon discover where Ju-kyung is held captive.|
|7||"Episode 7"||Kim Sang-hyeop||Lee Si-eun||January 6, 2021||1.154|
|Ju-kyung and the rescue party receive punishments at school for being involved in the brawl against Seo-jun's enemies. Soo-jin is in distress as her grades drop after the exams. Su-ho gets upset as a popular baseball player gets attracted to Ju-kyung and starts to pursue her. Su-ho later learns a few dating tricks from Tae-hoon.|
|8||"Episode 8"||Kim Sang-hyeop||Lee Si-eun||January 7, 2021||.973|
|The students of Saebom High School go to a school trip in the countryside. Ju-kyung tries to keep herself distant from Su-ho, while Seo-jun makes himself closer to Ju-kyung. Su-ho plans to confess to Ju-kyung but seems to lose his chances.|
|9||"Episode 9"||Kim Sang-hyeop||Lee Si-eun||January 13, 2021||1.361|
|After Su-ho confessed his feelings for her, a thrilled Ju-kyung accidentally reveals her bare face to Soo-jin. As Ju-kyung wishes Soo-jin would keep her real face a secret from everybody, she also asks Su-ho if they could be clandestinely dating because of her fear of retaliation from Su-ho's fans. Ju-kyung attempts part-time working as a model with Seo-jun, while Su-ho and Soo-jin meet with their high-class families.|
|10||"Episode 10"||Kim Sang-hyeop||Lee Si-eun||January 14, 2021||1.120|
|Lim Jae-pil discovers that Su-ho is already dating his daughter Ju-kyung. After Soo-jin opens up to Ju-kyung about her feelings for Su-ho, Ju-kyung starts to have qualms about her and Su-ho's secret relationship. The competition between Su-ho and Seo-jun heats up when they are, by chance, both invited to the Im family's residence. At Move Entertainment, Hee-kyung discovers that the late Se-yeon's song has been used as a debut single of another artist without due permission.|
|11||"Episode 11"||Kim Sang-hyeop||Lee Si-eun||January 20, 2021||1.216|
|Su-ho and Seo-jun are caught in a car crash moments after Su-ho discovers to his shock the horrible truth behind the fake scandals that led to Se-yeon's suicide. Ju-kyung opens up to Soo-jin about her relationship with Su-ho. Joo Hye-min, a former classmate of Ju-kyung from her previous school, transfers to Saebom High School to escape from the same bullies that once tormented Ju-kyung.|
|12||"Episode 12"||Kim Sang-hyeop||Lee Si-eun||January 21, 2021||1.107|
|Joo-heon steps down from his position after revealing to the public the truth about Se-yeon's death and the plagiarized song. After recovering from their injuries, the reconciled Su-ho and Seo-jun visit Se-yeon's grave together. Ju-kyung starts questioning how long she can maintain her disguise and popularity as she keeps running into Hye-min at school, ranks first in an online beauty contest of which she is an unwilling contestant and becomes the school promotion model.|
|13||"Episode 13"||Kim Sang-hyeop||Lee Si-eun||January 27, 2021||1.215|
|Judgmental eyes and a bunch of bullies target the distressed Ju-kyung after the truth of her makeup-less face gets revealed in social media. As Ju-kyung runs away from her new tormentors, Su-ho tries hard to search for her while Seo-jun deduces who is the culprit behind the malicious online exposé. Class 2-5 gets reprimanded for being insensitive to Ju-kyung's plight. Ju-kyung's mother finally realizes the reason behind her daughter's obsession with makeup.|
|14||"Episode 14"||Kim Sang-hyeop||Lee Si-eun||January 28, 2021||1.143|
|Ju-kyung resolves go to school in her bare, makeup-less face and makes her relationship with Su-ho known to everyone. She reconciles with Soo-ah who felt betrayed for not knowing the truth sooner. Su-ho tries to convince Soo-jin to apologize to Ju-kyung, knowing that something other than mere jealousy must have brought her to maligning Ju-kyung. A shocking news from overseas puts Ju-kyung and Su-ho's relationship to the test.|
|15||"Episode 15"||Kim Sang-hyeop||Lee Si-eun||February 3, 2021||1.353|
|The hardships of a long-distance relationship pushes Su-ho to break up with Ju-kyung. Two years later, Ju-kyung and her classmates have graduated from Saebom High School. Ju-kyung works as a makeup assistant while Seo-jun is nearing towards his debut as a singer. After Seo-jun's confession of his feelings for her, a surprise awaits Ju-kyung at Namsan Tower under the first shower of snow.|
|16||"Episode 16"||Kim Sang-hyeop||Lee Si-eun||February 4, 2021||1.270|
|Ju-kyung and Su-ho reunites as Seo-jun comes to terms with his unrequited love. Soo-jin, free from her father's abuse, formally apologizes to Ju-kyung. Su-ho offers the final version of Se-yeon's song for posthumous publishing, to be performed by Seo-jun on his debut.|
In July 2019, it was announced that the Line Webtoon True Beauty would be adapted into a television series. In August 2020, the production team confirmed the casting of Moon Ga-young, Cha Eun-woo and Hwang In-youp in the lead roles. The first script reading session was held in October 2020. Filming was temporarily halted in late December 2020 after Kim Byung-chun tested positive for COVID-19. The first stills from filming were released on November 10, 2020, one month prior to the series premiere. The series is available for streaming through Viu and Rakuten Viki.
