Han Ye-seul Wins Over Detractors as Amnesiac Heiress

The character played by Han Ye-sul (24) in the MBC drama Couple of Fantasy is a kind of Korean Paris Hilton, and her catchphrase “Look at you…” is on everybody’s lips. An audacious heiress, Ana Jo becomes a comic character with disordered hair and cheap clothes after losing her memory due to an accident. Han’s popularity is soaring thanks to the attractive qualities she brings to the role of a haughty rich girl brought low.

“Aren’t they cute? I mean Netizens. They say I was such an unattractive character but suddenly became so charming. Those anti-fans… They suddenly became big fans,” Han laughs. Her clothes are unflattering, but they can’t hide her beautiful chiseled face. “I am a completely different person from Ana Jo. In fact, I think I’m lovely, delicate and rarely get angry.” Han says she never expected she would become this popular. “When I decided to play a character like Ana Jo, who is arrogant and haughty, I was ready for any criticism from viewers, but instead I’m getting very friendly responses and I was really surprised,” she says. “When I see how popular characters like Ana Jo are, I realize that Korea is changing fast. The public is becoming more open-minded. It’s cool. Such a mindset is important for us to develop, isn’t it?” She has a tendency to answer a question with another question.

Han made her debut in entertainment when she won a super model contest. She became a star thanks to the rude and bizarre role she played in another MBC drama, Non Stop, in 2004. Recently she spent a year off with her family in the U.S. “The reason why I had so many detractors was that I became a star so fast. Our citizens have a strong sense of justice.” Isn’t she afraid of spoiling her image by playing such a role? She is breaking down barriers step by step as Ana Jo. “I’ve been a star rather than an actress, and that’s no good. Stars have an inflated image and a short lifespan. I want to be more passionate about my job and build my career so that I can act for a long time.”

Complimented that her acting has greatly improved, she giggles and covers her mouth. “Really? It’s so nice to hear that. I think I’m very lucky.” She speaks English fluently and wants to enter the U.S. market too. Asked if she wants to follow in the footsteps of Kim Yun-jin, who is a star thanks to her part in the ABC hit series Lost,” she is quick to respond. “It’s so childish to say I want to do better than someone else.” Does she have a role model? “There are so many excellent actors and actresses out there…My job is acting, but I don’t like watching dramas or movies, so I can’t answer your question. It’s ironic, isn’t it?”
(englishnews@chosun.com )
Source: english.chosun.com

doozy: This is a relatively old article since it was published in October, around the airing time of Fantasy Couple. However, I’m posting here so fans of the drama, like myself, can learn more about Han Ye Seul.

I have seen the NGs of the drama and HYS seems to be very professional with her work, which is something that can be seen in her answers in the above article. Also, while watching the 2006 MBC Drama Awards, HYS’s looks reminded me alot of Kim Tae Hee, except with friendlier eyes.

Initially watching the drama without knowing who HYS is, I was impressed with her fluent English skills and her acting talent. Talent aside, she’s also one beautiful lady and quite young as well, as I recently learned that she’s only 24 years old.

I love her catchphrase in Fantasy Couple because it’s so fun to say with all the characteristic intonations of Ana Jo/Na Sang Shil. “Koraji ha goneun.” If you pass up this excellent drama, that is what I’ll be saying to you. Heehee.


I Love Fantasy Couple

I just finished watching Fantasy Couple yesterday. I completed 15 episodes in two days. (The dramedy has a total of 16 episodes but I saw ep.01 a while back.) I stayed up late to watch it knowing full well that I needed to wake up early the next morning for work. And when I got off work, I rushed home to watch it. So, let me just say this: I LOVE THIS SHOW!

The Hong sisters (the writers behind Delightful Girl, Choon Hyang and My Girl) have, once again, made me laugh, cry, and care for the characters that they’ve created. Credit to Han Ye Seul for portraying a bitchy, picky woman who’s surprisingly very likable. Jo Anna reminds me a lot of myself. No, rest assured. I’m not as bitchy or picky. What is similar between our personalities is how defensive we both are when it comes to emotional attachment. We shun it (being emotionally attached to other people) because we fear that we’ll get hurt.

My most favorite couple is Sang Shil and Kang Ja, although that’s not to say that I don’t like the main couple (Sang Shil and Chul Soo) and all the other odd couplings. I love them all.

Sang Shil and Kang Ja

The only two characters that annoyed me were Yoo Kyung and her materialistic friend.

