She Was Pretty is a 2015 South Korean television series starring Hwang Jung-eumPark Seo-joonGo Joon-hee and Choi Si-won. 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 beautiful 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.

Main Cast

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.

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.

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.

Supporting Cast

Hye-jin’s family

  • Park Choong-seon as Kim Jong-seob

Kim Hye-jin’s father

Kim Hye-jin’s mother

Kim Hye-jin’s younger sisterHa-ri’s family

Min Ha-ri’s father

Min Ha-ri’s stepmotherThe Most

The chief editor of The Most magazine.

The head of the editing team of The Most who is so dedicated to her work. She speaks on behalf of Hye-Jin during her initial days.

A lazy and untidy employee who orders junior coworkers around. It is revealed later that he is the son of the chairman and eventually becomes the Vice President of the company.

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.

A cute and kind employee of editing team who had feelings for Han Seol. Han Seol mistakes him to be the chairman’s son and reciprocates his feelings.

  • Kang Soo-jin as Joo Ah-reum
  • Kim Ha-kyun as Boo Jong-man

Head of the management team of The Most. He encourages Hye-Jin when she gets transfer to the editing team.

  • 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

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Name: She Was Pretty


Genre:Romantic Comedy

Language: Korean

Running Time: 70 minutes



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