|Soundtrack album by |
|Released||February 5, 2021|
|Label||Stone Music Entertainment|
True Beauty: Original SoundtrackEdit
The following is the official track list of True Beauty: Original Soundtrack album, which was released by Stone Music Entertainment on February 5, 2021. The tracks with no indicated lyricists and composers are the drama's musical score; the artists indicated for these tracks are the tracks' composers themselves.
The following is the track list of singles from True Beauty: Original Soundtrack.
|Ep.||Original broadcast date||Average audience share|
|1||December 9, 2020||3.573% (2nd)||4.056% (2nd)|
|2||December 10, 2020||3.626% (1st)||3.963% (1st)|
|3||December 16, 2020||3.813% (2nd)||4.711% (2nd)|
|4||December 17, 2020||3.586% (1st)||3.824% (1st)|
|5||December 23, 2020||3.859% (2nd)||4.293% (2nd)|
|6||December 24, 2020||3.333% (1st)||3.724% (1st)|
|7||January 6, 2021||3.892% (2nd)||4.198% (2nd)|
|8||January 7, 2021||2.909% (1st)||3.003% (1st)|
|9||January 13, 2021||4.265% (2nd)||4.938% (2nd)|
|10||January 14, 2021||3.411% (1st)||3.870% (1st)|
|11||January 20, 2021||3.850% (2nd)||4.303% (2nd)|
|12||January 21, 2021||3.418% (1st)||4.069% (1st)|
|13||January 27, 2021||4.000% (2nd)||4.547% (2nd)|
|14||January 28, 2021||4.125% (1st)||4.802% (2nd)|
|15||February 3, 2021||4.579% (2nd)||5.371% (2nd)|
|16||February 4, 2021||4.458% (1st)||5.087% (1st)|
- The title 여신강림 (pron. [jʌ̹ɕʰinɡa̠ːŋnim]; lit. "advent/descent of a goddess") is romanized as Yeosin-gangnim with the application of the following rules of the Revised Romanization of Korean:
- 여신... : Yeosin...
- Despite preceding the vowel ㅣ, the consonant ㅅ is still romanized as s, not sh.
- ...신강... : ...sin-gang...
- Special provision for ㄴ-ㄱ: hyphenation used to disambiguate ㅇ ng vs. finalㄴ - initialㄱ n-g.
- ...강림 : ...-gangnim
- Special provision for ㅇ-ㄹ: phonetic change for finalㅇ-initialㄹ, which is ngn [ŋn], is transcribed.
- The end themes used vary per episode but are all singles from True Beauty: Original Soundtrack. See the list of singles for details.
- See True Beauty: Original Soundtrack for the names of all involved musical score composers.
- The character appears in a short crossover scene alluding Director Kim Sang-hyeop's previous work Extraordinary You (2019) where the character originally appears.
- Kim Young-dae's cameo role alludes to his role as Oh Nam-joo in Episode 32 of Director Kim Sang-hyeop's Extraordinary You (2019).
- Original song by The Nolans, released in 1979.
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