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Magazine Monday – Hong Jong Hyun

I cannot believe that it is already October – another year is coming to an end and sometimes I don’t even realise it. As with the time, dramas come and go at great speed. It feels like Moon Lovers (or Scarlet Heart: Ryeo) just aired yesterday, but we have gone beyond the drama’s half-mark. Some of the acting performances from the ensemble cast are one of the best and this brings me to the star of our feature, Hong Jong-hyun who plays 3rd Prince Wang Yo, the main antagonist of the show. I think I have newfound appreciation for the actor because his portrayal of the villainous character has been quite impressive – he has this strong presence that I feel whenever he is in front of his brothers. I’m sure they feel it too, especially the younger ones.

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Magazine Monday – Kim Rae Won and Park Shin Hye

I am bringing back Magazine Monday with the leads from SBS’s latest medical drama Doctors, and they are none other than Kim Rae-won and Park Shin-hye who star as neurosurgeons in the show. The overall tone of the drama is light-hearted, coupled with some medical cases in the mix. Doctors has also been putting out a massive cameo parade as more episodes are released, and the special appearances include those from Im Ji-yeon, Han Hye-jin, Namgoong Min and Lee Sang-yeob. Despite the short screen-time, we get to see them show their best acting chops in solid performances. Yoon Kyun-sang also stars in Doctors as another neurosurgeon, and you can visit his feature here. Onto the pretties! 🙂

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Lee Je Hoon – ELLE May 2016 Interview

Another thing I like about Lee Je-hoon’s interview is how consistent he is with his answers. He still think of himself as someone who is not fun to be with, but he is like a wholly different person when it comes to his favourite subjects: movies and acting. I think a person looks the best when s/he is talking about what s/he loves the most, with all the passion and enthusiasm for the interests. The actor talks a bit more about Signal in the interview with ELLE, also sharing about his (possible) ideal type. Read on and enjoy the interview^^

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Lee Je Hoon Goes Dark and Bright for May Magazines

Today is chock full of goodies because it’s raining pictorials left and right! The highlight of the day (for me at least) has to be Lee Je-hoon, who has not one, but two magazine spreads for the upcoming month of May. He has started promoting for his upcoming drama Detective Hong Gil-dong/Phantom Detective and that explains the sudden flurry of news and pictorials of him ELLE chooses a darker indoor shoot for his feature in the magazine, whereas GQ takes him outside for bright and refreshing shots under the sunshine. Check out the released pictures so far, with more to come (hopefully)! He will also appear on Please Take Care of My Refrigerator with Kim Sung-kyun  on the 9th and 16th of May, and on Vapp movie channel tomorrow at 4.30 PM KST.

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Sulli for ELLE March 2016

ELLE Korea has teamed up with Austrian luxury crystal jewelry brand Swarovski and Sulli for a special White Day pictorial, and the end product is just stunning. Sulli looks lovely and enchanting as the spring Cupid, adorned with simple yet eye-catching jewelry. I love the pastel colours used in the shoot because they remind me of cotton candy! I hope ELLE will release more shots later, and this pictorial can be seen in ELLE’s upcoming March issue, as well as on Swarovski Korea’s Facebook page.

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Magazine Monday – Jung Kyung Ho

I was looking forward to seeing Jung Kyung-ho in a new project after last year’s Falling For Innocence on tvN, and thankfully he picked his next work very soon, that is the currently airing Wed-Thu prime-time drama One More Happy Ending! It’s been years since he’s appeared in weekday dramas showing on the Big 3 broadcast networks (the last being Ja Myung Go in 2009), and I’m really happy he took up the role as single dad Song Soo-hyuk 😀 It’s hard not to love Soo-hyuk, who is a one-of-a-kind character as the leading man. He’s caring and sincere to the people around him, which is rare for a kdrama male lead right from the outset. Furthermore, his relationship with his 13-year-old son Min-woo is gold ❤ Their interactions make me go Awww~ it is really heartwarming to see how much they love and care for each other. The star of this week’s feature is Jung Kyung-ho, because he’s one amazing actor. And Valentine’s Day was yesterday but this will be my Valentine’s gift to all of you here 😉

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Magazine Monday – Park Hae Jin

The star for the week is actor Park Hae-jin, who plays Yoo Jung in the Mon-Tue cable drama Cheese In The TrapThe television ratings have been hitting new peaks every week, which is great for the production team and cast! It’s even better to know that filming for the drama is completed; the cast even had a wrap-up party! I haven’t started watching the drama yet, but I definitely hope to strike it off my to-watch list soon 😉 Check out the various pictorials he has had, classified into 3 segments ❤

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Magazine Monday – Park Min Young

Park Min-young first caught my attention when she starred in fusion sageuk Sungkyunkwan Scandal back in 2010; the series gained many fans’ support despite mediocre ratings. She quickly followed up this success with manga adaptation drama City Hunter in the following year alongside Lee Min-ho. Recently, she made her mark again with action thriller Healer and had a love line with Ji Chang-wook’s character as the titular hero. Now, she’s back with another drama Remember: Son’s War and plays rookie prosecutor Lee In-ah. I like how In-ah has a mind of her own and does not give in to pressure. It’s heartening to see that the show’s ratings are steadily on the rise! The actress has had some pictorials over the years, and I’ll be waiting for the magazines to feature her this year! If you’re wondering why the male cast of Remember are not featured this week, no worries because it’s coming soon 😉

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Magazine Monday – Lee Chun Hee

The celebrity of this week is actor Lee Chun-hee, because this is my dedication post to him after having completed I Remember You recently. Starring as Kang Eun-hyuk, he presented his humorous and charismatic sides making the drama more enjoyable despite it being a less major role. Being a model-turned actor, he has lots of pictorials which show how handsome he is! He is so photogenic it’s like he was born to be in front of the camera ❤ This time, I am organising the pictorials into a few themes. Read on to find out! 😉

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Hwang Jung Eum for ELLE

2015 has been an incredible year for Hwang Jung-eum, with two very successful dramas Kill Me, Heal Me and She Was Pretty as well as a romantic comedy film My Sister, The Pig Lady. Both her projects in dramaland especially have garnered lots of love from fans and she has gained more popularity and attention as a result! Coincidentally, the two dramas this year aired on the MBC broadcast network and she looks set to continue this streak with upcoming drama Tyrant on the same channel, which will reunite her with the writer of Incarnation Of Money and Giant if she signs on. After her dramas ended I thought she went to Prague, the capital of Czech Republic for a holiday; but it was also for a photoshoot with ELLE! If you follow her on Instagram, you can see some photographs she took while she was there 🙂 The pictorial is for the magazine’s January 2016 issue, and some shots have been released.

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