K-Drama Review: She Was Pretty

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Kim Hye Jin (Hwang Jung Eum) used to be a bright girl who was popular due to her beauty. When the shy and unattractive Ji Sung Joon (Park Seo Joon) transferred to her school, Hye Jin’s kind nature brought the two together and soon enough, they became best friends and develop feelings toward each other. Unfortunately, Sung Joon had to move out to the States and the two separated. Not long after that, Hye Jin’s family went bankrupt. The hard works and father’s bad trait, changed Hye Jin into an ugly woman.

Years later, Sung Joon came back to Korea and suggest a meet up with Hye Jin. But to Hye Jin’s surprised, Sung Joon turned into a handsome man who failed to recognize her. Embarrassed, Hye Jin refused to meet Sung Joon and asked her beauty best friend, Min Ha Ri (Go Joon Hee) to appear in her place, thinking to leave one last sweet memory of her before claiming to study abroad. But everything turned up side down when Hye Jin was assigned to work at The Most Magazine, where she met Sung Joon as her tempered boss and Kim Shin Hyuk (Choi Si Won), a lunatic reporter who likes her. While Ha Ri kept on seeing Sung Joon behind Hye Jin’s back and slowly fell for Sung Joon. At the end, both Hye Jin and Sung Joon were opted to choose between first love and new (office) love.

Main Cast:

  • Hwang Jung Eum as Kim Hye Jin
  • Park Seo Joon as Ji Sung Joon
  • Go Joon Hee as Min Ha Ri
  • Choi Si Won as Kim Shin Hyuk


As always, the theme of first love never fails to make us swoon. And although the portrayal of “ugly” Hye Jin was not that too realistic (especially her overly red make up on her cheek) despite based on true story, this drama is sending the message that one’s beauty may not last forever and inner beauty is what matters the most. And we should applaud for that.

All the main cast acted really well in the drama. Both lunatic and serious version of Kim Shin Hyuk were captivating and portrayed well by the idol-actor, Si Won. And perhaps due to be their second work together (or simply because they are pros), Park Seo Joon and Hwang Jung Eum had a great chemistry and expressed their feelings well. One scene stealer was Hong Seol (Shin Hye Seon), as her character despite having small impact, managed to leave a good impression.

Overall, the story is intriguing and good. We especially love it how Sung Joon get confused over 2 loves that actually came from the same woman, the secretive office loves and Hye Jin character who gets to mature along the series. But at least there are 2 issues about this drama: how it was mainly revolves around “The Most” magazine but the magazine sort of being “abandoned” from several last episodes. It would be better if Hye Jin became a good reporter instead, you know, Sex and the City style. Second, having the couple to split apart at the end due to different dreams is considered cliche as many dramas done that already.

Rate: 8/10