Ok, I finished it. I finally finished she was pretty after three days of binge watching. At first I was sure I wouldn’t like it as there were so many things that annoyed me but as I got further into the series, I completely fell in love with it.
She Was Pretty is a 2015 South Korean television series starring Hwang Jung-eum, Park Seo-joon, Go Joon-hee, and Choi Si-won. It’s a romantic comedy about two old school friends who meet up again in the present after many years of not seeing each other. When they were younger Kim Hye-jin (Hwang Jung-eum) was a popular, pretty girl from a rich family who befriended Ji Sung-joon (Park Seo-joon) who was unattractive, over weight and shy. Sung-Joon moves to America with his father leaving Hye-Jin behind. After this, her fathers company goes bankrupt causing her to experience hardships. She also lost her beauty too.
Sung-Joon returns many years later wanting to meet Hye-Jin but is unable to recognise her, he has grown to be a very attractive young man and she grew to get frizzy hair and a skin condition which causes her cheeks to be red constantly. Hye-Jin feels ashamed due to this so hides as she doesn’t want to ruin his perception of her. He asks her best friend Ha-Ri (Go Joon-hee) to stand in for her as she is tall, elegant and beautiful.
Things begin to get complicated for Hye-Jin as she gets an internship at The Most magazine and who does the deputy chief editor happen to be? None other than Sung-Joon! He openly mistreats and belittles her publicly not knowing who she really was. During the series Ha-ri continues to meet with Sung-Joon and begins to develop feelings for him. During Hye-Jins time in the workplace she finds a good friend in Shin-hyuk (Siwon) who falls in love with her.
The ending I would say was kind of unpredictable. I was expecting Ha-Ri and Sung-Joon to be together and Hye-Jin and Shin-Hyuk to be together as they were so well suited and Shin-Hyuk was so nice toward Hye-Jin from the very start. He tells her shes pretty and looks after her, I really shipped this couple. As time goes on, Sung-Joon beings to develop feelings for Hye-Jin without knowing who she is and vice versa. He also finds out that Ha-Ri had been lying to him all the time and realises that the real Hye-Jin was in fact the Hye-Jin he was so cruel to at work.
At the start of the series, I really disliked Sung-Joon as he was so mean but as she showed his softer side to Hye-Jin I really started to like his character and wanted them to be together.
A lot takes place in the last few episodes of this drama. Shin-Hyuk confesses to Hye-Jin but she doesnt believe him. He also turns out to be the famous author Ten. You are led to believe that he is actually the company chairman’s son but that turns out to be Kim Poong-ho, another colleague in The Most magazine. Shin-Hyuk kept his identity a secret as he wanted to write but enjoy his life but gave up his identity to save the magazine.
Hye-Jin becomes an author and marries Sung-Joon (happy ending! YAY!) and Ha-Ri goes to college and gets a job at a hotel with her own skills as she led a comfortable life due to her rich father and wanted to see if she could get by on her own.
I absolutely loved this drama, like I said in my previous post about it (you can read it here), Hye-Jin was very annoying to begin with, she was screechy and never spoke properly but as time went on she mellowed out quite a bit and became a very likeable character.
My faveourite character was Shin-Hyuk as he was honest and lived for winding people up, I guess I can relate to him in a way! Most of his scenes were hilarious!!
I’d really recommend this drama if you’re looking for something funny and romantic. I absolutely loved it and am sad that it’s over.
I hope you enjoyed my review! Are there any dramas you’d recommend? Comment blow!