The soundtrack, like almost all other Korean dramas, is awesome. The themesong is very catchy!

If you haven’t seen this yet, what are you waiting for? I highly recommend it.
Do visit the soompi thread for more in depth discussion and goodies. The link there can be found in the Drama Info: Fantasy Couple blog entry.

Sweet or Sour?

Delicious Godiva. Fantasy Couple is delightful fun throughout with tons of substance. Na Sang Shil is my type of girl. She is my new hero!

First Impressions…

Since I recently finished watching Rude Woman and Fireworks, I decided to take a look at several of the new dramas that have begun airing. Regarding the two that I finished, one of them I enjoyed tremendously and it was fun throughout. The other one had me scratching my head, wondering “what the hell is this crap and more importantly, why am I still watching it?”

Anyway… Below are my thoughts on the first episodes of three new dramas.

Hwang Jin-Yi

The first episode looks promising. Although, I’m not really into the ancient dancing routine, I’m especially in awe of the colorful and gorgeous hanboks. And props to the young actress who plays the child Hwang Jin-I, who does a terrific job, noticeably in the crying scenes. Really, how do the Korean production teams manage to find such talented young-uns? However, the child actress who is part of the palace dance troupe, the one that did that dagger routine, really creeps me out with her robotic, unnatural smiling face and heavy make-up.

Watch or not? From the quality of the first episode, this one is a keeper.

Fantasy Couple

From the writers of Sassy Girl, Chun-Hyang and My Girl, come another fun and hilarious drama. Han Ye Seul got the snobby, bitchy, I-answer-to-no-one role down good. Surprisingly, HYS’s English is quite good. Very little accent and I can understand perfectly what she is saying. This character is Cruella deVil and Dr. Evil rolled into one. Cruella deVil because of her personality and wardrobe; Dr. Evil partly because of the pet cat and how she’s more affectionate to the cat than to her fellow human beings. While watching her in action, my reaction was similar to those of the people that cross paths with her. That one raining scene at the airport where she makes the passerby walk her to her car with his umbrella and his reaction after she drives away is hilarious. Also, the pet-exchanging scene towards the end of the episode, when that “Bang Bang” song is playing the background, has me rolling in laughter.

Watch or not? Watch it!


The storyline here seems like the ones that I’ve seen before from other popular melodramatic dramas. From what I gather, the breakdown of the plot is as such: under odd circumstances, a cold, commitment-phobic man meets optimistic woman with a heart-of-gold whom he falls in love with and who will change his life forever. Dun dun dun… *dramatic music plays in the background*
Although, yes, I do admit that I have watched dramas with trite and predictable plotlines and have found them enjoyable, what I cannot get over here is Kim Jung Eun’s over-the-top expressions. Finally, I am able to understand why some people did not like Yoo Rin in My Girl while I find that character extremely funny and her expressions very cute and endearing. Similarly, fans of Lovers have no problems with watching KJE and even find her actions funny while I sit there watching with annoyance.

Watch or not? Until I’m no longer bothered by the leading actress’s presence, then this one is a pass for me. However, if you liked the previous two installments of the “Lovers series,” especially Lovers in Paris since KJE was also the leading actress in that one, then you’ll probably like Lovers.

Fantasy Couple

Official Website

Soompi Thread

Oh Ji Ho
Han Ye Seul
Kim Sung Min
Park Han Byul

Oh Ji Ho and Han Yeh Seul will costar in the weekend drama Couple of Fantasy scheduled to be aired by MBC on 10/14 following the final episode of Rude Women. Actor Kim Sung Min (aka Kim Sung Taek) and actress Park Han Byul also perform in the drama.

This drama, based on the Hollywood movie Overboard starring Goldie Hawn and Curt Russell released in 1987, portrays a rich woman and a daring construction engineer’s love story. The script writers are the duo Hong Jung Eun and Hong Mi Ran (the Hong sisters) who wrote for popular dramas Sassy Girl Choon Hyang and My Girl. The PD is Kim Sang Ho whose previous work was the drama Secret Man and Woman.

OJH plays the role Jang Chul Soo who is a shameless money-lover. HYS plays an immodest rich woman Ana Jo who is vivid and comical. Ana Jo lost memory after an accident and becomes poor. Then she and the construction engineer Chul Soo develop love relationship. PHB plays the role Yoo Kyung Eun who is a teacher of elementary school. KSM plays Ana Jo’s husband.
Source: WITH S2

doozy: From the writers of My Girl? How exciting. This sounds like it’s going to be a fun ride!