She Was Pretty
|She Was Pretty|
|Also known as||
|Written by||Jo Sung-hee|
|Directed by||Jung Dae-yoon|
|Country of origin||South Korea|
|No. of episodes||16|
|Executive producer(s)||Han Hee|
|Running time||70 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Bon Factory Worldwide|
|Distributor||Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation|
|Original network||Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation|
|Original release||September 16– November 11, 2015|
|Followed by||Scholar Who Walks the Night|
|Related shows||Sweet, Savage Family|
She Was Pretty (Hangul: 그녀는 예뻤다; RR: Geunyeoneun Yeppeodda) is a 2015 South Korean television series starring Hwang Jung-eum, Park Seo-joon, Go Joon-hee and Choi Si-won. It aired on MBC from September 16 to November 11, 2015, on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 22:00.
A romantic comedy, based on a true story, 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, aka the "Cha's". 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.
- 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.
- Park Seo-joon as Ji Sung-joon
- Yang Han-yeol as young Sung-joon
- 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.
- Go Joon-hee as Min Ha-ri
- Lee Ja-in as young Ha-ri
- 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.
- Hye-rin's family
- Park Choong-seon as Kim Jong-seob
- Kim Hye-jin's father
- Lee Il-hwa as Han Jung-hye
- Kim Hye-jin's mother
- Jung Da-bin as Kim Hye-rin
- Kim Hye-jin's younger sister
- Ha-ri's family
- Lee Byung-joon as Min Yong-gil
- Min Ha-ri's father
- Seo Jung-yeon as Na Ji-seon
- Min Ha-ri's stepmother
- The Most
- Hwang Seok-jeong as Kim Ra-ra
- The chief editor of The Most magazine and Poong-ho's aunt.
- 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.
- Shin Hye-sun as Han Seol
- 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
- 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
- Kim Sung-oh as the man at pub (ep. 3)
- Hwang Seok-jeong as the ajumma in the restaurant on (ep. 7)
- Kim Je-dong as The Most 20th Anniversary's party MC (ep. 9)
- Lee Joon-gi as the guest for The Most 20th Anniversary (ep. 9)
- Seo In-guk as the guest for The Most 20th Anniversary (ep. 9)
- Uee as the guest for The Most 20th Anniversary (ep. 9)
- Park Hyung-sik as the guest for The Most 20th Anniversary (ep. 9)
- Lee Sang-hoon as interviewee for Editor Kim (ep. 11)
- Yoon Yoo-sun as Cha Hye-jung, Min Ha-ri's mother (ep. 11)
- Kim Bo-min as Ji Yeon-woo, Ji Sung-joon's & Kim Hye-jin's daughter (Episode 16)
The first script writing was held on 10 August 2015.
The drama reunited Hwang Jung-eum with Park Seo-joon, who previously starred together in Kill Me, Heal Me; and Hwang Jung-eum with Go Joon-hee, who previously starred together in Can You Hear My Heart.
|1.||"쿵쿵쿵" (Thumping)||Kim Min-seung||3:25|
|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|
In the table below, the blue numbers represent the lowest ratings and the red numbers represent the highest ratings.
- NR denotes that the drama did not rank in the top 20 daily programs on that date.
|Episode #||Original broadcast date||Average audience share|
|TNmS Ratings||AGB Nielsen||Highest Internet Ratings|
|Nationwide||Seoul National Capital Area||Nationwide||Seoul National Capital Area|
|1||September 16, 2015||4.9% (NR)||5.8% (NR)||4.8% (NR)||5.0% (NR)||14.7% (2nd)|
|2||September 17, 2015||7.1% (NR)||8.1% (15th)||7.2% (NR)||7.8% (17th)||22.3% (2nd)|
|3||September 23, 2015||8.0% (18th)||9.1% (11th)||8.5% (14th)||9.4% (11th)||29.7% (2nd)|
|4||September 24, 2015||7.8% (19th)||8.8% (15th)||9.9% (11th)||9.9% (11th)||31.4% (2nd)|
|5||September 30, 2015||9.0% (16th)||10.8% (8th)||10.7% (8th)||11.9% (8th)||40.0% (1st)|
|6||October 1, 2015||8.4% (19th)||10.4% (10th)||10.2% (17th)||11.3% (9th)||39.0% (1st)|
|7||October 7, 2015||11.8% (8th)||13.7% (5th)||13.1% (6th)||14.2% (3rd)||46.9% (1st)|
|8||October 8, 2015||13.2% (6th)||15.4% (2nd)||14.5% (3rd)||16.3% (3rd)||49.7% (1st)|
|9||October 15, 2015||16.2% (2nd)||19.1% (2nd)||16.7% (3rd)||17.9% (2nd)||59.4% (1st)|
|10||October 21, 2015||15.3% (4th)||17.4% (2nd)||17.3% (2nd)||19.7% (2nd)||59.6% (1st)|
|11||October 22, 2015||17.2% (2nd)||19.7% (2nd)||17.7% (2nd)||19.2% (2nd)||59.8% (1st)|
|12||October 28, 2015||15.5% (4th)||17.8% (2nd)||16.5% (3rd)||17.9% (2nd)||58.6% (1st)|
|13||October 29, 2015||15.0% (4th)||17.5% (2nd)||18.0% (2nd)||19.8% (2nd)||56.0% (1st)|
|14||November 4, 2015||15.3% (3rd)||17.4% (1st)||15.9% (3rd)||17.8% (2nd)||58.0% (1st)|
|15||November 5, 2015||15.0% (3rd)||17.8% (2nd)||16.9% (2nd)||18.7% (2nd)||52.8% (1st)|
|16||November 11, 2015||15.0% (2nd)||17.7% (1st)||15.9% (3rd)||17.7% (2nd)||N/A|
Awards and nominations
|2015||Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries||Park Seo-joon||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Actress||Hwang Seok-jeong||Nominated|
|Excellence in Drama Award||Lee Jin-seok, Roh Hyeong-sik||Won|
|Best Lighting Director Award||Kim Yong-sam||Won|
|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||Won|
|Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries||Park Seo-joon||Won|
|Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries||Go Joon-hee||Nominated|
|Top 10 Stars||Hwang Jung-eum||Won|
|Best Supporting Actor in a Miniseries||Ahn Se-ha||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Actress in a Miniseries||Hwang Seok-jeong||Won|
|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|
|Popularity Award, Actress||Hwang Jung-eum||Won|
|Best Couple Award||Park Seo-joon and Hwang Jung-eum||Nominated|
|Writer of the Year||Jo Sung-hee||Won|
|2016||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|
|Best Drama||She Was Pretty||Won|
|Best Actress||Hwang Jung-eum||Won|
- Philippines - GMA Network (January 30 - March 23, 2017), under the title Pretty Woman and replacing Code Name Yong-pal
- USA/Latin America - Pasiones (2016) Spanish Dubbed
- Ecuador - TeleAmazonas (2016) Spanish Dubbed
- Peru - Willax TV (2017) Spanish Dubbed
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- 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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- She Was Pretty official MBC website (in Korean)
- She Was Pretty at MBC Global Media
- She Was Pretty at HanCinema